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11-22-63 Audiobook

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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    Gina A. Emory 05-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Superb!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is AWESOME! I highly recommend it to anyone! I am not a fan of horror, so some of King's books are not my cup of tea. One of my favorite King books to date was "Hearts in Atlantis". This book has surpassed that one as my favorite. It is everything I had hoped it would be, and more. It keeps you captivated, intrigued, on the edge of your seat, and the ending does not disappoint.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love "time travel" stories. This is one with a very interesting twist.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    He was EXCELLENT! He brought the characters to life. His pacing was excellent.


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

    I can't tell you because it would give away too much of the story.


    Any additional comments?

    LISTEN TO THIS BOOK!!

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    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-09-12
    Joshua S Colorado, USA 05-09-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Absolute Classic! Brilliant non-horror King!"

    This book was amazing, great concept, great execution! I was enthralled with this book all the way through. I found myself pushing to listen even a few minutes at a time all day!

    A Sci-Fi influence was more pronounced in this story than most King books and this worked well. The story revolves around a known King theme of movement between "worlds". Unlike many SF novels the movement seems fluid and easily approachable even for those who may not be attracted to this genre.

    The characters are classic King, well developed and all with their own motivations. The interactions and descriptions give the reader the feeling of sitting at a table in the conversation instead of a 3rd person voyeur.

    There is a lot of plot and story but the payoff is amazing. The research on this tale is amazing. Even if you are not familiar with the setting you feel as thought you can walk the streets without asking for directions.

    If you have ever dabbled in the politics of the early 60's you should read this book.

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    mugirl113 New Bern, NC 05-08-12
    mugirl113 New Bern, NC 05-08-12
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    "Not your typical King novel, but even better!"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's by far the best Audibook I've listened too. It's the only one I've wanted to listen to again, which I will after I finish my current book.


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

    The interactions with Ozwald stand out to me as some of the more memorable moments. I felt like I was getting to know one of the most infamous people in American history.


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

    George Amberson was a great character for me. He was so believable and it was a joy seeing his journey from the guy teaching GED classes for extra money to the guy trying to save one of the most loved presidents in our nation's history.


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

    This book will you make you feel many emotions. The whole "what if" scenario this book creates keeps your mind wondering the whole time where King is going to take this. I really didn't want this book to end.


    Any additional comments?

    Hands down a great book. Even if your aren't a fan of King's past work this book is worth a try. This isn't your typical King book filled with horror. This book almost fills like a stroll though history than a typical King book. You get to know the characters so well that you are saddened when anything negative happens to them.

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    Circe 05-08-12
    Circe 05-08-12 Member Since 2010

    I spend three hours in the car each day. I would have died of boredom months ago if not for audiobooks. I especially love a good series!

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    "Best book I've listened to this year!"
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Yes! I really loved this book. The story was wonderful, and the characters had great depth. I found myself missing the characters after I finished the book. I will listen to this again in the future, I have no doubt!


    What did you like best about this story?

    I am a Stephen King fan, but I know there are many who don't care for his writing. I understand their criticisms, but I feel even those who are not normally King fans would find they enjoy this book. The characters are fully developed and the story line is not a simple good vs. evil plot. It is easy to develop an emotional attachment to these characters and their situation, which I normally do not find in King stories. I highly recommend this book.


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

    YES! It was hard to stop listening to this book during the day.


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    Jodie 05-08-12
    Jodie 05-08-12
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    "Deserved Best Story"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    This story kept me on the edge of my seat. And yet, I wanted to listen to it a second time because it was a wonderful story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story had love, imagination, suspense, and great study of personality.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson delivered this book like he felt every word. It is easily to become absorbed in the story and feel like you are "there."


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

    I wanted to listen to the book all in one sitting, over and over!


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    Cathy Anway 05-08-12
    Cathy Anway 05-08-12
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    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    This was a fantastic audiobook! I'm buying the hard cover for a friend who is having a birthday this week and is a huge King fan too. This story is different than many of his others but it is NOT lacking. You fall in love with the characters, you get swept away by the story - it is one I will never, ever forget and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen. If you don't take a chance with this one, you're really missing out.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character was the main character of the book. He was real and down to Earth and you could very much relate to him. I was SO wrapped up in his life, his issues, etc.that would think about them and couldn't wait to get back to the story to see what was going to happen next.


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

    I have never listened to any of the narrator's work before but this was quite good. At first I wasn't sure, but as I listened, I fell right into it. Being from New England myself, the NE accents weren't the BEST, but they're weren't bad either. Not at all. It did NOT take away from the story for me, which it can EASILY do. A bad narrator ruins the the audiobook for me every time.


    Any additional comments?

    I LOVED this story.

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    aura United States 05-07-12
    aura United States 05-07-12
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    "Great history!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    The history and the message to me was "It is not always wise or better to relive the past. Leave it where it is. No matter how painful that may be."


    What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s voice?

    He was great except I did not like Sadie's "voice"


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    Steinbeckfan Atlanta, GA 05-07-12
    Steinbeckfan Atlanta, GA 05-07-12 Member Since 2016

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    "pretty great.."
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    I dont read Stephen King or care a thing about JFK but I bought this on a whim and enjoyed every second of it..thanks reader and thanks Stephen King. I may have to try more of your work in the future.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Reader and character became one


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

    no


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    dee dee J los angeles, ca United States 05-06-12
    dee dee J los angeles, ca United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2010

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    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    King's Best Book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I enjoyed the main character...the everyday man


    What about Craig Wasson???s performance did you like?

    Love the narration..kept me drawn in


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

    I was moved often by the things you could change in history and how the results are not what you always think


    Any additional comments?

    VERY GOOD JOB...Just a little long on the romance part...I GET IT THEY LOVED EACH OTHER! Could have shortened thatt section a bit,

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    Dede United States 05-06-12
    Dede United States 05-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great Book and Narrator!"

    This was my first fiction book, the others I have listened to were all business books for work. This book, despite the long length, just flew by. I wanted to listen to more everytime I had to turn it off. And the narrator was great. This is not the typical genre I read or listen to, but it was awesome and I would highly recommend it.

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