Perfectly written and perfectly read, this is the best book I've ever had the pleasure of reading or listening to. Despite its length, my attention was held for the entirety and I'm even left wishing there were 4 more parts to listen to! I'm no history buff, and was not alive during the JFK assasination, but do find time travel a fascinating subject. Having said that, I wanted to point out that not knowing all the historic details in no way stopped me from enjoying this book. When selecting it, I thought that might be an issue so I wanted to pass that tidbit along to anyone in a similar situation.
Another reviewer's headline said something like "The book Stephen King was born to write!" which was what pushed me in to buying this book, and I'm sure glad I did!
My husband and I listened to this together (an advantage of audiobooks). We loved the performance and felt drawn into the story, though at the heart of it, I had a hard time imagining that it would be worth it to anyone to give up years of their life to stop something from happening ages ago. Perhaps I'm too young, or perhaps it's just that I already believe the past simply CAN'T be undone, but the premise itself was a little flawed. Still, it was a delight to listen to and gave us lots to discuss.
I'm interested in audio as art form -- always in search of the memorable literary listening experience.
Characters' interactions over the story's slightly twisted timeline gave it a believable feeling. The protagonist's awareness of his "guest role" in other people's lives added an unexpected poignancy to the dialogue.
King's writing about writing -- and teaching -- added a layer of interest for me.
Gripping from cover to cover...once you’ve started to read it you cannot put it down.
Brilliant! One of my top 5 favorite books EVER! This is only my 2nd Stephen King novel. I haven't been a big fan of his primary genre. But 11-22-63 has me seeking out more non-horror SK books (I'm just starting The Stand). Stephen King's ability to write descriptively without the overuse of adjectives is what pulls you into the story. He makes it easy to not only imagine the unimaginable, but has you standing right there next to the protagonist, smelling the same air. In response to other comments of the story being slow at times... I did experience a few points when the story seemed to drag and I wasn't as engaged; however, I realize now that there were a lot of little details in those sections that are referenced later throughout the story. I wish I had paid closer attention during those 'slow' parts and I will... when I listen to it again.
Say something about yourself!
I've read nearly all of Stephen King's books and this is the one (along with the Dead Zone) that I will recommend to my friends who don't like horror. The premise, going back in time to kill Lee Harvey Oswald, sounds gimmicky, but in King's hands, the story moves quickly towards its exciting conclusion. Craig Wasson does a good job narrating too.
I've been listening to audio books for well over twenty years (even before audible was available). Secretly, I wish I could be a narrator.
[saint] Stephen King is at the peak of his writing career. This book has it all: mystery, suspense, horror, action, romance, love, science fiction, history/alternative reality (viz Harry Turtledove). I've never been a fan of Stephen King because I don't like his typical Horror genre, but I've become a fan with this book. It's the best $45 I've ever spent on an audible book and provided me with hours of entertainment.
The audioubook rate above average. The narrator performance compensated for a rather tedious and wordy story.
The ending was pleasant, but contrived. King does a poor job of tieing all the threads together for a logical conclusion. In the end he sums up all the unexplained time travel paradox with a simplistic supernatural explanation. Becasue the ending didn't really ties into the plot, King could have pasted the ending into several points of the novel and ended much earlier.
Jake/George. Wasson does a great job making the characters distinct to the listener. Each characters' voice is consistant, and his female falsetto is believable.
As the title indicates, I am not a Stephen King fan, but I really enjoyed this book. I found the historical work mixed with King's edging Fantasy/Horror twist to be extremely engaging. It helps that I am interested in the both time travel and the Kennedy assassination. I am also a sucker for a good (not too mushy) love story. Despite enjoying very few of King's works, I really liked this book and wanted to suggest it to those of you who don't traditionally like King.