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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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Interesting story...never-ending details

I love the concept of this story, and the performance of the audio-book version was excellent. However, the story dragged on for far too long. Every little detail was described, analyzed, and then re-visited. It was far too detail-heavy, and I think the cool-factor of the story itself got lost in there.

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A Piece of Genuine Crap

Stilted dialogue from characters that couldn't have existed, even in the '50's. Waste of time.

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my first and last king book

I wish someone had told me it was a freaking harlequin romance novel.
just as the story starts to get interesting, blam! a face full of sappy mush.

The narrator does a pretty good Burt Lancaster and Jimmy Stewart.

ugh!

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What !!!

One of the most drawn out boring books I have ever tried to listen to ! He goes sooo far out of storyline , you forget what it's real purpose was ! Sorry... I didn't even finish it !!!

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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.

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  • Dennis
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  • 01-20-14

CAN I GO BACK IN TIME AND NOT BUY THIS BOOK

No doubt, Stephen King is a great writer and for most listeners this book received glowing reviews but for me it was not only far to long but several times lost it way stumbling to the end. It started off great but soon became distracted into a love story. OK, a love story would be fine but not for hours and hours. For me, King could have stuck to the premise of stopping Oswald and left the rest for a romance novel.

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Meh

I love most King books. This is one of the only times I had to force myself to finish a book. It is way too long.

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Too long

I started reading this book a year ago and loved the beginning but didn’t finish within the leading period. Purchased the audible and again loved the beginning. Overall I thought it was too long and didn’t like one of the main characters of the later sections. I am not sure if it was the performance or simply the character. If I wasn’t listening to this with my husband I would have stopped and returned it.

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  • scot
  • YONKERS, NY, United States
  • 07-22-14

Horrible.....(spoiler alert!)

Holy cow, I hated this book...let me count the ways:

-Kennedy worship. If you're not over 60, the whole Kennedy worship thing makes no sense at all. It is the underlying premise of this book- just ASSUMED that he is the messiah that will make America a perfect place and avoid the Vietnam War, etc..
-WHY do the characters assume that, if Kennedy is NOT killed, things won't turn out virtually the same (a premise within the book) or even worse?
-How can the main character kill multiple times in cold blood and then NOT kill the man who almost kills his woman.
-Why the hell would he wait till the last minute to kill Oswald? I understand his lack of certainty, but he has about 1,000 chances to do it before the beating.
-Try shooting from the ground into a small 6th floor window with a handgun. Super-unlikely.
-So there is an attempted political assassination, and the main character kills Oswald, and the FBI and Secret Service are treating one of the guys in that room as a hero. Really? Why isn't he treated as a complete nut job or as a spy?
-How did they find his doctor if he didn't tell them?
-Why does he assume that HE has free will when he knows things reset along their original path every time you go back? Shouldn't he also suspect that he is just "a player in the play?"

-As an aside,
-Carson didn't host the Tonight Show until 1962. That would have been Jack Paar. I'm in my 40's and even I knew that.
-Jews (generally) don't get tattoos.
-Bookies generally don't want to kill their clients, they don't hold the risk, they take a percentage on the total wager. His long-shot bets meant they could take MORE action on the other side expected outcome to balance things out, and making them MORE money. They would love him (although they might want to know HOW he knew....)

AAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH

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Boring Boring Boring

What did you like about this audiobook?

NOTHING ... 30 hours of my TIME being totally bored. To be honest made it 12 hours and tossed to out the car window somewhere in TIME.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

NO way............he needed TIME out. Wife should of made TIME to explain TIME management to him.....Hmmm!

Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

In a very boring way......a interesting waste of TIME.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

He was boring too. He needs to think about spending his TIME silently reading.

Do you have any additional comments?

Tried very hard to listen but fell asleep every TIME. It made no since. King was trying to make a go of it, but YUCK!!!... Why go back in TIME to change something in time, so if you go back again it changes back to the time you wanted to change. in the first place, very single time?. HUH?

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