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!
Didn't read it. Audio only.
Never gone through a book quite like this one.
He was an amazing narrator/reader!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who finds what living in the past would be like, interesting.
Why I would have to say yes due to Craig Wassons incredible skills as the narrator.
Hmmm...well I loved several of the characters such as sweet Harry. He had been through a hellish nightmare of a childhood several times yet still possessed a loving soul....Also loved Sadie and the relationship between her and Jacob aka George.
Craig performed Harry brilliantly from his voice to his child like innocense.
This book was an awesome roller coaster rides. I laughed, cried, held on to the edge of my seat but most of all was sad when I finished it.
Stephen King...you take me places that I have never been!!!
or something like that. This is one of many lines that made me pause and think.. Gee that Mr. King really is an amazing word craftsman.
The book didn't live up to my (probably over inflated) expectations -but that is not to say it wasn't a good book. It was. the story and premise of time travel was a new one for me and I liked it.
I cant say that while driving home - I took the long way, because I couldn't bare to stop listening.
I can say I"m glad I read it - I was just hoping for a little more urgency to not be able to put it down.
The narrator was a 10.
This book is a masterpiece. Stephen King has merged fiction and history seamlessly. The story and characters are extremely well written, and Craig Wasson does a beautiful job with the narration. I hope there is more to this story in the near future!
but I can't help myself. His storytelling ability is superb, and I always end up feeling as if I know the characters he writes about. Many of his books start off a bit slow, taking time to slowly unravel the plot as we get to know the seemingly endless number of characters. This book was not like that. I was interested from the very beginning, and despite originally feeling a bit "put off" by the description (I mean, come on.. time travel??), this book is written in such a way that all of the unbelievable, far-fetched aspects of the story are really not even called into question. It no longer matters *how* this whole time travelling thing is occuring, who cares? The interest becomes focused on what is happening while the character *is* time travelling, and on some intriguing concepts that the author presents, revolving around the idea.
All of this, believe it or not, is just a lead-up to the official point of the book; you know, the JFK bit.. I am not a history buff, and I am not a conspiracy theorist, and I have not previously felt especially fascinated by the JFK assasination, in the past, or the circumstances surrounding it. None of that mattered here, either. I don't know how historically accurate the book is; I don't really care. The *story* presented was excellent. It was unique. It was creative. It was interesting.
And, at the end of the day, listening to this book kept me awake and entertained through an entire week of work. I wasn't asking for any more than that.