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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 (50,781 ratings)

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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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It's over, it's finally over!

Is there anything you would change about this book?

It really needs to be shortened, by probably 2/3. This book started interesting, and then droned... on and on and on and on and on and on and on... to the point where I almost breathed a sigh of relief when it finally ended.

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

Genre, no, Stephen King's writing, absolutely. I found Stephen King in high school back in the 80's, and he quickly became my favorite author. His recent books haven't been the same though, and this one was a meandering wreck.

Did Craig Wasson do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

It was actually pretty cringe-worthy when he was narrating Sadie, especially in the "romantic" parts which were just awkward to listen to. Overall he did a great job with Jake/George throughout the entire book, and the male characters in general, but this book would have been much better served to have a female read the female parts (as with most audio books in general)

Do you think 11-22-63 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. The way this book ended, I was just glad it was over. If there had been any suspense or buildup at any point in this book, it might have carried a sequel, but after 800 pages of bloat it felt like SK just got tired of writing and phoned in the ending.

Any additional comments?

SK is an awesome writer, still one of my favorites. I think I'll go pick up my battered copy of IT tonight, and reminisce back to a time when I loved SK's writing, much as he reminisces about the late 50's and early 60's....

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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boring

this book, just goes on and on and on with the most minut details...soooooo much that you lose track of what was even happening....no way I could ever finish this book.

26 of 28 people found this review helpful

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I have never been more bored

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

People with lots of time on their hands. I recommend buying it in paper back so you can skip through the book quicker.

What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

The book desperately needs editing. The plot slogs along and, despite that, the characters still don't seem to be fleshed out; I don't understand their motivations or their feelings. With that, the overall premise is interesting. I wish I could have enjoyed it.

What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

He's a good reader with an overly long book.

43 of 47 people found this review helpful

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What Was That?

It was so boring and so hard to get into. After listening to 6 hours of the book I was still kind of lost. I watched the entire Hulu series (loved it!) and decided to give the book another try. But it’s so incredibly boring! I agree with other reviewers, there was so much potential here. King has too many side stories going on it’s not even fun. It’s definitely King trying to write a romance novel but he doesn’t quite know how because he’s trying to write a sci-fi time travel history novel at the same time... something like that. Don’t waste your time. Just watch the series and then read/listen to the last few chapters of the book to better understand his explanation of the “time paradox.”

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  • Dan
  • United States
  • 06-08-12

I want the 20hours of my life back...

What would have made 11-22-63 better?

1/4 the length. SOOO much filler writing that was not needed.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

Probably not...

What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s voice?

Makes a lot of the characters sound mentality disabled or like a stroke victim.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • Bloomingburg, NY, United States
  • 05-14-12

Simply a DUD

What would have made 11-22-63 better?

I expected more from Stephen King. I believe it was to much of a love story. I remember 11-22-63 very well. I also met Jackie Kennedy years later on many occasion. I believe the book should have paid more attenation to how people felt at that time. A very dear friend of mine was an airline stewardess at that time, she lives in Dallas and saw the presient and 1st lady leave love field that day. I've also been up to the 6th floor museum and to Dealy Square. I believe more attenation should have been paid to discribing the area and book depositiry. This was a good concept , but little attenation was paid to the "what if" factor.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

yes as I do like and read many of his books before.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not at all.

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

I enjoyed the back to the future comcept and I was very interested in that time in history. I was very young at the time. As I stated above, more history less love making.

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  • Alfred
  • Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
  • 05-06-12

Don't care about how it finishes

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

Somesthing might happen more frequently

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

NO I like time travel books but this one is silly ..... another reviewer called it bloat ... I call it boredom

Any additional comments?

I like time travel books. The reader made the 20 or so hours I listened tolerable. At this point I don't care what happens .... I've had enough endless details about nothing. I have never read a book that moved so slowly. If you like endless nothing going nowhere then this book is for you. I'm just bored with this one.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Ian
  • RAYMOND, ME, United States
  • 02-29-12

Bored to tears...

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

I love Stephen King and will always read his books, because his track record is just so dependable. I wouldn't listen to another narration by Craig Wasson if you had a gun to my head. I would beg you to pull the trigger instead.

If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

Probably the most boring and drawn out of any story I've ever read by King. It has highlights in the beginning and the end, but boy does the middle carry on...and on...and on....and on. I feel as though they could've edited out about 16 hours of this story and you wouldn't miss a thing. Usually King keeps the reader enthralled with a sense of impending doom or menace, or humor, or just something creepy. This book has that for the Derry section, and then completely loses it in Texas.

How could the performance have been better?

The narration was among the worst I've ever heard. His accents and female voices made my skin crawl. Anything he did to sound southern made him sound like Darryl Hammond doing his Bill Clinton impersonation. Unbearable. I'm from Maine and he simply butchered the Maine accent (as most actors seem to do). As soon as I started the audiobook I knew it was going to be hard to listen to. Just the wrong narrator for this story.

Do you think 11-22-63 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. Simply because I couldn't take any more.

Any additional comments?

I think the idea was there, but once the thrill of time travel wears off the story loses all momentum and barely recovers it in the end. I found that I didn't care about anything related to the Texas section (which is 80% of the book!) - the story, the characters, the place. Ugh. Boooooooring.

34 of 37 people found this review helpful

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  • Mickey
  • Dublin, Ireland
  • 09-29-18

Stephen King needs to shut up

Pacing is really slow. King talks about the main character getting a car, having random conversations with people, wow look at how cheap everything is!, etc all in depth. It's a problem when you can literally delete huge chunks of chapters and not have it affect the story. This novel does not earn its length. I think King is lazy in the sense that he refuses to map out where his story will go or to edit down his novels. He takes weird pride in writing books that are as long as possible but they don't have enough plot to sustain them.
King is SUPER overrated and all the overly inflated reviews just prove that. His writing ability hovers around James Patterson level and people act like he's one of the great writers of our generation. Nope.

51 of 56 people found this review helpful

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SK liberal nut bag!

good book. but Stephen King needs to keep his political views to his self. The performance was phenomenal.

50 of 55 people found this review helpful