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 would definitely recommend this book to a friend. However, I would warn that there is some language and sexual content. Not a book for children. It is a wonderful listen though.
There are many and I hate to give a way plot. The concept of selling things taken from the past in the present was something I didn't think of. I always have thought about going back not bringing forward.
Too many to list. If I had to pick one I guess it would be the attempt to stop the Kennedy assassination.
If you could travel back to stop the Kennedy assassination, would you do it?
This was a great listen many hours of enjoyable audio keeping you on the edge of your seat!
Among the best I've listened to
I was hesitant as I had never listened to a Stephen King book but this was relentlessly inventive considering that it was built around historical facts.
I lose interest often when a book goes on for too long. This was not the case with this book. This book was interesting and fascinating right through to the end.
A roller-coaster ride through another history.
I don't know that I cared for the ending. It was such a terrific build-up to the titular event, that the outcome was anticlimactic.
Incredible narration -- brought all the characters to life with good accents and subtle nuance.
The past isn't what it used to be.
I'm not a Stephen King fan, but the storyline caught my attention. It is interesting and keeps you listening. It had a lot of rated R language,which is not something I like to hear; but I stayed with it anyway, waiting to find out what would happen next,
Liked the narrator.
I loved the history as I grew up in the 60's.
It was better than King's "The Stand."
I thought the reader did a wonderful job. I will look for his name when making choices.
The book I makes you laugh in many areas and cheer in others.
This is my first review and I just loved this book. I don't relisten to books however I may listen to this one again
The narrator - Craig Wasson is OUTSTANDING in his ability to create different character voices! The story is typical Stephen King which means good, but that goes without saying. For those who think all King writes is "horror" be warned this is not that kind of novel. I love to see Craig Wasson go back and narrate ALL of King's work because he truly makes the listening something to eagerly look forward too!
To me the Stand and The Tommyknockers are very similar in that neither was particularly "horrific" (nor intended that way I suspect), but contained a LOT of detail and character development.
The part where Jake and Sade are on that final mission to stop Oswald is absolutely filled with suspense yet also encompasses events which one cannot help but find amusing - if not hilarious.
Yes...I even held my iPhone as I stood outside watering my lawn so I could keep going....this is hard to put down.
I would encourage anyone on the fence based on other reviews to do as I did and take the plunge. Stephen King has NEVER written a disappointing book and this one is superb!
The narrator of this book is one of the best I have heard. His ability to change his voice to reflect the characters was amazing.
This was an excellent story.
No, I appreciated the time to step away from the book and digest certain parts.
I highly recommend listening to this book on audio
Yes, I would, the narrator has done such an excellent job in bringing this book to life.
I love Stephen's use of words, when he paints the world with his words, and then easily flips the world upside down in a matter of sentences.
Jake Epping, simply because the world revolves around him. Aside from him, Harry Dunning, really feel for him.
Yes! I certainly had moments where I gasped, smiled and nearly cried, especially at the end.
I didn't want it to end. I enjoyed the little details of the 60's era. The book was exciting I couldn't wait to hear more of it. The audio reader was very good. Stephen King was excellent.
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