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.
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!
11-22-63: A Novel
It has been a long time since I have read a book that brought me to tears but this book did. You also have to know this is the first time I have ever read Stephen King; most of his genre is not something I would read. The book was recommended to me by my hairdresser and my new Goodreads friend Tracy .. I thank them both.
The premise of this book is a time travel back to 1963 to stop the Kennedy assassination. For me the book was more than that, is was about the story of Jake Epping, alias George Amberson???s journey from 1958 through that fatal day in November of 1963 .. from Lisbon Falls, Maine to his life in Jody,Texas , of life in a era of big America cars, JFK, high school dances and of finding the love of your life in the high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill and decisions Jake/George must make ??? how he cares for his friend and community but still keeping what will happen on 11-22-63 in his sight. And Sadie, her character is perfection ??? beautiful, clumsy and wounded.
I was in the 6th grade when Kennedy was assassinated and I can remember that day so clearly. But the research that went into the Lee Harvey Oswald and the Kennedy assassination amazed me. One of the major strength of this book for me was how King transforms you to the world of 1958-1963 ??? I could taste the root beer, see the blue smoked filled rooms, I could hear ???In The Mood??? with Glen Miller and see Sadie and George dancing the Lindy. I don???t want to spoil the ending but it was how it had to end ..
I did listen to this book and Craig Wasson was the narrator ??? his interpretation of this book brought the book to life ??? his narration was magnificent ??? outstanding ??? brilliant.
I miss George and Sadie!
I enjoy nonfiction as much as fiction, so this "alternative history" was doubly enjoyable, and quite possibly more instructive than a textbook or nonfiction, fleshing out the "world ago" as it does. Mr. King doesn't disappoint as the master of suspense; he kept me guessing all the way to the end. The biggest surprise of all was that this story is primarily about love, testing the patience of the less romantically-inclined reader at times, but the rock-solid plot brings the rating back to 5 stars. The narration is competently done as well, despite the completely unauthentic Russian accent.
Lover of good cops and robbers books, Anne Tyler, Robert Parker, Dennis Lehane, James Lee Burke.
Before I get nitpicky, let me say I was totally engaged throughout this great story. Mr. Storyteller (King) did what he does best -- told one heckuva yarn. There were times I was sick with dread, teary-eyed with romance, and appalled at the violence. It bogged a bit in the middle and could have used a second go-over by an editor, but those are minor matters. I was 13 in 1963 and was sent by the principal to go around the classrooms of Virgil Jr High with a folded note. Mr. Kong started crying uncontrollably. I was told not to read the note. I say that to let you know I am of that time. I guess that was why I invested myself so emotionally into this novel.
However, the narration was bothersome in spots. Wasson seemed to use, in turn, the voices of Jimmy Stewart, Burt Lancaster, Peter Lorre, John Wayne, even Schwarzenegger for some of the characters. I found that totally distracting. He also would be speaking in a normal voice volume and then would raise the decibles up to extreme to voice another character. I pulled the earphones out of my ears several times due to the loudness. When he was speaking as Jake/George he was wonderful.
Perfect novel? Nope. But one rollercoaster of a read.
This psychological thriller had me on the edge of my seat. I have to admit that I have not read any of Stephen King's books since the '80's so I was reluctantly expecting a horror novel. To my pleasant surprise it was not a horror story but it was very scary in an adult life is frightening and filled with unforeseen twists that will scar you. This book was quite a bit longer than my usual reads and there were point were I couldn't believe that there was more story left to tell. But once I wads finished I found myself wishing there was more. And even though I logically knew how the story had to end I found myself hoping Mr. King could actually somehow alter history. It kept me thinking for days after I was finished.
Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.
There are so many good things about this story--the juxtaposition of then and now, a fresh look at love, an examination of how we humans want to control our destinies--but, I'm sorry, it didn't have to TAKE THAT LONG TO SAY IT. I dare say the man is sucking up to us boomers but, hey, that's a viable strategy. I don't begrudge him that.
Listen to this book if you want to live in the world of "What ifs" for awhile, to think about how your own actions in the world influence the next guy but if you want to escape into pure entertainment, try "Beat The Reaper." Now, *that's* fun.
I admit, I was a bit worried about how someone with an imagination like King would handle going back in time to an event of this…magnitude, with all the scrutiny it has received over the years, and the conspiracy theories, but also…keeping in mind the real people who were involved or affected by this and the emotions they still feel... Turns out King handles it like a pro. The details…not just about the assassination of JFK, but about the time period in general are just fantastic. I wasn't born yet – but my dad (who also read and loved this book) enthusiastically verifies their accuracy. The time travel part is interesting, and very…Stephen King. He does a good job of explaining how it works in the beginning – it’s time travel with the convenience of a reset button…which turns out not to be entirely free of charge… As usual, characters are outstanding - interesting, real...with just enough creepy. I also liked the connection with Derry, Maine. I haven’t read “It” since high school – so it’s probably time for me to go get the audio version of that one… Narration is excellent.
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!
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My caveat: I do NOT normally read Stephen King's books. I have plenty of respect for him, it's just not my thing usually. So consider the following with that in mind.
As a non-King reader, I enjoyed it, but it was more in the category of "beach novel" rather than life-changing book which is what I'm usually seeking. Reading beach novels I normally feel like I wasted hours of my life, but not so with this book which is to its credit.
A bit longer than it needed to be, but well-researched and well-crafted.
If you're seeking an engaging read, you could do a lot worse. If you're seeking a life-altering literary experience though, you might be disappointed.