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
I think King got the ending wrong.
He had no way of knowing that the world would have been more peaceful.
I loved the way he described what the pollution was like in '58.
Plus the costs of everything.
Including the Derry killings was brilliant.
But I do not think Oswald acted alone.
yes -- Narrator did an outstanding job--
Lots of time travelers, as in Gunslinger, all with their catch 22--
Both, lots of humor in the right places --
Very thought provoking -- stirred lots of emotion from anger to joy and laughter to tears. I feel the book did exactly as it was intended -- was to entertain the reader (listener).
I don't think of myself as a Steven King fan, but this one really captivated me. It has been almost a week since I finished it, and I still can't get it out of my mind. I can totally recommend this book, especially to boomers who memories of what actually happened.
Listen to about four audio books a months. Never without one.
I loved this book. I couldn't put it down. And to think I almost didn't read it because I am not a Stephen King fan. This is NOT a horror book. Perfect narration for this book - perfect. So glad a colleague at work talked me into this book. I talked my 23 year old daughter into it and she is reading it now and is already telling her friends to read it. I plan to read it again this summer.
Sensational, detailed, thought-provoking
I normally prefer audiobooks to print, but for this book, I will have to change that practice. A shame there is this problem, because otherwise, the narrator is exemplary. Regular Audible listeners will agree with me that this is not always the case. BUT although the narrator is great for most of the time, at times he slips into an older man's voice at unexpected and more importantly totally inappropriate points, for no good reason. It sounds like parts of the narrative had a different narrator originally, on top which a second, younger narrator was transposed. I definitely feel thrown off at those points.
30 hours - in a word, not really. You need to take in a lot of details, and while you may do it in, well two sittings, I would think that would be a slap on the face for Mr. King's writing and Mr. Wasson's acting talents. After 9 hours, it just blurs. I had to repeat a lot of sections for that reason.
Mr King outdid himself, that is for sure. What a thrill, indeed. The story certainly keeps you guessing, and the language is 10 stars over 5.
This is my first Stephen King novel. I found it slow going at first, but gradually became involved with the characters and the story. It is, in its way, a morality tale, but not a heavy-handed one. It blends the Platonic idea (did King get it from Plato?) of the harmony of the universe with the drives and desires of individuals, and in doing so is, on one level, a good exploration of the tension between the overarching needs of nature and human drives. It's also a great illustration of the best intentions of the individual being (inevitably) blind to larger consequences. Oh, yeah, and there is a plot, too. A good one. Really recommended.
The nostalgia. I was a teenager at the time of the novel and it brought back so many memories. I had to laugh at so much of it.
Liked so many of them. The jump rope girls really sparked with me.
It made me laugh and cry at the end. Stephen King is a master of narrative.
I will listen again.
The story and premise were great. The narrator was one of the best I've listened to and did an amazing job with accents and capturing the essence of each character. My only complaint with this book was the length. Easily, one-third of the book (or more) could have been left out and it would have been so much better. However, I loved the ending. It was worth the wait.
Fascinating, absorbing, mindbending!
George/Jake - loved him because he was constantly doing mental checks, always thinking outside of the box and trying to see the larger picture.
When George meets the 80 yr old Sadie, still seeing her beauty and feeling pride for all of her lifetime accomplisments
The do over
I found this book utterly fascinating....well done!
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