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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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    Joseph Pollhein, Sr. Stanley, NY 14561 04-22-12
    Joseph Pollhein, Sr. Stanley, NY 14561 04-22-12 Member Since 2014

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    "Don't waste your money"
    What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

    Everything!


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    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!


    What didn’t you like about Craig Wasson’s performance?

    Craig did a nice job.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from 11-22-63?

    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...


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    Ronda Osage City, KS, United States 04-22-12
    Ronda Osage City, KS, United States 04-22-12
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    "What a performance!"

    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.

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    mary 04-22-12
    mary 04-22-12
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    "The Best Ever!"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King's writing was amazing...second only to the absolutely fabulous narrator.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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!


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

    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.


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

    This book evoked every emotion under the sun!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it and would recommend it to anyone and everyone! Bravo!

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    Rip van Winkle 04-22-12

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    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    Among the best


    What did you like best about this story?

    There is so much to like it is hard to single out one thing. It is master story-telling at its best.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson???s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    David downey, CA, USA 04-22-12
    David downey, CA, USA 04-22-12
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    "One of his best if not his best book"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    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.


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

    The ending was perfect. couldn't have come up with as good and ending if I had tried for a thousand years.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first experience with Craig and I was totally enthralled as he told the story. The naration was perfect.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I wouldn't make a film of this book because so much would need to be left out. In itself it is perfection.


    Any additional comments?

    book to be savored in its entirity.

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    DDrummond SMYRNa, Georgia 04-21-12
    DDrummond SMYRNa, Georgia 04-21-12 Member Since 2012

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    "Concept intriguing"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

    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.


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

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    If you could alter one event that changed your life, what would it be?


    Any additional comments?

    I always like the unabridged because I don't want to miss out on anything a favorite author might say.

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    Grace 04-21-12
    Grace 04-21-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

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    R. Derek Eubanks 04-21-12

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    "Best Yet!"

    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.

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    Chris SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-20-12
    Chris SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 04-20-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Gripping from start to finish"

    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.

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    megan 04-20-12
    megan 04-20-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent Storytelling!"

    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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