The whole concept and and production were first rate.
Talking about how ice cream shakes used to be made and even more about how great root beer floats were back then.
But also, about how unfair society was to so many groups of the disenfranchised - women, blacks, etc.
Probably the best scene was when his heart was tearing in the knowledge that his love and reason for being had died a horrid death because and despite the hero's deed.
The entire book's premise moved me.
A must listen. This is King at his best and it is a very different book from his others.
I must admit, I'm only a quarter of the way through, a little early to be writing a review, but I can't seem to stop listening! The book captivated me from the first chapter. That is rare for me. Usually takes me a bit to get into a book. This one has you from the start.
As with all the other reviews, INCREDIBLE book! A must listen! Dogs will be getting lots of walks.
Stephen King is a damn brilliant (and prolific) fiction writer. This book is a great research project and much of the book feels just like that. It's good, but it follows the rails of history. In that respect I wish it had been a bit shorter.
Then King dons the crown and slams into fiction mode...those rails of history become an unstoppable "machine with teeth". The teeth sparkle before they bite (the dances will almost make you weep). When they bite you know the wounds are inevitable and will be terrible, but they bleed so well.
This isn't my favorite King book, but it's worth the time.
The performance is brilliant; without it I don't know how this book would have done.
If you take one thing from this book, just remember the dance...
I definitely have recommended to my friends. Makes you think about many things, personal and otherwise as far as life and the passage of time.
It made me laugh out loud in places and actually brought tears to my eyes in others.
Tell us about yourself!
Science-fiction, romance, historical
Reliving the injustices before civil rights were enforced.
The Lindyhop? I never heard of it, but I can picture it by the vivid descriptions!
Yes, & I never wanted it to end!
Very different from the author's usual novels, I feel.
30 well-spent hours!
The Green Card Man - he would be a great protagonist for a companion book! I want to know all about him & his function. For whom does he work? Where & how did he get training? How does the green card work? Fascinating!!!
Jake/George. Wasson nailed the ambivalence, the pain and ultimately the bittersweet comprising Jake's/George's essense.
No. It's WAY too long for that.
At first I was not sure I wanted to invest 30+ hours into a book, but I'm glad I did! The minor quibble I have is the uneven quality of Wasson's voice throughout. You can tell when he is fatiguing and when he picks up again fresh. It can be jarring. Still, he is a great narrator & I will seek out other books he reads.
I have friends who have never read a Stephen King book because they think of him as a writer of horror stories. This book shows why they are so wrong.
There are very few writers that can write with both intelligence and depth, while developing an insightful and inspired story. Stephen King demonstrates why he is among those few with this book.
Before I read the book, even though I was a fan of King, I was worried that it was about an event I knew too well and that it would therefore be predictable or uninspired. It takes true genius to overcome that. I found this book engrossing. The narrator does an excellent job, but he has a great story, well-told, to work with. I highly recommend the book.
It ranks as #3
The ending, what a sweet, sweet ending.......
This was a great book, I'm glad I listened vs. reading. I do find Stephen King to be somewhat long winded in his writing. He has always stated he can't write love stories but I would beg to differ on this. He did a great job with Jake (George) and Sadie, they were very believable and the love that he wrote about cannot be described this well without having felt it yourself.
The only part that bothered me A SPOILER HERE......
was upon Jake's return to the future everything in the world was SO VERY different. I found most of the book believable except that part. I find it hard to believe that the death of ONE person could have that much of effect on the world in such a negative way.
Other than that I thoroughly enjoyed it. I haven't read Stephen King in a long time but recently went back to audible and listened to Salem's Lot which led me to 11/22/63. It's worth the listen, both of them!
Unusual love story.
The actual moments before the assassination are really well crafted so that you feel you're there with the characters.
Wasson does a superb job with the voices. You forget that it's one narrator and the emotion and drama are wonderfully conveyed by his reading.
No, I needed a few weeks to listen because some parts were slower than others to get through.
I highly recommend this audiobook. It's a great departure for King, though it explores many of his main themes, and it showcases his maturity as a writer by breaking from many of his patterns.
Suspense, Imaginative, Romance
Craig Wasson's narration, romance between lead pair, concept of time travel
The final dance scene ...
Many ... Many ...
Craig Wassons narration is unbelievably good...