better story, quicker narration
yes... some of his older stories are very inspired.
yes... both were the protagonist and narrator sounded bored.
as always Steve King develops characters very thoroughly.
...occasionally broadens her horizons, but generally just wants to be entertained...
What struck me most about the book was the depiction of the past. Here Stephen King really excelled - the late 50's and early '60s are described richly and there is truly a feeling of being there. The suspense is real and the emotions were excellently portrayed. There was a true feeling of these people being real.
The narrator did an excellent job with his voices - even late revisits to characters present early in the novel were clearly recognizable. Nonetheless, I was not a big fan of the narrator's voice. Not his fault, but it was definitely something that occured to me a few times. Perhaps it was also overemphasis that was placed on some words or expressions.
It's not the best novel of all time, but I definitely enjoyed it and do recommend it.
A fantastic job by the narrator, he really brought the tiresome story to life.
I normally avoid King due to the endless padding in his books, this one was no diffirent.
A plodding story that was really saved by the fantastic job of the narrator. The story is beautifully written, you can't deny King's writing skills. It could have been a great book but suffered the usual endless padding of all King books.
Yes...because of Wasson and because of the relationships between the characters.
Frankly, the first Derry rescue attempt may be my favorite moment of any audio book in a long time.
He invests his heart into the performances. I can HEAR his emotion, his trepidation, his wistfulness, his frustration. His accents aren't always great, but his voices are instantly recognizable.
Wish I could have...it's way too long for that.
I love time travel stories...plotwise, this was not big on my list of favorites. I didn't really care for the ending. However, the stories of Jake interacting with other characters - the friends and enemies he made, and just his day to day involvement in history is so well written and made so memorable by King and brought to life by Wasson.
While the historical fiction aspect of the book good --transported you back to the 50s and 60s the book got plain silly towards the end. I think the writing was sloppy, like King got bored and was re packaging his standard formula. After a promising start it just unravelled for me.
I just shouldn't have bought it. If you are a King fan you might love it. Based on reviews I thought this would be different from his other books, with time travel elements ( Jack Finney-like) and a strong historical feel to it. For the first half of the book it delivered those elements. Then it became Stephen King's supernatural stuff. This transition was not seamless and it broke the sense of historical importance and personal connection of the present to the past ( as lived through the main character) that was there in the first half.
The realness of the time, the culture and the facts.
Jake - his struggle with altering reality and his love and care for those in history were palpable and real.
His voice seemed indicative of the time period when Jake/George exists 1958 - 1963. The tone and delivery were spot on for that time period contrasted with slang and expressions from the preset time.
The death of Sadie
Although the end in how drastic the changes are in 2011 after making these changes in history is predictable and expected - just wish altering the space time continuum wasn't always so dire.
Best Steven King Ever
The way he went back into history & back into the present.
I THOROUGHLY enjoyed this book.
I have read all of Stephen King's books. This is a new twist for him.... I loved it.
Nothing... He had all the elements of surprise. It makes me want to visit those places if I could use time travel.
He was Great
The historical context is great and putting voices to the characters give us an up closer and personal experience of the time and place.
Love This Story
The answer to What If is... this book. What would you do if you could go back in time and make things right for the world? Can a small change, make big changes?
I'm actually Mrs. William -- have been using and enjoying my husband's Audible account so much I couldn't resist reviewing!
I really wanted to like this book -- I really did! Sadly, however, it doesn't live up to its interesting premise. I enjoyed the first part, stuck with the middle, and felt deflated by the end. I must admit that I'm not usually a big King fan, but I'm of his generation and appreciate the fascination with this particular "what if". In my opinion, the book would have been better had it been considerably shorter.