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11.22.63 | [Stephen King]

11.22.63

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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)

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  • Gale
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "Story Conjuring at its best"
    What did you like most about 11.22.63?

    This is not your usual time-travelling saga... King summons up the past and then peoples it with finely drawn characters, some of whom you will love and some will fill you with dread. He nicely brings the story to its inevitable conclusion, but also manages to show what happens if we mess with time and fate. It made me think, not only about the Kennedy story but about the logistics of time-travel and it is a book that enters into your mind as a reference point, and a warning.


    This isnt what I expected of Stephen King at all, as I don't "do" horror, so I was very pleasantly surprised.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11.22.63?

    Too many to name!


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    This is another audiobook where the writing and the narrator come together in a very happy marriage and produce a sum greater than its parts....


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No!! I never wanted it to end...


    Any additional comments?

    Only to highly recommend.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • martin
    United Kingdom
    7/10/13
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    "Masterpiece"
    What made the experience of listening to 11.22.63 the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King at his best, he takes a story and draws you straight in. The detail and time dedicated to this book is outstanding. There is no words to describe how enchanting this story really is.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It had everything from time travel to history, romance, action, suspense, comedy all rolled into one.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    There were so many, couldnt pick one.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, several emotional scenes, one minute you would be laughing the next on the edge of your chair wondering what came next.


    Any additional comments?

    Most audible books will make me tired eventually, but this one will keep u up all night, as you want to know whats coming next and Stephen wont let you down. Also i would like to say big thank you to Craig Wasson who did an outstanding job in narrating. Its hard to find a narrator who can keep u interested, i personally will be looking out for any other good books he has narrated.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • GUY
    Bromley, United Kingdom
    7/8/13
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    "clever and thought provoking, king at his best"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone, Stephen King fan or not.Quite simply a good story is one that should be read by all and there is no mistaking the fact that this is a good story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11.22.63?

    It is difficult to pick a specific section as the whole book flows seamlessly from one part to the next slowly building to its conclusion however the way the main character adjusts to life 50 years previously and builds up a whole new life and identity is expertly crafted.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    The narration was well worked with good inflection and you almost felt like each character in the novel was in fact a different person.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Given the length of the book, listening to it in one sitting would not be practical however given the way the story develops it is perfect to listen to over the course of a week as this also adds intrigue and you are left looking forward to the next section trying to work out in what direction it will take you.


    Any additional comments?

    As with all King novels, the character development and attention to detail makes the reader feel that they are part of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Hatch
    7/8/13
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    "Keeps you guessing all the way"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11.22.63 to be better than the print version?

    I hardly ever read printed books any more, only if it's something I desperately want to read and it isn't available on audio. I've got used to having stories read to me.


    What other book might you compare 11.22.63 to, and why?

    For me it was unique. I hadn't read/listened to a Stephen King book before and this wasn't what I expected. I thought it would be scary rather than gripping.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have listened to his performances before but the skill of the narrator - if they are not the author - is that you actually forget them and just listen to the story surely.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It somehow brought back my feeling from when John and Robert Kennedy were assassinated and it made me wonder what if ...


    Any additional comments?

    A really good listen, quite long and at times I wanted it to hurry along. You also need to concentrate at the beginning to understand what is happening. The end was worth waiting for I think.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • N. L. Dickson
    Leeds, U.K.
    7/2/13
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    "A good story and educational too"
    Where does 11.22.63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first audio book and I really enjoyed the experience. I hope my next will be equally as enjoyable.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main charachter is Jake Epping. I like his descriptive awe at the world he finds himself in.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The climax was the most exciting wondering what was going to happen at the end.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The day JFK gets shot, where will you stand?


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Rotherham, United Kingdom
    7/2/13
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    "Wow"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Excellent book. Very well constructed, and engaging from the outset. What a concept! The whole idea becomes so real, as do the characters. Do give it a listen.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    Difficult to tell you without giving away the story - I am sure you will find several favourite parts of your own though.


    Any additional comments?

    A totally enthralling book. Now listened to it 4 times, and I hear something new each time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Swanley, United Kingdom
    6/25/13
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    "Recent history mixed with fiction read well"

    This book has a great start, it hooked me right in. It slowed a little after that, but thankfully picked up soon after and got better and better - very pleased I decided to listen. It's read well and the characters are really brought to life in your mind - the time period is described so well, lots of details paint a great picture as you listen. I'd recommend it as a 'good' listen, it's definitely not a disappointment. Give it a go and stick with it!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alanna Tardy
    uk
    6/23/13
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    "Great listen, great narration."
    Would you listen to 11.22.63 again? Why?

    I would say no, but not because I did not enjoy the listen, but not one of those books you would really get anything more from reading again.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11.22.63?

    The ending stuck with me, but would not like to spoil!


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favourite?

    The main character, I think Craig Wasson voice was great and could really differentiate between the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    There were moments where I had to stop but didn't want too but not sure I would have been wanting to do one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed the twist on the Kennedy assassination, and how the characters were developed in the book. Wasson was able to very aptly submerse me in Kings well written world.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs
    Harrogate, United Kingdom
    6/9/13
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    "Not your usual 'King'"

    I really liked this book. Every now and again you pick up a book by an author with whom you are very familiar with and yet the story you then read is completely different to anything of theirs you have read before. (Dean Koontz - Lightning is another example).

    This book is exactly that. Not a horror story of any description but essentially a time travel book with a 'what if' at it's heart.

    The main character is a very likeable person who has a tremendously difficult job to do, one which he isn't completely convinced about at first: To prevent Lee Harvey Oswald from killing JFK.

    Along the way he develops some very deep and meaningful relationships with people from a very different era to what he's used to, and you start to realise that you really want this man to stay in the 1960s and live happily ever after regardless of whether or not he completes his goal. In fact that actually becomes less important to the story, taking a second place to learning how this man who is used to his mobile phones, diet drinks and long hair styles manages to fit in with people from the 1950s and 1960s.

    If you're looking for something a little different, then do give this book a go. Craig Wasson does an excellent job narrating and I can quite honestly say that I was only disappointed when I eventually finished it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    United Kingdom
    6/7/13
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    "Not on the level of The Stand"

    I came to this book having recently listened to The Stand, which is excellent. Stephen King excels at characterisation and the detail which allows you immerse yourself in the world he's creating. This book has both, but the story itself just wasn't quite as engaging as The Stand. I enjoyed it, but I had higher hopes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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