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've never read the print version, but the audio version came alive with Wasson's narration
The enigmatic "Green/Ochre Card Man" was the most interesting. In that part of the story, we finally get a glimpse into how the time tunnel works and the enormous repercussions that occur when changing the past. I found this even more intriguing because not everything is explained. Some details are left to the reader to interpret, thus adding to the mysterious nature of the phenomenon.
The least interesting part was Part 4: Jake's detailed story of living with Sadie and watching Oswald. I just found that this part dragged on for far longer than it had to and subtracted from the initially great pace of the first three parts. The review lost one star because of this.
No. But he is very talented and I found myself listening to "Jake", not Wasson. The performances are outstanding.
When you have the power to alter history, even the best intentions can have monstrous consequences...
This novel engaged me right from the start. The mystery of Al's sudden aging and the revelation of the Rabbit Hole all the way through to Jake's first wondrous adventure to 1958 were all so thrilling and wonderful to experience. There were a number of scenes that moved me, but by far the best was Jake's final scene with Sadie and his final line of the story, which is said in response to Sadie feeling he is a familiar person in her life and asking who he is: "You knew me once, in another life...." This line is beautiful because Sadie shouldn't know who he is, but the past harmonizes and in the alternate timeline, they shared something so deep and powerful that even the course of history changing couldn't erase it completely.
interesting, heart-warming, entertaining
I listened to this over the period of a day and a half while I repaired a dozen laptops, and I only wanted to fast forward it once as it got toward the end. That was only because I was exhausted and didn't want to go to bed without hearing the end.
I really enjoyed this story - it's quite unique, and reminiscent of the quality of books Stephen King wrote 20 or 30 years ago. I highly recommend it. In addition, while I found Craig Wasson's New England accent a little hard to bear at some points, all in all, he read the story well with very few mispronunciations.
Excellent narration and a truly great story.
The lead up to the 'moment' and the suspense surrounding whether the hero would succeed or not was almost palpable.
Craig has a wonderful speaking voice that you don't tire of, and has a knack with characterization of many different people. I especially loved hearing JFK through him.
The book brought me to tears several times, and I actually felt physically ill when the hero went through a terrible beating.
I spend around 8 hours a week driving and Audible is my constant companion. I have learned that not all narrators are created equal, and not all books should be read aloud, no matter how much you love them.
11.22.63 is my clear favorite and I am yet to hear it's equal for a truly great story that is beAutifully written and read. I am a fan of Craig Wasson now too.
This is definitely the best audio book I have ever listened to. King's writing was exceptional and Craig Wasson's narration is second to none bringing this book to life!
I would no hesitation to recommend this to all other Audible members!
I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hour commute to work every day. Favourite authors include Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and D J Molle
I have really enjoyed Stephen King audiobooks in the past, including The Shining and Under the Dome (which is one of my all -time favorite audiobooks). But 11.22.63 was too long-winded for me. It started well with an interesting situation and I had high hopes. However, about half way through the book, I lost interest and gave up. The story did not move fast enough for me. I say, however, that Craig Wasson is a good narrator.
Zak the Writer/Reader/Farmer
I enjoyed this long novel.
I got a bit bogged down in the part where, Jake Epping (George Amberson: main character) has a love interest and, boy, did I find that woman, Sadie, boring and annoying. I don't believe King, does romance all that well but then that could be just a "me thing" because I don't generally like to read romance. The character of Sadie seemed cheesy and I kept hearing "Sadie, the cleaning lady" from the song by John Farnham which was quite a distraction [my bad].
I was intrigued by the story behind the story of stopping the death of J.F.K. and the consequences of such an action.
I feel very lucky to be in a world where one can read the work of a famous author and not feel that he slaved over every word for years and researched his butt off, although he must have. Thank you Mr. King.
As always, Stephen King, did a great job keeping me reading until the end.
Craig Wasson's narration is absolutely gorgeous! From the very start, the crispness, accent and nuances he produces keep you spellbound. I will go ahead and look for other novels he has narrated.
I am not a Stephen King fan, and I managed to listen through the entire book. The book story is crisp and well paced atleast in the first 2/3rd section. The first 2/3rd of the book is interesting as the "sidequests" keep the suspense going.
Unfortunately, Stephen King gets bogged down in the main story of Lee Harry Oswald. LHO was an crazed nutter who killed JFK. Not much more and not much less. In going into his detailed nuances, the novel drags. But, perhaps for people interested in finding details about Oswald, it might be interesting. This entire saga gets dragged on in the 2nd half, which I found quite boring as I am not from America and don't have any obession for detailed account of a killer's mundane family life.
For me, in summary, it is good novel, but not as great as other people have it pinned it as. Absolutely recommend it, if you enjoy the notion of seeing the 50s and the 60s daily life.
However, if you are someone who's interested in how the time travel occurs, and related science, its pretty bare. It's just a skimpy plot device to get a person from now go back and see America as it was in the 50s (for a single white man with money and no family).
This performance is the very reason you want to listen to audiobooks. Craig Wasson's performance takes one of Kings better tales to a new height that I would not have enjoyed without his performance.
The "watershed moment" when our hero is face to face with Oswald fully delivers on the investment you have made in the book.
Craig Wasson reads one of the more harrowing scenes in the book almost as if he is on the verge of tears, you'll be right there with him.
The way in which Wasson has developed the characters voices in this reading is pitch perfect.
There were several high points in this book that would be unfair to those who have ont read it to detail in this review. This book may not be a horror story but it is King on top form.
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.
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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.
"Gripping, intriguing, brilliantly narrated"
I have always been interested in time travel, and the way Stephen King deals with this technically difficult subject is mature, exciting, and full of clever twists and surprises. Although this book is quite long it is totally absorbing and I found myself quite hooked on the story line and anxiously waiting for the next development in the saga. The story itself covers many areas to appeal to a very wide variety of listeners, accurately including factual details leading up to the Kennedy assassination, a true feeling of the fifties and sixties zeitgeist with all its prejudices, obsessions, and charms, and an achingly real and tender love affair between the central character Jake and the lovely Sadie. There were many times while listening to this book that I was genuinely concerned for Jake's confusion and frustration in dealing with the hugely complex task of trying to modify the past to achieve a different future.
This is a book which I will cherish and will come back to in the future. Stephen King has become one of my very favourite authors since reading this and I cannot recommend it highly enough. Finally the narrator is a superb with his huge variety of accents and inflections to paint a very realistic picture, and deserves congratulating.
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook. I've not read much Stephen King but this was really compelling listening. I thought this book was extremely well researched and with believable charactors and a fascinating storyline the time flew by. What really made it a five star audiobook for me though was the naration. I thought Craig Wasson was superb - it didn't feel like he was reading it at all - he acted the story, slipping into the different accents of the main charactors with ease and really bringing the story to life. I will look out for more books he has narrated as I think he is excellent.
"THE BEST AUDIO BOOK EVER!!!"
I have just finished listening to 11.22.63 and it was simply, the best narrated book I have ever had the pleasure to listen to. This is also the best Stephen King ever, bar-none. The story is a mixture of well researched history, fantasy and ironically a love story that you get drawn in to without even knowing it. I was gutted when the story ended and I think I will go back and listen to it again, it is that good.
If there was an Audio book Oscar, then it would undoubtably go to the narrator Craig Wasson, whose vocalisation and visulation of the book is the equivalent of a Turner masterpiece.
I could waffle forever but I would be stopping you from downloading this epic masterpiece. If you are thinking of becoming an audible member, then make this your first book and you will never look back.
"A rattling good listen"
This was entertaining, intriguing, enlightening and highly enjoyable. And deliciously long, so a great one to use your monthly credit on!
"The Best Ever"
this is an unusual kind of story from Stephen King but in many ways goes back to his early story telling prowess. This is a cracking tale, expertly narrated , and full of the detail of life that is the hallmark of the master.
this is the best narrated audiobook of a king work I have listened to.
"Best book ever!"
This is the best book i ever listened to. Couldn't let go of it and found myself missing the book and the characters several days after finishing the book. Highly recommended :-)
"This is as good as it gets!"
I have been an Audible member for about 4 years now and have listened to some really great stories. However, Mr. King's new novel is absolutely riveting from the first to the last word. My favourite King story has always been 'Bag of Bones' but now I find myself torn - 11.22.63 really is that good!
Craig Wasson does such a great job narrating that you can't imagine anyone else doing the job.
The 30 hours just flew by!
I am 45. I grew up watching Stephen King movie adaptions which tainted my view of his writing. I recently read the Green Mile having always avoided the film because of my predjudice against the usual Hollywood treatment of King's movies. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of the Green Mile and so went for 11.22.63 on the basis it was meant to be King's return to his best. I could not agree more this novel is utterly riveting...download it you won't be dissappointed..
Some comical accents (particularly the Russian ones, which sound like a certain ex-governor of California), but on the whole the narrator is excellent. The story is great too - a real Stephen King journey through the world of ago.
"Well worth a listen"
Coming back to King, after a couple of decades, I found this to be a great listen. The narrator has to be one of the best I've listened to. Certainly made my bus journeys a lot more enjoyable!
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