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11-22-63

A Novel
Narrated by: Craig Wasson
Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (51,519 ratings)

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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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not my Favorite King story

I struggled to get through this book. I am a big King fan and love most of his work. this book just draaaaaaaggggggggged on for me. One off!

17 of 18 people found this review helpful

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I don't get the hype.

Wildly mediocre. The narrator is talented but makes the main character sound like he's 50. The story is just plodding and boring. It's not bad. It's just not good.

25 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Never finished

I couldn't finish this book, and I wanted to. The narration is terrible. Wasson gets too aggressive way too often, almost yelling at points. The story was intriguing, even though King is ridiculously long winded. But I just couldn't get past the narration.

33 of 36 people found this review helpful

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A waste of time and money

All the reviews touted this book as King's opus and I was really looking forward to it because I have always enjoyed his non-horror stories. I was very disappointed in this story and couldn't wait for it to be over. If I hadn't paid so much for the audible version this would have been one of the few books I've never finished.

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Gross and long and underwhelming

This book is too long! There was so much filler and not enough action. And even though this wasn't a scary story the graphics of gory scenes were too much.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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slow... so slow

everything about this book was slow. I did not enjoy the plot or the progress of the story.it dragged out, but didn't go anywhere.

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  • danny
  • regina, SK, Canada
  • 02-16-12

uninspired, dull, depressing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

better story, quicker narration

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

yes... some of his older stories are very inspired.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes... both were the protagonist and narrator sounded bored.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

as always Steve King develops characters very thoroughly.

24 of 26 people found this review helpful

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This was over 20 hours of my life wasted.

What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

Too long and boring. When the speaker pretends to be a southern woman I kept thinking of Monty Python. The characters were false and unbelievable. It's trying to be a love story, after 14 hours I still wasn't convinced. I kept listening hoping it would get better but it only got worse.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

I used to be a fan. Not sure anymore.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Wasson?

Different voices for different characters would make more sense.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time and money.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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I don't Know Why I Listened to this Book

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?

No

Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tears of emotional description

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess if you want to read, something truly fictional, about someone trying to prevent the Kennedy assassination and the consequences of that action, it is an interesting thought.

Any additional comments?

This book could have told the story in half the length. If you like a lot of detail of the day to day living of the characters, plus a description of their clothing, what they ate, read and felt every moment, then this is the book for you.

32 of 35 people found this review helpful

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  • Susan
  • Alta Loma, CA, United States
  • 12-10-11

What happened?

Not sure if it was the writing or the narrator that made this such an unremarkable read. Very boring and couldn't stand the narration. Very expensive waste of time. Can't believe this was a Stephen King novel....

32 of 35 people found this review helpful