It was a long listen for what turned out to be way more of a love story than anything else, and I just didn't want that! So it might be just my reaction, but in the end I listened to the whole lot to then think I really need not have bothered. However, if you are interested in an alternative history fiction with a strong, long, love story then this may be for you.
I really enjoyed 29 of the 30 hours I spent listening to this book. Stephen King however, sigh. He still can't write a good ending.
His voice was easy to listen to, his casual laugh during dialogue felt natural, however his Russian and German accents both sounded like poor imitations of Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Great story. Great. Awesome. Almost brilliant. But that ending. Ugh. Come on Stephen, get with the program!
Stephen King of course- Craig Wasson a big no.
Great Story but what else do you expect from a stephen king novel
He is so over the top expressing the characters. for example a lung cancer guy coughing blood very close to death is constantly shouting- why on earth. The narration lacks all subtlety. I listened to "Bag of Bones" read by Stephen King himself and that was just amazing. so many emotions just presented with a little change of voice.
Please audible: use other people who do not overact great stories
Usually films are less exciting especially after reading the book, so probably no
This was a long listen, and brilliant. the narrator is well matched for the story, and the story is compelling. I was sad when it finished, because I felt so involved with the plot. While there is a lot of story, the book never looses the thread of the ever thickening plot.
It was an interesting story that kept me going but will not be on my list of must recommend to my friends.
I found the narrator's voice a bit irritating and did not endear the characters to me.
NO, once was enough
We picked this as our bookclub book because one of our members was reading and enjoying it. It's an OK read but not the caliber for a book club discussion.
Intriguing, emotional, wonderful
I can't split Jake and Sadie, I loved them both.
No, this was the first time, Craig Wasson did a great job.
I loved the whole book and don't want to spoil the ending for anyone who hasn't read it yet, but the last few chapters brought tears to my eyes.
Thoroughly enjoyable read
I have listened to many of his performances an this one definitely compares with his better ones
11.22.63 .... a day that lives on in the minds of so many people the world over. The day a young President was cut down in his prime. But what if he was saved? How would our world be different today? This book answers those questions and more as a very likeable hero Jake/George travels back in time to stop the assassination of President Kennedy. It was the link to JFK that attracted me to this novel by Stephen King, not an author I usually choose. The story kept me enthralled from start to finish and for anyone who like the theme of time travel, this book is a must as it combines fact with fiction and a big "what if??" I totally recommend this book as a must read (listen).
For those other reviewers who really liked the book, I agree with their comments. All in all a really great book and a wonderful narrator.
But one of the other great aspects of the book that doesn't seem to be covered by others is that, at its heart, it is actually a time travel book about how time travel might be possible and what it's implications may be. Everything else, including the assassination of JFK (although King has a great interest in that event), are just vehicles to explore that time travel theory.
This was really refreshing as I've grown a little tired of having to take a deep breath before diving into time travel books that do not waste even a single a sentence on trying to grapple with the fundamental problem with the concept. (e.g. If I go back in time and shoot my grandfather, it would mean that I could not have existed in the present time in order to go back in time to shoot my grandfather. The old paradox). Stephen King tries to address this directly and I think draws on the latest thoughts of top physicists in this area. For that alone, it was really interesting.
Having said all that, I really appreciated the significant research that King undertook to set out a huge amount of detail surrounding the life of Lee Harvey Oswald leading up to the day of the shooting. It really brought Oswald to life in a way that few other books have done.
I now have two favourites: 11 22 63 and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. I thought nothing would ever equal Fry, but it has. This.
I have no idea. I don't normally read King, but am so pleased I read this. It truly was brilliant. Probably better as an audio book as the narrator truly performed the characters and I felt like I was listening to a play with dozens of actors, not one actor alone.
All of them, but I'd have to say Jake, obviously. Also loved the bookies, Mimi, JFK himself, Sadie, Deek, the school kids in the play.
The past is belligerent.
King fan or not, this is a brilliant story, wonderfully researched and constructed. It seems like one of those novels a writer waits their whole life to write--and everyone, author and readers are like, are truly rewarded for the wait. A bit like Kingslover with the Poisonwood Bible.