King's character development and underlying vision of human beings are probably the most sustaining factors in my enjoying not only this book, but many of his long novels. His characters are believable, his imagination is inspiring, and in this book, his research is fantastic. However, I would probably not have enjoyed this novel as much in an audible form if it weren't for the narrator. What versatility! I was particularly impressed by his rendition of the female lead, Sadie.
The opening of the book when Jake Epping is grading essays! As an English prof, I recognized the validity of his observations. I was particularly surprised at the end, when Jake Epping mentions that his best pupil in American Literature shared the same name with me. The past harmonizes!
All of them except for the return to 2011.
No. But that's not ever how I do it anyway. I want it to LAST!!!!
Time travel is a well worn concept with many skeptics and detractors. At first I didn't think I would like this novel because of the premise of trying to save JFK. (I thought it would lead to inevitable failure and a flurry of rehashing of political conspiracy theories.) But King tells multiple stories about saving ordinary people that don't just build up but constitute, in some ways, the real story.
I dont write reviews but I have listened to over 50 audiobooks and this is my favorite so far.
EveLynn in Kissimmee
WOW - this was a great listen. Stephen King is sometimes too gory for my sensibility. However, this was a great what-if.......
It was deep, romantic, comical and suspenseful. Set in the era of the 50's and 60's, I found myself thinking -
Everything - particularly his ability to give each character his or her own voice. It was not at all difficult to keep the characters straight.
No one tells a story like Stephen King. For my money, he's as good a storyteller as you could ever hope to find. He has the ability to pull you in and keep you hooked but, like most of his recent books, 11-22-63 suffers from a lot of bloat. This novel is just far far too long for the story to hold together and keep my interest. I found myself having to take breaks because the entire novel...just....moved.....so....slowly. I always listen to an entire book if I go to the expense of buying it, so I slogged through this one. I will have to think long and hard before trying another.
From the late nineties on I feel like King is probably so big and so powerful an author because of his sales that editors don't tell him that his books would be so much better if 200, 300, 400 pages were just cut out and tossed.
What used to be a joy in reading his books has turned into a chore because there's just so much bloat.
The story in 11-22-63 is far from original: man travels back in time to stop the assassination of JFK. A hole has opened up in space and time and allows a man to go back and change events and then return. The catch? If you he goes back again, everything resets itself and everything he did while he was there earlier is reset back to the way it was originally.
I would compare this to any number of short stories or Television anthology series that have dealt with the subject of preventing the assassination of JFK. They are probably all the better for being short.
The narrator has a very distinctive voice although I felt like his portrayal of the female characters was someone forced and stilted. Otherwise, his narration was spot on and did a great job of portraying the central character and the emotions he felt.
If you are a King fan, you will probably enjoy this novel, but be forewarned that it will be a LONG listening experience and it will literally wear you out in places because everything that happens is so drawn out.
This book will stand with the best in my mind,"IT" and "The Stand" will have to make room for this book. A well thought out story that thankfully didn't get mired down down in the conspiracy theories and focused on the story. This was a book that could have gone wrong in so many ways but didn't, the narration was excellent the story was incredible (especially the ending). The best credit I've spent so far! I can't recommend this one enough.
This book is WAAAY too long. And I say that as a huge King fan. It's almost like he went to his editors and handed this a really tight 200 page story, and his editor said
It just took so long to get to the actual excitement that I felt like I was running a marathon. The last hour of the book I was mentally screaming
Not a bad performance. One of the characters was a terrible Jimmy Stewart impersonation, which was a little obnoxious, but other than that he was good.
Most definitely, because it would be edited down.
If you're really into history or JFK, then go for it, but just know what you're in for.
How often do you pick up a Stephen King book and wind up with a NIcholas Sparks novel? I certainly did not expect that, but that is what I got with 11/22/63: A Novel. My experience with Stephen King has been hit or miss - mostly miss. But this book looked compelling. I expected a book filled with the perplexities and fascination of time travel. I certainly got that. The narration and voice acting is absolutely top notch. But the story...what an incredible story. Much like the movie Titanic, where everyone was waiting to see the ship sink, you slowly find yourself wrapped in the true tale of the novel - a beautiful love story. I woke up this morning feeling sad that I was done with this fantastic, engrossing story.
Haven't read the print version -- and I'm glad I didn't. I can't imagine experiencing this book any other way!
It stands out as a singular memory for me. The inventive plot and characterization made this story one of my top 5 books of all time.
I believed him. I never questioned his embodiment of the protagonist. His delivery kept me listening from the very first page.
An indisputable, triumphant masterpiece! Think Back to the Future with the emotional power of Unchained Melody!
I like Irish and Swedish crime thrillers and sociological exposes concerning African American life from Colonial times to the end of WWII. Recently I have taken a real liking to the works of Neal Stephenson and Fyodor Dostoevsky as well.
The creative and well written story matched with the all-out performance by the narrator made this novel a truly great listening experience! I felt I could taste that first Root Beer that Jake drank and felt his pain and joy at all of his experiences. No needless repeating present in most time traveler's tales.
Jake's first 1958 root beer, the unbearable suspense leading up to the Derry massacre, the high school performance in Jodie, the ripping suspense leading up to the assassination date.
Hate to be repetitive, but Jake's first experience of drinking that full bodied root beer for a dime in the friendly Maine town of the late 1950s really got me. I could really taste it! What a great bit of writing!
If you could change the past, how far would you go?
The post-apocalyptic 2011 was a bit overdone I thought. I mean, REALLY? The past is obdurate, the past harmonizes mantra was a bit annoying towards the end much like Philip K. Dick's
Knowing what the ending should be but what will it be now.
Such detailed descriptions about the characters and geography,
Realistic voices of all the many characters.
Yes, but thirty hours would have been overdoing it.
I think the audiobook would be better than the movie.