"Superb in every way"
This is the King-Meister back on form. A fantastic book in classic King style, full of intrigue and suspense and superbly read by Craig Wasson. Even if you don't care for American history the plot is less about the Kennedy assassination and more about alternative history (a genre I have dabbled with in the past and have usually found it wanting). What would it take to stop the Kennedy assassination? What if Kennedy had survived - how different would the world be today? King weaves 1960's and modern day cultures together effortlessly and his meticulous research is apparent in every line. Craig Wasson is a fabulous narrator, conquering all the various accents involved and injecting emotion by the bucket load. I whole-heartedly recommend this audio book.
"Stephen King on top form."
I just loved this book and was really pleased by the ending.Its the nearest to a love story i think Stephen King has ever got to.The history element was fascinating and the time was travel handled cleverly,i listened at every possible moment.
I have just finished listening to this audio book. It is possibly the best book I have ever listened to. The narrator is brilliant. He manages to bring all the characters to life and I often found it diffcult to turn it off when I reached my destination.
The story is my favourite Stephen King so far.
Highl recommended! Buy it now!
"His best noval yet"
HavIng spent my 50's childhood in a small town south of Dallas, I really related to the entire story. The characters were so well presented and real that when the book was finished, I actually missed them! I have read or listened to, every time travel book I can find but this book really scratched the itch. It is as good as anything Finney has written and better than most others. You don't need a big imagination for it to become real. It is written as to be entirely plausible and you actually wonder if it might just have happened. This is all a part of the King's genius. Long write the King!
"Wonderful story telling"
I did love this but was conscious that you have to be a Stephen King fan to be able to relax into it, he takes his time! I rejoiced in his love of language, his characters and his intricate plotting, a delight.
"Best book I have heard in a long time."
If you want to be thoroughly engaged in the plot and eager to get back to listening, then this is for you. This is my first Stephen King book (I know! Amazing isn’t it?) and I am bowled over. He creates the era and the background with amazing clarity. The story is fast paced and exciting, but remains human and believable. The narrator does a really great job which adds handsomely to the story. I am definitely going to read/listen to more by King.
"You must have this book in your library !"
This book is one of the best stories Stephen King has written in a long time. The detail of the late 50's and early 60's is amazing, the main plot and sub plots are gripping, the way the stories mingle with fact and fiction make this book so believable.
The narrative is also first class, Craig Wasson makes this story real, the character of Jake / George becomes a real person from the very start.
"11.22.63 Review by John Moore, audible reader"
Stephen King adds a comment at the end of this book that he originally wanted to write this back in 1974 but is glad he waited. I absolutely agree. Back in 1974 he was at the start of his writing career, with lots of promise but still raw - now he's like the smooth purring engine of a classic car that's been tuned to perfection. This is in my view the best of all his works - totally gripping as a suspenseful thriller, plus characterisation of the highest quality, and as engaging a love story as it is possible to encounter.
He presents us with an intriguing question - what if it were possible to travel back nearly 50 years to prevent a terrible event taking place. And more than this - what if you could change the past and crucially what implications might it have for the future not just of the main characters in the story, but for humankind as a whole? The "problem" for the writer is persuade the reader/listener to accept the impossibility and keep us reading/listening, and King more than meets the challenge. Once we get over that hurdle we're hooked. He also cleverly (tho briefly) links in characters from an old 1986 novel, IT which is like saying hi to old friends.
Craig Wasson's reading, with his range of voices (including one reminiscent of the late John Houseman) adds hugely to this work. I give it 5 stars - I'd give it 10 but only 5 are allowed!
I doubt that anyone listening to this will easily forget it. Enjoy!!
loved every minuit of this. the characters came to life and the references to derry maine and the novel "it" interwoven into the story was a joy to read. both under the dome and 11 22 63 are a return to the stephen king that i have enjoyed in the past.
"11.22.63 gets 10/10"
It's such a BIG story and took twists and turns till the brilliant end. Full of factual content and information.
When George/Jake was attacked by the bookmaker in his apartment. I thought that was the end of him. It was brilliantly described and I felt that I was there watching.
I haven't listened to Craig before but he is very good and I will look for his name on other audio books.
When Jake looked up Sadie on the internet to see if she was alive and well. and when he went to her and they danced.
I've read lots of Stephen King books and this is definitely one of the best. I prefer the longer stories and 11.22.63 ticks all the boxes.