What if you could go back in time and change the course of history? What if the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless....
King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.
©2011 Stephen King (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio
“This new epic from Stephen King rates among the best he’s written – no small praise for the man who wrote Carrie, It, The Stand and Under the Dome.” (Trucking News)
I dont often write review, but this book has just cost me two nights sleep, i could not stop listening to it.
The story construction was excellent, it really got the grey matter turning..
That said its not the typical Stephen King novel, horror was lacking which is a breath of fresh air.
Stephen King just shows what a truely great story teller he really is in this very long but highly enjoyable book.
This is the first time ive listened to the narrator, Craig Wasson was perfect, i now rate him among the best and will be looking for more titles he reads,
thankyou thankyou thankyou, now for some catch up sleep...
I am an artist, living in Cairns, Queensland, Australia right next to the Great Barrier Reef. I listen to audiobooks everyday while making art and on into the night. I really like mysteries with a good serving of suspense on the side that keep you wondering right to the end. However, I won't say no to any entertaining and well written book which has been read by an excellent narrator.
I am now going to have to review all my previous book reviews and down grade them all to a 4 because none reaches the standard of this book by Stephen King. This is his best so far. The plot is well researched, interesting and very entertaining. The overriding theme is love, care for mother earth, and the world that is our reality. King has described with great thought about the world and how it might have turned out somewhat differently if changes to historical facts had occurred. I found this book immensely satisfying and thoroughly recommend it. I was a bit hesitant about the reader for for about the first minute but was quickly absorbed into the story and the storytelling by the narrator who is a true artist. Much better than The Dome. I will think about this book for a long time to come.
I haven't been much of a Stephen King fan but when I saw this book I was interested in the premise so I decided to give it a listen. There are so many things that I enjoyed about this audio book that the review I could write would be longer than the book itself! The narration was done in such a good way that I felt I was sitting down at the kitchen table while the main character was just telling me his story. I found myself being sucked in the story so much that the only thing that was missing was my ability to stop and ask questions,
Now...being someone that belives that there is no way Oswald operated alone, or fired the fatal shot for that matter, that aspect of the story challenged me, but hey.. isn't that what good chats around the kitchen table are suppose to do!??
A++++ from me..
An unashamed Audiophile who has his own studio and business called iZENEARS which brings Australian travel and history to life for locals and visitor's alike.
A great yarn indeed and worth every dime, penny or drachma. My first foray into Stephen King’s world and loved it. It must have been very hard to write to keep the thread working for he has so many balls in play, making it believable would not have been easy but he does. Great fun for any baby boomer who wants a totally different slant on what did, didn’t or might have taken place in Dallas all those years ago. Great read too which makes it a bonus.
king is a great storyteller and the narrator made it even better. I was really sorry when the book ended, and I did not expect the outcome which was sad and a bit of a surprise.
The story is absolutely amazing. The story is so much more then the storyline.
Nothing, it's unique. I loved it.
No I haven't but I give him 10 stars. This was my absolute favorite audible book and it wasn't just because the story is amazing. Craig Wasson did a wonderful narrative.
Lol, ok that's funny. The book is 31hrs long to listen to. No this is not a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. But, it wasn't just because of the length of the book. The story was so in depth that I really enjoyed listening to it on my commute and then getting the chance to sit and ponder the concepts.
I have never been able to finish a Stephen King book before. Don't get me wrong I understand Stephen King is an amazing author. His other books are just not my genre. I honestly let that hold me back a few times when I viewed this book online. I thought it sounded interesting but let the predominant genre of Stephen King's other books hold me back. If you're in the same boat I was in just buy this book. It's absolutely amazing. You wont be disappointed.
Don't get me wrong, this is a great story. The premise of time travelling to alter events is really interesting, but the author goes into way too much detail about things that don't affect the storyline. I found myself wishing that the story would just get to the point. I wanted to hear this book so badly, but found myself really bored and disappointed. It would have been fantastic in an abridged format!
The narrator is great and does a good job.
This book rated amongst my Top 10 Audiobooks.
The plot was enticing and has a great insight into what America's personality was during the late 50's-60's.
Craig Wasson's performance was wonderful, always consistant and easy to listen to.
I loved how the characters all meld so well together while showing the turbulance of the times and the social differences & showing clearly that the grass was definatly not greener on the other side no matter how how memories may look back and think of good times. The book as a whole was thought provoking and although it has Kings usual insight into the minds of humans this was on a different level from his other books in that I wouldn't class it as a horror....
Social Scientist and Researcher; mostly retired but conducting longitudinal research into social issues especially the media and social networking. Avid SF and alternative history fan; enjoy a good crime yarn and have become something of an addict for audiobooks.
I confess to not being a Stephen King fan, despite wading through a few superficially attractive works. I managed a sneak preview of this work and then went straight to audible.com.
This is a long story about time-travel and its perils and paradoxes and Mr King has excelled himself. Working initially on the somewhat unlikely premise that the world would have been a better place had JFK not been assassinated, the hero is a rather nice person who becomes hardened by experience. A port to the past or rabbit hole has been the secret of a hot-dog restaurant who has made slight changes to the past which have had no world-wide change but a cigar-chomping, old marine has terminal cancer and time is running out. Enter the hero Jake Epping, who eats at the old boy's premises and has become friendly. The dying marine has a burning ambition - to prevent that day in Dallas. He obviously cannot achieve the goal but youth, a growing empowerment and a couple of simple excursions to alter history slightly for the benefit of others,not himself, show him that time-travel has potential problems with history trying to be "obdurate" but he persists.
The death of his marine pal leaves him little choice and a moral dilemma. To say more would be to give some of the plot away and that is something I will not countenance because Mr King deserves every accolade possible for this work. I remember the 1950s well and he has it down pat, trading off the advantages of a cleaner time than 2011, although his hero certainly misses cell phones. The characterizations are finely drawn and thoroughly believable,, along with the premises of the plot.
I would go so far as to say that if you don't buy another book this year, this is the one - an absolute gem.
"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.
Best book i have listened to since The Woodcutter, totally gripped by it.I did not want this book to end. The narration was excellent which is always a bonus!
I have never read or listened to a Stephen King book before...i think i will have to see what else is on offer by Mr King.
"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.
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.
I just finished this book and decided it deserved my first ever audible review.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and it makes me happy to say that unlike many other veterans of the trade, King is at the top of his game.
King said he didn't want to make this book filled with nostalgia, but even for someone who never experienced the 50/60s- or lived in America for that sake- it's not hard to see why Jake prefers the past. The world truly comes alive through King's words and Wasson's voice, and page by page you are sucked into the lifes of these characters, which are as strong as in any of King's works that I've read.
There are slower parts, and I'm sure the book could have been trimmed a little around the edges, but all in all the rest more than makes up for that.
Even if you're not interested in sci-fi, or otherwise put off by the time travel aspect, don't worry! This is just setting the scene for a thrilling story full of love, action and drama.
A terrific time travel tale that I'd recommend to anyone.
"THE BEST AUDIO BOOK EVER!!!"
I have just finished listening to 11.22.63 and it was simply, the best narrated book I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. This is also the best Stephen King ever, bar-none. The story is a mixture of well researched history, fantasy and ironically a love story that you get drawn in to without even knowing it. I was gutted when the story ended and I think I will go back and listen to it again, it is that good.
If there was an Audio book Oscar, then it would undoubtably go to the narrator Craig Wasson, whose vocalisation and visulation of the book is the equivalent of a Turner masterpiece.
I could waffle forever but I would be stopping you from downloading this epic masterpiece. If you are thinking of becoming an audible member, then make this your first book and you will never look back.
"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!
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