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 narrator is the best I have ever listened to!
Everything! The story is unique, suspenseful, totally captivating.
Jake and Georgei
It made me laugh and cry. I could hardly wait to get to the end, yet did not want it to stop. I was totally enthralled.
Kudos to Stephen King and many thanks for this book. And to Craig Wasson, I will seek out your work. I completely recommend this book!
I can't say for sure the audio version is better than the print version because I haven't read it myself. BUT, I am fairly certain it would be better. The narrator was excellent. When there is an excellent narrator, it brings the story to a much higher level for me.
No more Stephen King movies please, leave well enough alone. They rarely live up to the books in any way.
This may be S.K.'s best novel. I've read almost all of them and this one is pure joy. I knew within the first 5 minutes of listening that he had hit it out of the park. I was engrossed in the story in no time at all, and was led on a fantastic journey through a period of our history I never took much interest in. I've missed out apparently.
I highly recommend this book.
The loved the details of actual historic events and the fantasy of saving this president. Got lost in the language of the generation my parents grew up in.
Being in that generation, it was like I was there.
All of the voices! Especailly Kennedy!!!
I read the book and listened as well.
If your a Stephen King fan,a must. If not it's a great way to start to become one. I would recommend to a friend or anyone. The narrator Craig Wasson does a wonderful job making you feel each moment and how each character feels at that time.
Frank Dunning going off on his family with the sledgehammer. Very brutal and sad, but makes the story stronger.
Emotion, It's easy to visualize the scene because of his emotion in the reading itself. Very well done.
You know what.....multiple reactions, you laugh at parts, you cringe at others. The comparisons between living then and now make you relate to the story even more.
Is easy to listen to,there are some very graphic parts, and violence. If your not able to handle the violence aspect,then it won't be you cup of tea. But the story lays all the ground work in the first part. So be patient and enjoy.
.I couldn't put this one down. The plausibility of this story being true was real for me.
Amazing job by the narrator!
This one kept me on the edge of my seat!
I was really excited with the beginning of this book. The details of the 50's and 60's brought back childhood memories. Soon the joy of listening to this book was gone and replaced with the feeling of wishing it would come to an end. Once I've invested time in a book a hate to not finish it. As it drug on I was wishing to get some excitement and a finish to complement the beginning. It really just plodded along to the end.
It was intriguing as it started off then became slow and boring.
Yes, good narrator.
Maybe the part about the high school dancers could be cut. There was alot of development about the girl with a car accident facial injury and a fund raiser for medical care. Could have just chopped that off.
Just too long with a dry middle.
I spent the last few days deciding between 4 and 5 stars for 11/22/63. In the end, though, I had no choice but to give it 5. Wonderful, wonderful book. So wonderful that I am shocked that I haven't heard more buzz about this book. I just happened upon it...it seems like one I should have been recommended by everyone I know. It was that good.I have to wonder if it's hefty size might be to blame. 859 pages is not something one picks up without a good reason, lol. I happened to read/listen to this as an audio book - my first fiction audio book ever. It was downloaded in 4 parts and was just under 31 hours in all. I decided to listen to it because I had quite a few Christmas projects to finish up, and I thought it might be nice to listen to something other than music while working.I couldn't get enough of it. I ended up listening not only while I was sewing or painting, but while cooking, cleaning, driving, putting my makeup on, doing my hair...you get it. I couldn't put it down. Reader Craig Wasson was wonderful - his voices were fun to listen to, and he did a much better job on the pronunciation of many names than I would have. I really enjoyed the Authors Note. I loved hearing the history of this novel - Kings earlier attempt to write it and his research into the events. Another unexpected bonus to listening to this as an audio book was hearing Kings voice. Of course I've heard him speak before, but this time his Maine accent was much more pronounced - probably a result of my hearing it in the reading of the book. I loved the authenticity that added.
Jakes trip(s) to the past are surreal in the best way, because King writes it just as the reader would experience it. His wonder over the attitudes of the people, the cleanliness of the streets, the purity and flavor of the food and drink and (most of all) the PRICES of everything. It's all as unbelievable to Jake as it would be to me - and so I feel as if I, too, have stumbled down an invisible staircase into 1958. And I love it. Before we come to the real meat of the book - the prevention of JFK's assassination - there are side stories. Calling these plot lines side stories, however, is akin to calling quiche
Finally, at the very end I found myself sobbing out loud, tears running down my face. King is undoubtedly a master of horror and suspense - but I found him a master of romance and emotion in this book, as well.
I'd recomend this to anyone and everyone. I think it's a wonderful read for fans of any genre.
not sure, sci fi folks i guess.
yes. guess il stick to non-fiction.
hot and cold.. great all around, with the exception of Oswald's mother. I was to the point of quiting the whole book, just had had enough.
hard to say. seemed like the writer was having a great time.
I was enjoying the book, then one incident changed everything. On Jakes first solo trip he brought a few things with him.. from then on i felt that the reader was suppose to descend into the land of stupid- and just accept it. Before that time, the book flowed nicely.
Also the ending was one to forget- as quickly as possible.
The book left me feeling like a victim of a pick-pocket.
Yes - I have already listened to this book twice!
The story was intriguing and well paced.
This is the best performance by Craig Wasson, I have listened to several others and enjoyed them as well. But this is by far the best.
This book is incredible. I would highly recommend it. It actually changed the way I have been thinking about things lately. Just... wow! I did some research and learned that King did extensive research for this book and its historical accuracy. That's helpful. More than any other book I have ever read I recommend this.
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