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
Couldn't stop listening!
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.
At times it made me cry.
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.
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.
The fight scene. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time. And also the very last scene. Very emotional.
Excellent narration. It took me a few chapters to get into it but the narrator really brought the characters to life. A terrific story.
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.
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
Yes, I would recommend this book because it was a story that suprised you and enticed your very imagination.
Probably the scene when he returns to the small town.
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.
This is really the best book I can remember listening to in a long time.
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.
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.
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!!
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..
the parts when I was just imagining who things could/would/must be changed ... :-)
I think I have read almost all the 'stephen kings' but this one.. marvelous!!
Stand-up comedian turned medical school student. I am not much of a non-textbook reader, but audiobooks have replaced TV for me!
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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