This is really the best book I can remember listening to in a long time.
A great listen. The books I've listened to since pale by comparison. Stephen King is the master of both nuance and detail. The year 1963 is painted so vividly, the characters are so thoroughly developed. It's a book about changing events,but it is also a timeless love story. One of favorite books of all time.
I think the 60's were a cherished time for Mr. King. His previous trips into the memory hole (The Body) were just as entertaining, and for me it's not about nostalgia. I was born in 1975 and found this audio book deeply enjoyable.
As for the story itself, the concept of time travel is a thorny issue and here I was a little less than satisfied. Without saying too much - I don't want to ruin the story - I think King may have been better served by spending a little less research time in Dallas and a little more time talking to theoretical physicists.
the fact that I was sucked into the book within a few minutes.. and never came really out of it before I had finished it!!
The time travelling ..... I just had finished 'Der lätzer Tag der Schöpfung' by wolfgang Jeschke ... a SF book in German (I think it is in English available) 1981 what is about time travelling also..
the parts when I was just imagining who things could/would/must be changed ... :-)
I think I have read almost all the 'stephen kings' but this one.. marvelous!!
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
I had never read King before, but obviously I had heard of him. I had an extra Audible credit, so I gave this best-seller a shot. I am so glad I did! The story was fantastic! In the very beginning of the story I got a taste of the horrific situation and description that King is capable of, but it was not campy nor did it detract from the story. Then what followed was a sort of fantasy/sci-fi story that I couldn't help but listen to from beginning to end! I ended up missing a few errands I was supposed to get done because I couldn't stop listening to the story, but it was worth it!
@banana29 Teacher-librarian, striving for perfection but my artist keeps getting in the way.
I enjoyed it so much, I won't even consider reading it in print.
I was haunted by the events of Derry.
Al Templeton is so ill but so desperate to communicate his last wishes. Craig Wasson is outstanding also as Sadie.
I was totally addicted to Stephen King as a teenager, 25 years ago, and this was my first book of his since then. I hope he continues to write in this genre, taking modern people back in time. I loved the nuances of the historical period and he brought Texas, and the late 50s/early 60s to life.
genius - spellbinding - thrilling
Sadie - a brave girl who didn't lose faith in men after being abused. She saw through George/Jake and belived in him. She was guttsy and independent.
No, but really liked his performance. I would definitely listen to him again.
Seriously? It was way too long for that - but the story itself wasn't too long. I listened to it in segments and couldn't wait for the next installment!
It was awesome! Mr King at his best! It made me think of the ending of the final Dark Tower book (and I LOVED that ending). The story evolved slowly, and the ending wasn't rushed - I really loved it. And I appreciate all the historical facts that had to be researched! If you are a Stephen King fan, you will not be disappointed in this book!
Thank you from a girl who grew up in the 60s and will never forget the day Kennedy was shot and the ensuing days that shocked and changed the world. Reading the book was reliving the times, a cathartic experience. I enjoyed the trip immensely!
Yes. To listen to all the small clues with full understanding of just how the story unfolds.
Sadie. Refreshing attitude and innocence.
The first school dance.
The final choice.
This was classic King on every level... Intricate plot, perfectly modulated dread, tension and release, nuanced characters, great premise, social commentary and just a hell of a lot of fun.
The possibilities and unpredictable plot-weaving.
I think I have... The narration was excellent.
There were several but I don't want to spoil them for those that haven't read or listened to it yet.
Get it. You won't regret it.