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.
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The story is a page-turner - no doubt! Kept my attention the entire way through!
The development of Jake's character was superb.
The narration was one of the best I've ever heard. The voices were done well without being overdone.
I'm not a Stephen King fan, but I loved this book. I originally downloaded it based on positive reviews and I wasn't disappointed.
This book was hard for me to get through. The plot was decent, but I didn't feel the character development was there. I was interested in the beginning, but it was really drawn out and being that I was born in 1979 and don't know much about the JFK assassination it wasn't as personal as I think it might be for others. Sometimes I felt like King assumed the reader/listener would know what he was talking about without going into more detail. I also dreaded listening to any parts having to do with Sadie and George/Jake. I am not sure if it was the Sadie voice used or just that I thought this romance was way too predictable, over the top and sappy. I did enjoy listening to King's idea of how the world would have been different if JFK had lived, but this was only a tiny part of this book. I think I might have enjoyed it more if I had read it, but I am not interested enough to try.
The premise of 11-22-63 is interesting and thought provoking - going back in time to change historic events. King does a good job bringing alive the (unexpected) implications. Furthermore, it was a lot of fun to live in the past from the eyes of who we are now. Finally, the ending was interesting and unpredictable but fitting - really good. Because of all these points, I listened to the whole thing. All 30 hrs. and 44 min!!!
But dear Editor, dear author if you cared for your reader you would have cut it by a third, at least. It dragged for most of the middle. I used it to fall to sleep to at night and didn't bother to rewind to hear the parts I missed. So effectively, I cut out about 30%!
Would I recommend it??? How much time do you have? Has audible made an abridged version yet?
Good ending which was not predictable
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Don't buy this book if you're a Stephen King fan. In addition to not being scary, spooky, or twisted in the least it is unbelievably long and drawn out. And redundant. I knew it was over thirty hours when I bought it of course, but there are some books that can run that entire time, hold a listeners interest, and feel like they finished the book in not nearly the length of the running time. 11-22-63 is not this novel. It is basically a story of a guy's life in a small town. Yes there is the time travel thing and Lee Harvey Oswald thing but it doesn't really add too much to the story. The story would have been no different if there was absolutely no time travel involved. I didn't finish it.
Narrator, story, concept, especially the narrator. I am so out of sync with the rest of the listeners, I hated the narrator. I wanted to love this book. I did two hours before I threw in the hat, the ear buds, and deleted it from iTunes. Sad day.
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What a journey! I loved every minute of the book and Mr King kept me on my toes and exceeded my expectations. I was particularly happy with the ending.
The only reason I got this book was because the NY Times named it one of the best books of 2011. What were they thinking? I've never been a big Stephen King fan, but thought I'd give it a try. Bad use of a credit.
The premise is great, and the book starts off well, but slips into a dreary listen when he has those two years to kill before Oswald shows up. And he does kill them and takes us along for the ride. I actually felt sorry for the Mr. Wasson and his narration. I'm not sure how he kept from falling asleep. With so little to work with his performance becomes sub-par as well. Somehow I made it through the second 8 hours, but had to give up shortly into the third download. I suppose I'll fast forward to the end and see if anything interesting happens, but I know the ending anyway.
Save your money on this clinker.
- research assistent at the University of Lugano (communication) - co-founder of the Seth publishing company Switzerland - translator of the Seth material by Jane Roberts
There are many great books by King, but 11-22-63 is undoubtedly his finest work so far. It cannot be compared to any of his previous novels since it is not a horror story. It is a story about friendship, love, passion, compassion and of course time travel and a great lesson to learn in the end. And all of you who have read "IT" will even meet some old friends in Derry... And apart of this: Craig Wasson does a fantastic job as reader!
this book is scarey, sad, and very thought provoking,an oveall good read! grabs you from the start and will not let go!
If I could have stayed up for 30 straight hours to listen I would have
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