You'd think after 50 novels even a distinguished author would be creatively wrung out, cranking out literary Pablum, possibly living comfortably off the body of works from "Ago", but no no no...King has somehow evolved--(indentured soul to the devil in trade??). Not only is his writing still inventive and original, it is insightful, intelligent, and intimate, and as is true with the best of the best of them, it reflects true dedication and respect to the art of writing, it is masterful.
King's trend away from boogey men (never "boogie" men--SK likes his tunes) toward the monsters within, is obvious with 11-22-63, and should once and for all show how adeptly King can stand proudly among giants, both literary main stream genre giants and the one-eyed-one-horned slimy kind. Surprisingly, the story is not as focused on the alternate history as it is on an alternate universe, and about what King does best, the story of people in extraordinary circumstances--missed opportunities, what-if's, hopes, dreams, good guys and very bad guys. It's familiar in many ways, even comfortable, loaded with heart and soul, maybe a little sap, and just when you reach for the tissue--out pops evil incarnate (ala Hitchcock-- via Derry, Pennywise, Christine, Lee Harvey, etc.) just to remind you...it is, after all, King, Stephen King. And, if familiar with King, you know it's long (let's not hear anymore about editing), you know it's entertaining, but you may be surprised by the polish and maturity. I've read some critiques that say this is "the book King was born to write." Personally, I wouldn't limit such a talented and prolific writer with that kind of statement!
Highly recommend; big claps for the meticulous research; kudos for time traveling with flair-not cheese. The narration is outstanding, absolutely equal to the work it performs and should be considered the high mark in audio performance. Could not get better.
* If you've read the book or the reviews, how's this for an eerie "harmonious" coincidence?: I just happened to also be reading Chris Matthew's Jack Kennedy: Elusive Hero, (which I also highly recommend) *shiver moment* and find the research in both books praiseworthy.
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The story was incredible and full. Another Great read/Listen.
No matter what Genre you seek this one has something for everyone.
Though I miss Frank Muller Narrating Stephens work I found Craig Wasson a great Narrator. Listened all day and half the night.
This was a truly engrossing listen. From start to finish... it just reached out of my speakers and grabbed me. Spectacular concept which was pretty much flawlessly delivered. And I'm not a King fanboy- I have read a lot of his stuff and have given them varying reviews.
Wasson did a tremendous job with the narration- there were a number of moments in the listen where I was on the edge of my seat or had massive welling of emotion. Just a brilliant performance.
Worth a credit and 30 hours of your life.
I read, I write; I listen
What I like about a Stephen King book is he does his research, (as mentioned at the end of the book.) A story that centers on such a widely discussed, and written, event in history as the Kennedy assassination would have been boring had he not used many little known historical facts (little known except probably to those conspiracy theorists that are consumed by 11-22-63) and made a plausible story line in the midst of an impossible premise; in this case time travel.
I feel I got to know Lee Harvey Oswald. I got to know his family and even though it was pure conjecture; I got to know the reason he pulled the trigger on that fateful day in November of ???63.
The other part of the book centers on the premise of time travel. Can a man go back in time and change history and it he could how would that effect the future? This premise has also been discussed, and written about often but Mr. King uses, in my opinion a clever mechanism in which time is reset every time someone travels back through ???The rabbit hole??? again. In the beginning of his book the owner of a a local diner, Al Templeton, travels back to 1958 and purchases the same beef (at 1958 prices) over and over again which he sells to his customers in 2011.
The part of the book I found somewhat nauseating was the relationship between the main character, Jake Epping, and a woman he meets when he travels back to the past. The use of ???Pound Cake??? to describe their desire for each other makes me not want to eat it ever again; although their relationship is an integral part of the story.
The narrator, Craig Wasson, does an adequate job although at times he sounds like a bad Jimmie Stewart impression.
I???ve read almost all of Stephen King???s books and I think this is one of his best.
I'm obviously the odd person out, but I truly can't see what others saw in this. I don't mind long books -- love them, in fact -- and I like Stephen King and time travel and the era of late 50s to early 60s in the U.S...what could go wrong? Well, to me, this book was bloated. The story underneath all the over-explaining is pretty good, so it was shame to handicap it with such heft. And the repetition! Goodness, at one point I considered starting a tally of the number of times I heard, "the past is obdurate." I get it! I get it!
This one was a miss for me.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Mr. King does it again, another long book that holds the reader's interest throughout. The narrator did a fine job with this delightful story. The likable main character and his group of "besties" all live in the past and engage either knowingly or not in a plot to change the world as we now know it.
Jake/George, is a lovable all around good guy. The reader is taken in as we follow him and his special friend Sadie, who is as clumsy as she is beautiful.
The times seem quaint to us now, yet I remember this vibe having grown up in the 60's myself.
So enjoy and be prepared to either reminisce or be intrigued with the setting and the story.
I feel as though this author never disappoints.
Studying to be a Mechanical Engineer at Georgia Institute of Technology.
He was awesome in Full Dark No Stars, and it's a pleasure to listen to him again!
And Stephen King is just as magnificent as usual!
Only a couple hours in and I am dreading it being over. LOL. The narrator is awesome and doing a job above and beyond. The storyline is excellent and I have no clue where it is going to go so that makes it even more exciting. I highly recommend this book....especially if you have a credit.
Author DeAnn DeVille
Jake Epping and his romance dilemma was my all time favorite story line. I don't want to go to far into the novel because I don't want to tell you to much of the story. Although with Stephen King I think you can never tell to much of the story because you have to actually read his books to become a fan as I am .
I would say the most memorable moment is when Jake Epping went back in time for like the 4th time and tried to change an outcome in which you hoped in your heart would make matters better...and I think somehow it did.
My favorite scene in the novel was when Jake Epping first goes down the time travel steps and sees the difference in the two worlds. Stephen King has a way of making the reader visualize his words.. you can see the state of the yellow card man, you could taste the original taste of the root beer, smell the coffee, the ice cream, the pies...the 1958 world of George Ambersen.
I'd have to say the scene that moved me was when Jake Epping goes back in time and follows his intended character to the grave site, where he has to make up his mind if he is going to commit a crime to change a mass crime that gravely effects the future...
Stephen King is one of the best writers of our time and I certainly enjoyed listening to this audio. The narrated documentation and bit of history he gives himself at the end makes this audio well worth the purchase, In my opinion, I appreciated hearing his words on the characters and his research on the Kennedy assassination. I strongly recommend this novel with a five star rating.