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 best story and the narration was fabulous.
Craig Wasson brought me to tears with his heartfelt delivery in several sections of this audio.
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!
Craig Wasson's reading makes this book come alive for me but the story is what takes you back to when this
I agree with another reviewer - you don't have to read SK's book
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!
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.
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.
Definitely. I even stole time away from my day for listening, when I should have been concentrating on other things.
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.
great story from start to finish, easy to read/listen to.. characters are fleshed out with a ton of personality.
Thin plot - enough for an unoriginal novella nothing more - certainly not 25 hours.
Hackneyed. Verbal Muzak.
Any but the lead character - I just didn't care about him at all. Brilliant voice performance throughout - just not the best material.
All of it. If the name wasn't Stephen King it would never have been published.
I like much of Stephen King's work. This was just white noise. But maybe it's a matter of taste. If you like this yours is very different from mine.
In three words; "I hate it"!
My assessment is based on the fact that this book raises the bar so high that it makes finding anything remotely as good difficult to say the least.
As always, great story by King. From an audible book perspective, the performance by Craig Wasson was simply amazing. He brought each character (and there are many) to life magnificently.
And my new favorite Stephen King book. Just an amazing way to put a new twist on something we are all already familiar with. Also, the performance by Craig Wasson made listening to a book of this length very easy. Very well done Mr. Wasson!
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