I found this story intriguing and my only complaint was that I did not want it to end.
I have only listened to a few Steven King books, so I am not an avid fan.
I liked the concept, the character, the story, the narrator.
I really enjoyed this one.
Some of Stephen King's writing over the last decade has taken a turn for the worse, and I was wondering which way this one would go. Turns out it is mostly (but not quite fully) like his earlier, better writing. It doesn't have the same indefinable edge that King's book are so famous for, but it was well written and definitely a step in the right direction. Not nearly as good as Under the Dome, though. Worth the credit.
Gripping, long, rewarding
Sadie Dunnhill, because she was a good example of a woman of the times. Trying to leave the life of an oppressed woman but uncomfortable with the reality of being her own person.
Between, King's writing and Craig Wasson's performance you really feel transported back to the era of 1960. For a person that is exactly the age that Jake was supposed to be, born in the mid 1970's, I really got to ride along and discover the differences in life with Jake.
It was a gripping story, particularly at the climax. Like many King books, he does have an extensive buildup and backstory to get you to the payoff, but when it comes, it is great and worth the wait.
If you like the JFK story and/or time travel, you will enjoy this book. I did find myself a couple of times thinking how I would have done it better (the character's role, not the writing), but that is the authors prerogative and it wasn't bad enough to truly cry foul...no deus ex machina.
I didn't read the book, just listened to the audio version. So, yes?
There are a lot of good scenes in the book. But, I thought the ending of the book was tremendous, appropriate, and sweet.
"In a world where Kennedy lives, Maine is part of Canada."
I'm not a big fan of Stephen King but this was a great book. One of the reasons I don't really care for King is that the endings of his books tend to not be very fulfilling; things seem incomplete. However, thanks to his son, this book has a wonderful end that caps off the story perfectly.
The final scene will haunt me forever!
His voice is captivating.
Who shot Kennedy?
Uncle Stevie is able to write and make us love anything!
Don't know. Haven't seen the print version.
Les Miserables--the depth of character development and also the interplay between history and fiction.
There were so many. When he met Richie from the Ditchie and Bevvie from the Levee. The scene where Al tried to explain his discovery. The best scene(s) were at the end of the book and I am NOT going to describe them! The story is just too good to spoil.
No! A book this good should be savored. I listened to it mainly while traveling.
Steven King has always been one of my favorite authors, but the audio book format seems to make the story suddenly go from two dimensions to three dimensions (if that makes any sense).
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
A great value listen with enough momentum to keep things moving nicely. Good characters, developed well enough that you can feel for them when things get obdurate. An interesting take on time travel and the potential consequences.
A great performance from Craig Watson, a couple of occasions where the voice seemed miss matched to the character but less than could be counted on one hand. Other wise great emotion, it was a pleasure to listen to the book.
He brings a lot of old characters back to life in this excellent and entertaining King book.
Wow, wanted more, fantastic read
all of them!
At times I laughed and times I cried. Either way this book was worth every minute and more.
When I first saw “11-22-63” advertised I found the title off-putting. I knew that it was about the Kennedy assassination and the last thing I wanted was to read/listen to another book on that topic, even if Stephen King was the author. After several months of putting it off and reading a list of other books, including “The Stand”, I finally got up the energy to at least give “11-22-63” a try. I was hooked after the first 10 minutes!
King has two stories interweaving throughout the novel. The basic premise of the novel is that is is possible for the protagonist to travel back in time from today to 1958. He is talked into making the trip by a fellow time traveler who is too ill to do it himself. The goal of the time traveler is to save President Kennedy from being Killed by Oswald in 1963. Our protagonist agrees to take on the adventure and save the world from the scar of Vietnam, riots and everything that is wrong with the world since the Kennedy assassination.
Once he steps into the past two stories emerge, one is a love story between Jacob, our protagonist, and Sadie, his love interest. The other story relates to the plotting and obstacles that arise in attempting to prevent the assassination. The assassination story was serviceable; standard Steven King prose, which is much better than the prose of most authors in any case. However, when King is focusing on the love story, the purple prose flows. More than a few times the images King creates are breathtaking and the writing is poetry. There is a real passion and deep love that comes through the writing, perhaps tapping into the emotional well of his feelings toward his wife. He took what could have been gimmicky (time travel) or boring from over-exposure (Kennedy assassination) and weaved it into an engaging and powerful story. Bravo!
I rarely say much about the narrator of a story. Most are either a neutral medium for telling the story or an obstacle to enjoying the story. On rare occasion you encounter a narrator who makes the story come alive and whose interpretation is a major contribution to the enjoyment of the story. Craig Wasson is one of the rare gems of a narrator. His reading of the story was engaging. His regional accents were spot-on. There were dozens of characters in the story and each had a distinct voice. Indeed, some of the voices for his characters hinted of various historical figures that added a depth of irony. As I lisented to the audiobook it didn't seem like someone was reading a book to me but that I had been sucked through the time portal along with Jacob and was listening to what was occuring. Wasson made the story real and present. An excellent job of narration. I will definitely look for his work in the future. Craig Wasson added a great deal to the enjoyment of this audio book. Again, Bravo!