This is a book for my generation, which grew up in the shadow of Kennedy's assassination; for those who enjoy time travel books; and even more so, it is a book for those who love a story with great characters, an intriguing plot, and a perfect ending. For 30+ hours the author and narrator had my full attention. Craig Wasson is a wonderful narrator who developed distinct voices for each of the many characters.
I did not read the print version.
Jacob he was a valid hero.
no no no
The first part was interesting, especially when the character went back and expolored his hometown of 1958, and the different adjustments he needed to make. The plot is not necessarily original, I have seen a TV episode with a similar plot but I was looking forward to the Stephen King treatment. The plot seemed loose and meandering which I recommend that you wait for the abridged version.
undermined much of the suspense. The love story soon became tedious and exasperating. Despite the length of the novel, not enough effort was dedicated to what happens once the character returns from the past. It is given short shrift.
The narrator was okay, although his nice guy attitude seemed a little too laid back and didn't build up tension during the tense parts of the story.
It could be pared down for the screen. It could also make a good mini-series
The references to It were a pleasant surprise, however it served as a reminder to readers how much better a novel It was.
I have been listening to audio books continuously for the past 5 years now since I'm on the road 60 min per day and I can honestly say that the award for best audio book of the year was spot on. All 30 hours of it was excellent, the story, the reader, the characters, all of it. Loved going back to the 50's. This book will be know as Stephen King's "MASTERPIECE"
Don't hesitate, buy this book!
It has been years since I have read/listened to Stephen King. I have given up on all horror. I am not done listening to this book, but I am really enjoying. The story is compelling and the reader is great. This is the best book I have listened to in the last year or two.
No, he is almost as good as Jim Dale in Harry Potter
Would think so! The performance was outstanding! Sometimes felt like I was there with the narrator!
The first trip into 1958!
No, but I intend to search for other books he's performed!
Too many to name..
Must listen for any history buff. My first King novel and audio book. Everything after will seem dull! Loved every minute of it!
yes, and I am recommending it to friends and family. this book had me from the beginning and kept my interest throughout, I did not want to quit listening, I finished it in 4 days
There were many, but I don't want to give anything away
Great performance, seamless, I heard the book, not the reader
laughed, cried, experienced intense suspense
I very very rarely give 5 stars to a book, to this book I wish I could give more. I downloaded this book many weeks ago because I like Stephen King, however I thought I would be bored by one more book about the Kennedy Assignation, this week I decided to give it a try. This book is about the assignation and it isn't, its not what I expected, it is much more than I could have imagined. Many Kudos to Stephen King.
As a long time Stephen King fan it is always disheartening to read a novel that you feel is not up to his abilities as a master storyteller. This was NOT one of those! I have always believed that even though King is known as a horror writer his best stories (in my opinion) were those that were least horror like (The Stand, Deadzone, Green Mile, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption etc). 11/22/63 fits very nicely in this category, more science fiction than horror, with characters that were very real, making a great story that was difficult to put down.
There are always two ways to tell if a story is above average. First you feel rather sad as you near the end and you realize that all these characters that have entered your life are about to leave it, almost as if they were moving away and were never going to return. Second, you know that you will be picking up this story and reading (or listen to it) again some day in the future. 11/22/63 falls into both of these.
One of the first stories I read as a youngster was a time travel story (Robert A. Heinlein’s ‘By His Bootstraps’). It was so good that I spent much of my youth reading both science fiction and time travel before I expanded my tastes into reading other genres. Time travel and the time paradoxes are still one of my favorite reads. King did not disappoint and has done a truly marvelous job of handling a major historical event and the “what if” circumstances of time travel. The ending was well thought out, logical, surprising and poignant.
In reading some of the other reviews I noticed that some complained about how the story seemed to slow down in the middle around the Oswald details. I disagree; I felt this was necessary for the fleshing out of the characters, and one of the many reasons why these characters become so realistic.
Craig Wasson is an excellent narrator. It was enjoyable listening to him read this novel. His ability to perform both genders, a huge range of accents and impersonate several historical people was truly remarkable.
Thank you Stephen King for adding more hours of enjoyment to a life.
After reading so many positive reviews on Audible and Amazon I really wanted to love this book. (I listened and read the book.) The premise is exciting, different, and starts out so well I couldn't stop listening or put it down. But there is a certain point when the book just sidetracks to a storyline that doesn't feel integral to the time travel and Kennedy plot. It was deadly for me and I found myself wanting to skip chapters because it was just agonizing to get through. I stuck it out until the end - which was interesting - but all in all King could have shaved at least 300 pages off the middle of the book and had a real winner in my opinion! Wasson is good at times but overacts to the point of distraction at others. I also had a very tough time focusing on the characters as his voice sound exactly like the actor Luke Wilson. Can't say I would recommend this book to others - just too tough to slog through that center portion.
I enjoy reading many books genres. But I love listening to fantasy books.
This is definitely one of Stephen King's masterpieces. There are few authors who can make me believe the book actually happened, but King is one of them - when he is on his game. Listening to this book, I kept imagining how this could really happen. I am not crazy - I know it can't. But the characters are so real. The narrator is fantastic too. My husband loved this book as well.