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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Maybe not Stephen Kings best book but a rolocking ride none the less. Craig Wasson's narrative sweeps you along. The main character, Jake Epping goes through a 'wormhole' in his local burger joint and back to 1958 to see if Oswald was really responsible for the JFK assassination and if Epping can stop the Kenneddy assassination. The story should not work - but it does ! King’s attention to detail and ear for language carries this long book through a series of red herrings and diversions. As a novel, it’s far from his best, too long, too jumbled, too much diversion from the main plot and it ends with a bit of a squib rather than a big bang. Worth a listen non the less.
"Don't be decieved"
Before I read this book I read the blurb and instantly thought this is not for me.
Stephen King...I could take or leave.
Time travel... Not for me.
The JFK assassination... Not what I was wanting at that time from my book.
What pushed me was the reviews. Which is why I'm wrtining one. I thought to myself how could this be such a good book as the reviews seem to show based on the points above. I just could t see it!
This book is golden. One of te best I've ever read. Yes it covers time travel Nd the JFK assassination but this is all about the journey to these events. The story is so engrossing and the characters so full of life. It's a long book but still too short as you never want a good story to end. The narrator is exceptional at keeping the story alive as with long audiobooks sometimes parts of a book can pass and you don't mind. Not with this story.
This is an exceptional book. If its not your thing by the decription take a chance and you'll be very glad you did.
"Hard work - but worth it."
This is an amazing book. It's not an easy read, as it goes back and forwards in time and there are 'rules' in time travel which cause unexpected and annoying complications. But the story-telling is excellent and you get swept along through all the twists and turns. I particularly liked the way that all the strands are drawn together by the end.
I have always enjoyed Stephen King's books and reckon that this is one of his best. Enjoy!
"Loving the work Mr. King"
I am a huge fan of Stephen King and have and most of his book and was thrilled to get this book to listen to while I work out. The time travel aspect is so interesting and the ideas behind the story really start you thinking. Love it and can't wait to read more!
"usual stephen king, amazing"
Really good book well worth downloading, if you are a Stephen king fan then you won't be disappointed
Strong story, perfect narration.
Found myself offering to do the dishes more so that I had time alone to listen.
"Up there with his best works"
As an avid Stephen King fan it would be all to easy to simply give this book a raving review. It really does deserve one though. A novel based around time travel and a huge cast of characters, some who we know and some not, all of whom are well written and fit their place in the story. Let us not forget that whilst this is a work of fiction it is based upon true events and the incorporation of the two elements is brilliantly combined. The story keeps you gripped right until the very last minute with many twists and turns along the way which is what makes King so great at storytelling. The narrator Craig Wasson does such a great job and portrays the characters brilliantly with an enthusiasm that entraps you.. There are so many great moments and build ups to the book but to include any would spoil the plot so please just take my word for it that you NEED to read/listen to this book, even if Stephen King is not your thing.
"50s/60s Nostalgia with a great story"
This is one of Stephen Kings better novels. I found myself very involved in the story and interested in the fate of the two main characters. SK obviously loves the 50s/60s American era and writes with passion about the mood of the time, helping transport the listener back to what seems like another world. The story sags almost imperceptibly in the middle, but other than that it is a great listening experience, which is well read
Several times I thought I knew how it would end and each time I was wrong.
"Excellent Book beautifully narrated"
Is this Stephen King's best book? Others will no doubt have strong opinions on that but I think it certainly deserves to be up there in the front runners. The storyline is absorbing (thank you Stephen extra exercise from wanting to continue listening!) the ending is beautiful, sad and believable. The narration is excellent mostly the pacing is exact and the attempts at all the voices, for the most part, completely believable. I think that this is a book I will remember for a long time and probably wish to listen to again in the future. Buy it, I do not think that you will be disappointed.
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