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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"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.
I`ve now listened to about 4 Stephen King books and this is the best 1 yet. But the others are good also.
11.22.63 is gripping,sad,funny,deep and on the edge
A must listen
"Just an awesome tale, brilliantly written"
This was a great story - I loved the concept and the reader; but especially Stephen King's imagination and uncompromising approach to story telling. Absolutely loved it (I confess I am a great fan of time travel stories!)
"Wonderful book by Stephen King"
Excellent and easy to follow novel by Stephen King. I was sad to finish this book.
Really enjoyed this book.I got into it right from the start. It was very well written and i hope they do put it to a film. There was a bit at the start that reduced me to tears it was very emotional in parts.
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