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
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.
German by birth - cosmopolitan by conviction. A CFO enjoying dynamic and multicultural Asia. Classic car and history buff and scuba diver.
I enjoyed the listen a lot. The story is fascinating. While the JFK assassination remains a favorite subject of speculation what happened then and how history might have been different without that tragedy, King combines the mystic theme of time travel with the assassination to a book which tied me to the iPod. The only downside - although not really material - is, that the story has some lengths in the middle section. Anyway - the last 5 hours certainly compensate for some extra time spent listening during the approach to the amazing culmination.
I am a data warehouse admin with 2 kids and a long drive to work/drop off schedule. I love to listen to audiobooks during my commute!
I listen to books during my commute, but this was sooo good...I took it to the gym and listened to it before I went to sleep...I couldn't stop listening! This was my first Steven King novel, but it won't be my last!
I really enjoyed the plot, the characters, and the way the this story progressed. I thought it was very well thought out and took me on a very nice adventure.
There is a point, no a couple of times in this book that really have your complete attention, you CAN NOT stop. It was wonderful.
I was less than thrilled with the love interest, it seemed to get in the way sometimes.
12 step program please. I am addicted to Audible! I love trashy sexy books, award winning novels and everything between. Bring it!
This was my 1st Stephen King download. I am not familiar with too many of his books. but I wanted to give it a try since it is a downloading favorite. I'm so glad I did. I loved this audio. This is the story of Jake Epping and his reluctant mission to change the course of events. And at every turn, there is suspense, mystery, love, heartache, despair, longing, confusion, joy, and violence. But not too much violence. Not being familiar with King's work I thought it would be all violence. I was happily surprised that it didn't overwhelm the listen. The story is interesting and grips you once Jake's journey begins. There are many interesting characters, some admirable, some creepy, and a few that are out of this world.
Craig Wasson was great. He brought the story to life for me.
Yes, great premise, great story.
Bill Turcotte, I enjoyed the little twist when it is revealed who he is. It is just interesing when you see that there is more to the "bad guy" and that what appears in public is not the person in private. I just think that King layers the stories so well.
Craig Wasson brings great acting skills with a fresh voice for each character. I ended up caught up in the story because each character came to life with the accents and gender distinctions clearly played into the story. Wow; truly voiced with great drama and skill!
I was moved with the call to Harry's sister later in her life. It captured the reality that no matter how much you try to fix something, life is still a death sentence. The outcome is always death and survival is always temporary.
I did appreciate the trip down the "colored path". I think we can wear rose-colored glasses regarding the past. It cannot be forgotten how it was for people of color during that time.
In the top five audiobooks... for quality of production and excellent narration.
Great voice, easy to listen to and excellent characters. You know who's speaking regardless of the author's cues.
I haven't read or listened to any Stephen King novels since The Stand. I must say, 11-22-63 was a great listen, the narrator did a wonderful job bringing the characters to life.
First of all, this narrater is the absolute best. He has a friendly easy-to-listen-to voice, kind of like Owen Wilson's but not nasal or annoying. And he successfully pulls off more accents than I could count. Russian, German, Miami thug, mentally challenged, Maine teenager, southern 300-lb African-American woman, JFK... it's kind of ridiculous how talented he is. It made the story even more enjoyable.
And the story! How is a book with THIS synopsis so good? I was not interested after reading the back of this book, even though I enjoyed The Shining. But the reviews sucked me in and I'm so glad they did. I absolutely loved listening to this book and wanted it to never end. King writes a character that I'm sure he knows so well because he's similar, so it was really easy to get into him. It was well-researched, but seamlessly so that I didn't have to be distracted thinking the whole time about his research.
I won't claim it's the most amazing or perfect literature in the world, but I can't remember enjoying listening to a book as much as I did this one.
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