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11-22-63 Audiobook
11-22-63
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Craig Wasson
11-22-63 Audiobook

11-22-63: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    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
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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.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Darrell baton rouge, la, United States 03-03-12
    Darrell baton rouge, la, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "great story from start to finish"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    great story from start to finish, easy to read/listen to.. characters are fleshed out with a ton of personality.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    GLYNN A 03-03-12
    GLYNN A 03-03-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Great performance"
    What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

    Thin plot - enough for an unoriginal novella nothing more - certainly not 25 hours.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    Hackneyed. Verbal Muzak.


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

    Any but the lead character - I just didn't care about him at all. Brilliant voice performance throughout - just not the best material.


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

    All of it. If the name wasn't Stephen King it would never have been published.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Igor N. 03-03-12
    Igor N. 03-03-12 Member Since 2015
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    "I hate this book"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA 03-02-12
    LINDA 03-02-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Stephen King makes me think"

    I really enjoyed this book.
    The paradigm shift and alternate universe is always a mind twister that leads us to think...What if?

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    Justin Arlington, VA, United States 03-02-12
    Justin Arlington, VA, United States 03-02-12
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    "Great story, amazing performance."
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    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.


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    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 03-02-12
    S. Anderson Salem, MO United States 03-02-12 Listener Since 2005
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    "Best book I read this year"

    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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