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11-22-63 Audiobook

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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    Elizabeth D. Shell Beach, CA, United States 04-30-12
    Elizabeth D. Shell Beach, CA, United States 04-30-12
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    "Engrossing!"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Couldn't stop listening!


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Mr. Wasson's performance was outstanding. He took his time and read with feeling as well as created different voices for each of the characters.


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

    At times it made me cry.


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Audiobook as well as my first Stephen King book. I listened to this every free minute I had. The book has an intriguing premise and the performance pushed it over the top for a very enjoyable listen.

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    Donald SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 04-30-12
    Donald SAN DIEGO, CA, United States 04-30-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Nice Surprise"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best. What surprised me most was that it was a love story above all. A little different from other Stephen King stories but just as excellent.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. And also the very last scene. Very emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent narration. It took me a few chapters to get into it but the narrator really brought the characters to life. A terrific story.

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    LauraD Atlanta, GA USA 04-30-12
    LauraD Atlanta, GA USA 04-30-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Fun non-horror Stephen King"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I listened to this book at the same time my son was listening to it, so we compared our impressions. He was more critical of the ending and thought he could have (NO SPOILERS) done a better job. I, however, was not bothered by the ending.

    I love Stephen King, but do not like Horror novels, so only read his books that are out of his main genre.

    This is a nice "What if?" book. I love to read books the leave me pondering what I would do if I were in this situation.

    Long book. You certainly get your money's worth.


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    Norma Collins 04-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent!!! One of Stephen Kings Best"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a10 all the way. From the first page to the last. "I'm not a crying man" but several parts did bring a tear. Powerful and intoxicating. King can often get too wrapped up in character development and I sometimes feel 3 or 4 hundred pages could have been left out. Not in 11-22-63 the story moved fast I couldn't stop. Loved the way he tied IT and Derry,Maine into the story. Great ending I loved it... Better than: Under the Dome, Dream Catcher and Cell. All of which are great works.
    The way Craig Wasson narration brought the characters to life was remarkable. I would like to hear more from him. Great job all around


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    Alisa 04-29-12
    Alisa 04-29-12
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    "Not a Stephen King fan"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this book because it was a story that suprised you and enticed your very imagination.


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

    Probably the scene when he returns to the small town.


    Any additional comments?

    I am not a Stephen King fan this was my very first book from him. I chose this book because of my interest in JFK, no other reason. I normally look the other way when it comes to King books and movies but I am very very glad I chose to read this one.

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    Susan S. Pacific Northwest 04-29-12
    Susan S. Pacific Northwest 04-29-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Outstanding!"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is really the best book I can remember listening to in a long time.


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    Thomas MADISON, AL, United States 04-29-12
    Thomas MADISON, AL, United States 04-29-12
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    "Simply Awesome"

    A great listen. The books I've listened to since pale by comparison. Stephen King is the master of both nuance and detail. The year 1963 is painted so vividly, the characters are so thoroughly developed. It's a book about changing events,but it is also a timeless love story. One of favorite books of all time.

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    Osman BOulder, CO, United States 04-29-12
    Osman BOulder, CO, United States 04-29-12
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    "A Colorful Trip Into Wonderland"

    I think the 60's were a cherished time for Mr. King. His previous trips into the memory hole (The Body) were just as entertaining, and for me it's not about nostalgia. I was born in 1975 and found this audio book deeply enjoyable.

    As for the story itself, the concept of time travel is a thorny issue and here I was a little less than satisfied. Without saying too much - I don't want to ruin the story - I think King may have been better served by spending a little less research time in Dallas and a little more time talking to theoretical physicists.



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    Johanna 04-29-12
    Johanna 04-29-12
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    "Time flies.... within 2 minutes!"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    the fact that I was sucked into the book within a few minutes.. and never came really out of it before I had finished it!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The time travelling ..... I just had finished 'Der lätzer Tag der Schöpfung' by wolfgang Jeschke ... a SF book in German (I think it is in English available) 1981 what is about time travelling also..


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

    Jake...


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

    the parts when I was just imagining who things could/would/must be changed ... :-)


    Any additional comments?

    I think I have read almost all the 'stephen kings' but this one.. marvelous!!

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    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12
    Erik Glendale, AZ, United States 04-29-12 Member Since 2015

    Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!

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    "My first Stephen King, and it was FANTASTIC!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I had never read King before, but obviously I had heard of him. I had an extra Audible credit, so I gave this best-seller a shot. I am so glad I did! The story was fantastic! In the very beginning of the story I got a taste of the horrific situation and description that King is capable of, but it was not campy nor did it detract from the story. Then what followed was a sort of fantasy/sci-fi story that I couldn't help but listen to from beginning to end! I ended up missing a few errands I was supposed to get done because I couldn't stop listening to the story, but it was worth it!


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