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)
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"Story Conjuring at its best"
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.
Too many to name!
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....
No!! I never wanted it to end...
Only to highly recommend.
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.
It had everything from time travel to history, romance, action, suspense, comedy all rolled into one.
There were so many, couldnt pick one.
Yes, several emotional scenes, one minute you would be laughing the next on the edge of your chair wondering what came next.
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.
"clever and thought provoking, king at his best"
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.
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.
The narration was well worked with good inflection and you almost felt like each character in the novel was in fact a different person.
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.
As with all King novels, the character development and attention to detail makes the reader feel that they are part of the story.
"Keeps you guessing all the way"
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.
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.
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.
It somehow brought back my feeling from when John and Robert Kennedy were assassinated and it made me wonder what if ...
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.
"A good story and educational too"
This is my first audio book and I really enjoyed the experience. I hope my next will be equally as enjoyable.
The main charachter is Jake Epping. I like his descriptive awe at the world he finds himself in.
The climax was the most exciting wondering what was going to happen at the end.
The day JFK gets shot, where will you stand?
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.
Difficult to tell you without giving away the story - I am sure you will find several favourite parts of your own though.
A totally enthralling book. Now listened to it 4 times, and I hear something new each time.
"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!
"Great listen, great narration."
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.
The ending stuck with me, but would not like to spoil!
The main character, I think Craig Wasson voice was great and could really differentiate between the characters.
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.
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.
"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.
"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.
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