I read a lot, oftentimes professionally, oftentimes not.
At one point, I forgot this was a Stephen King novel and began to get worried that I would have to skip over some gory parts. There is a bit of supernatural hocus-pocus time travel that the reader must accept with an open mind, and most of the novel deals with the conundrums posed by the possibility of changing the past. Occasionally the voice of the 30-something year old narrator slips into King's 65 year old voice, displaying a degree of familiarity with 1960s era music and cars that seems out of place. As for gore, there were a few gruesome moments that I skipped over with no apparent harm. It's entertaining for the most part (the first part was too slow for my partner's taste), but not something that dazzled me with insight or occupied my thoughts for any time afterward. But not bad.
Yes, it is a really good book!
This book was so good I didn't want to rush through. I wanted to sip it like a fine wine.
I have not read the print version but I can't imagine it could be a better experience than listening to this audiobook.
I can't say the most memorable moment because it will give away the story to anone who has not read it to the end.
The reader had extremely expressive tone when the story called for it. Some of his accents were a little comical (I heard Burt Lancaster and maybe Bill Clinton) in some of the secondary characters, but it in no way took away from the story. In fact, I got a chuckle out of it.
There were many very moving moments in the story. I got choked up several times and even teared up once or twice. The ending is particularly moving, especially if you are at all romantic.
I have to say that I experienced every emotion while listening to this book. It was extremely well written and grabbed me in from the very beginning and held my interest throughout the entire story. It was never boring as many long books are, and in fact, I hated when it ended. I have read lots of Stephen King and enjoyed him through the years but this is far and away the best think I have ever read by him. Absolutely five stars. I will recommend it to anyone who loves a good book!!
Tell us about yourself! I am a French woman and live in Paris. I love to read - I read almost EVERYTHING! I like also to speak English
“On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?
It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, likes America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime. Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.”
“Murder, the Past, Romance, Friendship, Time Travel"
Let me preface this by saying I am neither the one who seeks out Stephen King books, nor the one who reads much fiction, but this is the best book I have read in years from any genre.
The story is compelling and keeps you mesmerized from the first word and won’t let you go. Stephen King is a great author and knows how to tell story. And he really tells this one very well. The likable main character and his group of “besties” all live in the past. You feel like you know them.
The main character could be the guy from the next door. Jake/George is a lovable all around guy. The reader is taken in as we follow him and his special friend Sadie, who is as clumsy as she is beautiful. The story drew me in and, held me and delivered me right to the front door of WOW. I though it was also interesting to Google Map some of the addresses mentioned in the book just to connect more with Jake/George and his folks.
What would I do if I had given that chance? Would I take the risk? Above all, this is a brilliantly well written, carefully crafted, and well researched novel.
I would recommend and have recommended this book to friends and family. Probably the best King novel since It!.
The author evokes a real sense of longing for the past. Good pacing, typical King storytelling with great attention to detail. Makes late 50s and early 60s America come to life.
Excellent narrator - adds to the great story.
Jake of course.
Fantastic voices without overdoing it.
Well deserving of all the praise. 5 stars.
11/22/63", Stephen King's latest, might just be his greatest. Seriously. At least as far as "mainstream" fiction or "literature" goes. Yes, it is built around a well-used SF trope, time travel, but really, the portal to the past that Jake Epping is shown in the back of an aluminum diner is only the launch mechanism for this fantastic journey. There are no monsters here, at least none that aren't human and little or no horror in the supernatural sense that KIng's constant readers have come to know, love and expect. Even SK's other "straight" fiction, "Misery", "Dolores Claiborne" and "The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon" come to mind, had elements of the supernatural and/or flat-out horror. Not this time.
But that doesn't mean that 11/22/63 is boring. Quite the contrary. Although it might seem that it would be tough to build suspense around a conclusion that seems to be inevitable, this turns out not to be the case.
Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination were obviously very well-researched, clear even before one gets to the afterword describing some of the sources and methods used, and the lead-up to the day of the assassination is described in great detail, along with Oswald's relationship to his family and associates, all a matter of historical record.
The world of 1958-1963 is described in wonderful detail, through the eyes of Jake as he gradually sheds his early 21st century armored shell and falls in love with a small Texas town and Sadie, its new young librarian. Their love story is a (actually the) centerpiece of the novel and is told with great depth, sensitivity and believability.
The ending is not predictable, read this one. You'll love it!
I would and I have. It's a Stephen King novel so the story is well told and it moves along.
No one character was my favorite. It was all of the characters and their development that made this a great listen.
I will look for other reads by Wasson but I have not herd anything he has done before.
I thought this was an interesting story idea and it kept me on the edge of my seat. I've listened to it twice, and loved it both times. I would recommend this book to anyone whois interested in the Kennedy assassination or time travel.
Finding out what happens when you change the past was very interesting.
I loved the character of Jake.
Big City AZ Native living in small town Iowa. Audible is great for relaxing & healing my mind and body, going places we could never imagine
If you ever wondered: What if, I could go back and do that over agian? Let Stephen King answer that question for you in his ever-twisting, mind-blowing look at what if.
Some many sitting on the edge of your seat parts, I can't put this down till I see what happens.
I found myself tied to my tablet hours on end (6 or more) not able to turn it off. My husband came in with three and a half hours left after midnight and wouldn't let me turn it off until the last word was done. Then Stephen King starts with his epologue and we were chair bound again!!!
Even if you don't like Stephen King you will love this book! Craig Wesson made me love the character made me feel like he someone I would like to know.