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11.22.63 | [Stephen King]

11.22.63

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history?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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

“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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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 12-22-11
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 12-22-11 Member Since 2015
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    "Stephen King at his best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11.22.63 to be better than the print version?

    Walk into a room down a stair and come out in 1958.....
    Only Stepen king kan make this the most natural ting to do..


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Norton, United Kingdom 12-21-11
    Daniel Norton, United Kingdom 12-21-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Great listen"

    I loved this book, I just did not want it to end. The story really hooked me and after some of the dross I have listened to recently (REAMDE springs to mind) this restored my faith in books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Vincent Brisbane, Australia 12-15-11
    Vincent Brisbane, Australia 12-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved this book. Highly recommended."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. Well written and read. The story uses factual accounts to drive a interesting fictional story of what could happen, if.

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    Scotty 12-14-11
    Scotty 12-14-11
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    "Just get it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11.22.63 to be better than the print version?

    Definitely. The performance is outstanding. Plus if you want to get anything else done in the 30 waking hours after buying this book then best you have the audible version - the paper version you probably will only put down from fatigue - I imagine its a heavy one.


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    Lizzy Ocean Grove, Australia 12-09-11
    Lizzy Ocean Grove, Australia 12-09-11
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    "What would you do?"

    Exceptionally well researched with believable, everyday characters involved in an "existence" changing plot. A beautiful love story set in dramatic times of which we are all aware with a perfect ending as well. I can't recommend this book enough.

    I never imagined I would cry over a Stephen King novel but that was excactly what I did. This story kept me intriqued from beginning to end and I kept asking myself the same question over and over, 'What would you do?' I still don't know the answer but the story, climax and ending were much more than satisfactory.

    I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre so haven't read much Stephen King but there is no way this would fall into that category. Having said that I believe that if you are a fan of Stephen King you will not be disappointed. Time travel it is, but in this book the horror is a very real concept. He is a wonderful storyteller.

    Yes, it is longer than my normal audiobook but it was never boring. Every word was necessary to the story and the narration varied with the characters so it was good listening.

    It doesn't stop with the story. You must listen to the afterword by Stephen King. Impressive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 12-09-11
    Liz 12-09-11 Listener Since 2010
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    "What would you do?"

    Exceptionally well researched with believable, everyday characters involved in an "existence" changing plot. A beautiful love story set in dramatic times of which we are all aware with a perfect ending as well. I can't recommend this book enough.

    I never imagined I would cry over a Stephen King novel but that was excactly what I did. This story kept me intriqued from beginning to end and I kept asking myself the same question over and over, 'What would you do?' I still don't know the answer but the story, climax and ending were much more than satisfactory.

    I'm not a huge fan of the horror genre so haven't read much Stephen King but there is no way this would fall into that category. Having said that I believe that if you are a fan of Stephen King you will not be disappointed. Time travel it is, but in this book the horror is a very real concept. He is a wonderful storyteller.

    Yes, it is longer than my normal audiobook but it was never boring. Every word was necessary to the story and the narration varied with the characters so it was good listening.

    It doesn't stop with the story. You must listen to the afterword by Stephen King. Impressive!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    andrew Singapore, Singapore 12-09-11
    andrew Singapore, Singapore 12-09-11 Member Since 2008
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    "overcooked"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. It is too long. The first two parts of four download files are ok, after that it becomes too long...uninteresting. I mostly skipped the third file and selectively listened to the fourth.


    Has 11.22.63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no, it hasn't but I'll be careful about Mr.King's other attempts out his forte.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Wasson may provide nice voice acting for some but I found it too slow. I read fairly quickly, so, for me, his reading of the book was painfully slow. Toward the end, I actually find it very annoying - primarily the conversations, or inner dialogues. In some instances, it all sounded like some people were dim-witted. He made the conversations sound like they were from cheap drama with bad acting- exaggerated; predictable.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    definitely not. it was taken too far; imagination run wild.


    Any additional comments?

    it was a nice surprise that the Kennedy assassination is actually not the main focus, but I also found the romance uninteresting. After getting through most of the book, the end killed it - preposterous; showing off alternative 'futures'. The final part- after all the time-travel nuances, explanations- was unnecessary. I barely listened to it.Overall, I liked the first half (the first two files of the download). The other two were disappointing; too long; overcooked.

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    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 12-07-11
    H. Anthony Melbourne Australia 12-07-11 Listener Since 2008

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    "Great concept but took far too long"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11.22.63 to be better than the print version?

    Have not read the print version


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    No, far too long.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    It took hours to get to the point!!! Very disappointed - could have been done in half the time.

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  • bobbie
    Nottingham, United Kingdom
    6/25/12
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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    A really great novel by Stephen King. Highly recommended and well worth purchasing. Couldn't recommend more highly.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Suffolk
    5/26/12
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    "My favourite audiobook of the last 4 years"

    Like (it seems) many people, I loved SK's early work then felt he lost his way rather, becoming a bit prolix and dull. There were occasional highlights - The Green Mile - but he was no longer a "must read".

    Well, this is just terrific. Takes a while to get going (I'm finding the same thing with Duma Key, which I'm currently listening to) but then it is absolutely compelling. And the narration by Craig Wasson is just perfect. When it finished I wanted to jump on a plane, track Mr Wasson down and shake him warmly by the hand. But he probably would have thought that a bit weird.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Joseph
    London, United Kingdom
    5/23/12
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    "Best Stephen King book - of all"

    I've now read through this twice. It's my favourite book of all of Mr. King's oeuvre. The depth of the characters and the way he writes about each location makes you feel like you actually lived there with the characters. Not only do you live the journey and the reason for the journey, but you get to see the consequences. You feel the joy, confusion, disappointment and pain of the characters more so than in any of his other books. This is one of those books that people will talk about for years to come.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • amelia
    5/16/12
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    "Just fantastic"

    I raced through the book over christmas and then started on the audiobook. It took me a little time to like the narrator, I expected a younger voice, but once I had I loved it.

    Fantastic story, cried at the end and just wanted more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Enn
    Carrickmacrosss, Ireland
    5/14/12
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    "Excellent"

    Good reading except one thing...very hard to stop it and live your everyday life after listening

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • M. Dawes
    Birmingham UK
    5/11/12
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    "The Master Storyteller"

    No one quite gets pace like Stephen King do they? Just the most immersive experience - plot, characterisation, dialogue, minutiae, suspense, joy, pathos, humour - it has the lot!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • ben
    Maghera, United Kingdom
    5/9/12
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    "Fantastic"

    A brilliant book. Such a fascinating subject matter (JFK), which really makes you appreciate what it must have been like in the 60s. Main character is great, and this is obviously well researched.
    Highly recommended to fans of Stephen King and those interested in the JFK assassination.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sally
    Halifax, United Kingdom
    5/8/12
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    "Another brilliant read/ listen!"

    I have been a Stephen King fan for decades. After Lisey's Story I wondered if he wasn't losing his touch, but this book proves his prowess yet again. Being a Brit I didn't necessarily care that much about the assassination of Kennedy, and I certainly don't regard him as the best thing since sliced bread just because he got shot, but by the end of the book I care immensely because King's characters care. The scaffod of the plot is time travel, and whether it is possible to change present by changing the past; but the fabric of the story, as always in King's novels, is human nature. In a similar, though less horific way to Pet Semetry, King is asking all of us, would you do it if you could? and if you did it, what would be the consequences? I haven't finished this story yet and I'm so involved with it I don't want to! Just as you think you've worked out what's going to happen in the end there are twists that take you by surprise. Never give up, Stephen King, you're brilliant!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    5/6/12
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    "Riveting Book"

    A truly masterful adventure. I was unable to stop myself listening to great chunks of it without breaks. Both nostalgic and thought provoking. I was so sad when it ended! Please write another like this Stephen.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ma X
    Bangor, Northern Ireland
    4/29/12
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    "Wholly satisfying book!"

    I have loved Stephen King since ever he started writing, but I have to say I prefer his books that rely less on the fantasy/horror and more on the ones based on the here-and-now but with a fantasy twist... 11.22.63 fits this bill superbly. It is a delightful and absorbing listen, fully researched, just long ago for those of us of a Certain Age to recognise and relate to but wholly conceived and brilliantly executed, from beginning to satisfying conclusion (job for the hankie just there!). One of those audibles that make you wander round like a zombie because you just can't bear to pull the earplugs out because of what's coming next....!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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