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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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    MB Airmont, NY, United States 01-01-12
    MB Airmont, NY, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2015
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    Time and Again meets Who did it...I like Stephen King but do not like novels with a political agenda so to speak. This was an incredible story, great narration, creative characters and really just a fun ride. I was not going going to "bother" with this one - oh, what a mistake that would have been. Thoroughly enjoyed from beginning to end! All I ask - Don't make this into a movie!

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    Diana Westminster, CO, United States 01-01-12
    Diana Westminster, CO, United States 01-01-12 Member Since 2002

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    "Best Stephen King book---EVER"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version but will probably purchase it. I loved the story line and was happy with the ending. I was in junior high school when the story took place which made the story more real. I have read every Stephen King book and have not always been satisfied with the results. This could be my favorite story for content and story line of characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake/George He tried to make sure that his actions had favorable results in the future.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    George and Sadie's last dance.


    Any additional comments?

    I have read or listened to every Stephen King novel but consider this my all time favorite.!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Janis 12-31-11
    Janis 12-31-11
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    "Kept me engrossed the entire time"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is a great listen for those who enjoy a well-woven story with excellent character development. In typical Stephen King fashion, you come to know each of the main protagonists very well.

    The creepy factor is much less prevalent in this novel than in some of his others - not that it's actually believable - but far fewer demons than is common in his writing.


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

    Wasson does an excellent job of using intonation to express emotion and feeling. It's not like passive listening to a book - his expression and voices help you feel like somebody is TELLING you a story, not reading one to you.l


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

    Are you kidding???? It's really really really long! But, it did keep me up far past my bedtime


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    will Flowery Branch, GA, United States 12-31-11
    will Flowery Branch, GA, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Dude Can't Stop Listening"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Dude, what's next


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

    Don't know. Incomparable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Time traveling and imagining.


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

    No it's too long.


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing imaginative what if story. I have never read a stephen king story, this one is amazing, haunting, stirring and a great read.

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    JRB Tulsa, OK, United States 12-31-11
    JRB Tulsa, OK, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Excellent. Interesting genre change for King"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Really enjoyed this book. I am a big fan of alternative history.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake / George


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

    Craig Wasson was excellent with the various accents.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Omaha, NE, United States 12-31-11
    Connie Omaha, NE, United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2007
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    "You will not be disappointed"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to. I did not want the story to end.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson is the best narrator. He brings the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Connie Christiansburg, VA United States 12-31-11
    Connie Christiansburg, VA United States 12-31-11 Member Since 2007
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is one of the best books I have listened to. I did not want the story to end.


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

    Craig Wasson is the best narrator. He brings the story to life.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Carol Las Vegas, NV 12-31-11
    Carol Las Vegas, NV 12-31-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Amazing novel! Amazing narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    The narrator is the best I have ever listened to!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Everything! The story is unique, suspenseful, totally captivating.


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

    Jake and Georgei


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

    It made me laugh and cry. I could hardly wait to get to the end, yet did not want it to stop. I was totally enthralled.


    Any additional comments?

    Kudos to Stephen King and many thanks for this book. And to Craig Wasson, I will seek out your work. I completely recommend this book!

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    Katka 12-30-11
    Katka 12-30-11 Member Since 2015
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    "For every 100 mediocre books, there's 1 great one."
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I can't say for sure the audio version is better than the print version because I haven't read it myself. BUT, I am fairly certain it would be better. The narrator was excellent. When there is an excellent narrator, it brings the story to a much higher level for me.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No more Stephen King movies please, leave well enough alone. They rarely live up to the books in any way.


    Any additional comments?

    This may be S.K.'s best novel. I've read almost all of them and this one is pure joy. I knew within the first 5 minutes of listening that he had hit it out of the park. I was engrossed in the story in no time at all, and was led on a fantastic journey through a period of our history I never took much interest in. I've missed out apparently.
    I highly recommend this book.

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    Heather Mesa, AZ, United States 12-30-11
    Heather Mesa, AZ, United States 12-30-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Gripping!"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    The loved the details of actual historic events and the fantasy of saving this president. Got lost in the language of the generation my parents grew up in.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Being in that generation, it was like I was there.


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

    All of the voices! Especailly Kennedy!!!


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

    No way


    Any additional comments?

    I read the book and listened as well.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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