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)
The narrator and the story. It had it all. Action,mystery and a love story. I have read or listened to all Kings books this is his best yet!!
YES!!! Being a long book it was like listening to a mini series. Each trip in the car became another installment. The twists and turns interwoven with history is fantastic. Stephen King has developed each character to the point that you feel you are having a relationship with them especially the main one. You really feel for this guy, you want to know what happens.
Have never heard him before but he is outstanding. Will certainly be looking out for him. The best narration to date!!
It made me laugh and the ending certainly made me cry. I don't want to give anything away but I nearly had to pull over as I couldn't see for the tears. The ending is not what was expected though, I tried to work it out before it finished and this was nowhere near what I thought, true to Stephen Kings style he always keeps me guessing and I am always pleasantly surprised, although this is by far his best yet.
When reading or listening to a book if I start to feel reluctance for it ending I know I have enjoyed it. I never wanted it to end. I want to know.... What next?? I felt so much apart of the story that its like my friend has moved away. The narrator did a magnificent job. I felt that the story was being told to me by the character. He didn't ruin it by trying to be different people, he told it as if he was actually relating it to me over a cup of coffee or during a long car trip.
Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.
I would listen to this book again, the premise of the story is just fascinating.
This is a unique tale of time travel, and I don't think there is a comparable book to compare this with, given the unique nature of the plot line.
Jake Epping, but having said this, Craig Wasson did an outstanding job on this book, and made every character come alive.
The Book is about 30 hours plus, did not manage to do it in one sitting.But it is gripping to the last.
I think this book will be remembered as one of Stephen Kings best novels.I especially liked his comments at the end of the book, in which he expands on his extensive research for this book, and his own conclusions about the John Kennedy assassination. A must read for all Stephen King fans, and anyone who wants a fascinating read from start to finish.
Enjoyed the evocation of the era and the details surrounding the lead up to the assassination. It was just good and enjoyable storytelling, and even better, a good ending, which isn't always the case with Steven King novels - I note in his afterword, he credits his son with providing the ending and maybe that is why!
South African, listening to books while training
This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Unfortunately now I think anything else will be dull but it is seriously worth it.
The narrator is excellent, I am not American but the accents give an idea of the different time and location.
The descriptions of the era are awesome, the scenes literally brought tears to my eyes.
Tell us about yourself!
Not a great King fan but like the premise of time travel so thought I would give it a try. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry when it finished. Have recommended it to friends.
I am a hardcore King fan but had been a little disappointed with his last few books. This one is back on form. If you could go back in time and save Kennedy would you do it and what would the effect be?
He shows again his mastery of structure, slowly leading you down the impossible path with layers of detail and emotional resonance until you believe utterly in the reality of this story and then slowly amping up the pace until at the end you are racing towards the conclusion. It reminded me of 'Needful Things' in the use of pacing.
I knew almost nothing about the Kennedy assasination, nor the politics of the time. I actually learnt a lot and became very interested. You don't need to know a lot about it, but having the tour through Dallas in the late 50s and early 60s was fascinating.
Oh and for those interested in the King universe, check the little nods. For a start the protagonist spends a lot of time in Derry in the late 50s. This is definitely the universe of The Dark Tower.
I loved the narrator. He did a stirling job. Five star performance.
The only reason for this being 4 stars and not 5 is that the ending faltered for me. It felt like it ended a couple of times too many and with some little editing it could have been far more powerful. But the journey was more than worth it.
Above average for reader. Below average for length.
Its a good story but way too long. Stephen King is such a good story teller but throws in so much detail that does not contribute.
The reader is brilliant.
The narration not only has to convey a sense of wonder, danger and believability in the premise of time-travel, but also has to cover a plethora of accents, whilst at the same time immersing the listener in the protagonist's goal to prevent JFK's assassination. This it does so well, that I
The combination of a love story, time travel, creation of a time gone by juxtaposed with the various obstacles the
No but I certainly will in future, his command of accents is superb
If at all possible, I would have done
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Stephen King is a pretty big name in the writing world and has some fairly major works to back that up, but if this was all he had ever written, he would still be a star.
The story is an excellent take on the notoriously difficult time travel tale. Certainly to my unscientific brain, it is wholly believable. The book is full of great characters, many lovable, some despicable, all perfectly portrayed by Craig Wasson. There are some real gut-wrenching moments and I found myself as emotionally invested in this book as any I have ever read.
If I was able to write and was at the top of my game, I think this book is what I would strive for. And I would make sure Craig Wasson narrated the audio version of it. In fact, I think that I would be happy if he narrated all audiobooks. At least the ones Tom Stechschulte doesn’t.
Audiobooks live and die by the narrator to the point where I would rather listen to an inferior story read by a great narrator than my all-time favourite story read by a robot. However, this audiobook is the perfect marriage between story and performance by the narrator.
"A simply Must listen......."
It has to be one of my all time favorite's.
The narration was superb, bringing every character to life. The story had me gripped from start to finish.
Hard to choose but ultimately the final scene where he holds Sadie in his arms one more time. Just lovely.
It made me laugh, cry, think,and I did not want it to end.
A thought provoking albeit fantasy story.
"11.22.63 gets 10/10"
It's such a BIG story and took twists and turns till the brilliant end. Full of factual content and information.
When George/Jake was attacked by the bookmaker in his apartment. I thought that was the end of him. It was brilliantly described and I felt that I was there watching.
I haven't listened to Craig before but he is very good and I will look for his name on other audio books.
When Jake looked up Sadie on the internet to see if she was alive and well. and when he went to her and they danced.
I've read lots of Stephen King books and this is definitely one of the best. I prefer the longer stories and 11.22.63 ticks all the boxes.
"Brilliant listen - kept me entertained for hours"
Listening to the audio version of this story enabled me to be transported to another time & made a 2 hour daily commute pass in what seemed like minutes.
Kept you hooked waiting to see what our hero would change in each of his visits to the past & what the repercussions would be.
Easy to listen to narration. Good use of tone & voice for different characters.
Makes you think about how one small reaction could cause a massive reaction.
Download it now. One of the best Stephen King's for a long time.
"Just fantastic !"
I would recommend this, because the story has so many facets to it, history, romance, thriller etc. time travel is a small part of a terrific story. Also very very well read.
Very well performed, you get more of an idea of the different characters, and a sense of excitement.
All the above!
I am very sad to have finished this story! I don't know what can compare at the moment.
"Possibly a convert"
Having never read a Stephen King novel in my life, and probably having been put off by 3rd rate movie adaptations, I was surprised how much I loved this story.
30 hrs in length, but they fly by with the fast paced narrative.
The characters are excellently defined and easily related to.
I may have to listen to more of Stephen Kings books.
Really enjoyed the whole experience of this book It was long but could have gone on for longer Love love Stephen King
Really enjoyed book, well read and kept interest.
The one point I would like to make would be for female role narration from a female would be best, as narration from a man in intimate scenes just sounded wrong, wrong wrong.
Stephen King at his best. I was engaged and mesmerised all the way through. A must!!!
Gripping right from the start. SK always manages a good yarn and this is no exception. Found myself racing through the book just to hear what would be happening in the next chapter. A good listen and recommended.
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