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Great story with great storytelling. I was on a break from Stephen King books too! He is in his best on this book! GREAT listen!
Stephen King Rocks!
Mr. King has a way with words. You feel connected to the story and the characters.
Craig Wasson is an excellent reader. He keeps you wanting to listen until the entire book is finished!
One of the best books I've listened to in a long time.
Great story and very plausible plot. Gripping, sensitive and intelligent sci-fi, and an amazing, heart warming love story! Narration spot on!
If King would have dropped all the dirty language. We are not talking about an occasional word...it was awful. Plus, what does it add? I couldn't make it through the 1st part without shutting the book off and it was an interesting concept. Being a kid in the late 50's , I know that no one ever talked like that (and I had 5 older brothers). I'm not a prude, it just ruined the whole story for me.
I loved IT and Tommyknockers and all his old books. Once his writing changed, I stopped reading or listening to his newer works because of his language. Since this was set in the late 50's, I thought he'd honor the way people talked and I could listen to this book which I thought would be interesting. Guess not!
Anyone - I thought Craig Watson was sooooo slow. Found myself thinking, would you speed it up????
Anger at the language. Found the story very interesting as far as I got. What a waste of my credit.
Audible needs some kind of rating system. There was a time where you could play a book in your car with kids or company and not have to cringe. Now I'm hearing more and more language and it ruins the books for me.
Craig Watson's "voices" distracted me from the book. Sadie sounded too mannish. I never really liked the main characters too much. The reader emphasized too many little words, like the flyer on the character's car window for a church group, where even these words were given too much pause and emphasis. SK commended Larry McMurtry in his memoir that LM never said "'...' he screamed", but rather always "'...' he said". LM let the words and dialogue speak. Well, in this reading, CW is basically always saying "'...' he screamed".
I was shocked at how gripping this book was. I couldn't stop listening. Stephen King does it again and Craig Wasson was a wonderful narrator.
I thouroughly enjoyed this book. It was my first Stephen King and I just loved the quality of the writing, the narration (great diversity in accents and voices) and the story. I was taken in from the first page and was really sorry to see it end. I was touched by some of the memories from the period that this book triggered, from the details of the hair tonic to the twist-o-flex watch. I had them both!
The approach to time travel was very clever and I particularly enjoyed the way it was used to achieve a "do overr" when plans did not go right the first time. I heard that it is being made into a movie and can't wait to see it. No doubt they are aiming for the 50th anniversay of the assination.
I have been a Stephen King fan since I started reading novels as a child. I was around 8 years old when I read Salem's Lot! This is definitely a favorite. No, it isn't a "scary" story but more suspense. The research was well done and incorporated into the story seamlessly. During the whole book I was wondering "What will happen once he does what he came to do?" I was not disappointed at the end. According to Mr. King's afterword, it was his son, Joe Hill, that helped come up with the ending. Brilliant!! I so hope this is made into a mini-series. It's probably too long and involved for a 2-3 hour movie. If you are a fan, get this book. You won't be disappointed!
I don't normally give 5-star reviews. In fact, I'm pretty hard on the authors I read. Even the great Stephen King has written some real duds in my opinion, but I'm pleased to tell you that 11-23-63 was storytelling at it's very best. There's a reason why it is a unanimous #1 best seller. Mr. King's style of writing has always been compelling but somewhere along the way he usually loses me. It's mostly as a result of pushing the limits of my imagination too far or overdosing on horror for horror's sake. I can suspend reality but only so much. But this is not a horror story in the traditional sense. In this book, even though the concept of a rabbit hole or rip in the fabric of time is completely fantastical, I didn't care. By the end of the book the way our protagonist Jake (George) moved between time was secondary to the missions he was trying to accomplish and even the most diehard theoretical physicist wouldn't question the science and would instead enjoy a very good story. It had just the right balance of action, mystery, romance and character development. Although there were a few holes and some better explanations were needed for the existence of some of the characters, like the yellow card man, this is simply Stephen King at his very best. Another minor nitpick I have is the drawn out ending. About halfway through the final chapter I was beginning to think it was a bit unnecessary, but then Mr. King wrapped it up perfectly. It's one of those rare works of fiction that ended in just the right way so as not to suggest a sequel. As for the narrator, well, he does character voices very well and his inflection, especially during some of the more heartbreaking scenes, was nothing short of great acting. He really brought life to everyone. In fact, now that I have finished the audio book I can't imagine anyone else narrating it. Craig Wasson was the perfect choice. Stop reading reviews and just get the book. You will enjoy it if you keep an open mind.
I may recommend reading rather than listening to this book. The author's attempts at accents for characters from Maine and Texas become incredibly annoying. Especially when the 10 year old and 60 year old Maine residents sound exactly alike and both are at least distracting if not down-right annoying. Would much prefer if he avoided attempting the accents and just read the whole book without accent.