"Another great listen"
Really enjoyed the story even though to a point the end was predictable. I just love the stories SK dreams up and I love the way he tells them. The narration was superb!
I never liked Stephen King, but after his Under the Dome, I was hooked and decided to give this book a go as well, though I had doubts about the plot, thinking, what can one squeeze out of time travel. But this book is different from any other I've read on the topic. I was so disappointed when it was finished because I didn't want it to end! Usually I listen to the books while at work to make the time go faster, but this one I listened to on the way home as well and at home straight through, even doing my usual chores. I just couldn't put it aside. Absolutely brilliant, gripping, detailed character development, quite often emotional, with an excellently developed plot, and very well read! Doing a second round now.
"Fab Fab Fab"
Can't think of anything bad about this book. Stephen King at his usual best. Yes it was long but I like that, more value for money! This book became a companion and I was sad when it ended. I loved the main character Jake. I loved the idea of time travel. I loved the way the story unfolded beyond the main event. I loved the love story. I loved the 'time of ago'. The narrator was great, creating both emotion and disbelief, I think I even heard tears. I highly recommend this book.
"If you could, would you?"
A recently divorced high school teacher is given the opportunity to travel back in time, on the promise that he'll help stop Lee Harvey Oswald assassinating JFK. We follow him on his travels and discover the ramifications of messing with time. We also meet a few of the characters of It which was a nice wee twist.
"Stephen King at his Best"
One of my first books from Audible was Lisey's Story by Stephen King. I took me to a totally different world that was so graphic, real and so full of all that is to be human, it has stayed with me until now. I still want to find a Yum Yum tree and sit under it!
11.22.63 does exactly the same thing. The book can take a bit of staying with because King really draws pictures with his words and it can take some time to see it fully. For me though, it's another guilty pleasure that transported me back in time. I could almost feel the sun on my face and the soft breeze of a mellow autumn. The characters are beautifully drawn with such an insight into what it is to be human. The whole concept is handled very well with an ending that was so sad and yet so right. If you are a fan of Stephen Kings' more "mature" works, then I hope you will love this as much as I did. I too wanted to stay right where I was. Coming back to daily life was a wrench!
"The Perfect Advert for Audio Books"
Stephen King is a pretty big name in the writing world and has some fairly major works to back that up, but if this was all he had ever written, he would still be a star.
The story is an excellent take on the notoriously difficult time travel tale. Certainly to my unscientific brain, it is wholly believable. The book is full of great characters, many lovable, some despicable, all perfectly portrayed by Craig Wasson. There are some real gut-wrenching moments and I found myself as emotionally invested in this book as any I have ever read.
If I was able to write and was at the top of my game, I think this book is what I would strive for. And I would make sure Craig Wasson narrated the audio version of it. In fact, I think that I would be happy if he narrated all audiobooks. At least the ones Tom Stechschulte doesn’t.
Audiobooks live and die by the narrator to the point where I would rather listen to an inferior story read by a great narrator than my all-time favourite story read by a robot. However, this audiobook is the perfect marriage between story and performance by the narrator.
"A simply Must listen......."
It has to be one of my all time favorite's.
The narration was superb, bringing every character to life. The story had me gripped from start to finish.
Hard to choose but ultimately the final scene where he holds Sadie in his arms one more time. Just lovely.
It made me laugh, cry, think,and I did not want it to end.
A thought provoking albeit fantasy story.
Wasn't to sure about the narrator when I first started listening to this book, but after half an hour found his narrating fantastic. I had been a fan of Kings for many years and read everything he had written but he seemed to lose focus for a while and I stoped reading his books. I got this on audio after reading reviews and thought I would give it a go. SUPERB. King at his finest could not stop listening. Would highly reccomend this book to anyone.
Plot was great so were the caracters. Give it a go you will love it.
"SO long but I couldnt stop listening"
This book draws you in. It is fantasy and reality mixed so your not quite sure which is which at times. It is a very long listen but at no time did I ever feel the need to stop. The whole book draws you slowly to the end and then the end isn't the ending you imagined. Excellent.
"Review: "11.22.63" by Stephen King"
At nearly 31 hours in length, this was a fairly hefty listen, but King's expertise makes you wish that the story would never end. I'm familiar with his style and still he manages to keep me on the edge of my seat. Although I predicted much of the narrative, those unaccustomed to King's "take-no-prisoners" approach to telling a tale might not. Even if you're the sort of person who can always predict the last scene of the movie, so to speak, there's a lot more to this book than a beginning, middle and end. King's characters were vivid and so realistically composed that it felt like they could up and walk right out of the pages. Some of them, like the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald, were drawn from life so perhaps that was to be expected. Others, however, such as the first-person protagonist, Jake, were equally real to me. I'm sure that Craig Wasson's narration helped. He rocked.
As I life-long inhabitant of Wales, my knowledge of the Kennedy assassination was pretty much limited to a video I was shown in History in year nine. Oh, and I think I saw a documentary on The Discovery Channel once. I'm now in danger of mistaking King's fictionalised history for reality, but still, I feel like I learned a lot from 11/22/63! Sure, I learned about some key dates and figures in American history, but more importantly I learned something about writing. King, in pretty much all of his works, teaches prospective writers that there's one key thing you have to do to your protagonists in order to make them someone readers want to read about. You have to torture them. You have to throw hurdle after hurdle in their path and sometimes they have to stumble at them. But then, scraped knees and all, they've gotta keep an running. Sucks for them, eh?
My love for King is obdurate (book-related joke...), so he gets five stars from me!