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)
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.
This book rated amongst my Top 10 Audiobooks.
The plot was enticing and has a great insight into what America's personality was during the late 50's-60's.
Craig Wasson's performance was wonderful, always consistant and easy to listen to.
I loved how the characters all meld so well together while showing the turbulance of the times and the social differences & showing clearly that the grass was definatly not greener on the other side no matter how how memories may look back and think of good times. The book as a whole was thought provoking and although it has Kings usual insight into the minds of humans this was on a different level from his other books in that I wouldn't class it as a horror....
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 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.
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.
"Good, but not Great"
My first ever King novel and to be honest i wasn't blown away. The time travel element is what caught my attention initially and i must be honest King handles it very well, maintaining the story's integrity and believability throughout whilst avoiding major plot holes that time travel usually brings up.
For me the story just felt to long winded, the middle section did seem to drag in parts and i felt that the plot just wasn't really progressing. The characters however are very well fleshed out and did hold my attention till the end.
As a 27 year old Brit the massive sense of nostalgia that King tries to convey at 1960's American culture is a little lost on me but i have to admit that the level of detail is incredible and really brings the story to life. For me this book was just OK, but i can see how an older reader would appreciate it more.
The narration was quality as usual from audible.
"The Perfect Advert for Audio Books"
Stephen King is a pretty big name in the writing world and has some fairly major works to back that up, but if this was all he had ever written, he would still be a star.
The story is an excellent take on the notoriously difficult time travel tale. Certainly to my unscientific brain, it is wholly believable. The book is full of great characters, many lovable, some despicable, all perfectly portrayed by Craig Wasson. There are some real gut-wrenching moments and I found myself as emotionally invested in this book as any I have ever read.
If I was able to write and was at the top of my game, I think this book is what I would strive for. And I would make sure Craig Wasson narrated the audio version of it. In fact, I think that I would be happy if he narrated all audiobooks. At least the ones Tom Stechschulte doesn’t.
Audiobooks live and die by the narrator to the point where I would rather listen to an inferior story read by a great narrator than my all-time favourite story read by a robot. However, this audiobook is the perfect marriage between story and performance by the narrator.
"A simply Must listen......."
It has to be one of my all time favorite's.
The narration was superb, bringing every character to life. The story had me gripped from start to finish.
Hard to choose but ultimately the final scene where he holds Sadie in his arms one more time. Just lovely.
It made me laugh, cry, think,and I did not want it to end.
A thought provoking albeit fantasy story.
"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.
"Just fantastic !"
I would recommend this, because the story has so many facets to it, history, romance, thriller etc. time travel is a small part of a terrific story. Also very very well read.
Very well performed, you get more of an idea of the different characters, and a sense of excitement.
All the above!
I am very sad to have finished this story! I don't know what can compare at the moment.
Not what I regard as a 'typical' Stephen King, of the kind that used to scare me years ago, but unmistakably King in the way he involves the reader/listener, and makes you really care about his characters.
The narration is superb, I felt Jake Epping speaking directly to me. Poor narration can ruin a book, this on the other hand took it up a level if that is possible.
The context of the story will be familiar to all, that is the Kennedy assassination in 1963, and I thought I might be possibly a little bored by a predictable story line. How wrong I was. I have now listened to this recording three times, and will do so many more times. If Audible announced it was deleting my entire library bar one ( and I am getting up to 400 ), this would be the book I would save.
"Possibly a convert"
Having never read a Stephen King novel in my life, and probably having been put off by 3rd rate movie adaptations, I was surprised how much I loved this story.
30 hrs in length, but they fly by with the fast paced narrative.
The characters are excellently defined and easily related to.
I may have to listen to more of Stephen Kings books.
Really enjoyed the whole experience of this book It was long but could have gone on for longer Love love Stephen King
Really enjoyed book, well read and kept interest.
The one point I would like to make would be for female role narration from a female would be best, as narration from a man in intimate scenes just sounded wrong, wrong wrong.
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