I purchased this book from Audible a few months ago, and was reluctant to devote the time to it. Just finished the book today after starting on it one week ago. I thought it was very well done. Few books grab my attention from the very first chapter, but this one did exactly that. Yes, some spots lagged a little with too long descriptions, however I must admit it mostly helped to weave the story line. Craig Wasson was an excellent choice, thought I picked up on some impersonations: Jimmy Stewart to name one- made me chuckle. By part 4, I was too hooked to stop listening, and wore out my IPhone's battery, I don't know if I am easy to fool, but I was kept in the dark till the end. Even a few tears started, which surprised me. Now that I'm done with this King novel, what will I listen to next? Makes me want to start listening to 11-22-63 all over again!! Reset.
Stimulating! Overwhelming! Compassionate!!!!
There are really to many to choose from. The compassion of these people is so deep that they become part of you until you are finished with this amazing book. But when you're done you really wish there was more to it since you want to become part of King's book and find out more about every one and every thing.
Craig Wasson is a genius and I am now looking for books read by him. He made all the characters so real and alive that I wanted him to stay in the past and stop messing with the future. His relationship with everyone in the past became so endearing.
Believe me I would have loved to but it was too long. I have a hard time reading now so I thought I would try Audible and boy after listening to King and Wasson I am very glad that I did.
My caveat: I do NOT normally read Stephen King's books. I have plenty of respect for him, it's just not my thing usually. So consider the following with that in mind.
As a non-King reader, I enjoyed it, but it was more in the category of "beach novel" rather than life-changing book which is what I'm usually seeking. Reading beach novels I normally feel like I wasted hours of my life, but not so with this book which is to its credit.
A bit longer than it needed to be, but well-researched and well-crafted.
If you're seeking an engaging read, you could do a lot worse. If you're seeking a life-altering literary experience though, you might be disappointed.
Historically interesting and unpredictable
The main character was intersting as he developed and began to understand how his actions affected (wrinkled) time.
He was a good narrator and was able to use different voices/inflections to help you recognize the differnet characters. Otherwise can be hard to follow an audible book if the narrator is not good at changing characters to be recognizable in his voice.
too long but did keep my interest
well worth the time listening to it. The historical data appeared to be relatively accurate and the limits in the time period was well thought out and seemed to carry through the book. It was interesting that he had help from economists and others to imagine what the world would be like if the past was changed to such a large degree.
This one is right up there with Carrie and The Shining, and now one of my favorite time traveling novels.
Harry Dunning:and Al Templeton were among my favorites but there are many memorable characters expertly brought to life by Craig Wasson.
All the different voices he did were very captivating. There are some really good impressions that almost sound like famous people - James Stewart came to mind as he did one character's voice.
Absolutely - I listened to one of the four parts all in one sitting - it took all night, but I stayed awake - luckily I am retired and can sleep all day if I need to haha.
I am 51 and this book made me think back to a more innocent time of life when I was five years old, I had a flood of memories come back as Jake discovered the new world he had been introduced to - really nicely done by Mr.King
I would listen to this book again because the story is thought provoking and wonderfully entertaining.
I can't think of any other book that even resembles this book because the ideas expressed in this book are rarely touched upon in the way Stephen King has written about them. You hear the JimLa chant and know that the past does not want to be changed, it will resist you, and it always makes someone pay for even the smallest of changes.
Where Jake finds his true love Sadie, and they dance yet again.
Joy at having a book so different to listen to. The story catches you up in the make believe of what's going on. If you were alive at the time of the assassination of our president, then you remember the saddness of this country and how we wished time could be turned back. But then you start to realize that the past cannot change without paying a price, and the question becomes what price are you willing to pay.
The narrator did an amazing job with many voices to differentiate the vast cast of characters. Great job Mr. King and Mr. Wasson!
I just finished listening to the book and I feel like I'm missing some good friends in the main characters. I'm sad to see them go. The narration was very well done, with the narrator voicing the characters in a believable yet not overly affected manner. I am not usually a huge fan of historical fiction, but this book tied together this genre with the thriller in excellent form, to create something that fans of both genres would appreciate. I felt like the end of the story was a little strange, but still satisfying--I guess that's Stephen King for you. This book is definitely worth the 30 hours that it takes to listen. You won't feel bad about committing that kind of time.
As Stephen King says in his afterword, the best time travel book was written by Jack Finney (Time and Again). In my opinion this book, 11-22-63: A Novel, is the second best. I thoroughly enjoyed the storyline, and manner in which King setup the logistics and consequences of traveling into the past. Tangling with a historical event as significant as JFK's assasination would be a tall order for anyone This author handled it with great research, finesse and believability.
My only real gripe came with the narration. On the whole it was fine. Unfortunately, his portrayal of Sadie, the main female protagonist and a young woman from Georgia, sounded like an 80 year old hag. This is did not help when attempting to lose one's self in the book, and points out a potential major weakness with audio books. In general, I think male narrators seem to have an easier time with female roles than women narrators with male roles. Unfortunately, this narrator proves to be the exception. Also, several of his characterizations of male characters sounded to me like impersonations of celebrities like Woody Allen, Humphrey Bogart, Jimmy Stewart, and several others . . . just plain distracting.
On the whole, I would heartily recommend 11-22-63. This is the first Stephen King book I've picked up (virtually) in a long time, and I was very pleasantly surprised!
This book is FANTASTIC. I loved the book as a book and I loved it even more as an audiobook. Narration is really well done. The story is engaging, gripping, filled with romance and nostalgia. It transports you to another place and time. It is the BEST book Mr. King has written since his horrendous accident in the late '90's - hands down. Nothing else comes close... (I am not a Dark Tower fan, obviously). I'd put this book right up there with my other King favs: It, The Stand, Needful Things, Dead Zone. Excellent story, well drawn characters, interesting ideas. LOVED IT! LOVED IT! LOVED IT!
Once again, he writes a great story with dramatic well developed characters and provided an accurate historical picture. I truly appreciated the research and thought that went into depicting a future in which JFK is alive and well. I always appreciate performances that don't make me consider the actual "performance" - to me its a sign of a good storyteller.