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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"I went back and rewrote my opinion..."
I have not read Stephen King before and would not immediately pick another of his books just because of the name. It was the concept of the story that attracted me to this listen. The start seemed awkward. However the middle story of navigating through events with a little knowledge of the bigger picture was well worked. And the portrayal of that period in time works well. It's a story where you can sort of work out the plot lines but are intrigued to know which one the story takes and the consequences. A little like Jake's journey.
"excellent time travel story"
Stephen King is back in full form with this excellent time travel story, historical novel and romance packed into one. The lead character travels back to the years leading up to the assasination of John F. Kennedy, trying to figure out if Lee Harvey Oswald was the self-proclaimed patsy or the lone assassin. Along the way he falls in love with the way of life of the mid 20th century and with a beautiful school librarian.
Nice performance by the reader
"Lengthy and occasionally ponderous, but worth a go"
I suspect it is, as it is well-read and I always find it easier to get through such lengthy tomes when I can have someone read it to me as I commute.
Yes, provided they are interested in mid-20th century history. I think the strength of the book is its description of US post-war society, the ups and the downs.
I haven't but this one was very strong.
Pound cake, 'nuff said.
Overall the setting and characters are stronger than the plot and it is lengthy, but I found it compelling as an audiobook.
"Great story, excellent performance"
The story is much more than a time travel yarn about preventing the JFK assassination. Because the time travel brings our hero to 1958, it is more about the 5 years he has to spend living in a very different time. Lots of great detail and the flavour of a simpler time.
The narration is the best of any audiobook I have encountered.
"The best audiobook I've heard yet (out of 192)"
Spectacularly told. Spellbinding. By far and away, the most disappointing part is knowing what to download next. Have tried a few more Stephen King books, but nothing close for me.
"Fact Fiction Fantasy and Romance"
A really enjoyable read with great twists and turns. Some of the descriptions of places and points in time are extremely vivid. The character development in this is very memorable.
I have not read the print version but this book is so well narrated and the characters really come to life.
I can't think of another book to compare this to as Stephen King paints such a rich picture of life back then. It has certainly been one of the best audible books I have downloaded.
I think the scene when he first goes down the 'rabbit hole' and goes and has a root beer it is so well described you can almost taste it!!
There is no way this can be done in one sitting it is an epic listen but takes a while!!
I can;t recommend this book enough, well written, very good narration and overall a great story
Stephen King is a master when it comes to 'edge of the seat' story telling. This book is very thought provoking and really gets the imagination buzzing. Great story, great performance...loved every minute of it.
"Passing time with magic"
My first fiction audiobook and what a choice! King pulls you in to a story that unveils itself before you as something more than it first seems - a story of time-travel - into something much, much more. This IS King after all. The past is not quite what it seems. Nor, for that matter, is the present! Gripping.
The yellow card man
Great narrator. Gets the feel of the main character and story well.
The past doesn't want you to remember
A great lesson in drawing readers into the story, and unravelling plot.
"An emotional rollercoaster through time"
Butterflies, love, time
Sadie because she had great heart and strength.
George, he made me completely suspend disbelief in him.
If you could go back and change things... should you?
One of my favorite ever books.
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