Thought provoking story.
Creativity of the concept and intensity of the story line
Perfect!!!! He nailed it.
Imagine if....you could change history.......
Okay, I'll admit it. I don't love King and I thought there was nothing left to say about the JFK assaination. I should have known better, because Stephen King can always fine that psychological sweet spot. 11/22 is no exception.
11/22 moves at a snail's pace toward its supposed climax-THE day in Dallas. But this book is only incidentally about that event. What matters is the series of events that lead up to that fateful day, events that seemingly have little to do with the title. King develops Jake, his protagonist, masterfully. Jake's actions are a complex blend of logic and emotion. At times they are just plain silly. In short, Jake is every man. His steps and missteps seem almost formulaic, but that is by design. King lulls us into a kind of fiction stupor, and then springs his trap.
If all of this sounds like jibberish that's because I can't say more without giving away the plot. I encourage you to stay with this title. It's worth the time and you'll be drawn in, I promise. I had to keep reminding myself that it's been on the NYT best seller list forever-there must be a reason.
Also worth noting, my husband and I enjoy listening to books together, but our tastes don't match very often. This book worked for us both. I was surprised he stayed with it as he prefers espionage and the like, but he did, and he enjoyed it.
The narration was quite good. This was an ambitious project for any narrator and CW handled it masterfully.
So, the story is quie good. King does not disappoint. You certainly get a bang for your buck; it's long. I wouldnt suggest this as a pick to zip through in an afternoon or for a light read. However, both my husband and I found it to be worth the time investment.
What an excellent book. Great story, but more than just the story it's literally a whole world in the book. I didn't want it to end. And the characters, especially the main character, just perfect. Also, hands down the best narrator I've heard, I want to sit and listen to Craig Wasson all the time.
I read another review that said listening to this book was like going on a vacation - and yes, that's it exactly you go on vacation into this book.
The book is written in first person and Craig Wasson just nails the main character. Like sitting listening to him tell me the story as if it actually happened to him.
I was so sad at the books ending, the ending is very sweet and one of Stephen King's better endings, but the book ending was almost like losing a friend, I was so involved in the character.
Dog lover & book addict.
It was to a point. I am a huge Stephen King fan, but sometimes it just takes the man too long to move the story along. This was the case for this book.
I've liked others much more. I thought Sophie was the best character in the book. She was the gutsy one in both versions of the past. She lived a life with meaning, with or without Jake/George.
The narration was good, but I got tired of the guys voice by the 20th hour of listening. It was just too long.
Go back in time? Er, no. But by the time this book was complete, I was ready to listen to something a bit lighter, especially after the going back to present time and there were deformed people everywhere. Bring on the chick-lit!
Took a while to get into and then wrap up. The middle was the best part when all of the action was happening -- was a bit long-winded otherwise. I love Stephen King but sometimes have to take him in small doses. Its intriguing to think where our country would be if JFK had not died though. And the butterfly effect is such a fascinating concept.
I loved this book. It answers those age-old questions of "would you change history if you could go back in time?" And of course, nothing is as easy as it looks, and prices must be paid.
The length of the book is both a blessing and a curse. King is no stranger to long stories, and that allows him to let the situations breathe, and gives him room to fully explore characters, plot possibilities and environments. (It is especially interesting to see Dallas of the early 60s come to life). But King also fills a lot of the pages of 11-22-63 with hefty doses of overly sweet nostalgia; there are malt shops straight out of Happy Days, and the main character's love story is straight out of a Lifetime movie. Sooooo much time is spent on the romance, and there were plenty of times where I felt like rolling my eyes at the sheer silliness of his statements, most of which were variations of "Oh how I loved her." Given this character's history-changing mission, I was a little puzzled by why he let himself get entangled with this person.
There were a few other instances where characters acted in unbelievable ways. The main character had a method of making money in the past (you can guess what that might be if you've ever watched a time travel movie), but despite having an iron-clad system, he consistently overplays his hand, and that gets him in trouble. Why in the world would he expose himself in this way? Also, King's knowledge of NFL history is sketchy; he mentions the "NFC" in the early 60s, and that entity didn't exist until the NFL-AFL merger of 1970. I also think he mentions the Houston Oilers before they existed. Apparently, King's editors don't know their football, either.
Wasson does a very good job as narrator. Good accents, excellent energy.
There is also a very good section after the story concludes where King speaks and discusses his JFK theories, his sources and the writing of the book. Stick around for that.
I've been a King fan for awhile, and this is one of the most enjoyable King stories I've ever read.
I have not read the book but loved the audio book.
The main character's decision about whether to "reset" things or not.
Leading up to when Jake/George comes in contact with Lee Harvey Oswald on the infamous date.
If you could change history, would you do it?
I couldnt wait to listen - great story!
This is a great Stephen King book on many levels; he fully captures the flavor of the 50's and 60's, the region -- NE & South, along with complex characters and weaves multiple stories together into one dynamic tapestry of light and color. I highly recommend this book.
The complext characters, the rich texture of the time, and the unpredictable-tense-couldn't put it down story.
No. Performance was excellent.
Definitely... found myself up late at night, listening at work during lunch, and even on short trips to the grocery store.
As much as I disliked Under the Dome I thoroughly loved 11/22/63. This is not only one of my favorite Stephen Kings but one of my favorite all time books. It stayed with me long after I finished it. Nice job to a master story teller.
A well-crafted story with excellent narration.
The whole idea of time travel as developed in this novel was fun to think about, also that all actions have far-reaching and seemingly unrelated consequences.
No I haven't but would love to hear them.
It was a long listen and I liked looking forward to my next chance to get back into it.
I will definitely listen to this book again. The story was possibly Stephen King's best - full of suspense, twists, and turns. Memorable characters and a depth of plot that is seldom found. Craig Wasson is magnificent as narrator - he brings the story and characters alive as if he wrote the book himself. Perfection.
This book is unique and stand on its own, it really has no comparison. A complete detour for Stephen King, actually, a departure - but it is perfection. Stephen King proves he is simply an exceptional author, regardless of the genre.
Everything - Craig Wasson is tremendous. This is the first time I have listened to him narrate, but I will most certainly seek out other books done by him.
Not sure of a tag line - but I truly hope this book makes it to film. As complex as the book is, it lends itself to "pruning" that will undoubtedly adapt easily to a screen play. I would say that Stephen King's films are batting less than 50% for good screen adaptation - I hope the right director/producer/cast works on this project as the film could be magnificent.
All in all, one of the best audio books I have listened to to date, and I am an avid listener.