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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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    Betty Salem, OR, United States 04-18-12
    Betty Salem, OR, United States 04-18-12 Member Since 2011
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    "First Stephen King book I've ever finished."
    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, first time to hear him. Fabulous performance.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The dance will move you. Very special.


    Any additional comments?

    Fell in love with the concept of changing history through time travel. What if??Just imagine the possibilities. I have recommended this audio book to anyone and everyone I meet. In my top five favorite books ever.
    Stephen King books usually scare me or creep me out so much I can't finish. This is neither scary nor creepy. Hated to hear it end. Remarkable story.

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    Matthew Larchmont, NY, United States 04-18-12
    Matthew Larchmont, NY, United States 04-18-12
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    "great audible book!"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    amazing book and what a performance by Craig Wasson! Masterful!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    each time he went through the rabbit hole.


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    Robin 04-18-12
    Robin 04-18-12
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    "Great storytelling and wonderful narration"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    I've never read Stephen King and wasn't sure I would like this, but he certainly tells a story well and kept me fascinated. The detail in his description of "the land of long ago" (1958-1963) was superb. The narrator was totally convincing in his portrayal.


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

    The Doomsday Book by Connie Willis which also involves time travel to a dangerous moment and great period detail.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed Jake's early forays into the past, when everything seems like fun and he is discovering how things smell and taste different, and learning how to behave in that world.


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

    "He changed history - or did he?"


    Any additional comments?

    I found some elements of the book creepy and unnecessarily violent. I suppose this is Stephen King's usual style, but I didn't think they needed to be there. The whole book could have been edited to be shorter without losing focus. Unfortunately the part I found least interesting was the section with Lee Harvey Oswald and other real people, which was central to the plot. But in spite of these issues, it was spellbinding and the narration was outstanding.

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    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 04-17-12
    Gregorio FL. 33166-3327, FLORIDA, United States 04-17-12
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    "Past doesn't want to be changed..."
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Past is obdurate


    What did you like best about this story?

    How wrong can be somebody about consequences of their actions


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

    Sadly, I didn't. This was the first one. His performance was outstanding.


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

    "The life can turn on a dime"


    Any additional comments?

    Great story

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    Wendy 04-17-12
    Wendy 04-17-12
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    "Once again, Stephen King blows my mind."
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Craig Wasson's performance is simultaneously heartbreaking and hopeful. His voice explores every emotion King so expertly evokes, and the story played through my mind as if I were watching Jake Epping's adventure standing right next to him. I would have felt the same about the story if I had read it on paper, but this Audible experience was so enjoyable I will listen to it again.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    My favorite character has to be Jake Epping, with Sadie a close second. Craig Wasson did a fantastic job expressing Jake's confusion and curiosity, determination and despair. Sadie's character came alive with her soft Georgia accent and firm resolve in her belief that she deserved and could attain a better life with Jake.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson's range of light and dark, hard and soft, smooth and rough brought each emotion to life through my ears and plucked at my heartstrings like an expert musician. He helped me feel the hatred and insanity right alongside the joy and hope that time travel caused for King's characters.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    My favorite moment was when Jake (George) and Sadie hosted the Jamboree for Bobbie Jill's surgery. When they began to Lindy-hop, I was right there in the audience, feeling their joy and laughing through tears with hope for their happiness. I also liked that at the end, a bit of In The Mood played the story out.


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King consistently sends me reeling from the roller-coaster ride of hope and horror that has become his trademark style. I never want his books to end, and continue pondering the characters and outcomes long after the stories are over. I feel him take my hand at the beginning and lead me through worlds brought to life by the power of his imagination and writing, and I am reluctant to release his hand at the end. Thank you, Constant Writer, for another delicious and satisfying journey.

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    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 04-17-12
    Robert Orlando, FL, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2013

    Avid reader through college now with no time to read. Audiobooks saved my life!

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    "Great book, great narration!"

    I have to say that when I started this audio book, I didn't like the narrator. That's not unusual though. It takes me awhile to get used to each new narrator. Before I knew it, I could not imagine anyone else as the voice of Jake.
    This book works on so many levels; as a sci-fi time travel story complete with paradox theories, a love story, an adventure story, a historical drama and much more.
    There is one section of the story I thought dragged a bit and it's not where you'd think either. I won't spoil anything but trust me, trust all the other reviews. You'll love this book.

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    Danelle Port Matilda, PA, United States 04-17-12
    Danelle Port Matilda, PA, United States 04-17-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Wonderful twist on a story involving real history"

    Stephen King does it again with his amazing storytelling and writing style. This book is a unique twist on time travel which involves an actual historical event. 11-22-63 will NOT disappoint you!

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    Danelle 04-17-12
    Danelle 04-17-12
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    "Wonderful twist on a story involving real history"

    Stephen King does it again with his amazing storytelling and writing style. This book is a unique twist on time travel which involves an actual historical event. 11-22-63 will NOT disappoint you!

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    Edward CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ, United States 04-17-12
    Edward CLIFFSIDE PARK, NJ, United States 04-17-12
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    "SCRUMPTIOUSLY RECONNOITERING"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    If only I could would I. Backwards or Forwards in Time. Keeps you asking yourself these questions over and over again.


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    Cheryl 04-17-12
    Cheryl 04-17-12
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    "Stephen King at his finest!"

    I loved this story! I have been a Stephen King fan since I read Christine 25 years ago. I felt that he had his ups and downs as he transitioned as a writer of horror to a writer of fiction, but boy has he ironed out the kinks! 11/22/63 had the epic nature and well defined characters of The Stand and It. All of King's signature sarcastic wit and dry humor were also in evidence. But the story was so fascinating and so real. You could almost reach out and touch the characters. This book was just as engrossing as Under the Dome. You cannot escape the lives of these characters, they will stay with you for a long time. I loved this book all around and recommended it to all my friends.

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