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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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    This is the best thing Stephen King has written since Duma Key! I just could NOT stop listening to this book, and when I got to the end, it's one of those books you wish would NEVER end. It's THAT good!

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    Where to start! The story is incredible awesome, full of twists and turns that tug and both your heart strings and your rage. He takes a piece of history and twist it just enough to suck you right in. I also love the refrences to his other books. He creats his own version of the world where all the doorways connect. Very much looking forward to the movie in 2012.

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    What a great book! I really enjoyed it and the reader was very good as well. So glad I purchased this one!

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    This story is so well woven and just grabs you and does not let go. I laughed and cried and Craig Wasson does a brilliant job bringing the characters to life. I can’t recommend this audio book highly enough!

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    I am new to Audible.com and am loving it! Stephen King has outdone himself with this story. I listen to it every chance I get because I want to hear what happens, but I don't want it to end.

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    I truly enjoyed 11-22-63. It was a different "King" as he spins a tale of time travel and love, as well as a historical of the events surrounding the Kennedy assassination. This was a credit well spent and I will recommend this novel to my friends. Way to go Stephen King! You still rock!

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    This title gives you the most value for your credit. I listened to it in a week!

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