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
The length and the end. He really has lost his way as a writer. He is not the Stephen King of "Christine" and "Carrie." He thinks that mass=substance. In reality mass=a lack of focus on a good, solid, page-burning story line. Instead, King resorts to pages upon pages of political commentary showcasing his liberal viewpoint...I can get that from the mouthpieces on CNN. Stick to a good story and don't think we care about your political viewpoints, Stephen. Your opinion has no more or less weight than mine. You just have a better bully-pulpit. As for his comment "it was like breaking in a new pair of shoes", next time try starting with a pair that actually fits, Stephen!
Craig did a nice job.
Everything about the relationship with Sadie and the town of Jodie. And, the dystopia ending...really?!? C'mon, Stephen, that was like you couldn't figure out how to end the book so you threw it together as an excuse for Jake to go back and do.....nothing! HUH?!?! Talk about a major let-down...
I enjoyed the book and the performer was awesome. But, like Under the Dome, I didn't like the ending. I cannot put my finger on why on both books but each time I was disappointed. Otherwise, I enjoyed the read.
Stephen King's writing was amazing...second only to the absolutely fabulous narrator.
I loved the way King combined real-life events with his master storytelling in a way that kept me listening just about everywhere -- except maybe the shower! Unbelievably wonderful!
His ability to switch from character to character and voice to voice was incredible. He brought the characters to life in a way that the written word simply couldn't.
This book evoked every emotion under the sun!
Loved it and would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Bravo!
Among the best
There is so much to like it is hard to single out one thing. It is master story-telling at its best.
Yes. I think he is a very good narrator and especially good on this one. He drew me into the story and made me forget he was reading something.
A suggestion for anyone who listens and loves this book: At the end, Stephan King adds a postscript. It is interesting and definitely must be listened to. But pause the recording for a minute or two before he starts and just savor the end of the story. Don't get pulled out of it too quickly.
I found out from his remarks that the end he had been planning it in the style of"Time After Time" in time travel. It works wonderfully putting you back in that era. It held me in suspense because I didn't know how he was going to end it. In the end he used an ending his son had suggested and it worked perfectly. I totally enjoyed tis book.
The ending was perfect. couldn't have come up with as good and ending if I had tried for a thousand years.
This is my first experience with Craig and I was totally enthralled as he told the story. The naration was perfect.
I wouldn't make a film of this book because so much would need to be left out. In itself it is perfection.
book to be savored in its entirity.
baby marathon walker
The difference between audio and print is only in the physical aspects of holding a book and reading to yourself, but your time must be dedicated. Whereas an audio version allows you to do other things at the same time.
Many of Stephen King's other novels have unusual and sometimes far-fetched concepts, made plausible by the writer. The most recent might be The Dome.
If you could alter one event that changed your life, what would it be?
I always like the unabridged because I don't want to miss out on anything a favorite author might say.
Stephen King can certainly tell a story. I was anxious and excited to see what was going to happen. I was not dissapointed. I was also pleased with Mr. Wasson's performance.
There are many amazing stories in the King canon...but in my humble opinion...the best one yet! Craig Wasson was a perfect George Amberson along with nailed inflections on each one of the other multiple characters throughout this story.
This novel holds the listener's interest from the first ten minutes and doesn't let go. 11-22-63 reminded me of what Stephen King does best- tell a story that you can lose yourself in. A must have for time travel fans, King followers, and modern history buffs alike. Craig Wasson puts on a one man show as narrator, keeping you in the story with his impeccable voicing of this thriller.
You don't have to be a huge fan of King to love this book, the storytelling is amazing. I was hooked after the first chapter, the writing was amazing and King blends exciting action with character building and a great story seamlessly. The book never gets boring!
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