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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 (49,896 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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What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

The premise was very intriguing yet I found the book repetitive and too long I only made it through the first 16 hours because I thought it had to get better after all the rave reviews it received and my car trip was 16 hours.

What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Cut it in half

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

Craig Wasson was excellent and the best part of the experience.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and sadness that I had invested so much time in it.

Any additional comments?

I am in the minority, but sadly I never got wrapped up in this book.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • fryjord
  • RALEIGH, NC, United States
  • 09-02-12

couldn't stand it

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

A totally different story and a performance that wasn't so dramatically sentimental

How could the performance have been better?

tone it down a ton

What character would you cut from 11-22-63?

The characters weren't the problem. The writing is the problem. The writing is needlessly sentimental to the point where I literally cringed at parts.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Ralph
  • Thousand Oaks, CA, United States
  • 02-20-12

Boring, King forgort to suspend our disbelief.

What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

Story line just not credible and no attempt made to get the reader to believe the events could be possible. Story just dragged on and on and characters seemed to come from King's other works.

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

No

Which scene was your favorite?

The show down with Oswald

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

Very well read

Any additional comments?

First audio book that I had to skip parts in order to force myself to finish the book.
King is obviously a very successful author, but this must rate as one of his worst.
The reviews got me to buy this book, but they do not reflect the quality.

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Don’t get

This book is about going back in time to try and figure out the jfk assassination. Well at least that’s what the book says it is. So why is it that most of this book is a cringy generic over the top love story, idc about a love story go back to a modern man in 60s trying to solve the jfk assassination, not some soft core porn novel

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One would think he got paid by the word!

This is the poorest book he has ever wtitten. Althougj tjere are parts that are wonderful, on the whole its gets into unneeded tedoius detail tjat does nothing for the story.
Dick

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Boring & repetitive

What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

I was never once interested in the story or the characters of this book. The characters fell flat and the story was boring and predictable.

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

No, but I'll be more wary of investing 30 hours of listening time to another Steven King book. I did enjoy listening to The Stand but only the first half (which translates to about 20 hours of good listening). I assumed I might like only part of this book but since it was long I should get at least 10 good hours...wrong!

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

Someone who is better at accents and doing less cartoonish female voices. I don't think he's horrible as long as there are no accents and there are no sex scenes (when he adopts the "voice" of a Southern woman during sex it is comical, yet disturbing).

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Annoyance. There are many phrases and scenes used over and over again so much that it felt like every 2 minutes George/Jake reminds us that "the past is obdurate" and "the past harmonizes." A lot of telling instead of showing.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Long, rambling, boring, uneventful, anti-climactic

This is more of a romance novel than anything else. Hardly a hint of excitement or Adventure. It was very anti-climactic and disappointing. But if you'd like half a book to be taken up by a love story then this is for you.

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So disappointing

If you love The Stand, Pet Sematary, Fire Starter, Cujo, Needful Things, It, Misery-to barely scratch the surface-and all the SK classics as I do-you cannot like this book. Not a fan. I almost feel guilty because I do love him so but it was the most boring thing I ever read. Stopped at 200 pages.

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really?

I love time travel. But putting the arrival date so far away from the point the character is supposed to change and then basically having me read his diary? Yaaawn! Nice try, sir.

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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.

39 of 40 people found this review helpful