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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Sorry, but found this predictable and dull.
I listened to it all in the hope it would improve. But it didn't.
Was very disappointed.
"What would happen if you could turn back time?"
Imagine you could go back to the early 1960's in America. A shopkeeper has found a door through time with the intention of preventing Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating JFK. He feels that America, and indeed the world, would be a better place if JFK had lived to see out his vision for the future.
Unfortunately due to bad health he feels unable to carry out the task so persuades a young teacher to do it on his behalf.
Obviously anything that is changed has consequences, a bit of a butterfly effect, and after reading an essay from one of his pupils, the teacher decides to try out a "test run".
Even if you are away in the past for a few years, only a few minutes pass in the present, and should you return to the past everything is reset.
Stephen King once again shows how he is the master of storytelling and keeps the listener hooked with his descriptive narrative of 50's and 60's America, intertwined with a factual piece of history.
"A Great Storyteller"
I won't go into details with this one, but I will say that it's not one of King's horror books. In fact, I believe it to be a story teller at his best, as he kept me enthralled throughout the whole book.
It tells the story of a time traveller who's attempting to prevent the assassination of John F Kennedy - something which is a lot more difficult and complex than you would imagine.
For King's fans, there are some connections with the book IT, which were fun to look out for.
Highly recommended for existing fans, and new ones alike.
As with all good science fiction, this story is not so much about the science as the fiction. And this is a love story, shot through (apols for pun) with humanity and humour. I was daunted by its length and ruefully wondered whether I should acknowledge that one reads 7 times faster than one can listen, and buy the book. But this is beautifully read; and I don't read that fast anyway. The premise is a simple one. If you could change history, would you do it? The love story at the heart of the book is wonderful and really well drawn. I confess that I still don't really get the old guy at the entrance to the "rabbit hole". Patently not important as I loved the story and find myself thinking about it 2 weeks later. I am already looking forward to relistening to it sometime in the future. Or should I buy the book??
"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!
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