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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

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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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    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-08-11
    Mark Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2005
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    "The King is Back"

    I've been a loyal fan having read every book of Stephen King since I was in high school in the late 1970's. His genious for writing epic novels populated with clearly defined, well rounded characters is astounding. Craig Wasson does a great job bringing the book to life.

    This production does not disappoint. It is the audio equivalent to a page turner.





    87 of 102 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Utah 04-09-13
    Amazon Customer Utah 04-09-13 Member Since 2009

    tired teacher

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    "I have to admit, I loved it."

    I don't want to be a Stephen King fan. Nevertheless, he knows how to tell a story! I have really liked some of his books in the past, and I really loved this book. It gave me so much to think about. I'm afraid I will have to read a few more King novels in the future. Darn it!

    I was a kid when Kennedy was shot, and no explanation yet satisfies me as to what really happened. I didn't find an answer here either, but it was nostalgic to go back and revisit the scenes of that awful day. Everyone wishes it would never have taken place, but what if someone had stopped it? How different would things really be now? King stretches the imagination to the max, which is what he does best.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Amy 06-26-12
    Amy 06-26-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Fantastic!"

    It has been a while since I have listened to a book (especially one this long) and hated to see the time counting down. I almost just started it over. Stephen King is a master storyteller and the narration is excellent. Highly recommended!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 04-29-12
    Hassan Springfield Gardens, NY, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2009

    5 stars is i love and i will read agani and again. 1 is i hate and i never want to hear about it ever again. YES = :))) - NO= :'(

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    "A GREAT BOOK!!!! But a bit long"

    I really loved this book. its just half way through it you think "why all of this?? why its taking toooo long". But still its really good... the ending is amazing and the butterfly effect is..... well i don't know how to explain it, but you really think if this happened in real life, what kind of changes will occur.

    Highly Recommended

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 03-01-12
    Wendi Overland Park, KS, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2011

    Canadian girl in Kansas, love audible, books on kindle or kindle fire, and old fashioned books! I enjoy fiction most, mostly books with strong female leads. Favourite authors: Diana Gabaldon, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Wally Lamb, Pat Conroy, Andre Dubus III, Lisa Genova, many more!

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    "King's Best Work! (From a King Junkie!)"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    I absolutely loved every part of this story. The flow, the characters, the whole idea of the time travel, the romance, the suspense.. This book has every aspect of a fantastic book all made into one story. I have read about every single book by Stephen King and I absolutely loved this book best. The narration was perfect. The suspense in Wasson's voice, his infliction, his entire performance was incredible. I didn't want it to end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Of course the main character was my favourite, the narrator of the story. He was just an average joe, who made decisions with his heart.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I think my favourite scene was probably the climax where we do not know if Kennedy will be saved or killed. The idea of time working against the characters was so compelling and exciting- it was very very dramatic.


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

    I think the whole overall message of the book moved me. The point was that, everything happens for a reason. What reason though- we may never know. It's hard to say much without giving away the book!


    Any additional comments?

    King's best, most suspenseful novel to date- with excellent narration! Fantastic audible book!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Sarena Garrison, NY, United States 02-22-12
    Sarena Garrison, NY, United States 02-22-12

    I'm the author of the book "Bronx DA" and an attorney.

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    "A Really Fun Read! Highly recommended."

    I really enjoyed this novel and I think it's the best thing King has written in a while. The book is quite long, but the story never got dull. I had a great sense of the characters and the assumptions about history and the people in it were very plausible. As with all King novels, you have to be willing to suspend disbelief and just enjoy the ride. The ending was a little predictable, but in a way, I don't think the novel would have been as fulfilling if he'd ended it differently.

    King's attention to the details of the time period where the book is set are terrific and consistent as well. He does a great job of engaging all the senses to make you really feel the time of the book. Highly recommended.

    Also, Craig Wasson was an excellent choice to narrate this book. He did a wonderful job.

    I give books 5 stars when I think they deserve to win some kind of prize and I'm not sure I think this is an award winner, but it is a great, fun and worthwhile listen. Very happy to see in the Stand just came out on audio and I look forward to listening to more King!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 11-29-11
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 11-29-11 Member Since 2005

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "Murder, the Past, Romance, Friendship, Time Travel"

    Mr. King does it again, another long book that holds the reader's interest throughout. The narrator did a fine job with this delightful story. The likable main character and his group of "besties" all live in the past and engage either knowingly or not in a plot to change the world as we now know it.
    Jake/George, is a lovable all around good guy. The reader is taken in as we follow him and his special friend Sadie, who is as clumsy as she is beautiful.
    The times seem quaint to us now, yet I remember this vibe having grown up in the 60's myself.
    So enjoy and be prepared to either reminisce or be intrigued with the setting and the story.
    I feel as though this author never disappoints.

    26 of 31 people found this review helpful
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    R. Flaherty CA United States 11-19-11
    R. Flaherty CA United States 11-19-11 Member Since 2003

    Naval Air Corps - (DC3, C118, P2V Neptune) 1965 - 1970

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    "Great Beginning - Middle and ENDING !"

    Normally, I am not a fanatical fan of all Stephen Kings works because I don't enjoy dark and scary. However, this story drew me in, held me and delivered me right to the front door of WOW. It was interesting to Google Map the many addresses mentioned in the story while listening. I am ex-military and an old crusty kind of guy. I wan't exactly "crying" at the ending of the story; its closer to say my eyes were "glistening" while wearing a happy smile.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 11-09-11
    Douglas Kalamazoo, MI, United States 11-09-11 Member Since 2006
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    "Grabs you and keeps you till the end!"

    The story was incredible and full. Another Great read/Listen.
    No matter what Genre you seek this one has something for everyone.
    Though I miss Frank Muller Narrating Stephens work I found Craig Wasson a great Narrator. Listened all day and half the night.

    61 of 74 people found this review helpful
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    mindusq san francisco 01-14-13
    mindusq san francisco 01-14-13 Member Since 2008

    Typical cat lady: lazy, sings off-key, craves spicy bloody marys.

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    ""What if..." taken to the farthest reaches"

    There are so many good things about this story--the juxtaposition of then and now, a fresh look at love, an examination of how we humans want to control our destinies--but, I'm sorry, it didn't have to TAKE THAT LONG TO SAY IT. I dare say the man is sucking up to us boomers but, hey, that's a viable strategy. I don't begrudge him that.

    Listen to this book if you want to live in the world of "What ifs" for awhile, to think about how your own actions in the world influence the next guy but if you want to escape into pure entertainment, try "Beat The Reaper." Now, *that's* fun.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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