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.
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 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.
Stephen King has an overwhelming volume of work to his name and, admittedly, I have merely scratched the surface of it with the few books I have read. Therefore, my review, where it concerns Mr. King, can be taken with a grain of salt. I have never been a huge fan of King's books. Of those that I have read, I have liked and disliked them in about equal proportion. So, when I saw the reviews for this book I was skeptical but the number of 5-stars reviews was overwhelming and at 30 hours it was a lot of bang for the credit. So I decided to go for it.
I was overwhelmed by how much I loved reading this book. On my arrival home from my hour commute, I would sometimes continue driving or sit in the driveway to make it to a stopping point. Listening to it extended my evening walks by an hour just so I get more of the story. In my limited opinion of King's work, this is by far the best thing he's ever written.
I don't want to get into the meat of the story for fear of giving anything away. It is a story about time travel and, while the author does touch on the means that make this possible, the book doesn't get mired in the technicalities. As the title makes obvious, the central aim of the protagonist is to find a means of preventing the Kennedy assassination but, while this is the ultimate goal that drives the story, it is the ancillaries that accompany Jake/George's quest that make the book great.
I really don't want to say much more. Whatever reservations you may have just push them aside and buy the book. You won't be disappointed.
Love horror, have listened to every zombie book available on audio book. Name one, and I've listened to it!
It was wonderfull!! loved every second!! I'm going to listen to this one every year...when you stomble on one of the GREAT ones...it's your lucky day!
Yes, and he is wonderfull!
Tag line? hold on, I'm Swedish...dont really know what you mean...
I must confess that it was the performance which captivated me in my choice of this book. From the sample bit, I decided that it sounded interesting and I really liked the reader. I would call him a true performer.
Of course, he had good material to work with, which helps. Both my husband and I read this, and enjoyed it first because it brought us back to childhood. The descriptions of how things looked, smelled, sounded and yes, tasted, were authentic! I think Mr. Wasson must have either lived through them, or had good stories about the times.
Time travel is always an interesting theme for a book. We are not sci-fi fans, but thought we'd give this a try because of the view of a friend. We both wish King did not insist on using profanity for the sake of it, as is his wont. There are times and polaces where it fit, and others where he seemed to look back and decided he hadn't thrown in four letter words in a while.
Niether my husband or I think of King as more than a very good trade fiction writer. But, this was definitely better than most. The characters came alive, and likely more so than if we had just read the book. Craig Wasson made each person important and unique. That is a true gift!
Both of us noticed King's abysmal overuse of the word Obdurate. It's a perfectly good word, but perhaps a trip to the dictionary for another word with similar meaning would have been good.
When I looked at the length of the book, I partially chose it because it was a lot of bang for the buck, or credit! My husband drives cross country, so Audible is his friend. But, I would recommend this book to anyone who is interested in the Kennedy era, and how life was lived then. This was not a typical horror novel, God be praised! The horrow is only in part of the final chapters. King did a very good job of looking at how changing an incident in time might have very surprising effects on the future.
Time travel is ever fascinating to we humans, as we seem to always wonder what would be different if only... This belongs as a must read for anyone who is interested in the theme. Craig Wasson was what took this book from very good to outstanding. Can't wait to read more of what he has read/performed.
I hugely enjoyed listening to this novel. The narration and the prose were both fantastic. I enjoyed the way Stephen King could immerse me in an account of the past that was simultaneously exciting and rustic. It takes a talented author to construct a novel that can follow the quiet, introspective moments of its characters as well as their heart-pounding, exciting ones. I would recommend this book to anyone. Romance, action, sci-fi, suspense--once again, one of the greatest authors of our time is able to skillfully combine them all into an absolute gem of a novel.
I wasn't really sure how Stephen King and time travel would mix. This novel is the best Time Travel book I've ever read. I was very surprised. A man, Jake Epping, goes back in time to see if he can stop the JFK assassination (among others) but history doesn't like to be changed, the bigger the change the harder history fights back against the changes and it fights him all the way making for amusing, interesting and unexpected twists in the story.
“The past is obdurate.”
It's hard to call it just a time travel story because it's also rich with historic voyeurism, facts and he frequently paints pictures in your mind from the 60's that are amazing and long ago forgotten. There is also an emotionally and moving love story that I won't spoil.
The big surprise is the ending. Accordingly, you find out after the story is finished that Stephen King's son (Joe Hill) suggested the ending. Do not skip through the book and read the ending no matter what you do.
The unforeseen surprise ending is perplexing, extraordinary, emotionally haunting and unforgettable.
This damn audio kept me up for two days straight and when I wasn't listening to it I was thinking about it.