Wow - this is one hell of a story! It's filled with moment's that make you pause and wonder, "What would I do if given that chance?"
One again and as always, the characters are so alive, you would think you actually know them from somewhere; like an old friend. This story is about so much more than Kennedy. It's layer upon layer of the human condition, with rich turns and challenges most of us would never want to face. The end brought tears to my eyes, and left me with such mixed emotions and internal conversations, my brain will be busy for a long time trying to sort it all out.
The narrator is phenomenal! One of the BEST I've ever heard! If there's an award, better give it to HIM! No one would deserve it more!
I feel like I've been away on a time-travelling holiday. The sheer volume (30 hours plus) means that the usual things you do within a three-four or five day time-span become pre-empted by a leap into the nostalgic. I really appreciate the minute details that King injects into the 1958 world of Winston cigarette smoke filled rooms, the social ramifications of spending too much time on a Friday night at someone's home, and the love /hate affair that one can really have with an big-old car.
Time travel books can be confusing at times, but I think he's done a terrific job. The characters, as in almost every SK novel are either terrifying or very likeable, so there's a predictable comfort zone in reading any novel by this great novelist, but at the same time, I know I fell asleep listening to this book and ended up with a few unpredictable King-inspired nightmares that lingered throughout the day.... throughout the day .... throughout the.....
I don't want to be a Stephen King fan. Nevertheless, he knows how to tell a story! I have really liked some of his books in the past, and I really loved this book. It gave me so much to think about. I'm afraid I will have to read a few more King novels in the future. Darn it!
I was a kid when Kennedy was shot, and no explanation yet satisfies me as to what really happened. I didn't find an answer here either, but it was nostalgic to go back and revisit the scenes of that awful day. Everyone wishes it would never have taken place, but what if someone had stopped it? How different would things really be now? King stretches the imagination to the max, which is what he does best.
I've been a loyal fan having read every book of Stephen King since I was in high school in the late 1970's. His genious for writing epic novels populated with clearly defined, well rounded characters is astounding. Craig Wasson does a great job bringing the book to life.
This production does not disappoint. It is the audio equivalent to a page turner.
Addicted to Audible!
SK can actually write a love story! It was also a good history lesson. He really brought the late 50's early 60's to light for me. Hard to imagine going back in time and giving up all the things we take for granted. I had no idea where this story was headed and it truly suprised me. I dont want to give anything away, so I will just say it was 30+ hrs that flew by. I loved it! Dont miss this one!
It has been a while since I have listened to a book (especially one this long) and hated to see the time counting down. I almost just started it over. Stephen King is a master storyteller and the narration is excellent. Highly recommended!
5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(
I really loved this book. its just half way through it you think "why all of this?? why its taking toooo long". But still its really good... the ending is amazing and the butterfly effect is..... well i don't know how to explain it, but you really think if this happened in real life, what kind of changes will occur.
Never found a lull in the story or narrative. I was pleased that even though it was Stephen King and a time travel story, it really didn't seem far fetched or odd. I felt I could actually believe in what was happening. I pulled for the hero in his mission and his relationships, and was sad when the story ended. I'd definitely recommend listening to the novel, even if you don't go for time travel stories.So much of the time is spent in the life of another time, keeping the story straight isn't taxing. Being from Dallas, I found it interesting hearing about familiar places.
Sadie's trauma from reappearance of x-husband; her vulnerability and yet her strength and loyalty. Also, ultimately I was pleased with the ending. For a bit I was worried that it wouldn't end the way I felt would be acceptable after having invested that much time into the story. I still have my own preferred ending, and choose to remember my own fantasy ending.
Definitely. I even stole time away from my day for listening, when I should have been concentrating on other things.
The author should give Dallas a chance in 2011 as well as 1963. He's not favorable of the area and it shows in some parts of the writing. I don't think the attitudes in Dallas are as hateful and dire as he makes them out to be. Were the slights more blatant, I probably wouldn't have been able to loose myself in the story, for being annoyed at the shortsightedness of the author.
I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.
I really enjoyed this novel and I think it's the best thing King has written in a while. The book is quite long, but the story never got dull. I had a great sense of the characters and the assumptions about history and the people in it were very plausible. As with all King novels, you have to be willing to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride. The ending was a little predictable, but in a way, I don't think the novel would have been as fulfilling if he'd ended it differently.
King's attention to the details of the time period where the book is set are terrific and consistent as well. He does a great job of engaging all the senses to make you really feel the time of the book. Highly recommended.
Also, Craig Wasson was an excellent choice to narrate this book. He did a wonderful job.
I give books 5 stars when I think they deserve to win some kind of prize and I'm not sure I think this is an award winner, but it is a great, fun and worthwhile listen. Very happy to see in the Stand just came out on audio and I look forward to listening to more King!
Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970
Normally, I am not a fanatical fan of all Stephen Kings works because I don't enjoy dark and scary. However, this story drew me in, held me and delivered me right to the front door of WOW. It was interesting to Google Map the many addresses mentioned in the story while listening. I am ex-military and an old crusty kind of guy. I wan't exactly "crying" at the ending of the story; its closer to say my eyes were "glistening" while wearing a happy smile.