I was hesitant about this book at first. It seemed so outside of what I've been used to by King, not to mention that I was not as pleased with his books that have come out in the last few years. Not only was I not disappointed, but this well exceeded my expectations.
The book has strong characters and the concept is captivating out of the gate. Although there may have been some short-lived lulling portions, those were hardly memorable against the magnificence of the story. This was one audiobook that I could hardly wait to get back to day after day.
Craig Wasson was.... adequate. He was good with the content, but I didn't always particularly care for his interpretation and his god-awful women's voices.
Overall, fantastic. I recommended this book to four of my close friends and family members, and they all thought it was wonderful as well. This is one I will most definitely read again in the future.
I have been an avid Stephen King reader for many years, but I held off on this book because I thought it would not be vintage King. I, of course, was wrong. If there is anything King does better than anyone is get inside his characters' heads. He's done that again beautifully. And the suspense built all throughout the book to a great ending. It's a long book, but the length is necessary in order to build on one of the main themes--that time does not like to be changed. I wholeheartedly recommend this to anyone looking for a new and suspenseful twist on an almost 50-year controversy.
Craig Wasson's reading of 11-22-63--A Novel is absolutely perfect!!! He does southern, and particularly ignorant-southern, dialects better than all the other narrators I have heard. And the voice he gave to the primary character in the book suits that character very well. All the characters voices just seemed to fit them which made it a pleasure to listen to for all of the 33-plus hours. I will now be looking for more books narrated by Craig Wasson.
One and only review on this site after dozens of books, in dozens of categories. Not a huge King fan, but this book is just incredible. If you don't get it you are doing yourself a huge disservice.
Lot's of repetition. He doesn't even change the thought. If I heard "the past is obturate" once I heard it 75 times. At times I thought the narrator was even embarrassed. This was my first Stephen King book and wasn't prepared for the gore. I didn't feel it added to the story and was in poor taste. I stuck with it, he does tie up the loose ends.
The narrator would use movie stars voices for characters and he was very good at that. He also was excellent as John Kennedy.
Pretty much nothing. I survived the redundancy.
Won't read King again.
As huge as this book is, it's a small, personal story that happens to include a time travel plot. It can be brutal at parts, but it's also the most tender book Stephen King has ever written. Craig Wasson does a good job reading. He messes up a couple of accents and over acts a couple of times, but he also brings a lot of necessary pathos.
Interesting Riveting Likeable
Not sure - even though it was based on time travel, it had an interesting mix of history and surprise.
He made the guy come to life in a 'marshmellowly, vanilla' kinda way. He did a good job making the main character sound like an average school teacher.
I have to commend Stephen King in that the book is really long; however it doesn't feel long. I've read shorter King stories that felt like they were twice as long as they should have been. 11-22-63 was done very well.
I am not a big fan of time travel stories. When I hit the 'purchase' button I thought I was buying a book which explored what happened that day and why - a historical fiction perhaps. So I was surprised to discover the concept was about stepping back in time, changing the past and the ramifications of that. I found it fascinating. the tale has a perfect blend of romance, historical fact telling, adventure, character development and suspense. All beautifully told by Craig Watson.
yes, but impossible given its length. however - a great book for a long plane journey or train ride.
I was somewhat skeptical whether I would like this book. It seemed much too long. But I loved it! I cried when I was done. I don't know why I would ever doubt Mr. King. He is one of the best writers in the world. I fell in love with all of his characters. Take the time to listen to this. You will not be disappointed.
Other reviews made it seem like this book was some kind of masterpiece from King, better than his other books, a new level of maturity and artistry in his writing. No, in reality it is just like all his other books. Plenty entertaining, but full of cheap plot mechanisms, unrealistic dialogue, rural Maine, and a spooky evil force with a cartoony name.
On the plus side, the story moves along at a fairly steady clip; the characters are mostly likable and believable; and the use of the JFK assassination as a plot framework actually works pretty well. On the negative side, King throws in things that are completely unnecessary and that "spoil the mood". For example it's not enough for this book to wrap Lee Harvey Oswald up in a time-travel adventure, no--there also has to be a mysterious evil universal force named Jimla, and King goes to painfully awkward lengths to stuff this into each chapter. For another example, King likes to use pop-culture references, I suppose to make his books or characters seem hip and approachable... but his own comprehension of pop culture is antiquated and out of touch, to the point that it doesn't even make sense in a fictional context.
Again though, the book passed the time nicely, I was entertained, and it was not a waste of a credit. It was like eating a Subway sandwich: not great food, but you could do a lot worse, and it did the job.
The narrator did a very good job, not Oscar-worthy, but better than average.
Can't say enough about this book. I listen to Audible in the car and I found myself so lost in this story I was not paying much attention to the road.