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
This was a fantastic audiobook! I'm buying the hard cover for a friend who is having a birthday this week and is a huge King fan too. This story is different than many of his others but it is NOT lacking. You fall in love with the characters, you get swept away by the story - it is one I will never, ever forget and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen. If you don't take a chance with this one, you're really missing out.
My favorite character was the main character of the book. He was real and down to Earth and you could very much relate to him. I was SO wrapped up in his life, his issues, etc.that would think about them and couldn't wait to get back to the story to see what was going to happen next.
I have never listened to any of the narrator's work before but this was quite good. At first I wasn't sure, but as I listened, I fell right into it. Being from New England myself, the NE accents weren't the BEST, but they're weren't bad either. Not at all. It did NOT take away from the story for me, which it can EASILY do. A bad narrator ruins the the audiobook for me every time.
I LOVED this story.
The history and the message to me was "It is not always wise or better to relive the past. Leave it where it is. No matter how painful that may be."
He was great except I did not like Sadie's "voice"
I dont read Stephen King or care a thing about JFK but I bought this on a whim and enjoyed every second of it..thanks reader and thanks Stephen King. I may have to try more of your work in the future.
Reader and character became one
King's Best Book
I enjoyed the main character...the everyday man
Love the narration..kept me drawn in
I was moved often by the things you could change in history and how the results are not what you always think
VERY GOOD JOB...Just a little long on the romance part...I GET IT THEY LOVED EACH OTHER! Could have shortened thatt section a bit,
This was my first fiction book, the others I have listened to were all business books for work. This book, despite the long length, just flew by. I wanted to listen to more everytime I had to turn it off. And the narrator was great. This is not the typical genre I read or listen to, but it was awesome and I would highly recommend it.
I enjoyed the nostalgic look into the past. I think most people have wondered about "the what might have been" at some point in their lives. The story give you the opportunity to look at the past and even think about your own. The author gives you boundaries to which you can think about what you would or would not want to change or even re-live.
Most of the story centers around the main character Jake Epping/George Amberson. I liked the George Amberson character the best because he was the one living in the past and making the changes in the "future." He had to really think about how to interact with people in 1958 because they wouldn't understand the phraseology of the 21st century. It was evidenced in how some reactions people had in his automatic responses.
He was genuine in how he handled situations through actions and responses. He was truthful as much as he dared be because of the cause and effect of what could have been depending on how much "truth" he shared with those around him. He has a romantic heart with seems to be a rarity these days.
There were many scenes I enjoyed but one particular scene always sticks with me. I love the interaction with the two pre-teens dancing the lindy...or trying to learn. His ability to relate to them through words and then his dancing abilities proved his character to be a teacher. I found myself smiling as he taught "Bevy" the steps and how to lead her partner to the next part of the dance. The author did a wonderful job of taking the reader/listener to the past with the character that were there and you could almost see them dancing.
A very enjoyable read. I found myself wanting things to go a certain way and when they didn't it upset me. The author had my emotions on a roller coaster ride. As I look back on the story and think about how he told the story, his conclusions seem to be right on target. That butterfly effect can be a real pain in the ass.
Biomedical entrepreneur. Lifelong Libertarian. Yoga enthusiast.
A book full of fun, a sprinkle of sci-fi, a love story to pull the emotions, and the end result is a very enjoyable book.
Somesthing might happen more frequently
NO I like time travel books but this one is silly ..... another reviewer called it bloat ... I call it boredom
I like time travel books. The reader made the 20 or so hours I listened tolerable. At this point I don't care what happens .... I've had enough endless details about nothing. I have never read a book that moved so slowly. If you like endless nothing going nowhere then this book is for you. I'm just bored with this one.
Just a normal guy.
A riveting story of what if. The possibilities of time travel and the effect on history is really compelling and King does an amazing job in pulling those possibilities out is a realistic way. Crain Wasson does an amazing job in narrating the book, it felt like a fireside conversation with a good friend. Little disappointed in the ending, but overall this was a fantastic journey well worth taking.
Favorite books are Mystery & Thrillers followed close by SciFi & Fantasy.
I usually don't read Stephen King's books, but the subject matter got my attention. It was fantastic. I am glad I overcame the fear of expecting a clown to appear in an alley. Very well written. Narration was perfect, Craig Wasson did an outstanding job.
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