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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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    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 05-19-12
    Karen Pooler, GA, United States 05-19-12 Member Since 2008

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    "Ok King we know your a liberal!"

    I finally had to quit. The continual barbs about conservatives killed me. He even managed a quip about the Tea Party which wouldn't exist for 40 years after the setting of the book. The one that made me smile was after blaming Bush and Reagan for their violence, and basically conservatives for all wars, he dealt with Kennedy's having gotten us into Viet Nam with "he might have changed his mind". The premise of the book is to save Kennedy so that Viet Nam, race riots and even Martin Luther King's assassination wouldn't happen! And Geez my history research shows Kennedy doing basically nothing during his years as President. The Cuban missile crisis, and then what else? Oh yes, got us into Viet Nam, but in this book, "he might have changed his mind". King, between that junk and the constant and I do mean constant harping on smoking, (no I am not a smoker) finally caused me to put the book down. You have talent, why waste it on this cheap campaign sticker. I still won't vote for Obama and I don't believe Kennedy would have saved the world. Could have been a good book.

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    Henry G Wolf VII 04-27-12
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    "It all comes together"
    What did you like best about this story?

    Craig Wasson's performance of this book is just amazing. I am certain that I enjoyed listening to the book far more than I would have reading it. The end feels a bit soft, but I enjoyed everything leading up to it.


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

    Definitely.


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    04-22-12
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    "Back to the Future"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    Best book I have listened to this year. Do not delay down buy it now!


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    ms 04-19-12
    ms 04-19-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Great plotline - poor execution"

    King has become too enamored of his prose. He spends a lot of time developing an idea, which can be said more succinctly and with more suspense. although the performance is well done, the prose drags this book. Choose something else!

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    Corbin Schaumburg, IL, United States 04-17-12
    Corbin Schaumburg, IL, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Made up mythical bull-S***"
    What would have made 11-22-63 better?

    Less made up bull-S*** about time strings and card men who have to keep time straight in their heads.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    How time travel occurred.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Details abound. Pictures are painted vividly.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew Clayton Mendota Heights, MN United States 03-30-12
    Matthew Clayton Mendota Heights, MN United States 03-30-12 Member Since 2009
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    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    If I had noticed that Craig Wasson was the reader I'd have gotten the book for the Kindle right away and skipped the audio altogether. Unfortunately, I didn't notice, used a credit and loaded it up. I bailed after one chapter. He was annoying in Blockade Billy and downright impossible to listen to on Full Dark No Stars. If I had to hear him say


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    InsideADog Goleta, CA 03-22-12
    InsideADog Goleta, CA 03-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Sorry I Spent the Time"

    This story was so repetatitve with so much detail throughout leading to nearly nothing and certainly no purpose in the end. Gosh Mr. King, couldn't you have been a bit more creative with this great concept? Then there is the reader. Must have been paid by the hour because he read soooo slowly. I would not recommend this book.

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    Alfred Raleigh, NC, United States 03-21-12
    Alfred Raleigh, NC, United States 03-21-12 Member Since 2000
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    "I really wanted to like this book"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    At last I thought there might be a Stephen King book I could enjoy. I avoid the supernatural fiction he's known for, but I thought a time-travel story would give me an opportunity to sample his writing in a content genre I could stomach. Unfortunately, this book was so filled with profanity I couldn't make it through the whole thing. Too bad -- it started out as an interesting story. Can't recommend it for anyone who likes a good story but doesn't want to have to listen to the obscene language some people think is normal.


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    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 03-19-12
    Maggie Pine Bush, NY, United States 03-19-12 Member Since 2010
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES


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    Very well done presentation and reading, brought everything to life. The story was terrific and exceptionally well done.

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    Arnold Atlanta, GA, United States 03-10-12
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    "Interesting twist on the time traveler genre"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Thought provokingly humorous


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Nothing different. Stephen King was highly creative and kept it a very fun listen.


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

    Wow, Craig added a third dimension. Listening to his performance made the story come alive.


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

    I laughed many times, didn't cry once. Maybe that says something about me. I hated the sappy description of the love affair between the main characters. I think it was overdone.


    Any additional comments?

    Craig's Russian accent is awful. It didn't sound like Boris on Bullwinkle, which is what I expected.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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