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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"What can I say,"
because I am a huge fan of Stephen King. I know that he has his great books as well as not so great ones, but I really like how he is telling the story and how he makes his characters live and act. This story is well written and for a fan like me it's a perfect book to listen. Narrator made a good job and I liked every minute with this book...
Never really been a huge fan of Stephen king associating him mainly with the big screen, I decided to give this book a go. It meanders a bit during the first third and takes a while to draw you in but once you envelope yourself in the story you'll be hooked a beautifully written and excellently narrated novel. I've been forcing this story down my friend throats since !
I do believe however that the narrator adds a level to the tale that enhances it beyond measure in my opinion this is the best read novel I have come across so far on audible.
"A Good One"
This was the first Stephen King book I listed to and probably the best King book I have listened to. The narration was good helping to bring the book to life. The story line kept you guessing where things were going and not at all predictable. The middle of the book perhaps could have been curtailed a little but if it managed to keep my attention then I guess most will not have any problem.
Addictive listening, I really enjoyed this book with Craig Wasson as narrator. It just transports you away to the 60's. Loved it....
"A very long, enjoyable read."
I think this book could have been shorter, but it was enjoyable. I just found myself wishing it moved on a little quicker. There is a twist at the end that was not quite believable. Enjoyed it but be prepared for a bit of repetition in the story.
I loved this story. Yes it's long, but the time flies by and I found myself longing for the story to continue as I neared the end.
Time travel fiction has been done a million times before, but this story felt fresh.
The story deals nicely with some of the paradoxes that time travel usually raises.
All in all a great tale. Stop reading reviews and buy it!
I had reservations about reading Stephen King novels, having associated his writing with horror titles from many years back such as Carrie & Pet Semantary, but this is nothing like those, just a great story. I had listened to The Stand immediately before 11.22.63 which was also excellent, although in that novel the ending was weak. You cannot say that with 11.22.63, it holds you from the start right through to the finale, providing a great ending which leaves you thinking about the book for days after. Anyway, who doesn't love a bit of time travel? Give it a go, you will not be disappointed.
"Not the usual Stephen King novel"
This is the first Stephen King book I have read in many years. Here I was expecting a horror and I found a touching romance, that taught me a lot about American history and proposed a very chilling concept of what might really happen if time travel was possible. A must read !
A time travelling tale which invites you to imagine how you would act if you could change history. Stephen King asks (brilliantly as always) not only whether you would do the right thing, but what would doing the "right thing" lead to? Apart from the big story there are various wonderful "ordinary" characters that you become attached to or are fascinated by. The relationship between Jake and Sadie is heartbreaking and sensitively written. Plus there are plenty of references to King's enormous back catalogue to keep his fans happy.
As usual king carefully and intricately lays the background and the characters out in this first part of this story I'm already completely absorbed the imagination and creativity of Stephen kings writing is always amazing but this story has really got me dying to know how if will unfold I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves kings writing its a great!!!
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