I liked the book. It had enough history and fiction wove together to make it interesting.
What can I say that hasn't already been said in the million reviews of this book. I have been a fan of Stephen King for almost as long as I have been reading books. I wasn't sure what to think about this book. To be honest I wasn't even sure it sounded interesting. I'm glad I decided to give it a try.
This book is entirely first person, something I can't remember King ever doing, as least not off hand. It makes the book special, and you go along for the ride with George the main character. The book is more about him, and his quest to change the world, than it is about Kennedy or Oswald, and you can't help but to become hooked on the story and George's plight from the beginning. The book is something of a departure for King. Like Under The Dome, King appears to be broadening his writing to include more fantasy and Sci-Fi, and all in all, I think it is a good direction for him to go. I would love to see more Stephen King novels like the Dark Tower series. He is good at it.
There are a few slow parts in the book, but you don't really mind, as they help you become more involved in George and his unintentional love for another character, Sadie. Also, as with many of Stephen King's books in the last decade, he interjects a lot of his own political beliefs into the story. An author who sells as many books as Mr. King does should know that not everyone who purchases his material will agree with his political beliefs. He either does not care if he puts off many of his readers, or thinks that they are simple minded enough to be persuaded by his ramblings.
With that being said, I really enjoyed the book. when I wasn't listening to it, I couldn't wait to be listening again. When it was over, I was both happy, and sad that the story had come to an end.
I am not a huge horror fan, especially being a Christian. I have enjoyed other King works but this is totally different from his horror genre. He is a master story teller and Craig Wasson is the perfect narrator. He is brilliant at ebbing and flowing from a Savanah drawl to a Texas Twang to a New England accent as well. Normally I hate it when a man narrates a woman's role... but Craig is flawless.
The story itself is fiction based upon a ton of research and it really does take you back in time to the late 50s and early 60s. I live in the Metroplex and for me it is surreal to listen/read this story and imagine the area the way King does back in the 60s. Like the Book Depository.
I won't spoil anything, but I do know the ending was changed after Kings son suggested it. I am glad he listened to his son. If you have a Monster commute or time on your hands, this is a great story.
The perfect narration and brilliant story line make me wish there were more than 5 stars to rate this one. I literally could not put it down. Hats off to SK and Craig Wasson!
The story is great but to much detail. You can lose interest after so many hours and just want to get to the point and end. I could have done with at least 2 hours less and it would have been a better listen.
If I'm not reading, I'm listening.
I haven't read the print version
I loved Jake Epperly. He was a deep and complicated character.
I had forgotten how patiently and masterfully Stephen King builds characters. You don't just get rushed into a story-Slam! Bam! Thank You Sucker. It's a true character building. There is patience and detail in this book. It builds and builds and you have no idea how it's going to turn out and whether Jake will go through with his mission. Ultimately, you end up not caring whether or not Jake saves JFK. You just want him to be happy, have love, and you want it all to work. PLUS-I love the fact that Stephen King brought back Derry in the Summer of '58, just shortly after the Losers' showdown with IT. As soon as this book was over, I downloaded IT so I could see those landmarks and meet those characters again. The nostalgia just made the book all that much better.
The time travel element and the real history combined.
I was dying to know what the alternate future was going to be like after Jake made the changes in the past.
When Harry asked Jake (George) if he was the one who killed his father.
One thing I had a problem with was the fight between Jake and and Frank Dunning. A gun versus a sledge hammer and the hammer wins. Found that part to be a bit unbelievable.
Also, I was a bit disappointed that Jake (George) never got to tell Sadie much about the the future. I was anxious to hear her reactions to some of the fantastical things he might have told her.
Everything!! Enjoyed the narrator, the storyline-EVERYTHING!! Was sheer genius. When I first read that it was about the Kennedy assasination I started to move on. Didn't see HOW he was going to make it interesting and NEW but he DID. JUST GREAT!!!
Can't think of any that does
When Sadie died (opps sorry people). But then did she come back again??? It is about time travel
I couldnt resist listening to this story everywhere i could until it was done! It kept my interest the entire time and like other Steven King stories he has some twisted events.That is what makes them so interesting. You never know what is really going to happen next. A must read for Steven King fans and new listeners alike. Cant wait for the next!
I have to join with all the other 5-star voters on this one. It has all the ingredeients of an all-time-best for King. The JFK assination scenario (and the surrounding controversies) provide a great combination of fiction with underlying factual base, with plot and storyline. The competing "conspiracy theories" are intertwined, with everyone pointing the finger at the others (the Russians, CIA, FBI, Mafia, Cubans, democrats, communists, republicans, racists, John Birchers), but with no "answer" one way or the other (King's own belief is that Oswald acted alone, vs his wife's view of "conspiracy" w/ a "second shooter"). Then immagination and dilemma constantly pull on your emotional and intellectual strings in oposite directions. Kept me on the edge of my seat, could not put this one down. Those from the era of the 50s and 60s will enjoy reliving those times (complete with "sock hops", swing dance, "sparking" at the drive-in, poodle skirts, Annette Funichello and the Mouseketeers, '61 Galaxy Fords and Chevy Impalas). King is a master at this kind of background development. At the same time, this classic King also challanges the imagination: We've all had thoughts of "if only I could do it over again?" Monday morning quarterbacking makes for interesting conversation, but if you really had to do it over again, would you do it any differently? Can you truthfully say that the outcome would be different? Would there be an "offsetting penalty" to pay? Good time-travel book, better King immagination; outstanding storytelling. This one's headed for Hollywood. Watch.