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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The narrator was perfect although sometimes he accidentally fell into other characters voices but he quickly corrected himself. I love storytelling and amazing storytellers are rare. This story mixed with historical facts was a history lesson but almost as good as living it.
That it weaved in and out of science fiction, history, a love story and a riveting story. It was a long book but I listened to every word. Sadie, George/Jake, Deek, everyone seemed so real. The butterfly-effect. Everything is connected. You can't change one thing because you change an untold number of other things.
He brought the characters to life. I forgot about the fact he was one man and through him I could envision all of the characters, Sadie, the jump rope girls, Mrs. Kennedy, even Oswald and Marina.
Mrs. Kennedy thanking him for what he did. I can imagine that happening and sad that it never took place.
I've never read or listened to a Steven King novel before. I'm a fan of his because of the movies based on his books. Now I'm just a Steven King fan. 1963 subject interested me and I decided to give it a listen and now I'm very happy that I did. Steven King's storytelling is brilliant. I can't wait for the next book. But I would love an epilogue to Sadie and Jake. The ending was moving and I loved it,
living in los angeles I drive a lot, so audio books save me from a lot of frustration!
I thought the book bogged down in the middle and Craig Wasson read the book so slowly that at times I turned it up to double speed. However, there's no mystery why King sells so many books. I guess in the end, I would have liked a more complex plot and characters, but, I did cry...
The narrator did a wonderful job. The story was unmistakably Stephen King, but he either got in a hurry or has started slipping. There were a few major plot elements that simply needed a good editor. The one that got to me the most was the character who had returned from a trip to the past having aged five years and contracting cancer along the way. From the main character’s point of view less than 12 hours has passed, which helps to convince him that the other guy had really been in the past. This is good stuff, but the problem comes in where the guy who has been back from 1962 for only 12 hours has modern meds and a home nurse who “comes in every Tuesday.” For me, this was like hitting a mental speed-bump, and it was not something that I would expect from Stephen King. There were other glitches, but this was the worst.
Otherwise the story was great, with lots of twists and turns and the stuff that Stephen King does so well. Overall I loved it.
This was a fascinating book, and I enjoyed it immensely!!! The 30+ hours of narration initially seemed excessive, but I was only wishing for more when it came to an end. Stephen King rocks!!!
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Didn't read the print edition.
Yes, many fantastic stories in the past.
A nice job of taking on different voices and accents that add to the enjoyment of listening.
The killing of Sadie
The whole possibility of upsetting not just time, but the planet, galaxy, and universe was quite a teaser that could have evolved into something more my kind of Stephen King. But it didn't. It just ended with a plop, after all that build up. I still enjoyed the book but wished there was more imaginative writing going in the direction of not putting things back and seeing the consequences. After finding out all of the horrific things that had changed from his actions I thought things were really going to take off at that point and the best parts of the book were on the way. But it was over. There was no part 5 :(
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Stephen King wrote a compelling, imaginative story behind a factual and monumental event and did it in such a way that really drew me in. The amount of time and research that had to have gone into this book is just incredible. Craig Wasson actually becomes Jake Epping and made me care about his story, along with the other characters in the book like they were my own friends and family.
It's a a great story and absolutely worth the listen.
The last book I enjoyed this much was The Help. If I could go back on my reviews and just give 5 stars to books I enjoyed this much, there would only be 2- the Help and 11-22-63. I have never been a Stephen King fan. I don't like horror books. I don't care for scare, and blood and gore. I would not even consider myself a sci-fi fan or anyone remotely interested in time travel- though I do enjoy Bill Murray in Groundhog Day. I bought this book because of so many good reviews. I was blown away. I loved listening to it. I enjoyed the chemistry of the characters. I enjoyed how the story moved along. I enjoyed the cultural references to the 50s and 60s and giving that time and place such reality. I've gone to 5 bookstores trying to find a copy for my husband to read as I SO want to talk with someone about this book.
I never liked Woody Allen movies and then along came
I would recommend this as Audible's ultimate adult summer listen.
Jacob ... er, Jake ...well, George!
Every single character -- and there are a good many of 'em - was spot on!
I'm still listening to it! So far, there have been very Stephen King moments detailing exceptionally graphic moments of violence ... and tenderness .... and nature ... and shock ....and an extraordinary sense of the protagonist's immediacy, commitment, presence and personal conflict with
Stephen King pulls no punches, historically, politically, emotionally, physically, psychologically. I like that! A master craftsman and teller of tales, King's 11-22-1963 novel deserves WINNER status on every level.
The Character's! As always Stephen King is a master at developing his character's in a way that even though there are so many of them, and so much going on, you can still keep it all together.
One of the most memorable moments is when Jake meets up with Bev and Ritchie in Derry. I love it when King alligns a new story with an old one. It's a treat for those of us who have read all of his books to see these little tidbits and know they are just for us, his devoted fans.
I have not heard on of Craig Wasson's performances before. I thought he did a good job.
King never makes it easy for you, like in the Dark Tower when he kills off Roland's Ka Tet, but we still love him anyway. Knowing that Sadie still get's hurt no matter what poor Jake does is a little disheartening but it's all necessary to help the story make it's point.
I love Mr. King and I can't wait for the next one.
Stephen King has done it again. Time travel and suspense. Great mix. Couldn't stop listening. Worth every penny!
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