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  • 11-22-63

  • A Novel
  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Craig Wasson
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 51,535
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,884
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46,791

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.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • not my Favorite King story

  • By Ronald Garey on 02-11-19

I gave up half-way through

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
2 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-02-14

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I sort of forced myself to keep listening, and got about half-way through until I just let it go. The story itself was OK, but not particularly compelling. I never found myself with that "I can't wait to get back in my car so I can listen some more and find out what happens next" feeling. I never really got involved in the characters, never ended up feeling attached to anyone.

Would you recommend 11-22-63 to your friends? Why or why not?

No - bottom line: the story just never really engaged me, and the actor's over-zealous performance kept taking me out of the story in my own head.

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

The actor's performance was what really ruined it for me. Over the top, a lot of the time. When I'm listening to an audiobook, I'm not really in it for an "emotional" reading - Craig Wasson tried way too hard. The most annoying part was his "wry chuckle" that surfaced, over and over, at inappropriate times.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

Usually, after I finish one audio book, I need a week or so to "detach" from the story and the characters before I'm ready to move on to another book. Not this time. Bored and annoyed, I'm ready to start something new tomorrow.

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