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.
I only listened to the audio version and did not read the print version so I cannot comment on this.
When Jake is in the past and is given a phone number starting with letters instead of digits. It brought back memories of my younger days and I actually quite suddenly remembered my phone number when I was 8 years old that started with the letters GE.
Jake of course.
Some parts made me laugh out loud. Others were disturbing. Tended to have some very violent parts, but they were quite necessary to the story.
An interesting idea of time travel that made me think for a long time after finishing the book. I really think this is Stephen King's best work.
Historical - Fascinating - Romantic
Really no other book compares.
When the main character - Jake - goes back in time for the first time...and also when he first met Sadie.
Both laugh and cry!
Exceptional book and ther narrator was perfect for this book--really didn't want it to end!
Fascinating story - could have been edited in places, but very enjoyable. The narrator had a difficult job, given all of the regional dialects and characters, but overall, he was wonderful!
I loved the love story strands. The idea of time travel and how simple changes could affect the future is an interesting concept, which King built on so well.
He was an exceptional reader.
No, but it was mind-bending in places!
I only review my more favorites here.
Great time travel and a look at that period. I thought I would not like it at that length - but jeez it was gripping the whole way. A big 'yes' on this one.