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11-22-63 Audiobook

11-22-63: A Novel

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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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    G. Turner Marietta, GA USA 03-13-12
    G. Turner Marietta, GA USA 03-13-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Great Listen - Exceptional Performance!"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The performance was just magnificent. I'd never heard a book performed by Craig Wasson before, but intend to find others based on this. The story itself was outstanding as well, but with King I sort of expected that.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The


    What about Craig Wasson???s performance did you like?

    He was simply excellent. I really felt like someone was telling me a story, not just reading it. He came through with the right emotions at the right time, and his different voice characterizations of the different players made it easy to distinguish who was speaking.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    This is a very long book - not one I would listen to in one sitting, and hadn't planned on it. Books like this I enjoy over a course of a couple of weeks


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    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 03-13-12
    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Kept Me Listening for Hours"

    Once again, Stephen King would benefit from a good editor to trim up the manuscript, but I truly enjoyed the book anyway. The narrator was one of the best I have heard.

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    Sue Campbell 03-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    Great King. Interesting people in unusual circumstances with off beat twists and an underlying theme of the macabre. Time travel thoroughly explored from the travelers point of view -- the great stuff about being in 1954 with ripe fruit, real cream and no cell phone or computer. Great listening.

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    Jennifer Jenks, OK, United States 03-13-12
    Jennifer Jenks, OK, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Very interesting"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I think the audio version was great. The narrator did a terrific job!


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

    It is difficult to pick one. He did such a great jb!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I did not want to stop this book.


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    Kenneth Round Rock, Tx, United States 03-13-12
    Kenneth Round Rock, Tx, United States 03-13-12 Member Since 2011

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    "At his best!"

    Craig does a good job as narrator. The story is one of King's best. When I learned of the premise I thought, time travel, yea right! As King himself puts it you can make a bad story good with good writing, but you can't make a good story good with bad writing. ( Or something like that). This is both. I went out and bought the book after listening to about 3 hours on Audible. I wanted to taste his writing alone w/o distractions. Sorry Audible. In summation the story is another King great like Duma Key or Bag of Bones.

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    CmH - HB, CA 03-12-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story"

    Of the 50 or so books I've listened to this was the best. I wish I could somehow erase it from my memory so that I could listen to it again.

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    Jerry Meridian, ID, United States 03-12-12
    Jerry Meridian, ID, United States 03-12-12
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    "Wow! So Fun!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    I have always loved Stephen King's movies but when I tried reading a couple of books, I just couldn't get into them. I don't know if it was the stream-of-consciousness thing or what, but I was very reserved about the audio version. Oh my gosh, I am SO glad I gave it a try. I LOVED the narrator!! So talented with the voices, but mostly it was his interpretations and inflections that made me love the book. And the story wasn't exactly what I would have expected from King (no real blood or scary intensity and very few immediate danger scenes) but an incredible story of some great characters. I wondered all the way to the last half hour how he was going to wrap it up.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Every time I got in the car, I was glad I had this to listen to. I loved that it was so long - made the fun last!


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    Amanda raleigh, NC, United States 03-11-12
    Amanda raleigh, NC, United States 03-11-12
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    "Amazing novel, AMAZING narration"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The BEST audio book yet.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This narrator was MADE for this novel and I will seek out all his other works.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Absolutely. Did it. 32 hours straight.


    Any additional comments?

    King is awesome and the narrator was exemplary.

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    Craig C. austin, TX United States 03-11-12
    Craig C. austin, TX United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2007
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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was very entertaining. Good characters and character development. It could have been a little shorter, maybe, too much detail in parts. I highly recommend it.


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    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 03-11-12
    Christian Lavergne, TN, United States 03-11-12 Member Since 2015

    Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."

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    "Completely blown away!"

    This is one of the few books in my life that I have called people, bought gift copies on here, and the actual printed book and insisted that they read or listen. This book just carried me all the way through to the end. I never felt i had to push through a foundation piece, it all felt so natural. The story is engaging, and goes quickly. Please read, you won't regret it!

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