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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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.
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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
Walk into a room down a stair and come out in 1958.....
Only Stepen king kan make this the most natural ting to do..
I'm a fan of Dickens and Trollope audiobooks - especially as apart from their obvious literary talents, the books are usually long, so there's plenty of chance to immerse oneself in the story. This is also long, which appealled, although I've never been a fan of Stephen King. However, based on other listeners' reviews, I felt I had to try it. Absolutely no regrets, it's brilliantly narrated, and I found myself constantly wondering what would happen next and indulging in 'what if' scenarios about where the world would be if we could change certain things from the past. I felt lost when it was over. Am heading back to Dickens, and don't think a 'modern' novel will ever have the same impact - unless anyone has recommendations?
"Great Great Read"
A fantastic read that Craig Wasson really brings to life. You will enjoy this story enormously.
"what an imagination this guy has!!"
Steven King once again takes the reader and transports them into literally a different time zone.
A bit slushy in parts, but I would recommend it.. 5 stars from me
Amazing, completely gripped me all the way through.
A real return to form for King. Buy It!!
I absolutely loved this book, completely different to Stephen King's other books but still as good if not better. You can tell he really did his research when he describes living in 1958, the music, cars, party line telephones and so much more. I found it hard to put down and the narrator did a really good job too. I would highly recommend this even if you are not a fan of Stephen King it is such a good story
Having not been a Stephen King fan, I wondered what this book would be like - the subject is fascinating. You wonder how the World could be today if, as King seems to imply, his time traveller succeeds in the mission. As ever, the narration contributes greatly to the enjoyment, and Craig Wasson is superb in his voice characterisations - I even detected a Burt Lancaster and certainly a W.C. Fields towards the end!
"This is really a very good Book !!"
This is a very good book and i recommend this book to everyone ...and a very good narrator who depicts the story very well.
"A good book elevated by the narration"
Sometimes well written books become terrible audios thanks to poor narration. I'm happy to say in this case that a well written book (in truth the novel is 4 out of 5) is elevated to five star status by Craig Wasson. He's perfectly cast and tells the story at an ideal pace, never rushing it. He has a great voice, slightly remiscent of Jimmy Stewart (which is lucky as the book comes in at 30 hours) and uses different voices and accents for the characters.
The story is vintage King, you can lose hours and not know it. A form of time travel in itself.
"I loved it"
This book has everything, great characters, a love story, science fiction, American history, conspiracy theories, nostalgia for the 50s/60s, and a great ending.
"Stephen King - Back At His Best"
A brilliant book, with a very very good performance from Craig Wasson. Here King takes us into his homeland of Maine, with a tight time travel narrative that puts most other writers to shame. This is vintage King, subplots beguile you, characters charm you and make you crave the traffic jam so you can listen to the next chapter.
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