I've always been a Stephen King fan, however in many of his novels I've felt he was much too long-winded; probably the worst - in my opinion - was "The Stand", which went on and on and on....
I certainly can't say that about this book. The story is fascinating, keeps me on the edge of my seat when I'm driving (I'm listening during my commute to and from work), and I find myself anxiously awaiting for my next drive so I can find out what happens next!
If you are a little bit - ahem, older like I am - and you remember the 50's as I do, you'll have a nostalgic thrill every time the protagonist goes back into time. The author has gone into such detail that I feel I'm actually there, and it brings back wonderful memories of my childhood in Santa Monica in that simpler, uncomplicated time.
Since the reader is always at the mercy of how well the narrator does his job with these audible books, you'll be relieved to find out that Craig Wasson is EXCELLENT - he really gets the different east coast accents, he makes me feel that I'm listening to more than one person when the scene calls for it, and he's not just reading - he's ACTING out the entire thing. It's such a big book, yet Mr. Wasson never sounds bored or tired of the plot. Total kudos go to him for making it so enjoyable!
If you're at all hesitating about buying this book, don't - you'll love it!
I loved this book until the end. Stephen King seemed to run out of story telling after 500 pages. Although even with that in mind, it was one of his better books. I would highly recommend it, especially since it is so long and you will get your money's worth.
I am not a king fan, but this one was very well written. Lots of drama, suspense, and action. Great book!!!!
I will not read Stephen King. I prefer not to be horrified. Not everyone is like that. If you enjoy that feeling, you have probably read every book, short story or forward he has ever written and own several special dvd collections. Not me. I've managed to avoid them all. If I know the plot of a Mr. King novel or movie, I know it because he is a cultural phenomenon, not because I have ever read one of his books.
Caught as I was by the title, I read the description of 11-22-63 without noticing the author. When I did notice who wrote it, I took it out of my cart and looked for something else. Frankly, after two days of looking for an alternative, I reluctantly looked at it again and relented. It did not look horrifying.
Surprise! I'm glad I read it. 11-22-63 is an excellent read for those with prejudices like mine. It is perfectly suspenseful and well written, without creepiness, except some at the end and you know it is coming by the time it arrives. Mr. King spins a tale with a new twist on time travel that is well-presented. The narrator captures the characters well. The characters show humor and humanity. Oh, go on and try it. I still get a great night's sleep.
King knocks this one out of the park in the grand style of his early works and the narration is absolutely first rate. This takes the #1 spot in my favorite titles from Audible and has become one of my favorite novels - period.
I have never been a huge King fan but the story line was so intriguing that I spent a credit and dove in. What a ride, so many great characters and stories within stories. The first 8 hours would have been a great as a stand alone. You will not be disappointed
I've seen a few movies based on King's books, but I've never read any of his books. I was looking for something epic that would grab my attention. This really hit the spot. The story line kept me right up to the end and the narrator did a great job. It was very easy to get sucked into the story.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
.... you listen to this audiobook? Amazing tale, one of King's best! It captures the spirit of 'ago' with perfect detail, and contains just the right amount of heart to keep you emotionally invested throughout the entire story. The ending did NOT disappoint me.
Craig Wasson, please narrate more audiobooks, you brought this one to life perfectly! I loved every minute of it!
Is there an easier way to find the books I just purchased & to get to their download links??
It asks me to rate this book overall, its performance and its story and I had to give each category a perfect 5 star rating. I wish that I knew what to say to convince anyone who may be on the fence about reading or listening to 11/22/63 but I just dont even know what to say. I cannot think of a single bad or even critical thing to say about it except that I'm upset that it came to an end & wondering how I am supposed to move on with my life?!
I just cant even believe the sheer genius of Stephen King.
OH! One thing I want people to know - whenever I told someone that I had become obsessed wiht a Stephen King book I would get a certain reaction/face. If youre thinking Stephen King = blood or fear then think again. (same thing people dont realize about "It", which is probably THE best storyliine I've ever read in my life by far. They cant get past the whole clown thing & have all these preconceived notions) Just think of stuff like The Green Mile, Shawshank Redemption or Stand By Me. There are not many better books or movies in existance & each of those are Stephen King. I am violently anti-horror lol & would never listen to or read it. Best of all, there was a chapter or 2 in this book that included some very beloved characters from It.
The best executed Audible product I've heard. All elements from King's story and writing to Wasson's narration and the production itself created a thoroughly enjoyable listening experience in the theater of the mind. I found the "authentic" language at time disturbing, however, creating the emotion of disturbance should perhaps be credited to the writer's skill rather than the sensationalism so often sought in such language.
As a child of the sixties/seventies, the backdrop of the Kennedy assassination provided a meaningful context. As I wrote this week on 11-22-11, "I remember That morning too well. As I was leaving the house, something didn't seem right. They sent us home when school was out without telling us. The rumors started on the bus that he had been shot, but I didn't know what really happened until I was home alone."
The assassination, however, turned out for me to be just the hook and the stage for the players. King developed characters through his story that made me care far beyond historical/science fiction.
As King himself paid tribute to him, I just used two Audible credits to purchase Jack Finney's "Time and Again" and "From Time to Time" and will be listening to those at my earliest convenience.