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
You don't have to be a King fan to read this. I promise it will hook you from the beginning. A great story and a bunch of interesting historical and philosophical questions.
What would have happened if? And how was America back then? Why are we now what we are?
Entertaining and profound, with a wonderful narrator.
He was energetic and dramatic all the way through! He never overacted. He was so good, I forgot what he sounded like and listened to what he was saying: a sign of a great reader.
I could not put this one down, so to speak. Stephen King got me hooked after the first 5 minutes of listening. There is so much about this story that is fantastic, twisted at times, and suspensful. He seamlessly sticthed in a love story too, which is a tear jerker. A word of warning, however, as this book does contaiin strong language throughout and some sex scenes described in some detail, almost uncomfortably.
What a unique story. I'm always amazed by Mr. King's imagination and his stories are so wonderful that they stay with you well after they're finished.
Stephen King writes this book with such skill and imagination that even with the length, I was sad to leave the characters. With that said, the story was brought together in ways that were wonderful, thought provoking and beautiful. I am grateful to have had this experience, and that is what this audio book is, an experience.
Once in awhile superior writing combines with superior narration to create a sum that is greater than its parts. Don't be scared off because Stephen King is the author. This is not blood, guts and gore, but rather a truly fascinating story of time travel and an examination of what might have been and what could be. You will not ever want to stop listening.
This audiobook is at the top of my list of all time incredible listens. I recommend this to everyone.
Compelling, thought-provoking, memorable
I love the
I disagree with the negative comments about Craig Wasson's narration, I felt he did an excellent job. I liked the different voices he used for the characters, and his performance really helped to make George/Jake a
Loved the ending, and could really feel Jake's pain.
I purchase this audiobook as it was rated well and the hours were enough so that I wouldn't be done with the book for a while. The flip side of that is listening to a bad book. This book was not bad and kept me wanting more.
How King writes and describes the past in clothing, music, terminology, cars, social-economical factors and more. One could actually be in that time.
While I appreciate the narrator changing his voice tone to match the characters one sounded like a bad imitation of Tootsie, another was a poor G. Bush and I didn't care for his Sadie voice as the whining tone was too much.
I enjoyed the suspense.
It's worth it!
I wouldn't listen to it again because it was too long. I'd consider listening to a condensed version.
I liked the message about the consequences of changing the past. It gave me comfort to consider that events in the past have shaped a more postive present for me and to wish for a different past might mean a less fruitful present for me personally. More globally, negative events in the world have great power to bring about positive change and human goodness.
He did a great job with the tough Texas librarian - Miss Ellie(?).
I bawled like a baby when Jake went back to Jodie in present day to see his love, now in her seventies.
Overall Wasson did a great job of narrating, with the exception of his Maine accent. It often sounded more like an Irish brogue, but most people not as intimate with the accent probably won't notice.
He's back...the Stephen King of old with a story that is awesome!!! I enjoyed the storyline and the tie in's; this book took me back in time. This book is a must whether you like to listen or read.
Unforgettable, Addicting, Great
Jake...Main character duh!
Every chapter was outstanding. Looking forward to hearing other audio books narrated by Craig Wasson.
A marvelous story taking you on a journey though time, history and life.
This was my first audio book I purchased, I can't believe i'm already done with it. I feel nostalgic and wan't more.
Stephen King is truly a great American author. The narrator, Craig Wasson, does an incredible job. Loved it through and through.
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