Not a King horror story, but one about a lone man's journey to stop a true horror from the past. Having enjoyed most, but not all, of King's works over the years, this one makes me think again, "Ah, King!" It's a great listen that makes me leave for work early so I can start listening sooner, and turns red lights and traffic jams into gifts. Exactly the kind of story that is meant to be heard.
I think folks who were alive in this era or really enjoy history would appreciate this book more than I did. I'm in my mid 20's and I didn't have a huge investment in history beyond what was required from my public education which largely consisted of the constitution, as well as current affairs.
I'm not sure, I've been considering a variety of books but I might get around to listening to Catch 22.
He was fantastic, I really appreciated all of his voices and his appropriate pauses and his ability to make mundane passages exciting.
My favorite parts were the allusions to other various King works. I particularly enjoyed the first trip to Derry. When I first read 'It', I was a teenager and as crazy of a book as that was it really held a special place in my heart for all of the places King was bold enough to go. King is a phenomenal story teller and this was a good story in its own right, but it just wasn't for me.
I have read many Stephen King books, short stories and novellas over the last decade and a half, or basically since I was old enough to comprehend what he was writing about. I think King's writing is maturing, (not that it wasn't always mature) but there are usually undertones of loss of innocence and things like that which perpetually draw me to King's works. I listened to this book on a road trip and I just found myself bored and frustrated by many parts of it. I really wanted to enjoy it as I have many of King's books, but for me this just fell short of my expectations. The performance by Craig Wassan was spectacular and really brought character's to life. At times they were a bit drawn out, particularly the authority voices but overall it was a good performance.
I haven't read Stephen King in years because I felt even though he is a fantastic writer, his style was just too gory and frightening. I took a chance when I read the summary and I was not disappointed. WOW! What a wonderful premise that is well written, exciting, gripping and unpredictable. The violence that was in the book was within acceptable limits for someone like me who doesn't like books that make me overly uncomfortable. It was all part of the story and very tolerable. The narration was superb and I just couldn't stop listening. Well worth the credit! Great book!
I have read so many wonderful audiobooks from Audible, I would rate 11.22.63 right up there at number three
The best part of the story is the travel thru the rabbit hole back to the 1950's and 1960's. I grew up during that time and tried to imagine myself going back from 2011 sans cellphone, internet, pc, voicemail, etc. It was a simpler time and made me think
The suspense leading up to the killing of Oswald was my favorite part of the book....
It took me a month to read this book but when I got to the last download, I grabbed every hour I could steal to listen to it
If this were the last book Stephen King ever writes, he could consider it his finest.
Hands down the best audio book I've ever listened to and my favorite Stephen King book and I have read ALL of his books. This book journeys away from his typical horror novel, but in the very best way possible. I was afraid I wasn't going to like it. I have been spellbound from the very beginning.
The narrator quickly makes you forget that he is not the main character of the book and you immediately lose yourself in the story. The narrator is just amazing. It's a rather long book, but SO worth it!!!!
I read, knit and read and knit at the same time thanks to audible!
I can't say that I loved this book nor can I say I hated it. I am in the middle. In my opinion it was not our typical King and that's not necessarily a bad thing. It was long like a lot of his books are and I love that. It had multiple stories which I also loved.
What I didn't love was that it took a long time to get to the 'real' story which was stopping Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating Kennedy. There was a ton of stuff leading up to it, some of it added to the story, gave it background but other stuff could have been another book. I found it to be more of a love story between Jake/George and Sadie who he meets when he goes back to the 50's and 60's.
I am going to go against the majority as usual. I loved Jake/George, I cared about him and felt like he could be a great friend. I loved Al who got the ball rolling with the time travel stuff. BUT, I just did not like Sadie! I found her to be just a little more than annoying and whiny.
The narrator was awesome and made those long chapters of background so much more enjoyable. The book held my attention but just was not what I thought it would be. Again I say, not a bad book, but not my favorite either.
If you are a King fan give it a read. It was a nice step back in time.
I would recommend this to a friend because it is a wonderful story, full of interesting people and unusual events. I held my interest throughout.
You couldn't help but love Sadie, she was a real pistol.
The initial journey back.
Yes, but I would be dead from lack of sleep :-)
Stephen King shows once again that he can cover a huge story base and keep the reader on the edge of his seat.
I despair on behalf of all audiobook listeners who just want to have a book read aloud instead of needing, as most of the reviewers of this book apparently do, some sort of stage play performance. Acknowledging that I am in the minority and am going against the grain of the theatrically deprived (and invite un-helpful critiques of this review, thank you folks), I suggest that this very washed up actor is channeling some of his pent up acting frustrations. He pretty much ruins a fair book. With respect to the novel, there are pages and pages and pages of nothing happening but what's new with King, who has always considered reader boredom an essential piece of his brand of "suspense".
Hard core Audble listener, been listening to recorded books since they were on casset tape...
Great book, I always love everything by Stephen King, no one has ever been able to surpass his character development. The reader did a fine job except for one glaring mistake the producer should have caught. It bugs me to no end when there are mispronunciations in a reading. I still don't know how they were able to mangle Xavier Cugat's name so soundly, but they managed it. But that is a very small thing for such a fantastic book.
I am a middle aged man and this hit so many memories both good and bad. Some parts I would be laughing out loud and the next I would find myself with damp eyes! Any book that can touch me on so many emotional levels and bring back so many vivid memories is what I buy fiction for.
Somehow Wassons voice was never a factor in listening to this title he was a natural in my mind I don't recall ever hearing him before but I will now search for him in my future audio selections
I found myself looking foward to listening to the audio
I have now placed this book into my top 10 of all time a true classic that will go down is history!