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11-22-63 Audiobook

11-22-63: A Novel

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.
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Why we think it's Essential - 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 his critically-acclaimed epic, 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. Named Audible’s Best Book of 2011, 11-22-63 easily holds its own among King’s earlier classics, and Craig Wasson, handpicked by King to narrate, is nothing short of amazing: he has a fine actor's gift for performing the novel's wide range of characters, emotions, and action with great authenticity. — Chris

Publisher's Summary

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

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    Darrell baton rouge, la, United States 03-03-12
    Darrell baton rouge, la, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great story from start to finish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great story from start to finish, easy to read/listen to.. characters are fleshed out with a ton of personality.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Glynn tucson, AZ, United States 03-03-12
    Glynn tucson, AZ, United States 03-03-12
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    What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

    Thin plot - enough for an unoriginal novella nothing more - certainly not 25 hours.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    Hackneyed. Verbal Muzak.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Any but the lead character - I just didn't care about him at all. Brilliant voice performance throughout - just not the best material.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 11-22-63?

    All of it. If the name wasn't Stephen King it would never have been published.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Igor N. 03-03-12
    Igor N. 03-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I hate this book"

    In three words; "I hate it"!
    My assessment is based on the fact that this book raises the bar so high that it makes finding anything remotely as good difficult to say the least.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA 03-02-12
    LINDA 03-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Stephen King makes me think"

    I really enjoyed this book.
    The paradigm shift and alternate universe is always a mind twister that leads us to think...What if?

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    Justin Arlington, VA, United States 03-02-12
    Justin Arlington, VA, United States 03-02-12
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    "Great story, amazing performance."
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    As always, great story by King. From an audible book perspective, the performance by Craig Wasson was simply amazing. He brought each character (and there are many) to life magnificently.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 03-02-12
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 03-02-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Best book I read this year"

    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!

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    Mark Durham, NC, United States 03-02-12
    Mark Durham, NC, United States 03-02-12

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    "Great Story, Well Read"

    Engrossing, hard to leave alone and written with typical Steven King aplomb. Nice reading too, overall a positive experience and not too dark...

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    paula yelm, WA, United States 03-01-12
    paula yelm, WA, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2014
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    "wonderful"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    it seamed to me that something like that could happen


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    that is a hard one, I was waiting for the bad talk and it was a real suppise there was none, the time he was with the young kids and helped them with there dancing.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes, but they did it take more then 2 mins the last time he when back?


    Any additional comments?

    It is one of the most wonderful books I have lisen to, thank you very much,

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Fallon, NV, United States 03-01-12
    Amazon Customer Fallon, NV, United States 03-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Fabulous Darling"
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    I would listen to it again and again. The narrator was so great and the book was even better


    What did you like best about this story?

    The total possibilty of what if this could really happen, would the world change in that way.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Jake


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me wonder what if and how sad that the future fights back


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Ann Burnt River, ON, Canada 02-29-12
    Ann Burnt River, ON, Canada 02-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Stephen King gets better with every book!"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Amazing story, wonderful narration!!!


    Any additional comments?

    It was an audiobook I could not stop listening to, and one I was sad when it was over. Amazing!!!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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