I am 69 years old and the period of this book - late 50's and early 60's - was my coming of age. There are things about that era that I had forgotten over time - both the simplicity and complexity of that period. I could relate to the time traveler wanting to stay.
King is also showing his age and he obviously has a better memory than I do because it was an honest portrayal of the time. It truly felt genuine. Beyond the question of what would have happened with another road traveled, this is worth reading as a period piece.
I had stopped reading Stephen King a long time ago. I felt that he was very good at writing short stories, but the longer his stories get the more they fall apart. Here is his redemption. All the nostalgia that permeates his other stories actually have a place here. His excessive need to describe things works well here too. My biggest pet peeve though is his repetition of certain phrases, the hammering home of a point so often that it makes me want to scream "WE GET IT ALREADY! SHUT UP!". This still plays a part, but thankfully it doesn't get too annoying until near the end. And he has finally mastered the ending of a book.
This is not a horror novel, and is only slightly sci-fi. But it is a good journey. I recommend it.
Everything; I loved that this book is so different from many of the authors others works. However there is...a flavor that runs through it that is essential Stephen King. I wasn't sure that I would enjoy this book. I am not a "history buff" and frankly from what I'd heard it really didn't seem like something I would be interested in. However I finally got it and I am so glad I did. This book is wonderful, full of all the things that make us what to read/listen to books for.
This book for me really doesnt compare to anything else I've read of this author for me. There are....similarities in the writting styles of course and that King flavor that so often tints his work. But this story was much different then most of his previous works. It was more suspensful with a dash of horror thrown in. I was very impressed with this book.
Probably the dance when Jake has their song played..........it was very touching and I got the sense of everything would be alright with these two characters. It's not often you get the love conqures all feeling with this type of writer.
Oh yes lol. Even had it been in book form I would have longed to pick it back up. I found myself taking my iPhone places with me that I might be able to listen to a little more before I returned to my work or dinner or whatever I was doing at the moment.
Don't let the essense of what this book claims run you off. Yes there is alot of history in it, but it's not really a historical peice. It's history as only Stephen King could imagine it if anything. Take the chance; I promise you won't be sorry!
Wasn't my favorite book but it did keep me engaged for the whole performance. Entertaining at times, thought provoking but in the end nothing spectacular.
No, don't know if it would even be possible with the length of this book. A bit too long.
Enjoyable while it lasted, but forgettable in the end. Lots of subplots that were interesting at times but not needed. I thought the performance was great though, very enjoyable and pleasant performance.
Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
I have not picked up a Stephen King novel in years, but the reviews were stellar, so I thought I would give it a try. Needless to say, I had to put my life on the back burner until I finished this one. It is wonderful to read a master storyteller.
The narrator was exceptionally talentedt! The story was one of Stephen King's all-time best, in my opinion.
Jake Epping, the protagonist. He is one of those great multi-dimensional characters that is so hard to portray in any story.
Voice characterizations were superb. I was caught up in the narration and story from the get-go and was enthralled until the very end.
Absolutely, but I didn't want it to end! That's how you tell a good story from a great one.
After many years of swearing off Stephen King (I'm not always happy with his story endings), I couldn't resist the many rave reviews about the novel and its ending. Consequently, I found out in the afterward that Joe Hill, Stephen King's son and author in his own right, helped with the ending.
Just a Latino living life in NYC
Stephen King really knows how to place you with in the story and Craig Wasson's reading gave the story an extra level of reality...
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.
After reading several review, I decided to try King again. I read most of his early stuff, took a break, then tried a couple more with mixed feelings.
I loved this book! Typical to have a bit of the supernatural that is bigger that we "get" and the pop culture that King is a master of using in his story. But for me the best part is the creation of the characters. I want so much for it to work out for Jake. I love the era, the detail of the time and of Jake's story aside from Kennedy. That is what makes this a great read.
If you haven't read King in a while, come back for this one. If you are a fan, you've already read it. If you are reluctant to read King - this is a great one and not to be missed. It is not the horror story, nor the super-super paranormal of some of the novels that are interconnected and twisted up a bit.
I've liked most Stephen King novels, but this is probably his best. As an engineer and geek, I particularly appreciated the internal consistency of its basic concept, which, given the premise of the time portal, remained believable throughout. And it was just a good story.
And Craig Wasson's reading makes me want to look for other books he's narrated, regardless of their authors.