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
Don't know. Haven't seen the print version.
Les Miserables--the depth of character development and also the interplay between history and fiction.
There were so many. When he met Richie from the Ditchie and Bevvie from the Levee. The scene where Al tried to explain his discovery. The best scene(s) were at the end of the book and I am NOT going to describe them! The story is just too good to spoil.
No! A book this good should be savored. I listened to it mainly while traveling.
Steven King has always been one of my favorite authors, but the audio book format seems to make the story suddenly go from two dimensions to three dimensions (if that makes any sense).
Audible is the balm for an itch I can't scratch that sits right between my ears.
A great value listen with enough momentum to keep things moving nicely. Good characters, developed well enough that you can feel for them when things get obdurate. An interesting take on time travel and the potential consequences.
A great performance from Craig Watson, a couple of occasions where the voice seemed miss matched to the character but less than could be counted on one hand. Other wise great emotion, it was a pleasure to listen to the book.
He brings a lot of old characters back to life in this excellent and entertaining King book.
Wow, wanted more, fantastic read
all of them!
At times I laughed and times I cried. Either way this book was worth every minute and more.
When I first saw “11-22-63” advertised I found the title off-putting. I knew that it was about the Kennedy assassination and the last thing I wanted was to read/listen to another book on that topic, even if Stephen King was the author. After several months of putting it off and reading a list of other books, including “The Stand”, I finally got up the energy to at least give “11-22-63” a try. I was hooked after the first 10 minutes!
King has two stories interweaving throughout the novel. The basic premise of the novel is that is is possible for the protagonist to travel back in time from today to 1958. He is talked into making the trip by a fellow time traveler who is too ill to do it himself. The goal of the time traveler is to save President Kennedy from being Killed by Oswald in 1963. Our protagonist agrees to take on the adventure and save the world from the scar of Vietnam, riots and everything that is wrong with the world since the Kennedy assassination.
Once he steps into the past two stories emerge, one is a love story between Jacob, our protagonist, and Sadie, his love interest. The other story relates to the plotting and obstacles that arise in attempting to prevent the assassination. The assassination story was serviceable; standard Steven King prose, which is much better than the prose of most authors in any case. However, when King is focusing on the love story, the purple prose flows. More than a few times the images King creates are breathtaking and the writing is poetry. There is a real passion and deep love that comes through the writing, perhaps tapping into the emotional well of his feelings toward his wife. He took what could have been gimmicky (time travel) or boring from over-exposure (Kennedy assassination) and weaved it into an engaging and powerful story. Bravo!
I rarely say much about the narrator of a story. Most are either a neutral medium for telling the story or an obstacle to enjoying the story. On rare occasion you encounter a narrator who makes the story come alive and whose interpretation is a major contribution to the enjoyment of the story. Craig Wasson is one of the rare gems of a narrator. His reading of the story was engaging. His regional accents were spot-on. There were dozens of characters in the story and each had a distinct voice. Indeed, some of the voices for his characters hinted of various historical figures that added a depth of irony. As I lisented to the audiobook it didn't seem like someone was reading a book to me but that I had been sucked through the time portal along with Jacob and was listening to what was occuring. Wasson made the story real and present. An excellent job of narration. I will definitely look for his work in the future. Craig Wasson added a great deal to the enjoyment of this audio book. Again, Bravo!
Didn't read it. Audio only.
Never gone through a book quite like this one.
He was an amazing narrator/reader!
I would highly recommend this book to anyone who finds what living in the past would be like, interesting.
Why I would have to say yes due to Craig Wassons incredible skills as the narrator.
Hmmm...well I loved several of the characters such as sweet Harry. He had been through a hellish nightmare of a childhood several times yet still possessed a loving soul....Also loved Sadie and the relationship between her and Jacob aka George.
Craig performed Harry brilliantly from his voice to his child like innocense.
This book was an awesome roller coaster rides. I laughed, cried, held on to the edge of my seat but most of all was sad when I finished it.
Stephen King...you take me places that I have never been!!!
or something like that. This is one of many lines that made me pause and think.. Gee that Mr. King really is an amazing word craftsman.
The book didn't live up to my (probably over inflated) expectations -but that is not to say it wasn't a good book. It was. the story and premise of time travel was a new one for me and I liked it.
I cant say that while driving home - I took the long way, because I couldn't bare to stop listening.
I can say I"m glad I read it - I was just hoping for a little more urgency to not be able to put it down.
The narrator was a 10.
This book is a masterpiece. Stephen King has merged fiction and history seamlessly. The story and characters are extremely well written, and Craig Wasson does a beautiful job with the narration. I hope there is more to this story in the near future!
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