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11-22-63 Audiobook

11-22-63: A Novel

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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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    Scott Gloucester Point, VA, United States 04-15-12
    Scott Gloucester Point, VA, United States 04-15-12
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    "A wonderful time travel story w/ a King flare!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Craig Wasson's interpretation of the main character is A1!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The way George expresses his love for Sadie is soooo endearing.


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    chris neenah, wi, United States 04-15-12
    chris neenah, wi, United States 04-15-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    What an incredible book. I believe this has to be Mr. Kings finest work and I absolutely loved Craig Wasson. Just read it...


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole time concept.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The ending. All I will say is "the dance"


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

    It did, more tears then laughs.


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    Brenda Lancaster, OH, United States 04-14-12
    Brenda Lancaster, OH, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Love the use of history."
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I love the use of historical events.
    This one made it difficult to hit the pause button.


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

    I took my wife and son to San antonio on vacation and on our last day in Texas drove up to Dallas and spent the day. the entire time bits of the novel kept playing over in my mind.


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    K G chicago, IL, US 04-14-12
    K G chicago, IL, US 04-14-12 Member Since 2015
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    "An amazing book"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I normally don't like Stephen King books, but after reading other reviews I was intrigued This book had me glued from the start. I would HIGHLY recommend it.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake/George, He is the same age as me in the start of the book and I really could relate to him. I also really liked Harry Dunning. My heart went out to the tragic hand he was dealt in life. Such a sweet man


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Jake


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    So many to name


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    Doug P. 04-14-12
    Doug P. 04-14-12

    I've been addicted to reading since high school. I started with pulp novels, switched to great literature in college and now read everything

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    "King can't do romance or humor"

    King can't do romance, and he can't do humor. Both of those elements in 11/22/63 are really, really bad. He's a good storyteller, and that's about it. This novel should be cut to about 20% of its length. It might make a good novella or short story. As a novel, it's mediocre at best.

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    Gamma Joyce Oregon, MO, United States 04-14-12
    Gamma Joyce Oregon, MO, United States 04-14-12 Member Since 2015

    Audible junkie - I count the days until my credits arrive just like Christmas and have to limit myself to just two, ok, maybe three a month.

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    "Best Narrator of all time!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, my favorite listen of all time.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't but the rest of his works are my next stop.


    Any additional comments?

    I'd have to agree with some of the other reviews that it was a little slow in the middle but overall, an excellent book. Stephen King is not one of the authors I usually read but didn't realize I was missing out on such good work. I thoroughly enjoyed 11/22/63 and was sorry it ended even despite it's length

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    matthew payette, ID, United States 04-13-12
    matthew payette, ID, United States 04-13-12
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    "Six star story~!! Loved it!"
    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    The whole story made me feel like I was a part of it. He dis a great job on the different parts and kept it fun and easy to listen to.


    Any additional comments?

    I waited to get this book. I wont lie the thought of a book about President Kennedy would bore me to tears. This book was amazing the Kennedy part was second to the whole story leading up to it. I didnt want this book to end. One of the best books I have ever heard a definite must get!!

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    dhbgolfer3 04-13-12
    dhbgolfer3 04-13-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Completely Transported"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King is such a great storyteller. Who hasn't wanted to know what it would be like if a transformative event like the JFK assassination hadn't happened


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    The profile a man nobody really knew. Lee Harvey Oswald


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to name just one


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    Pam Wiedenfeld Maurepas, LA, United States 04-13-12
    Pam Wiedenfeld Maurepas, LA, United States 04-13-12 Member Since 2016

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    "What a Love Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book. It was several stories in one. I'm not one for love stories, but this love story was so easy to understand. It was a love story hidden among other types of stories and I just loved it!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character, of course. If you listen, you'll understand.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Feeling for the character he's reading about/for.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The end!


    Any additional comments?

    GREAT BOOK.

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    Galadriel 04-13-12
    Galadriel 04-13-12 Member Since 2008

    I have to admit that I'm a total Audible junkie. MUST have book going at all times. I may be the subject of a family intervention someday.

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    "Terrific in every way!"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Beautifully written, moving.


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    Don't know if it was a book or not first, but of course the great movie with Ashton Kutcher, "The Butterfly Effect" came to mind often.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Almost impossible to put down.


    Any additional comments?

    Might be my favorite Stephen King novel since "The Stand" and "The Dead Zone". He's so wonderful at getting you into the main character's shoes, always an ordinary if intelligent person the reader can identify with, but living under extraordinary circumstances. Wonderful detail, sight/sound/smells put you right into the world he creates, supported by a terrific reading by Craig Wasson. Wasson's JFK, Walter Cronkite and David Brinkley (or was it Chet Huntley?) impressions are spot on. And keep your ears open for a surprise appearance by Jimmy Stewart as an FBI guy.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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