Stephen King On Writing is one of my favorite books, and I read it every couple of years. Half memoir, half writing “how to,” it is absorbing and delightful. I recommend it to my students and suggest that they read it every year.
However, that is the only one of King’s books that I’ve been able to read. I’ve tried many times, but kept getting bogged down after 20 or 30 pages. The stories were okay, but couldn’t hold my interest because the writing seemed too heavy handed, brutish, like he was typing with his fists.
So, after days of consideration, it was with great reluctance that I downloaded 11/22/63. The reviews were good, glowing, in fact, and I’ve learned to trust the opinions of Audible listeners. Plus, the book is more than 30 hours long, which the bargain hunter in me always finds attractive.
I just finished it tonight. It is a wonderful and fascinating story, based loosely on an English teacher’s obsession with Lee Harvey Oswald and the possibility of going back in time to prevent the Kennedy killing. I also enjoyed the love story, which the author handles with charm, humor and honesty.
The writing is wonderful, masterful, vivid, compelling. The characters are rich and deep, genuine, involved, and I find myself thinking about them and their lives often throughout the day. Life in small-town and big-town 1958 up to 1963 is mesmerizing, much as I remember it, with the constant but subtle hint of mysterious dangers to come.
You’ll get no more details from me, only a hearty endorsement. Well worth every minute, made doubly valuable by the excellent and interesting reading by Craig Wasson. Totally believable, wonderfully surprising, and, well, I was going to say something about the ending, but you'll want to find that out for yourself.
I just finished Spark for the 4th time: inspiration, education and motivation wrapped up into one well read, well presented book. The mix of science and anticdote is nearly flawless, the writing is sharp, and the reader is terrific. I am insisting that my wife, my children and my friends get this audio book and follow the simple advice and heed the profound lessons. The research is extensive and presented in a lively, compelling way.
I've long believed that many of the health issues hampering our nation are behaviorial problems rather than true medical issues, and here is evidence that exercise can avoid, lessen or cure many, many of our ills.
I read Lonesome Dove every two or three years, usually starting in July, and it gets better, richer, more satisfying every time. I am thrilled with the Audible version. At 36 hours, it is much too short. The performance is outstanding and adds a wonderful dynamic to the characters and the familiar story. Excellent in every way.
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