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
Craig Wasson's reading makes this book come alive for me but the story is what takes you back to when this
I agree with another reviewer - you don't have to read SK's book
I laughed, cried, sighed, shook my head in agreement, felt like dancing and so on and so on. This book would make a most excellent movie!
Thin plot - enough for an unoriginal novella nothing more - certainly not 25 hours.
Hackneyed. Verbal Muzak.
Any but the lead character - I just didn't care about him at all. Brilliant voice performance throughout - just not the best material.
All of it. If the name wasn't Stephen King it would never have been published.
I like much of Stephen King's work. This was just white noise. But maybe it's a matter of taste. If you like this yours is very different from mine.
And my new favorite Stephen King book. Just an amazing way to put a new twist on something we are all already familiar with. Also, the performance by Craig Wasson made listening to a book of this length very easy. Very well done Mr. Wasson!
I would listen to it again and again. The narrator was so great and the book was even better
The total possibilty of what if this could really happen, would the world change in that way.
It made me wonder what if and how sad that the future fights back
What a wonderful book to read and listen to. I have done both, but the listening was wonderful because the characters came to life. Horray for Steven King and Craig Wasson.
Easily in my top ten.
The confrontation with Lee Harvey Oswald.
The confrontation with Lee Harvey Oswald.
Probably not--it's too long.
I enjoyed this time travel thriller from Stephen King. It's a great story but it sags quite a bit in the middle when Jake lives in Jodie for years, waiting to confront Lee Harvey Oswald.
The narration by Craig Wasson is excellent. He is a master at capturing the voices of all the characters. It's worth listening to this book just to hear him tell the story.
I appreciated listening to Stephen King's afterward and learning more about how he wrote the story.
I love Stephen King and will always read his books, because his track record is just so dependable. I wouldn't listen to another narration by Craig Wasson if you had a gun to my head. I would beg you to pull the trigger instead.
Probably the most boring and drawn out of any story I've ever read by King. It has highlights in the beginning and the end, but boy does the middle carry on...and on...and on....and on. I feel as though they could've edited out about 16 hours of this story and you wouldn't miss a thing. Usually King keeps the reader enthralled with a sense of impending doom or menace, or humor, or just something creepy. This book has that for the Derry section, and then completely loses it in Texas.
The narration was among the worst I've ever heard. His accents and female voices made my skin crawl. Anything he did to sound southern made him sound like Darryl Hammond doing his Bill Clinton impersonation. Unbearable. I'm from Maine and he simply butchered the Maine accent (as most actors seem to do). As soon as I started the audiobook I knew it was going to be hard to listen to. Just the wrong narrator for this story.
No. Simply because I couldn't take any more.
I think the idea was there, but once the thrill of time travel wears off the story loses all momentum and barely recovers it in the end. I found that I didn't care about anything related to the Texas section (which is 80% of the book!) - the story, the characters, the place. Ugh. Boooooooring.
The reader was so adept at different voices and inflections that the story came alive with different characters.
It was a extremely interesting story. Time travel, but without much science fiction, just a plot device. Great characters. Kennedy assasination, love story, history alive in real places.
Don't think I have a favorite. They're all good. Maybe the bookie in Derry.
Actually did tear up at a few points in the story.
The was probably the best book I've ever read/listened to. Highly recommended! Even the ending was fantastic!
Have not read the print version yet but I don't see how it could be better than the audio edition
There is no other book to compare with this book. It was the best of the 285 books I have downloaded.
The whole book was my favorite
Jake/George -- likable guy you'd want to hang out with.
sucks as Sadie
the end was a little corny...but I still LOVED it :) How do you not love anything Stephen King has his hands on?
I have loved Stephen King stories since I was a kid. Though I'm partial to his more horrific novels, this one was a nice change. I felt like I was actually running around with Jake/George throughout the story it was so realistically told (typical Stephen King drawing me so deep into his stories I have nightmares....I LOVE it!). The narrator was a bit annoying as Sadie but it did not distract me much from the overall enjoyment of the story - though he was a great voice for Jake/George. Stephen King is a genius and thank him for continuing to produce such brilliant work. Listen to his afterword at the end of the story...has some nice dedications and more insight into the topic of the book.
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