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11-22-63: A Novel | [Stephen King]

11-22-63: A Novel

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.
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Why we think it's Essential - On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? In his critically-acclaimed epic, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it. Named Audible’s Best Book of 2011, 11-22-63 easily holds its own among King’s earlier classics, and Craig Wasson, handpicked by King to narrate, is nothing short of amazing: he has a fine actor's gift for performing the novel's wide range of characters, emotions, and action with great authenticity. — Chris

Publisher's Summary

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime.

Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

©2011 Stephen King. All Rights Reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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    SBK 01-02-12
    SBK 01-02-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Sappy love story took away from interest"
    What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

    The love story took away why I wanted to read this book.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not sure at this time.


    Did Craig Wasson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Excellent


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    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 01-02-12
    eva Shavano Park, TX, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2010
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    "AHHHH- time travel and Stephen King....delish!"

    Maybe because I was a child of the 60's, or maybe because I love time travel stories, or maybe because I enjoy Stephen King so much, or maybe because the narrative of Craig Wasson was spot on, but this book was so much fun to listen to.

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    Andy Spooner Loveland, OH 01-02-12
    Andy Spooner Loveland, OH 01-02-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Terrific narration to a great story"

    Craig Wasson does a masterful job of reading, as usual. This book required a wide variety of accents and even some impersonations of public figures (Kennedy, Cronkite) and he pulls it off expertly. His usual well-timed injection of emotion into the text made the story come alive. The story itself has the time-travel element, with a twist I had not heard before, but the best part of the story is the romantic story line. The book has a satisfying connection to King's novel "It," but it's not necessary to have read any other King to enjoy this one.

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    Scott Nelson Dallas, TX 01-02-12
    Scott Nelson Dallas, TX 01-02-12 Listener Since 2004

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    "Best Audible of 2011"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print version


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    Craig Wasson brings excitement in the form of many different voices that all have a warm and inviting appeal to the characters.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The end of the book actually made me tear up. I don't want to ruin the ending, but to me it could not have been written any better. King is the Master of the Storytelling.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have an extra 40 hours, this is by far a great way to spend it.

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    jack annapolis, MD, United States 01-02-12
    jack annapolis, MD, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "A must read"

    This is a must read. A clear exposition of how Stephen n King pictures the assassination of JFK and what might have happened if it were prevented, Throw in a time bubble for time travel, a beautiful romance, a few detective stories and a parallel universe and there is Stephen King breaking new ground as an outstanding fiction writer.

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    Brian 01-02-12
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    "Incredible!"

    I love Stephen King when he takes normal life and sprinkles a little bit a magic on top of it and makes the new reality almost seem possible. This is what happens here. Anyone with an interest in history, time travel or JFK would love this book. It makes you wonder about what life would be like if you could somehow get a "do-over".

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    Patrice Cambridge, IL, United States 01-02-12
    Patrice Cambridge, IL, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Thought provoking and entertaining!"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    One of the aspects of Stephen King books that appeals to me is the depth of characterization....one gets to know the characters as though they were real people, warts and all. I always feel as though I am a part of the story with a vested interest and 11-22-63 was no different. What an interesting concept! Very well played out....kept my interest. I was disappointed that the story had to end (as always)! I recommend this to all King fans...he once again proves his vast talent as an author!


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    Marsha Spartanburg, SC, United States 01-02-12
    Marsha Spartanburg, SC, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Great King Novel!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    The Audible edition of 11-22-63 is one of the finest King audiobooks I have listened to. I really enjoyed the narrator - he brought the story to life. The novel itself is extraordinary. I can't put it in a specific genre - it is scifi, history, thriller with a touch of romance. It kept me listening/reading (yes I had to get the ebook for my reader as well) until the wee hours of the morning.


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    Diane Aurora, CO, United States 01-02-12
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    "A rich story wonderfully narrated."

    Craig Wasson's narration is more of a performance - he does voices and emotions so well that the listener can become immersed in the story. And what a story! The real and imaginary past come alive here. Stephen King writes horror so well, but this is not horror. His stories are thought-provoking, imaginative, and very entertaining. So, suspend your disbelief and get lost in a great story by the master.

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    Diane aurora, co, United States 01-02-12
    Diane aurora, co, United States 01-02-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A rich story wonderfully narrated."

    Craig Wasson's narration is more of a performance - he does voices and emotions so well that the listener can become immersed in the story. And what a story! The real and imaginary past come alive here. Stephen King writes horror so well, but this is not horror. His stories are thought-provoking, imaginative, and very entertaining. So, suspend your disbelief and get lost in a great story by the master.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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