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 finally had to quit. The continual barbs about conservatives killed me. He even managed a quip about the Tea Party which wouldn't exist for 40 years after the setting of the book. The one that made me smile was after blaming Bush and Reagan for their violence, and basically conservatives for all wars, he dealt with Kennedy's having gotten us into Viet Nam with "he might have changed his mind". The premise of the book is to save Kennedy so that Viet Nam, race riots and even Martin Luther King's assassination wouldn't happen! And Geez my history research shows Kennedy doing basically nothing during his years as President. The Cuban missile crisis, and then what else? Oh yes, got us into Viet Nam, but in this book, "he might have changed his mind". King, between that junk and the constant and I do mean constant harping on smoking, (no I am not a smoker) finally caused me to put the book down. You have talent, why waste it on this cheap campaign sticker. I still won't vote for Obama and I don't believe Kennedy would have saved the world. Could have been a good book.
Craig Wasson's performance of this book is just amazing. I am certain that I enjoyed listening to the book far more than I would have reading it. The end feels a bit soft, but I enjoyed everything leading up to it.
Best book I have listened to this year. Do not delay down buy it now!
King has become too enamored of his prose. He spends a lot of time developing an idea, which can be said more succinctly and with more suspense. although the performance is well done, the prose drags this book. Choose something else!
Less made up bull-S*** about time strings and card men who have to keep time straight in their heads.
How time travel occurred.
Details abound. Pictures are painted vividly.
If I had noticed that Craig Wasson was the reader I'd have gotten the book for the Kindle right away and skipped the audio altogether. Unfortunately, I didn't notice, used a credit and loaded it up. I bailed after one chapter. He was annoying in Blockade Billy and downright impossible to listen to on Full Dark No Stars. If I had to hear him say
This story was so repetatitve with so much detail throughout leading to nearly nothing and certainly no purpose in the end. Gosh Mr. King, couldn't you have been a bit more creative with this great concept? Then there is the reader. Must have been paid by the hour because he read soooo slowly. I would not recommend this book.
At last I thought there might be a Stephen King book I could enjoy. I avoid the supernatural fiction he's known for, but I thought a time-travel story would give me an opportunity to sample his writing in a content genre I could stomach. Unfortunately, this book was so filled with profanity I couldn't make it through the whole thing. Too bad -- it started out as an interesting story. Can't recommend it for anyone who likes a good story but doesn't want to have to listen to the obscene language some people think is normal.
Very well done presentation and reading, brought everything to life. The story was terrific and exceptionally well done.
Thought provokingly humorous
Nothing different. Stephen King was highly creative and kept it a very fun listen.
Wow, Craig added a third dimension. Listening to his performance made the story come alive.
I laughed many times, didn't cry once. Maybe that says something about me. I hated the sappy description of the love affair between the main characters. I think it was overdone.
Craig's Russian accent is awful. It didn't sound like Boris on Bullwinkle, which is what I expected.
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