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11.22.63 Audiobook

11.22.63

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Publisher's Summary

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history? What if the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless....

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

©2011 Stephen King (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

What the Critics Say

“This new epic from Stephen King rates among the best he’s written – no small praise for the man who wrote Carrie, It, The Stand and Under the Dome.” (Trucking News)

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    Tracie Adelaide, Australia 12-06-11
    Tracie Adelaide, Australia 12-06-11
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    "Enthralling Narration"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would definately recommend this book. It has kept me interested from the start. I walk with my audio books and find I am walking further and further just to keep listending.


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

    The Narrator's voice reminds me of Nicolas Cage's voice, smooth and soothing. He brings words to life and I think I may have put a hard copy of this book down sooner if I was just reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    Use Craig Wasson for other narrations! He was excellent and brought Mr King's story to life. He made me feel like I was watching a movie.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12
    Sam Clifton Hill, Australia 04-19-12 Member Since 2006
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    "I kept waiting for something to REALLY happen..."

    It was a long listen for what turned out to be way more of a love story than anything else, and I just didn't want that! So it might be just my reaction, but in the end I listened to the whole lot to then think I really need not have bothered. However, if you are interested in an alternative history fiction with a strong, long, love story then this may be for you.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Hanlie Cape Town, South Africa 03-18-17
    Hanlie Cape Town, South Africa 03-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I enjoyed it very much!"
    Any additional comments?

    This was well worth a credit. The characters were great, the premise interesting and the narrator did a fabulous job. It did lag a bit in the middle, but picked up again. I definitely recommend this book.

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    Kate Sydney, Australia 09-20-16
    Kate Sydney, Australia 09-20-16 Member Since 2009
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    "Fabulous Book"

    This book kept me enthralled the whole
    way through. Great story, great characters and great performance. If you are interested in history and fascinated by the concept of time travel you'll enjoy this.

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    Sagar Tetali 08-16-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A satisfying time-travel tale."

    A great time-travel story with a solid premise that lays the groundwork for a gripping narrative. The characters are well sketched and their relationships have depth, dimensions, and complexity. Jake Epping is a very relatable protagonist and the narrator of the audio book does a stellar job with the accents and colloquialisms, suggesting the dread, fear, and excitement of its characters.

    Its pace slumps to a crawl sometimes, especially in the middle, dividing it almost into two distinct narrative halves, and the writing gets overly expository and descriptive on occasion; however, the characters, premise, and the great voice work of the narrator are solid enough overall to keep you listening till the end.

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    alphavictor 07-15-16
    alphavictor 07-15-16
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    "Great story"

    A great story let down by the reader's inconsistent tone of voice. I can understand if the tone changes with twists in the story, but here and there, I came across sudden changes in the reader's voice. Probably caused in post production

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    Dave McBlane 04-27-16
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable listen"

    Craig Wasson is perfect for the job, an extremely talented narrator. I wouldn't have Stephen King change a single page. His attention to detail was fantastic. Recommended 100%

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    Fen 03-17-16
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    "King on form"

    I like this book. So much so I bought it twice (after losing an iTunes audiobook copy). It's not King's best work, but only because he has written so many other fantastic books (Duma Key, Cell, The Stand - too many to list); it's way better than the best of most authors, even very good ones. Being super-critical it slows slightly in the middle, but it picks up again. The performance is excellent, the characters are developed beautifully and it's an involving and well thought out story. Epic but so worth it.

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    Riana Zaayman 01-17-16
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    "Great story and fantastic narrator!"

    I absolutely loved the story and Craig Wasson is one of the best narrators I've ever listened to.

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    holly 11-21-15
    holly 11-21-15
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    "loved it"

    it took me a while to get through this marvellous tale as I could only listen in short bursts but despite the stop start nature of my usage, i found each time i picked it up i was able to "fall" back into it with ease. I love this story. I so enjoyed the crazy, wonderful idea; it's one I'm sure MANY have entertained in their private thoughts "What if he missed and the President survived...? ; What if...?" over the years. Everything Stephen King does has value but it's his quirky imagination and his ability to find an idea that somehow resounds, connects with humans in a very real way and the way he puts that existential horror surrealist slant on it that I just love! He writes the books I would love to say I'd written myself. Thanks boss, love your work!

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  • John
    Pinner, United Kingdom
    1/12/12
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    "11.22.63 Review by John Moore, audible reader"

    Stephen King adds a comment at the end of this book that he originally wanted to write this back in 1974 but is glad he waited. I absolutely agree. Back in 1974 he was at the start of his writing career, with lots of promise but still raw - now he's like the smooth purring engine of a classic car that's been tuned to perfection. This is in my view the best of all his works - totally gripping as a suspenseful thriller, plus characterisation of the highest quality, and as engaging a love story as it is possible to encounter.
    He presents us with an intriguing question - what if it were possible to travel back nearly 50 years to prevent a terrible event taking place. And more than this - what if you could change the past and crucially what implications might it have for the future not just of the main characters in the story, but for humankind as a whole? The "problem" for the writer is persuade the reader/listener to accept the impossibility and keep us reading/listening, and King more than meets the challenge. Once we get over that hurdle we're hooked. He also cleverly (tho briefly) links in characters from an old 1986 novel, IT which is like saying hi to old friends.
    Craig Wasson's reading, with his range of voices (including one reminiscent of the late John Houseman) adds hugely to this work. I give it 5 stars - I'd give it 10 but only 5 are allowed!
    I doubt that anyone listening to this will easily forget it. Enjoy!!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Nr Coldstream, United Kingdom
    12/8/11
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    "Gripping"

    This audiobook has gripped me from the very start. I'm a big fan of Stephen anyway, but his ability to draw you into the characters in this novel has been present from the outset. You very quickly put the premise of a time travelling school teacher to one side, and will him to maintain his relationship with Sadie and remain in the sixties timeline forever.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • steve
    Wickford, United Kingdom
    2/23/14
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    "11.22.63 gets 10/10"
    What did you like most about 11.22.63?

    It's such a BIG story and took twists and turns till the brilliant end. Full of factual content and information.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11.22.63?

    When George/Jake was attacked by the bookmaker in his apartment. I thought that was the end of him. It was brilliantly described and I felt that I was there watching.


    Have you listened to any of Craig Wasson’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I haven't listened to Craig before but he is very good and I will look for his name on other audio books.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Jake looked up Sadie on the internet to see if she was alive and well. and when he went to her and they danced.


    Any additional comments?

    I've read lots of Stephen King books and this is definitely one of the best. I prefer the longer stories and 11.22.63 ticks all the boxes.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Munny
    Cambridgeshire UK
    9/20/12
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    "Strangely endearing...."

    I had finished listening to The Stand and Under the Dome and decided to download this after reading such promising reviews. Firstly let me state this book is completely different to most of his other work and NOT a typical horror novel at all. Honestly, I was unsure of this book but continued to listen anyway, I'm so glad I did. It is in parts simply beautiful, I loved being transported to another world, where the characters were wonderful, colourful and endearing. It's so easy to visualise the 60's as King diligently illustrates the picture through Jake's eyes. The narration is superb. I found nearing the end of the book I was gripped but had a lump in my throat, some of the characters are so easy to empathise with and I felt their sorrow.

    It is apparent that King has researched the book greatly, it's beautifully written and the characters are charming.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Cliff
    Frinton on Sea, United Kingdom
    5/6/12
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    "Riveting Book"

    A truly masterful adventure. I was unable to stop myself listening to great chunks of it without breaks. Both nostalgic and thought provoking. I was so sad when it ended! Please write another like this Stephen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Helen
    Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
    3/15/12
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    "Superb in every way"

    This is the King-Meister back on form. A fantastic book in classic King style, full of intrigue and suspense and superbly read by Craig Wasson. Even if you don't care for American history the plot is less about the Kennedy assassination and more about alternative history (a genre I have dabbled with in the past and have usually found it wanting). What would it take to stop the Kennedy assassination? What if Kennedy had survived - how different would the world be today? King weaves 1960's and modern day cultures together effortlessly and his meticulous research is apparent in every line. Craig Wasson is a fabulous narrator, conquering all the various accents involved and injecting emotion by the bucket load. I whole-heartedly recommend this audio book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Fiona
    Dorset, United Kingdom
    3/6/12
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    "Stephen King on top form."

    I just loved this book and was really pleased by the ending.Its the nearest to a love story i think Stephen King has ever got to.The history element was fascinating and the time was travel handled cleverly,i listened at every possible moment.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Patrick
    Morpeth, United Kingdom
    2/9/12
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    "Wonderful story telling"

    I did love this but was conscious that you have to be a Stephen King fan to be able to relax into it, he takes his time! I rejoiced in his love of language, his characters and his intricate plotting, a delight.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    1/15/12
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    "Best book I have heard in a long time."

    If you want to be thoroughly engaged in the plot and eager to get back to listening, then this is for you. This is my first Stephen King book (I know! Amazing isn’t it?) and I am bowled over. He creates the era and the background with amazing clarity. The story is fast paced and exciting, but remains human and believable. The narrator does a really great job which adds handsomely to the story. I am definitely going to read/listen to more by King.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Jamie
    Manchester, United Kingdom
    12/15/11
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    "Awesome!"

    This is a fantastic book, I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't want it to end!

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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