Avid reader/listener of just about anything.
Do not pass on this simply because it is Stephen King!
For all his brilliance, Stephen King has never seemed able to gain acceptance as one of the truly great authors of our time. A lot of this is mainly due to the genre he has plumbed for the last several decades being considered a niche and people writing off his work never having given it the respect or attention it deserved. This book may finally change a lot of those views.
King has taken a topic that many have tackled over the years and spins it out in a whole new light. Quite frankly, this story is just too darn believable when you consider we're talking about time travel here. The subject alone is enough to believe it would be a complete work of fantasy, but the way it is handled makes it seem not almost plausible.
Jake is one of the most likable and real characters I've ever encountered and the perfect companion for this trip. His exploits via the "rabbit hole" will make you laugh and maybe even cry, and always keep you hanging on his every word. A lot of this can be credited to Craig Wasson's reading which is both passionate and believable and stays fresh through the whole length of this 30 hour production.
This definitely makes my top 3 all-time Stephen King list along with "The Stand" and "Under the Dome" and is probably a firm contender to crack my top five of all-time. The bottom line here is to make sure you have a lot of free time for the next several days because once you start listening to this book, you are going to find it very difficult to stop.
the captivating narration
the perfectly developed and rich characters
the encounter with the yellow card man, which was now the green card man who sometimes, within the conversation, became the swirly card man.
Stephen is the king (corney pun intented) of literary genius. As many books and I've listened to I've never posted a review, but I just couldn't contain my love affair with 11/23/63. Not exactly a history lesson..well yes it is. Not exactly romance...well kinda. Not really macabre..I take that back. Nothing of a fantasy..sorta. Whatever it is, I was not ready for it to end. I wanted more of George and Jake and Sadie and the yellow card man. OH and the narrator......(full mouth open gape) is FANTASTICAL..!!!!
Yes, the story and the performance is enjoyable. It makes some kind of sense to choose to do enjoyable activities when one has a choice for what activity to perform.
cautionary comment: the past is obdurate... the past doesn't want to be changed.
Laugh yes cry no.
I appreciate this professional writer. I believe you could teach writing. But you do have genius too. That maybe teach not so much. I'm glad you are in the world when I am.
Quite often the book wanders into minutia that would have been better on the chopping block. While at times this helps to build character and local color, it often gets lost and it disrupts the pacing of the story.
It took some time for me to get on board with the narrator. His voice, at times, seemed a bit annoying. While some of the character voices were welcomed, as it helped in the dialog, some were just irritating (like the FBI agent who sounded like a bad WC Fields imitation)
Doubtful, but I would watch it once it made it to late night cable.
As with many Stephan King books I've read before, the premise is often much better than the actual plot. King always has a penchant for building strong characters, but quite often doesn't seem to have a definitive direction towards the climax. He just sort of 'gets there'.
First of all let me state that I absolutely loved this story. I actually think Stephen King is better at writing this kind of story than horror stories. If you haven't read the Dark Tower series, check it out and you'll see what I mean.
Now onto why I gave this a 4 and not a 5. I waited a week after I finished it before deciding to write a review in case I changed my mind. The reason might seem silly to some folks but for some reason I just couldn't get over it. It's all about the yellow card man. He attempted to explain it towards the end of the story but it felt rushed. Some people may feel that he explained it enough but after the taste he gave towards the ending, I realized I wanted to know a lot more about this person and more about the effects because of the consequences of Jakes time travel.
He may write a book later on about the yellow card man (I'm purposely staying singular here for those that have already read the story) and that may satisfy my appetite then but for right now, I need more :).
I'm not going to rehash a summary; other people have given good reviews already. Overall this a great story and I highly recommend it.
Kings ability to write about the depth and breadth of the human spirit, our strengths and our tragedies has never, as in most novels, been transferred to the movie screen. He can paint a more enthralling picture with his words, than any cinema effort has been able to depict on the screen. This will without a doubt be a movie one day, read it first to enjoy his multi-dimensional lead character, the whys and wherefores of his actions, and depth of human nature in the characters. I was blown away with my emotional response to this effort. I laughed, I cried, and I cried some more.
It got a bit long in the middle, and made up for it in the end.
The lead character, who is the unwilling hero; the simple human thrust into complex realities, with all the self doubts that any of us would share in his situation.
Very well narrated. His voice was well modulated, and make listening easy, as he became the lead character and simple told his own story.
It was a surpise ending for me. Kept me guessing until the end.
Destined to be one of his best
The narrator, Craig Wasson, did an excellent job with several voices and accents and really did an overall nice acting job. I will look for more books that he has narrated because he is top notch. I definitely think my enjoyment of this book in audio format is higher than it would have been if I read the print version. I was also able to get through it quicker, as I listened to it on my iPod when walking about town, working out, etc, and I didn't want to put it down!
The beginning drew me in and it was difficult to put down. I also really enjoyed the ending... I wasn't sure how the story would get resolved and I was very satisfied with the ending.
No, I haven't, but I definitely will going forward.
I think it was a pretty light
I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking for an entertaining read (or
Absolutely enjoyed this book, it brought back so many memories, good & bad, I was a teen when this happened and I can still remember it like it was a week ago. It was a history book, a fiction book, a reality book and a love story all in one. It was nice and long and I didn't get bored for a moment.
Listening to Mr. King at the end of the book was also very good, got his views and some really good recommendations of other books to read on JFK both true and fiction.
If you think that Mr. King just writes horror stories you will be surprised by this book, it's not scary, it's really good, give it a try I promise you'll love it and when your done listening you will go and read up on more facts about that horrible day.
Not enough SK's specials effects
Way too many facts and way too little SK's Mind!
Was Just Fine
Too Many that I would cut!
A Disappointment for a SK work. It would have been a better short story!
Agree with others.
Loved the use of