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.
I mostly read or listen to sci-fi/fantasy and leave getting my cosmology, quantum theory, and particle physics to the nice, digestible shows produced by Discovery, the History channel, and the like. I also really try not to use credits on something this short (less than 6 hours!)...but I'm glad I made an exception for this one. I'll admit I had to listen to the book twice (but enjoyed it both times), and that there are still some things this guy says that...I'll probably never comprehend, but wow...this book is interesting. The author also does the narration, which was actually good in this case - he's got this...sort of...animated, smart-alecky attitude combined with true passion and excitement for his work. I also like his attention to detail (or I should say attention to the right details - trying to cram all the details that went into this work would make a book like this completely inaccessible to someone like me) and his overall...take on science - that scientists don't know everything and how they should spend as much time trying to disprove their results as they do trying to prove them, etc.
Anyway - the book kind of brings you up to speed on where these guys are on figuring out...the universe, and presents some really interesting ideas on where everything came from (spoiler alert: it's in the title :P - but it's not that simple, trust me). If you're at all interested in the subject - get this book. Oh, and one final thing - Krauss doesn't say there isn't a god - just that there doesn't HAVE to be one - but it doesn't take a rocket scientist to be able superimpose god over what's being presented here either [translated: if you believe in god, this isn't going to change your opinion]
I really loved this series - could not put it down. The characters are great - immediately drawn into the story and felt connected with them. Assassins are awesome, we all know that, but this series is so much more... Extremely well written - and not...your standard, predictable story-line...
Get this one.
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