The story is a page-turner - no doubt! Kept my attention the entire way through!
The development of Jake's character was superb.
The narration was one of the best I've ever heard. The voices were done well without being overdone.
I'm not a Stephen King fan, but I loved this book. I originally downloaded it based on positive reviews and I wasn't disappointed.
This book was hard for me to get through. The plot was decent, but I didn't feel the character development was there. I was interested in the beginning, but it was really drawn out and being that I was born in 1979 and don't know much about the JFK assassination it wasn't as personal as I think it might be for others. Sometimes I felt like King assumed the reader/listener would know what he was talking about without going into more detail. I also dreaded listening to any parts having to do with Sadie and George/Jake. I am not sure if it was the Sadie voice used or just that I thought this romance was way too predictable, over the top and sappy. I did enjoy listening to King's idea of how the world would have been different if JFK had lived, but this was only a tiny part of this book. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it, but I am not interested enough to try.
I am halfway done with this book and it is amazing. Not as creepy as normal Stephen King books, but I am not done yet. The narrator is great.
I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
Don't buy this book if you're a Stephen King fan. In addition to not being scary, spooky, or twisted in the least it is unbelievably long and drawn out. And redundant. I knew it was over thirty hours when I bought it of course, but there are some books that can run that entire time, hold a listeners interest, and feel like they finished the book in not nearly the length of the running time. 11-22-63 is not this novel. It is basically a story of a guy's life in a small town. Yes there is the time travel thing and Lee Harvey Oswald thing but it doesn't really add too much to the story. The story would have been no different if there was absolutely no time travel involved. I didn't finish it.
Narrator, story, concept, especially the narrator. I am so out of sync with the rest of the listeners, I hated the narrator. I wanted to love this book. I did two hours before I threw in the hat, the ear buds, and deleted it from iTunes. Sad day.
Say something about yourself!
What a journey! I loved every minute of the book and Mr King kept me on my toes and exceeded my expectations. I was particularly happy with the ending.
The only reason I got this book was because the NY Times named it one of the best books of 2011. What were they thinking? I've never been a big Stephen King fan, but thought I'd give it a try. Bad use of a credit.
The premise is great, and the book starts off well, but slips into a dreary listen when he has those two years to kill before Oswald shows up. And he does kill them and takes us along for the ride. I actually felt sorry for the Mr. Wasson and his narration. I'm not sure how he kept from falling asleep. With so little to work with his performance becomes sub-par as well. Somehow I made it through the second 8 hours, but had to give up shortly into the third download. I suppose I'll fast forward to the end and see if anything interesting happens, but I know the ending anyway.
Save your money on this clinker.
- research assistent at the University of Lugano (communication) - co-founder of the Seth publishing company Switzerland - translator of the Seth material by Jane Roberts
There are many great books by King, but 11-22-63 is undoubtedly his finest work so far. It cannot be compared to any of his previous novels since it is not a horror story. It is a story about friendship, love, passion, compassion and of course time travel and a great lesson to learn in the end. And all of you who have read "IT" will even meet some old friends in Derry... And apart of this: Craig Wasson does a fantastic job as reader!
this book is scarey, sad, and very thought provoking,an oveall good read! grabs you from the start and will not let go!
If I could have stayed up for 30 straight hours to listen I would have
I am a D-Bag.
I love S. King but I also hate him and after 11/17/63 I hate him a little more. I loved the first quarter of the book, it was the King of old. Man I couldn't wait to find out what happened next. Then the character moved to Jodi Texas. What the heck did any of that have to do with the plot? Why would he fall in love? Is Saddie a crazy person or what? I hate listening to them going on with pet names and declartions of love to one another. It is sicking. How many times did these two " MAKE LOVE"? A man from the future and a nut job from the south making love two dozen times isnt romantic its boring.
I clapped when I thought S. King was done with this pointless side track in the novel but No the curse of Jodi Texas must come back and haunt the story. And what was with those people at the school fawning over George like he was the best thing since sliced bread. Okay I get it the narrator of the story is a great guy who never does wrong. He is prefectly boring.
I hated the narrator much worse then then the story. This narrator has done other King novels and did okay. This guy sounds like the narrator from the movie The Christmas Story. I was thinking at any moment he would ramble on about a red ryder bb gun or complain about the bumpkins dogs.
I could have sworn this book was written by a more talented Dean Knootz. Not that Dean is more talented then King, I mean King is more talented, heck now I am losing track. Next I will be writing about my time in a small texas town where I put on plays with mildly retarded students and MADE LOVE with nut job school teacher who was the biggest victim in novel history.
I will buy Mr. Kings books because normally I love them and with the good I will get the bad. This should have been a novelette and cut out all that filler. I would have rather over paided for small story then got my moneys worth for a longer version of what came out of Cujos @ss.
This story was CORNY as Hell.