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
great story from start to finish, easy to read/listen to.. characters are fleshed out with a ton of personality.
Thin plot - enough for an unoriginal novella nothing more - certainly not 25 hours.
Hackneyed. Verbal Muzak.
Any but the lead character - I just didn't care about him at all. Brilliant voice performance throughout - just not the best material.
All of it. If the name wasn't Stephen King it would never have been published.
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.
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.
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.
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!
I love to read...
Engrossing, hard to leave alone and written with typical Steven King aplomb. Nice reading too, overall a positive experience and not too dark...
it seamed to me that something like that could happen
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.
Yes, but they did it take more then 2 mins the last time he when back?
It is one of the most wonderful books I have lisen to, thank you very much,
I would listen to it again and again. The narrator was so great and the book was even better
The total possibilty of what if this could really happen, would the world change in that way.
It made me wonder what if and how sad that the future fights back
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.
Amazing story, wonderful narration!!!
It was an audiobook I could not stop listening to, and one I was sad when it was over. Amazing!!!
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