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)
I would definately recommend this book. It has kept me interested from the start. I walk with my audio books and find I am walking further and further just to keep listending.
The Narrator's voice reminds me of Nicolas Cage's voice, smooth and soothing. He brings words to life and I think I may have put a hard copy of this book down sooner if I was just reading it.
Use Craig Wasson for other narrations! He was excellent and brought Mr King's story to life. He made me feel like I was watching a movie.
It was a long listen for what turned out to be way more of a love story than anything else, and I just didn't want that! So it might be just my reaction, but in the end I listened to the whole lot to then think I really need not have bothered. However, if you are interested in an alternative history fiction with a strong, long, love story then this may be for you.
This was well worth a credit. The characters were great, the premise interesting and the narrator did a fabulous job. It did lag a bit in the middle, but picked up again. I definitely recommend this book.
This book kept me enthralled the whole
way through. Great story, great characters and great performance. If you are interested in history and fascinated by the concept of time travel you'll enjoy this.
A great time-travel story with a solid premise that lays the groundwork for a gripping narrative. The characters are well sketched and their relationships have depth, dimensions, and complexity. Jake Epping is a very relatable protagonist and the narrator of the audio book does a stellar job with the accents and colloquialisms, suggesting the dread, fear, and excitement of its characters.
Its pace slumps to a crawl sometimes, especially in the middle, dividing it almost into two distinct narrative halves, and the writing gets overly expository and descriptive on occasion; however, the characters, premise, and the great voice work of the narrator are solid enough overall to keep you listening till the end.
A great story let down by the reader's inconsistent tone of voice. I can understand if the tone changes with twists in the story, but here and there, I came across sudden changes in the reader's voice. Probably caused in post production
Craig Wasson is perfect for the job, an extremely talented narrator. I wouldn't have Stephen King change a single page. His attention to detail was fantastic. Recommended 100%
I like this book. So much so I bought it twice (after losing an iTunes audiobook copy). It's not King's best work, but only because he has written so many other fantastic books (Duma Key, Cell, The Stand - too many to list); it's way better than the best of most authors, even very good ones. Being super-critical it slows slightly in the middle, but it picks up again. The performance is excellent, the characters are developed beautifully and it's an involving and well thought out story. Epic but so worth it.
it took me a while to get through this marvellous tale as I could only listen in short bursts but despite the stop start nature of my usage, i found each time i picked it up i was able to "fall" back into it with ease. I love this story. I so enjoyed the crazy, wonderful idea; it's one I'm sure MANY have entertained in their private thoughts "What if he missed and the President survived...? ; What if...?" over the years. Everything Stephen King does has value but it's his quirky imagination and his ability to find an idea that somehow resounds, connects with humans in a very real way and the way he puts that existential horror surrealist slant on it that I just love! He writes the books I would love to say I'd written myself. Thanks boss, love your work!
"Stephen King on top form."
I just loved this book and was really pleased by the ending.Its the nearest to a love story i think Stephen King has ever got to.The history element was fascinating and the time was travel handled cleverly,i listened at every possible moment.
I have just finished listening to this audio book. It is possibly the best book I have ever listened to. The narrator is brilliant. He manages to bring all the characters to life and I often found it diffcult to turn it off when I reached my destination.
The story is my favourite Stephen King so far.
Highl recommended! Buy it now!
"His best noval yet"
HavIng spent my 50's childhood in a small town south of Dallas, I really related to the entire story. The characters were so well presented and real that when the book was finished, I actually missed them! I have read or listened to, every time travel book I can find but this book really scratched the itch. It is as good as anything Finney has written and better than most others. You don't need a big imagination for it to become real. It is written as to be entirely plausible and you actually wonder if it might just have happened. This is all a part of the King's genius. Long write the King!
"Wonderful story telling"
I did love this but was conscious that you have to be a Stephen King fan to be able to relax into it, he takes his time! I rejoiced in his love of language, his characters and his intricate plotting, a delight.
"Best book I have heard in a long time."
If you want to be thoroughly engaged in the plot and eager to get back to listening, then this is for you. This is my first Stephen King book (I know! Amazing isn’t it?) and I am bowled over. He creates the era and the background with amazing clarity. The story is fast paced and exciting, but remains human and believable. The narrator does a really great job which adds handsomely to the story. I am definitely going to read/listen to more by King.
"You must have this book in your library !"
This book is one of the best stories Stephen King has written in a long time. The detail of the late 50's and early 60's is amazing, the main plot and sub plots are gripping, the way the stories mingle with fact and fiction make this book so believable.
The narrative is also first class, Craig Wasson makes this story real, the character of Jake / George becomes a real person from the very start.
"11.22.63 Review by John Moore, audible reader"
Stephen King adds a comment at the end of this book that he originally wanted to write this back in 1974 but is glad he waited. I absolutely agree. Back in 1974 he was at the start of his writing career, with lots of promise but still raw - now he's like the smooth purring engine of a classic car that's been tuned to perfection. This is in my view the best of all his works - totally gripping as a suspenseful thriller, plus characterisation of the highest quality, and as engaging a love story as it is possible to encounter.
He presents us with an intriguing question - what if it were possible to travel back nearly 50 years to prevent a terrible event taking place. And more than this - what if you could change the past and crucially what implications might it have for the future not just of the main characters in the story, but for humankind as a whole? The "problem" for the writer is persuade the reader/listener to accept the impossibility and keep us reading/listening, and King more than meets the challenge. Once we get over that hurdle we're hooked. He also cleverly (tho briefly) links in characters from an old 1986 novel, IT which is like saying hi to old friends.
Craig Wasson's reading, with his range of voices (including one reminiscent of the late John Houseman) adds hugely to this work. I give it 5 stars - I'd give it 10 but only 5 are allowed!
I doubt that anyone listening to this will easily forget it. Enjoy!!
This is a fantastic book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to end!
"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.
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