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11-22-63 Audiobook

11-22-63: A Novel

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Why we think it's Essential - 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 his critically-acclaimed epic, 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. Named Audible’s Best Book of 2011, 11-22-63 easily holds its own among King’s earlier classics, and Craig Wasson, handpicked by King to narrate, is nothing short of amazing: he has a fine actor's gift for performing the novel's wide range of characters, emotions, and action with great authenticity. — Chris

Publisher's Summary

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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    Jill Limestone, TN, United States 03-05-12
    Jill Limestone, TN, United States 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Interesting"
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Great novel except for the innapropriate language. Great story though - King does not disappoint on imagination.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The whole idea of going back in time in the attempt to change major events in the world's eye, and change events in a small unknown family . . . fascinating.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He has a great voice, great accents, and pulls you into the story effortlessly.


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    Joseph Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-05-12
    Joseph Fort Wayne, IN, United States 03-05-12
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    "Pure pleasure"
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    I downloaded this book to use while I got some spring cleaning done. Oh my...my cleaning is done and I enjoyed every moment. I laughed and cried - thank you Mr. King.


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    Amazon Customer 03-05-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Another great King story"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Lengthy but a story that draws you in.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Loved them all


    What about Craig Wasson???s performance did you like?

    Excellent narrator, able to feel the emotion of the characters


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    Dilly HaulAde 03-05-12 Member Since 2014

    Words words words words ... love em

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    "Loved it!"

    Great story. Worth every second. Couldn't get enough. Stayed up late nights listening.

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    Judy Punta Gorda, FL, United States 03-04-12
    Judy Punta Gorda, FL, United States 03-04-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Better than expected!"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I'm not usually a Stephen King fan or time traveler reader but this book held my interest through out the entire listen. You could imagine everything leading up to 11-22-63 as being the real story.
    Great Book.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sadie was my favorite character. Her character was human and warm.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Mr Wasson brought out each character to life so it's hard to pick only one.


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    Mark Bolgiano Takoma Park, MD 03-04-12
    Mark Bolgiano Takoma Park, MD 03-04-12 Member Since 2001

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    "Awesome: this is one of Steven King's best ever."

    I've enjoyed several King stories on Audible, and 11-22-63 is one of the best. The reader Craig Wasson is brilliant and adds much to the story which I literally could not put down. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read.

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    william LITTLETON, CO, United States 03-03-12
    william LITTLETON, CO, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2012
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    "This book set the bar too high!!! Wow!!"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The best story and the narration was fabulous.


    What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Craig Wasson brought me to tears with his heartfelt delivery in several sections of this audio.


    Any additional comments?

    I have been recommending this book to anyone that would listen!!!!! Don't miss this book and narration. I think it's Stephen King's best book in years!

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    Amber HICKMAN, KY, United States 03-03-12
    Amber HICKMAN, KY, United States 03-03-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "This one goes to the top of my favorite SK novels!"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Craig Wasson's reading makes this book come alive for me but the story is what takes you back to when this


    What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

    I agree with another reviewer - you don't have to read SK's book


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I laughed, cried, sighed, shook my head in agreement, felt like dancing and so on and so on. This book would make a most excellent movie!


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    Dean 03-03-12
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    "Fantastic Story"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I do highly recommend this book. SK has done it again. Riviting story, that was well told.


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    Rhonda Dallas, TX, United States 03-03-12
    Rhonda Dallas, TX, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "30 hours never passed so fast"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Never found a lull in the story or narrative. I was pleased that even though it was Stephen King and a time travel story, it really didn't seem far fetched or odd. I felt I could actually believe in what was happening. I pulled for the hero in his mission and his relationships, and was sad when the story ended. I'd definitely recommend listening to the novel, even if you don't go for time travel stories.So much of the time is spent in the life of another time, keeping the story straight isn't taxing. Being from Dallas, I found it interesting hearing about familiar places.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

    Sadie's trauma from reappearance of x-husband; her vulnerability and yet her strength and loyalty. Also, ultimately I was pleased with the ending. For a bit I was worried that it wouldn't end the way I felt would be acceptable after having invested that much time into the story. I still have my own preferred ending, and choose to remember my own fantasy ending.


    Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

    Sadie


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Definitely. I even stole time away from my day for listening, when I should have been concentrating on other things.


    Any additional comments?

    The author should give Dallas a chance in 2011 as well as 1963. He's not favorable of the area and it shows in some parts of the writing. I don't think the attitudes in Dallas are as hateful and dire as he makes them out to be. Were the slights more blatant, I probably wouldn't have been able to loose myself in the story, for being annoyed at the shortsightedness of the author.

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