I stopped reading Stephen King a while back because he got just too odd for my taste, but this is right up there with my favorites like The Stand, The Shining, and IT. I love time travel stories and this is really one of the best. Well thought through and just all around an excellent story.
The narration was excellent and the ending was so perfect. I can't recommend this one enough!
I have enjoyed Stephen King stories before but wouldn't call myself a huge fan - until now. This book was fascinating, entertaining, smart, has a great ending ... and even choked me up. The author and the narrator get the highest score I can give out.
I remember seeing a literary review for this book that indicated this man is not one of the giants of literature but is a good storyteller. Anyone that can connect with me like Stephen has done with this story in my opinion is of the same stature as anyone that literary reviewer would applaud as a giant of literature.
I can enjoy a pop song and I can get goosebumps from a more complex song like Thelonious Monk would write. This isn't a hard science fiction book, but there is enough complexity with relationships, research and possibilities that it played like a Monk Bemsha Swing for me.
I am only on Chapter 3 and am hooked! So glad for the holiday weekend so I'll have more time to listen.
I am brutally honest. Popular, love everything they read, reviewers are scared to go neg. and risk their ranking. It's your money!!!
NOW YOUR COOKING WITH GAS
Well researched historical fiction, great romance, an old story done in a new way, teasers, small horror, action, but mostly a movie theatre experience is what you get in this long, but short book.
THE BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES
Have you experienced a movie so good, so well done that you feel you are in it? When you walk out of the theatre it takes you a while to get your brain back to reality. This books is so well written and so well narrated, you will lose yourself in it. You will feel you are watching this on an I-max screen in 3D with surround sound. Compared to King most other authors are ALL HAT AND NO CATTLE. I DOUBLE DOG DARE YOU, to immerse yourself.
IF YOUR IN LOVE, SMALL POX SCARS ARE AS PRETTY AS DIMPLES.
At least one reviewer has put down the romance. I am not a fan of romance novels, but I could not help falling in love with the main female character and wishing her all the best. I wanted so much for there to be a happy ending and I will not tell you how it ends. It may have been ROMANCE AT SHORT NOTICE, but when she says HOW WE DANCED, I cried. I am a macho man, so I will deny this, DON'T ASK DON'T TELL. I HAVE POUND CAKE.
MY OLD MAN DRIVES A SUBMARINE
The book is thoroughly researched, down to the price of a root beer and the rhyming games of jump roping little girls. I love historical fiction and welcome King to the genre. A BLAST FROM THE PAST, A PLATTER THAT MATTERS.
YOU AIN'T FROM AROUND HERE.
In this 30 hours plus story that goes by too quickly, King also touches on several themes that are near and dear to my heart. He talks about cities or towns with personalities. I moved around a lot as a child of a military family. It is something I noticed even as a kid. Today I deliver to several grocery stories and I find they have personalities all their own, even chain stories. I find empathy varies greatly in different people and charm can go a long way in a persons career. Lots of times it is not how smart you are, it is how charming you are that gets you ahead in life. IN GOD WE TRUST, ALL OTHERS PAY CASH.
I did have a few issues, most of them minor. The book had a few teasers, I found annoying. This story is way over done. Grimwood has a great book called Replay, written in the 70's about when King was thinking about writing this story, that is pretty damn good. A lot of time travel books have been written and those written by authors of King's generation love to go back and try and save Kennedy. They seem to think that had he lived, life would be so much greater now. I also think that King took the 5th on this and did not answer the question. It seems to be the main question of the entire book and after thirty hours he does not answer it. I did not care for THE PAST HARMONIZES, aspect of the book and felt it detracted from the story. I also worry about glorifying the past. I remember when people in customer service type jobs totally sucked. I remember dreading going to the Dept. of Rev. cause of the mean hateful old ladies that worked there. You would stand in line for hours and when you got to the head of the line they would tell you, you needed to go to another line. When you walked into a hamburger joint the teenager behind the counter, would usually make it plain she rather be anywhere else then taking your order. Companies today have trained their people to be better in customer service and most seem to be happy to help. I remember bias ply tires and cars that broke down after 100,000 miles. In my day you better know how to change a tire. I have shopped at Western Auto stores, I much prefer Lowe's. I won't even go into civil rights, Women's rights, less freedom of speech and the cast system that was much more pronounced in the old days. We are better today then we were in the 60's. ASK ME NO QUESTIONS AND I'LL TELL YOU NO LIES.
YOU NEED TO DIG OUT YOUR EARS.
This narrator is excellent and I loved the secret voices he added. Listen carefully and tell me if you don't hear, Burt Lancaster, John Wayne, Jimmy Stewart and John Houseman. Oh, they may not be perfect, but I liked them.
PUDDIN' TANE, ASK ME AGAIN AND I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME.
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.
I was intrigued by the plot and completely bought into it throughout the book, so that's not the reason for my criticism. The story was good, very good in spots. It was the writing that disappointed - about halfway through it turned amateurish in far too many places (if I notice such a thing, then it's BAD).
One has to wonder what happened to the editor, especially during the 2nd half of the book. At least an hour, maybe two, of repetition could have been excised, and the story would have been better for it. Also, has anyone counted how many times King used "the past is obdurate" or "harmonic" ? It was so many that they became groan worthy towards the end.
With the exception of his Stella Voice, Narrator Wasson was excellent (however, the fact that he based some of his characters' voices on the likes of Burt Lancaster, Jimmy Stewart, John Houseman & Nixon, while amusing, was slightly distracting).
I haven't read the print version but this is outstanding. I
The very last scene made me cry.
No, it i too long for that.
I may become a King fan yet. I never would read his books since I m not a horror fan. And I thought that was all he wrote. This is not a horror story although there is horror here. I feel the book is a look at a past and future. A question of what might happen if what ifs were realized.
I like the pace of the book and it was the right length. I will try another.
Love to read, and Audible has made the two-hour daily commute enjoyable!
I haven't read Stephen King in many years, and was drawn to this by the subject, and all of the rave reviews.
Absolutely enthralled, and will definitely consider the plethora of books written by this author. I cannot imagine the research done to recreate America of the 1950s and 1960s that Jake Epping visits. Part history, time travel, science fiction and a love story. Fabulous. I wept at the beautiful ending.
The narrator, Craig Wasson, was wonderful. I will definitely look for other books with him.
This book was an all around treat.
So, I confess: I started and stopped reading Stephen King after a single short story scared me witless in the 70s. But this book got such good reviews, and was billed as "speculative fiction", I succumbed and bought it. Also, I'm a sucker for really long audiobooks, since I go for really long walks in the early morning. Apparently, horror is just part of his DNA, because I couldn't really listen to it, all by myself on deserted streets on pitch black, windy mornings -- you just never know when his Norman Rockwell Americana will abruptly turn terrifying. Save it for gardening or housework. But anyway -- a great, great read. This is a complicated story, it involves time travel (which always makes my head hurt), lots and lots of characters, lots of researched detail, lots of plot -- but he keeps it all spinning, never dropping the narrative thread, with nary a cardboard character and always a sense of compassion. His hero IS a hero, but utterly believable. Stephen King is a better writer and storyteller than Stieg Larsson on every possible dimension, including writing in Swedish.
Audible has changed my life! Dry , itchy eyes were destroying one of my greatest pleasures - reading. Now I am experiencing books again!
I really wanted to like this book -- I really did! Sadly, however, it doesn't live up to its interesting premise. I enjoyed the first part, stuck with the middle, and felt deflated by the end. I must admit that I'm not usually a big King fan, but I'm of his generation and appreciate the fascination with this particular "what if". In my opinion, the book would have been better had it been considerably shorter.