This novel is excellent. Master storyteller, Stephen King, doesn't disappoint as he weaves together an imaginative, creative story of time travel. In usual fashion the characters are well developed, the storyline just sucks the listener in to time and place. Absolutely one of King's best, don't miss this one you need to find out what happens when we have the capabilities to change history. Listen with delight!
Half of the time listening to the book was time well-spent. The other half was just okay, but I kept listening in order to get to the end.
I've never read (or heard) a Stephen King book before since horror books don't appeal to me. So I was excited to listen to this book in order to hear the brilliance of Stephen King. Perhaps going in with the expectation of brilliance didn't help.
This book is horribly repetitive. Also, it adds details in places where they don't need to be happen. The details only slow the pace of the book. Perhaps that works for readers of the book, but it doesn't work for the audible book.
King didn't do a good job developing his characters. I understood the main character well but had difficulty understanding--or maybe just empathizing--with the others. I found all of the characters--including the main character--to be very shallow and easy to predict. The love affair between the main character and Sadie seemed extremely contrived.
I did like learning about the JFK murder and Oswald. I understand that the book is a work of fiction, but I'm willing to believe that many of the facts are true. King did a fabulous job researching the time period, and I even liked the post-JFK analysis.
I liked learning about the life of Oswald. I also enjoyed learning about 1960's Dallas. And I enjoyed reading the story about what could have happened had JFK lived. Also, I enjoyed following the path of resulting changes that happened when something small was altered. King did a great job developing the supernatural part of the story.
The narrators voice worked well for the main character but not for many of the others. For example, Sayde sounded like a 60 year old smoker rather than an attractive 28 year old. This book--due to its length and the variation in the gender/age of the characters-should have been narrated by multiple people rather than one.
A movie or TV series related to a "rabbit hole" experience would be interesting. Watching 11-22-63 on a movie screen might be good--especially if the book was cut down into a 90-minute movie. Also, the characters would probably come more to life when seen (and heard) as different people rather than through only one voice.
A good listener!
The best SK I've come across. Great historical detail threaded through an excellent story line. The author has a knack of making you feel you're right there, and this book is no different. None of the awful (though delicious) creepiness here; I didn't want this one to end.
I loved this book. It's long... 30 hours, and since I don't have a lot of free time it took me almost 4 months to complete it but I always found my self wanting to listen, and wondering about the characters.
The performance by the reader was superb. He does accents and different voices easily and so believably, I would sometimes forget it's always the same man!
The story lost a star because I found the ending anti-climatic. I don't want to give anything away, but if the ending had gone in another direction, this would have been a 5 star book across the board. It had some dull parts, but a book of this magnitude is bound to, and they didn't cause me to lose interest. I just wanted to get through them and continue on with the "bigger picture".
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone. It's not super science fiction-y like some other books in this genre. It's believable, and Mr. King does a great job, as always, of pulling you in and connecting you to the characters. I was genuinely interested and concerned for Jake and Sadie. Great listen if you have a lot of time and you're interested in history/historical fiction.
Say something about yourself!
I listened to this because my 10th grader had it on her summer reading list. It was fantastic! We both loved it and it was fun to talk about it together from our 2 perspectives in time/age. Stephen King is really good a tying everything together in the most unpredictable ways. I sometimes forget how talented he is and I intend to consider more of his work for my "listens". You won't regret listening to this one.
Kept me interested from beginning to end!!! It was very original.
There wasn't one exact moment. They were all good.
It was perfect for this book. Sometimes narration ruins a story but not in this case!!
A must read/listen. Not typical Stephen King. More like his book The Green Mile.
Love Reading. Especially Audible!
The narration was fantastic.
I can't think of any other book that compares to 11-22-63.
Like his voice. A very talented narrator.
Story, performance, and characters are all amazing. I am a recent convert to King Novels having listened to 11-22-63, It, and Shining. I was least impressed with the Shining but the former two are truly great. I am in my 30's so the book was for the most part before my time but after listening I was left with a better sense of America, late 50's early 60's, than anything I have seen or read before.
This is one of those audiobooks you can barely wait to get back in your car to finish. This is more of a science fiction novel than a typical King Horror. Very very good book.
Loved everything about this book. Brilliantly written, beautifully narrated.
The concept of this story is pure genius.
Best narrator ever. Craig Wasson is amazing!
Absolutely! Had a hard time taking a break from it. Very exciting. Couldn't wait to see what would happen next.
If I could give it more than 5 stars, I certainly would! Stephen King's best work yet! Absolute genius!