Zak the Writer/Reader/Farmer
I enjoyed this long novel.
I got a bit bogged down in the part where, Jake Epping (George Amberson: main character) has a love interest and, boy, did I find that woman, Sadie, boring and annoying. I don't believe King, does romance all that well but then that could be just a "me thing" because I don't generally like to read romance. The character of Sadie seemed cheesy and I kept hearing "Sadie, the cleaning lady" from the song by John Farnham which was quite a distraction [my bad].
I was intrigued by the story behind the story of stopping the death of J.F.K. and the consequences of such an action.
I feel very lucky to be in a world where one can read the work of a famous author and not feel that he slaved over every word for years and researched his butt off, although he must have. Thank you Mr. King.
As always, Stephen King, did a great job keeping me reading until the end.
Craig Wasson's narration is absolutely gorgeous! From the very start, the crispness, accent and nuances he produces keep you spellbound. I will go ahead and look for other novels he has narrated.
I am not a Stephen King fan, and I managed to listen through the entire book. The book story is crisp and well paced atleast in the first 2/3rd section. The first 2/3rd of the book is interesting as the "sidequests" keep the suspense going.
Unfortunately, Stephen King gets bogged down in the main story of Lee Harry Oswald. LHO was an crazed nutter who killed JFK. Not much more and not much less. In going into his detailed nuances, the novel drags. But, perhaps for people interested in finding details about Oswald, it might be interesting. This entire saga gets dragged on in the 2nd half, which I found quite boring as I am not from America and don't have any obession for detailed account of a killer's mundane family life.
For me, in summary, it is good novel, but not as great as other people have it pinned it as. Absolutely recommend it, if you enjoy the notion of seeing the 50s and the 60s daily life.
However, if you are someone who's interested in how the time travel occurs, and related science, its pretty bare. It's just a skimpy plot device to get a person from now go back and see America as it was in the 50s (for a single white man with money and no family).
This performance is the very reason you want to listen to audiobooks. Craig Wasson's performance takes one of Kings better tales to a new height that I would not have enjoyed without his performance.
The "watershed moment" when our hero is face to face with Oswald fully delivers on the investment you have made in the book.
Craig Wasson reads one of the more harrowing scenes in the book almost as if he is on the verge of tears, you'll be right there with him.
The way in which Wasson has developed the characters voices in this reading is pitch perfect.
There were several high points in this book that would be unfair to those who have ont read it to detail in this review. This book may not be a horror story but it is King on top form.
The narrator and the story. It had it all. Action,mystery and a love story. I have read or listened to all Kings books this is his best yet!!
YES!!! Being a long book it was like listening to a mini series. Each trip in the car became another installment. The twists and turns interwoven with history is fantastic. Stephen King has developed each character to the point that you feel you are having a relationship with them especially the main one. You really feel for this guy, you want to know what happens.
Have never heard him before but he is outstanding. Will certainly be looking out for him. The best narration to date!!
It made me laugh and the ending certainly made me cry. I don't want to give anything away but I nearly had to pull over as I couldn't see for the tears. The ending is not what was expected though, I tried to work it out before it finished and this was nowhere near what I thought, true to Stephen Kings style he always keeps me guessing and I am always pleasantly surprised, although this is by far his best yet.
When reading or listening to a book if I start to feel reluctance for it ending I know I have enjoyed it. I never wanted it to end. I want to know.... What next?? I felt so much apart of the story that its like my friend has moved away. The narrator did a magnificent job. I felt that the story was being told to me by the character. He didn't ruin it by trying to be different people, he told it as if he was actually relating it to me over a cup of coffee or during a long car trip.
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I would listen to this book again, the premise of the story is just fascinating.
This is a unique tale of time travel, and I don't think there is a comparable book to compare this with, given the unique nature of the plot line.
Jake Epping, but having said this, Craig Wasson did an outstanding job on this book, and made every character come alive.
The Book is about 30 hours plus, did not manage to do it in one sitting.But it is gripping to the last.
I think this book will be remembered as one of Stephen Kings best novels.I especially liked his comments at the end of the book, in which he expands on his extensive research for this book, and his own conclusions about the John Kennedy assassination. A must read for all Stephen King fans, and anyone who wants a fascinating read from start to finish.
Enjoyed the evocation of the era and the details surrounding the lead up to the assassination. It was just good and enjoyable storytelling, and even better, a good ending, which isn't always the case with Steven King novels - I note in his afterword, he credits his son with providing the ending and maybe that is why!
South African, listening to books while training
This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Unfortunately now I think anything else will be dull but it is seriously worth it.
The narrator is excellent, I am not American but the accents give an idea of the different time and location.
The descriptions of the era are awesome, the scenes literally brought tears to my eyes.
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Not a great King fan but like the premise of time travel so thought I would give it a try. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry when it finished. Have recommended it to friends.
I am a hardcore King fan but had been a little disappointed with his last few books. This one is back on form. If you could go back in time and save Kennedy would you do it and what would the effect be?
He shows again his mastery of structure, slowly leading you down the impossible path with layers of detail and emotional resonance until you believe utterly in the reality of this story and then slowly amping up the pace until at the end you are racing towards the conclusion. It reminded me of 'Needful Things' in the use of pacing.
I knew almost nothing about the Kennedy assasination, nor the politics of the time. I actually learnt a lot and became very interested. You don't need to know a lot about it, but having the tour through Dallas in the late 50s and early 60s was fascinating.
Oh and for those interested in the King universe, check the little nods. For a start the protagonist spends a lot of time in Derry in the late 50s. This is definitely the universe of The Dark Tower.
I loved the narrator. He did a stirling job. Five star performance.
The only reason for this being 4 stars and not 5 is that the ending faltered for me. It felt like it ended a couple of times too many and with some little editing it could have been far more powerful. But the journey was more than worth it.