I think I will listen again, because my impatience to know how it ends has caused me to skip ahead a couple of times.
I loved the references to The Butterfly Effect. I loved the way King tied aspects of the story together with what he calls harmonies, I would maybe call them echos. But either way the end is the same, different parts of the story tie nicely to previous events and its an artistic tie that we as fans have begun to expect of a Stephen King work.
Wasson's voice is good for a King book. He is smooth in his reading, and portrays the character's thoughts and feelings. You feel the story.
Evil is in the eye of the beholder. Buying it back will extort payment forever more from all the world, and every form of life.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I have to say that Jake was my favorite character. I wanted him to win so badly that, for a moment, I thought about not finishing the book so I didn’t have to know what was to become of his relationship with Sadie. But, this is what makes King the master. Not the scary stuff, but the characters. There are several characters in the story that you feel sorry for, but then feel like they are getting what they deserve at the same time (example – Marina Oswald).
What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?
You can feel the sadness in Craig’s voice. Jake had several watershed decisions to make – Stay in Jody, or go to Dallas. Sadie or Lee? 2011 or 1958? Close the hole? I could feel that struggle. Wasson was an excellent choice to read this novel.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I did choke up a little at the conclusion. Very bittersweet.
Any additional comments?
This book is quite the masterpiece. I reacted to the emotion in this novel as I did to the Green Mile, which may be my favorite King novel. I remember how horribly sad that I felt for John Coffey, and for the internal decisions that Paul had to make in the end. I love the fact that King is able to weave these genuine human emotions into all of his stories. Keep writing them, Mr. King. I’ll keep reading (and listening).
Absolutely loved 11-22-63! Not something I would expect from Stephen King but so glad I listened. It is so much more than about JFK. Oh Jake and Sadie. Bravo Stephen King!
Since this is my first Audiobook I have really nothing to compare it to but I can say that the voices Craig Wasson uses are the ones I hear in my head when I read Stephen King. I am an AVID Stephen King fan and his writing has always enveloped me. I smell the smells, hear the sounds and the voices, the whole story builds in my head like a movie unfolding.
My only problem with Stephen King's stories was that I never knew what a Maine Accent sounded like, so in my head I replaced it with what can best be described as Brooklyn Canadian (I'm a native New Yorker).
Craig Wasson filled in the missing piece! I get the movie picture going in my head now with the voices (complete with correct accents and raspy quality).
I'm very happy I choose this book to be my first audiobook. If you are a King fan, you are going to LOVE this story and it's NARRATOR!
Although I read a lot of Stephen Kings growing up as a kid, I haven't read a lot of his books lately. Some fo the past few I wasn't that thrilled about, but this story intrigued me. I think had I read the book I would have been turning page after page anyway but the narration performance by Craig Wasson was OUTSTANDING. I've listened to a dozen audiobooks, and I would have to say that was the best. All of his voices made the characters come to life even more than the excellent writing King put in. I couldn't stop listening. Awesome book and a must read even for the non-King fanatics.
Well, that would be giving it away! Let's just say I wasn't disappointed with the end and I enjoyed the plot thoroughly.
As stated above, the voices he used as he flowed in and out of the dialogue was impressive.
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Listen to it! You won't me sorry.
This is a great story. The characters are interesting and the story line keeps you wanting more. I'm not a big Stephen King horror story fan, but he hit a home run with this one.
Too much detail and unnecessarily long. Perfect candidate for an abridged version!
yes because it would have to get to the point and not deal with minutia
my first stephen king book. I liked the premise but couldn't wade through the unnecessary chatter.
This was one of the best audio books I have ever listened to. Get author, narrator, and story. You can't go wrong with this one.
human being in progress
I would listen to 11-22-63 again because of the rich tapestry of character and plot elements. The people, places and events come alive, and even when they become horrific I still *want* to be there.
This story reminds me of many of Kings most thrilling and engrossing stories. At his best he takes you away and you feel as though you are at home. The familiar becomes strange, and the strange familiar.
There are nostalgic moments of pleasure in this book that feel as though King cherry picked his best work and bound it all up in a new package for me, and any King fan, to savor again. But this isn't a rehash.
The historical detail and obvious deep research make 11-22-63 comparable to the best works of other detail obsessed authors, Truman Capote, and Colleen McCullough - I'm looking at you babes.
Wasson captured the emotion of the moment, without intruding on the story. He made it easy to drift into King's world and forget all else, including that I'm hearing a story.
Listening to this audio book is a 30 hour project.
I took breaks to digest it and care for bodily functions.
I like Stephen Kings work, and I always have. But, I'm not a rabid fan. He has produced some material that left me unsatisfied.
This book is not a miss. Its a hit.
A home run, in fact.
Bravo Mr. King.
i would listen to the book again up to a point. The story is very good but the performance is ridiculous in some parts like the Jimmy Stewart voiced FBI agent in the last part of the book and Mayor Quimby's JFK. It's distracting.
The characters are well developed and the story isn't rushed.
His attempts at imitations.
The past doesn't want to be changed.