This author specializes in long, detailed story telling and this is just a great example of his work. The characters are lovable and even though the plot is a bit outrageous the reader fully accepts the possibility, going on to enjoy the story. Very long - but that just makes for continued enjoyment. There was a time when King's writing seemed to get a bit trashy (in my opinion) but this novel shines like some of the earlier, great King epics - such as The Stand. Easy to follow the story line, just hard to put down!
If you are 60 or older this book is for you because it will really take you to the past you know.
I simply could not stop listening. I bookmarked a lot to go back to listen a perfect narration of an amazing love story and a very well documented modern history review.
I've been a Stephen King fan for a long time but some of his more graphic novels had me wondering if I would enjoy hearing his work. This is not a blood and gore story, it is more mystery and sci-fi.
The story revolves around a man who goes back in time to prevent the death of JFK. The concept itself was fascinating to me. What would it be like? King does a great job illustrating the differences, in dress, in slang, in expectations, between our modern world and the late 50s and 60s. He captures the small things I would not have thought about but truly make the story feel real.
I really liked hearing the echos of his other works in this novel. We visit places and people in his other books which weaves a more complex story.
Give this one a try. The narration is excellent, pace is good and the story is captivating.
Yes, Absolutely, great narration production!
It would have to be the yellow card man, because I think about how and why King included him in the book. I might just have to listen again...
I think he did a lovely job with the southern-accented female character Sadie. Not easy for a manly guy like Craig to pull off. All the characters were played very well.
A chance to reset history...
The audible books have excellent voice talents and overall fantastic production. Long Live Audible!
Don't get me wrong. I enjoyed this book, but I would have enjoyed at least as much if an editor would have said, "Stephen, it rambles a bit in places. Maybe you could cut about a third of it." Seriously, did this novel need to be as long as the LBJ biography or Ken Follet's latest? Short answer: No. That grumbling aside, I liked the story and the characters. Craig Wasson did a good job voicing it. So, I'd recommend it. When you read it, though, you might want to do what I ended up doing. I changed the speed to 1 1/2 x. :)
It is for sure that Stephen King is a renowned author and inventor of a rare kind. Although this is an example of a book which is very simple and repeats most of the story elements of his previous books. But most obvious question would be: why is it so long? With so many words Tolstoy and other writer of past days could create marvels, here all we can see is just another story with vague, banal and unconvincing main fabula. However I like author's optimism, writing style, some of the literary devices he uses, and bearing in mind his previous achievements, that's why four. Proper ending, by the way. As to the narrator - everything was in place besides some minor changes of voice tone. Craig Wasson did his job as well as endured such a long reading.
P.S. Some comments from me personally (as I am of Russian origin) - such a rich author as S.King could have at least hire a professional Russian translator for the episodes with dialogues in Russian. It was awful to hear so many mistakes...
It was a great story filled with history and fiction--as with most of Kings work, it has a bigger story/underlying meaning that keeps you thinking after you turn off the lights.
The story was an excellent mix of historical fiction, suspense and good old fashioned romance. I haven't read Stephen King in years and found this was a wonderful change from the horror novels I know him for.
I loved Jake/George - his character had a lot of depth and he faced a lot of internal and external struggles.
Everything! I truly felt like there were several people reading this story, not just one. Each character's voice and personality was distinct and memorable.
Without giving anything away - the ending definitely had me misty-eyed.
Well worth the time it takes to listen. I'm sad it's over!
Too long and boring. When the speaker pretends to be a southern woman I kept thinking of Monty Python. The characters were false and unbelievable. It's trying to be a love story, after 14 hours I still wasn't convinced. I kept listening hoping it would get better but it only got worse.
I used to be a fan. Not sure anymore.
Different voices for different characters would make more sense.
Don't waste your time and money.