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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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    "Good, but it's not "The Stand""

    The narrator did a wonderful job. The story was unmistakably Stephen King, but he either got in a hurry or has started slipping. There were a few major plot elements that simply needed a good editor. The one that got to me the most was the character who had returned from a trip to the past having aged five years and contracting cancer along the way. From the main character’s point of view less than 12 hours has passed, which helps to convince him that the other guy had really been in the past. This is good stuff, but the problem comes in where the guy who has been back from 1962 for only 12 hours has modern meds and a home nurse who “comes in every Tuesday.” For me, this was like hitting a mental speed-bump, and it was not something that I would expect from Stephen King. There were other glitches, but this was the worst.

    Otherwise the story was great, with lots of twists and turns and the stuff that Stephen King does so well. Overall I loved it.

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    Jacque ANTIOCH, TENNESSEE, United States 03-20-12
    Jacque ANTIOCH, TENNESSEE, United States 03-20-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Loved it!!!"

    This was a fascinating book, and I enjoyed it immensely!!! The 30+ hours of narration initially seemed excessive, but I was only wishing for more when it came to an end. Stephen King rocks!!!

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    Larry South Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-19-12
    Larry South Milwaukee, WI, United States 03-19-12

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    "11-23-63 could have been better"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Didn't read the print edition.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Yes, many fantastic stories in the past.


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

    A nice job of taking on different voices and accents that add to the enjoyment of listening.


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

    The killing of Sadie


    Any additional comments?

    The whole possibility of upsetting not just time, but the planet, galaxy, and universe was quite a teaser that could have evolved into something more my kind of Stephen King. But it didn't. It just ended with a plop, after all that build up. I still enjoyed the book but wished there was more imaginative writing going in the direction of not putting things back and seeing the consequences. After finding out all of the horrific things that had changed from his actions I thought things were really going to take off at that point and the best parts of the book were on the way. But it was over. There was no part 5 :(

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    Tricia Brighton, MA, United States 03-19-12
    Tricia Brighton, MA, United States 03-19-12

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    "Just Amazing"

    Stephen King wrote a compelling, imaginative story behind a factual and monumental event and did it in such a way that really drew me in. The amount of time and research that had to have gone into this book is just incredible. Craig Wasson actually becomes Jake Epping and made me care about his story, along with the other characters in the book like they were my own friends and family.

    It's a a great story and absolutely worth the listen.

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    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 03-19-12
    Laura Fillmore, CA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "I wish I'd never given 5 stars"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The last book I enjoyed this much was The Help. If I could go back on my reviews and just give 5 stars to books I enjoyed this much, there would only be 2- the Help and 11-22-63. I have never been a Stephen King fan. I don't like horror books. I don't care for scare, and blood and gore. I would not even consider myself a sci-fi fan or anyone remotely interested in time travel- though I do enjoy Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. I bought this book because of so many good reviews. I was blown away. I loved listening to it. I enjoyed the chemistry of the characters. I enjoyed how the story moved along. I enjoyed the cultural references to the 50s and 60s and giving that time and place such reality. I've gone to 5 bookstores trying to find a copy for my husband to read as I SO want to talk with someone about this book.
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    C. A. Cameron United States 03-19-12
    C. A. Cameron United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Five Stars In Every Sense"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this as Audible's ultimate adult summer listen.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jacob ... er, Jake ...well, George!


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

    Every single character -- and there are a good many of 'em - was spot on!


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

    I'm still listening to it! So far, there have been very Stephen King moments detailing exceptionally graphic moments of violence ... and tenderness .... and nature ... and shock ....and an extraordinary sense of the protagonist's immediacy, commitment, presence and personal conflict with


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King pulls no punches, historically, politically, emotionally, physically, psychologically. I like that! A master craftsman and teller of tales, King's 11-22-1963 novel deserves WINNER status on every level.

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    Amazon Customer Newport News, VA, United States 03-19-12
    Amazon Customer Newport News, VA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "He's done it again."
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    The Character's! As always Stephen King is a master at developing his character's in a way that even though there are so many of them, and so much going on, you can still keep it all together.


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

    One of the most memorable moments is when Jake meets up with Bev and Ritchie in Derry. I love it when King alligns a new story with an old one. It's a treat for those of us who have read all of his books to see these little tidbits and know they are just for us, his devoted fans.


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

    I have not heard on of Craig Wasson's performances before. I thought he did a good job.


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

    King never makes it easy for you, like in the Dark Tower when he kills off Roland's Ka Tet, but we still love him anyway. Knowing that Sadie still get's hurt no matter what poor Jake does is a little disheartening but it's all necessary to help the story make it's point.


    Any additional comments?

    I love Mr. King and I can't wait for the next one.

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    MS Plymouth, MA, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2016
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    "This story a CLASSIC! Loved it!"

    Stephen King has done it again. Time travel and suspense. Great mix. Couldn't stop listening. Worth every penny!

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    "OUTSTANDING! A truly well researched history...."

    I am a recent Stephen King fan. Some consider his writing to be too detailed, not me!
    I enjoyed the research, facts and fiction. All together. I highly recommend this to anyone interested in a solid read. Craig Wasson is truly a remarkable reader.

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    Patricia 03-18-12
    Patricia 03-18-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A wee bit long"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    I really enjoyed this audio. At times it seemed a bit long but I really enjoyed the story. Especially since a was still a little young when Kennedy was shot. I remember the shooting but it was fun to get some background which isn't spoken about that often.


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