I know a lot of people really seem to enjoy this book, and I did too. There are times when the story is really enjoyable and well done, but there is a lot that seems really overdone (long and repetitive). to me the best part of the story is when the character really gets into the world of 1963. the people and capturing the period are the things that I most enjoyed about the book. this is also what I think Stephen King has done so well in a lot his books that I've really enjoyed.
I didn't enjoy the time travel part of the story as much. As others have noted, time travel is a tricky subject that really requires a certain type of discipline from the author. I felt like King kind of glossed over this, and just applied this supernatural patch to it. This is fine for the typical Stephen King story where he is writing the rules of the game, but I didn't think it was developed very well for this story.
I found the narration to be mostly OK, with a few things that rubbed me the wrong way. most of the main characters were great, with only one character that seemed like the voice was a bit too directly atttributable to George W. Bush. I didn't think too much of it, but later, there were a number of characters that were obviously John Wayne, and Jimmy Stewart knock-offs. I thought it was over the top and kind of sloppy to depend on that rather than developing the characters as themselves.
Kings best work
It was interesting from beginning to end
Nice clear voice. Had no trouble understanding him.
I laughed in places and cried in places
Best book I have read in many years and the best SK has ever written. Especially loved the way he ended the story. I couldn't stop reading and finished it in two days. Wish it could have gone on forever.
Thank You Stephen King
The story grabbed hold of me and didn't let go. The richness of the characters and the story made everything come alive. I laughed and cried along with Jake and got swept along for the ride. And what an incredible ride it was!
The blend of history and fiction was excellent. It was, at some moments, difficult to remember that this was a work of fiction. I felt like I was right there in the streets and neighborhoods of Dallas.
This was my first encounter with Craig Wasson's work. I am looking forward to hearing more.
Will 11-22-63 take the place of The Stand as my favorite Stephen King book? Hmmmm....
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Overwrought, full of cliches, and the ending was disappointing/terrible. This is my first Stephen King novel, and probably my last.
I was not a fan of Craig Wasson's portrayal of the characters in 11/22/63, especially Sadie's - I felt his performance was very exaggerated and corny, for the most part-especially switching between so many different accents. I actually felt myself cringing at many times throughout the recording.
The interplay of history and exceptional narrative
The description of what the world might have looked like had JFK lived.
There is a fundamental goodness in Mr. Wasson's voice that underlies so many of the characters.
Yes! Hated to pull out my earphones!
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Denna bok ligger i topp.
Jag gillar personbeskrivninarna som alltid är bra när det gäller King.
Mycket bra uppläst med fin inlevelse.
Lite svårare engelska tycker jag, men inte ett problem det är fortfarande lätt att förstå allt.
So I listened to all three parts Audible gave me, and it wasn't the end of the story!!!!! WTF! It ended when he gets beat up by the bookie punks. And just ended. I thought,
Yes, you can't digest the whole book in one reading.
The main character, George, Jake, was so level headed at times, even when he was in a world of crap.
Craig Wasson, was supreme in his reading, he really gets into the characters with such passion, you feel as though your standing along side of him.
To long to read in one sitting, but you will read it every chance you get.
I was 17 on 11/22/63, and I wish this was the way that day ended.Unlike the popular opinion, I like President Kennedy, and was sorry to see him get assassinated.It also was good to see Steven King can still toy with your imagination.
I would and most certainly have recommended this book to a friend. It is a unique approach to a much written about event. Craig Wasson did a great job with the reading and really held my attention throughout the entire book. While I really enjoyed the book, I felt the ending was a little rushed considering the all the build up. Overall, an excellent listen!
I have listened to almost 100 Audible Books over the past 3 years. This is without a doubt the best one yet. I have never been a big Stephen King fan, but the combination of history and supernatural was a hit. I also can't say enough about the narration. Excellent job.