I've been a loyal fan having read every book of Stephen King since I was in high school in the late 1970's. His genious for writing epic novels populated with clearly defined, well rounded characters is astounding. Craig Wasson does a great job bringing the book to life.
This production does not disappoint. It is the audio equivalent to a page turner.
I read, I write; I listen
What I like about a Stephen King book is he does his research, (as mentioned at the end of the book.) A story that centers on such a widely discussed, and written, event in history as the Kennedy assassination would have been boring had he not used many little known historical facts (little known except probably to those conspiracy theorists that are consumed by 11-22-63) and made a plausible story line in the midst of an impossible premise; in this case time travel.
I feel I got to know Lee Harvey Oswald. I got to know his family and even though it was pure conjecture; I got to know the reason he pulled the trigger on that fateful day in November of ???63.
The other part of the book centers on the premise of time travel. Can a man go back in time and change history and it he could how would that effect the future? This premise has also been discussed, and written about often but Mr. King uses, in my opinion a clever mechanism in which time is reset every time someone travels back through ???The rabbit hole??? again. In the beginning of his book the owner of a a local diner, Al Templeton, travels back to 1958 and purchases the same beef (at 1958 prices) over and over again which he sells to his customers in 2011.
The part of the book I found somewhat nauseating was the relationship between the main character, Jake Epping, and a woman he meets when he travels back to the past. The use of ???Pound Cake??? to describe their desire for each other makes me not want to eat it ever again; although their relationship is an integral part of the story.
The narrator, Craig Wasson, does an adequate job although at times he sounds like a bad Jimmie Stewart impression.
I???ve read almost all of Stephen King???s books and I think this is one of his best.
The story was incredible and full. Another Great read/Listen.
No matter what Genre you seek this one has something for everyone.
Though I miss Frank Muller Narrating Stephens work I found Craig Wasson a great Narrator. Listened all day and half the night.
This was a truly engrossing listen. From start to finish... it just reached out of my speakers and grabbed me. Spectacular concept which was pretty much flawlessly delivered. And I'm not a King fanboy- I have read a lot of his stuff and have given them varying reviews.
Wasson did a tremendous job with the narration- there were a number of moments in the listen where I was on the edge of my seat or had massive welling of emotion. Just a brilliant performance.
Worth a credit and 30 hours of your life.
I admit, I was a bit worried about how someone with an imagination like King would handle going back in time to an event of this…magnitude, with all the scrutiny it has received over the years, and the conspiracy theories, but also…keeping in mind the real people who were involved or affected by this and the emotions they still feel... Turns out King handles it like a pro. The details…not just about the assassination of JFK, but about the time period in general are just fantastic. I wasn't born yet – but my dad (who also read and loved this book) enthusiastically verifies their accuracy. The time travel part is interesting, and very…Stephen King. He does a good job of explaining how it works in the beginning – it’s time travel with the convenience of a reset button…which turns out not to be entirely free of charge… As usual, characters are outstanding - interesting, real...with just enough creepy. I also liked the connection with Derry, Maine. I haven’t read “It” since high school – so it’s probably time for me to go get the audio version of that one… Narration is excellent.
Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.
I have not picked up a Stephen King novel in years, but the reviews were stellar, so I thought I would give it a try. Needless to say, I had to put my life on the back burner until I finished this one. It is wonderful to read a master storyteller.
King has a real gift for grabbing you by the ears and pulling you, eagerly, through even the longest book. This is a story very well told.
I've liked most Stephen King novels, but this is probably his best. As an engineer and geek, I particularly appreciated the internal consistency of its basic concept, which, given the premise of the time portal, remained believable throughout. And it was just a good story.
And Craig Wasson's reading makes me want to look for other books he's narrated, regardless of their authors.
I have several Stephen King books in my audible library and have enjoyed some more than others. My favorites tend to be the more "plausible" such as Dolores Claiborne. 11-22-63 sets a new benchmark for SK! My criteria for a good audio book has always been a story that pulls me in right away, one that keeps my interest and one that has a good narrator. This book has all 3 and lots of food for thought as well.
To start with, I was into the story immediately and was loathe to turn off my iPod for anything other than a great story. The narrator told the story rather than reading it. There was so much I didn't know about the era that piqued my interest. So often a book gets off to a good start but doesn't deliver, but that is not true here. The ending was satisfying as well.
The book will appeal to non-King fans as well. Perhaps his best...
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
Mr. King does it again, another long book that holds the reader's interest throughout. The narrator did a fine job with this delightful story. The likable main character and his group of "besties" all live in the past and engage either knowingly or not in a plot to change the world as we now know it.
Jake/George, is a lovable all around good guy. The reader is taken in as we follow him and his special friend Sadie, who is as clumsy as she is beautiful.
The times seem quaint to us now, yet I remember this vibe having grown up in the 60's myself.
So enjoy and be prepared to either reminisce or be intrigued with the setting and the story.
I feel as though this author never disappoints.