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
Stephen King's 11-22-63 ranks right up with Abraham Verghese's Cutting for Stone in my Audible Library. Like "Stone", King's time travel odyssey is rendered entirely corporeal through a plain language that is also poetic in it's "harmonic" complexity. The imagery, metaphors, and descriptions used were masterful and understated and made the reading effortless.
After having read King's insightful "On Writing", and then 11-23-63, I found myself wanting to meet Mr. King - just to say "thank you" for the love of writing he generously displays in these two books.
I really settled into Craig Wasson's narration as if it were coming from King himself. His use of dialects and voices fleshed out the story in a satisfying and truthful way.
As a professional writer from of the University of Iowa's Writer's Workshop, I highly recommend this book - but set any intellectual prerequisites aside so you can really dive into this fulfilling, loving, and fun audio presentation!
I appreciate a variety of adult fiction books, but I still have a particular fondness for YA books.
The narrator did a fantastic job reading and Stephen King is a superior storyteller.
I love how the book really takes you back in time and helps you to remember what life was like back then.
I have recommended this book to 5 friends and their first responses were all...'I don't read Stephen King'. I go on to tell them what its about and what it is like and they all have agreed they probably would like it. Most agreed to try it. Please give it a try!
Exceptionally good. Extraordinarily well drawn characters. Many deeply moving and affecting moments. Narrator is spot on, with a wide range of expression and dialects. For me, there is only one brief period where the story slowed a bit...recovery after a beating. Still, even that sets up contrast with the high drama and pacing of the action that soon follows.
For those who say King has gotten worse with time, this book proves you wrong. As a huge King fan I loved the concept behind this book. For fans of his other works you will particularly love the time he spends in Derry. I also loved just how he spends his time with 5 years to kill. It's so real and all the different places he goes to it's almost several stories rolled into one. The narrator does a great job bringing to life all the characters and Kings research is pretty astounding (googling while listening to the book and coming across real events taking place is awesome). My only complaint is about one of my favorite parts in the end, I loved the world he goes back to after 1963 but I also wished it would have been a little longer than it was. I truly believe it is one of Kings best works, combining his great story telling of character as real as you or I and the amazing fantasy that comes from kings mind.
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I listen only when traveling for work and I do that a lot. The 30 plus hours which went by all too quickly kept me so engaged. Throughout the book I looked forward to the hardest part of my commute. I felt I was in the story and couldn't wait to get back.
I loved Craig Wasson's performance! His voices for all the characters, that I cared about so much.....all the time he was right on.
I haven't read Stephen King in so long. I really balked at getting this one. I read great the reviews and guess I wanted to add my 5 stars to it. 11-22-63 is now on the one of my favorite books ever list.
There seems to be a new trend to examine the potential of different paths taken with potential parallel lives and butterfly effect of such. This one by Stephen King is interesting even though the entry and exit are less believable. The story line is still holds ones attention especially for those who remember 1963. The reader is good except when doing the "female" voice. Rather than a young attractive woman the voice sounds more like an odd female impersonator. Overall it is still entertaining and worth the time.
My 1st audible book as well. I'd always shyed away from King because I'm such a slow reader and his books are so thick. This was a real treat. I didn't want to
I read alot of Stephen King and it was all starting to get old... This was a great story and the narration was great. I'm glad I took a shot on this one. If you think Stephen's stories are getting old try this one it will bring you back.
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This was such a great story! I really cared about the characters and was anxious to find out what happened next. It all seemed so real. Stephen King is a wonderful storyteller. The character development was phenomenal. The ending was perfect. I have avoided his books in the past because I don't like horror stories. This book had several parts that were a little too vivid for my taste. There was also a lot of language, it was a bit Tourette's; he would go for a long time with nothing, and then it seemed like everyone's vocabulary was reduced to a few select words, especially those starting with F. All in all, this was a very intriguing and intelligently written book. Stephen King is a talented writer. Craig Wasson is an enjoyable narrator, his range of accents is incredible.
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