I have enjoyed other S King books, but this one looks to me like the old man has grown too great to have any editors look over his shoulder and make any cuts. It just went on and on restating the same things over and over - meandering and getting to the climax so slowly, I could hardly believe it.
I enjoyed Mr Wasson's performance very much.
It was OK
I must confess that it was the performance which captivated me in my choice of this book. From the sample bit, I decided that it sounded interesting and I really liked the reader. I would call him a true performer.
Of course, he had good material to work with, which helps. Both my husband and I read this, and enjoyed it first because it brought us back to childhood. The descriptions of how things looked, smelled, sounded and yes, tasted, were authentic! I think Mr. Wasson must have either lived through them, or had good stories about the times.
Time travel is always an interesting theme for a book. We are not sci-fi fans, but thought we'd give this a try because of the view of a friend. We both wish King did not insist on using profanity for the sake of it, as is his wont. There are times and polaces where it fit, and others where he seemed to look back and decided he hadn't thrown in four letter words in a while.
Niether my husband or I think of King as more than a very good trade fiction writer. But, this was definitely better than most. The characters came alive, and likely more so than if we had just read the book. Craig Wasson made each person important and unique. That is a true gift!
Both of us noticed King's abysmal overuse of the word Obdurate. It's a perfectly good word, but perhaps a trip to the dictionary for another word with similar meaning would have been good.
When I looked at the length of the book, I partially chose it because it was a lot of bang for the buck, or credit! My husband drives cross country, so Audible is his friend. But, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Kennedy era, and how life was lived then. This was not a typical horror novel, God be praised! The horrow is only in part of the final chapters. King did a very good job of looking at how changing an incident in time might have very surprising effects on the future.
Time travel is ever fascinating to we humans, as we seem to always wonder what would be different if only... This belongs as a must read for anyone who is interested in the theme. Craig Wasson was what took this book from very good to outstanding. Can't wait to read more of what he has read/performed.
I haven't read it, so I can't say.
Al, because he had such a great sense of self, and a wicked fight in him until the very end.
I have not.
What if history did not have to be a straight line?
I am blown away by how great the narration of this book is. The multitude of characters and emotions is captured perfectly, and it seems, effortlessly.
Absolutely. The story is unique and the plot is convincing. Throughout the entire tale the writing is fresh and fascinating.
Of course, Jake/George. I love his sincerity and grit.
I had never listened to a book read by Craig Wasson. I will look for him again as he has a fabulous way about his interpretation of the print media.
Absolutely, but of course, too long for that.
It was a story I did not want to end and it ended in a very satisfying way (if it had to end at all).
I would recommend this to a friend--the reader was great, and the story was good. My only complaint is that the story seemed to be something that has already been told. Of course, King's attention to the details of the time period was supurb, and the twist on the old story of "wacky place with unexpected wormhole into the past/future" was good.
He was clear, inflection was great, he could do any accent--and do it pretty well.
I am a very cerebral person and a voracious reader. I am usually listening to something while simultaneously reading something on Kindle.
I kept overlooking this book because although I have loved many of King's earlier books, in later years it has been hit or miss for me - some books I could not even finish. I was totally satisfied with this book. Even though one could argue that time travel is an out there theory, the plot took the reader right along with it and made every minute of the story believable and even relatable. The narration is also on point. At the end of the story I found myself missing the protagonist and feeling like I was parting with a companion.
Steven King is a master writer and story teller. The story keeps you on the edge of your seat most of the time because you just cannot figure out what is going to happen. There are many conspiracies about the JFK assassination, which one is King going to use? He does his own research and the story is much like a historical fiction with time travel thrown in. But you will not be able to guess the ending. The romantic part is fabulous. The whole story is thrilling and adventurous. But Craig Wasson! He should get an Oscar or something. He was wonderful at all the characters. He is excellent and dramatic. What an outstanding story and narrated by a Class A narrator!
I had never read anything by King- but this was a real pleasure! I would indeed recommend it enthusiastically. I have seen many King movies, of course, but I found this book, while certainly Sci-Fi in nature, to be much more than that. I grew up in this late 50's early 60's era and to read about it was like literally walking back in time to the grocery stores, the drug store lunch counters to get a Coke...and men with their hats and the wonderful cars. It was an excellent portrayal of the times! Equally enticing were the stories of trying to save and redeem those troubled people in the past- the incredible way time, in King's world, tries to protect itself from being changed. I thought his premise of physics was quite plausible and logical and I found myself thinking about all the "what-ifs" we would all like to go back and change- if only we could!
I thought Wasson was excellent and truly talented! He had so many dialects and characters to keep straight and he did a fantastic job! It was like listening to Jack Kennedy all over again!
A journey of incredible fortitude, courage and love.
The ending was perfect. Usually I am disappointed, or it is a cop-out, but not this one! It was creative, unexpected, and thought provoking.... it will stay with me a long time!
I hugely enjoyed listening to this novel. The narration and the prose were both fantastic. I enjoyed the way Stephen King could immerse me in an account of the past that was simultaneously exciting and rustic. It takes a talented author to construct a novel that can follow the quiet, introspective moments of its characters as well as their heart-pounding, exciting ones. I would recommend this book to anyone. Romance, action, sci-fi, suspense--once again, one of the greatest authors of our time is able to skillfully combine them all into an absolute gem of a novel.
Loved, loved, loved this book. Great story that takes you to the land of "what if". It started a bit slow but once the reader is allowed to fully enter the story, there is no leaving. It is NOT a horror story but one of imagination and possibilities and takes the reader on a wonderful journey. I have recommended this book to everyone I know. Craig Wasson does a wonderful job with the narration.