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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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    Susan Dunedin, New Zealand 08-27-12
    Susan Dunedin, New Zealand 08-27-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Fascinating but long!!"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    I would make it not so darn long.


    Would you recommend 11.22.63 to your friends? Why or why not?

    I wouldn't. Although the story was fascinating initially with the time travel aspect, I was not nearly so interested in JFK's assassination.


    Could you see 11.22.63 being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    Yes I could imagine it would make a good movie, but no ideas re actors.


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    Todd Orange, Australia 07-12-12
    Todd Orange, Australia 07-12-12
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    "Excellent, Engaging, and Moving"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11.22.63 to be better than the print version?

    I've never read the print version, but the audio version came alive with Wasson's narration


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The enigmatic "Green/Ochre Card Man" was the most interesting. In that part of the story, we finally get a glimpse into how the time tunnel works and the enormous repercussions that occur when changing the past. I found this even more intriguing because not everything is explained. Some details are left to the reader to interpret, thus adding to the mysterious nature of the phenomenon.

    The least interesting part was Part 4: Jake's detailed story of living with Sadie and watching Oswald. I just found that this part dragged on for far longer than it had to and subtracted from the initially great pace of the first three parts. The review lost one star because of this.


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

    No. But he is very talented and I found myself listening to "Jake", not Wasson. The performances are outstanding.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    When you have the power to alter history, even the best intentions can have monstrous consequences...


    Any additional comments?

    This novel engaged me right from the start. The mystery of Al's sudden aging and the revelation of the Rabbit Hole all the way through to Jake's first wondrous adventure to 1958 were all so thrilling and wonderful to experience. There were a number of scenes that moved me, but by far the best was Jake's final scene with Sadie and his final line of the story, which is said in response to Sadie feeling he is a familiar person in her life and asking who he is: "You knew me once, in another life...." This line is beautiful because Sadie shouldn't know who he is, but the past harmonizes and in the alternate timeline, they shared something so deep and powerful that even the course of history changing couldn't erase it completely.

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    Jazztyke 07-09-12
    Jazztyke 07-09-12
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    "Interesting Premise - classic Stephen King"
    If you could sum up 11.22.63 in three words, what would they be?

    interesting, heart-warming, entertaining


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to this over the period of a day and a half while I repaired a dozen laptops, and I only wanted to fast forward it once as it got toward the end. That was only because I was exhausted and didn't want to go to bed without hearing the end.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this story - it's quite unique, and reminiscent of the quality of books Stephen King wrote 20 or 30 years ago. I highly recommend it. In addition, while I found Craig Wasson's New England accent a little hard to bear at some points, all in all, he read the story well with very few mispronunciations.

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    Belinda Morris Australia 06-02-12
    Belinda Morris Australia 06-02-12
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    "Not a Stephen King fan - until 11.22.63"
    What made the experience of listening to 11.22.63 the most enjoyable?

    Excellent narration and a truly great story.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    The lead up to the 'moment' and the suspense surrounding whether the hero would succeed or not was almost palpable.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig has a wonderful speaking voice that you don't tire of, and has a knack with characterization of many different people. I especially loved hearing JFK through him.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book brought me to tears several times, and I actually felt physically ill when the hero went through a terrible beating.


    Any additional comments?

    I spend around 8 hours a week driving and Audible is my constant companion. I have learned that not all narrators are created equal, and not all books should be read aloud, no matter how much you love them.

    11.22.63 is my clear favorite and I am yet to hear it's equal for a truly great story that is beAutifully written and read. I am a fan of Craig Wasson now too.

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    Glenn East Gosford, Australia 05-06-12
    Glenn East Gosford, Australia 05-06-12
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    "The best audio "experience" I've ever had"

    This is definitely the best audio book I have ever listened to. King's writing was exceptional and Craig Wasson's narration is second to none bringing this book to life!

    I would no hesitation to recommend this to all other Audible members!

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    Nathan PORIRUA, New Zealand 05-05-12
    Nathan PORIRUA, New Zealand 05-05-12 Member Since 2015

    I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hour commute to work every day. Favourite authors include Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and D J Molle

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    "Too slow and I lost interest"

    I have really enjoyed Stephen King audiobooks in the past, including The Shining and Under the Dome (which is one of my all -time favorite audiobooks). But 11.22.63 was too long-winded for me. It started well with an interesting situation and I had high hopes. However, about half way through the book, I lost interest and gave up. The story did not move fast enough for me. I say, however, that Craig Wasson is a good narrator.

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    Zakgirl HUON CREEK, Australia 05-03-12
    Zakgirl HUON CREEK, Australia 05-03-12

    Zak the Writer/Reader/Farmer

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    "Is it just me, or does King do bad romance?"

    I enjoyed this long novel.

    I got a bit bogged down in the part where, Jake Epping (George Amberson: main character) has a love interest and, boy, did I find that woman, Sadie, boring and annoying. I don't believe King, does romance all that well but then that could be just a "me thing" because I don't generally like to read romance. The character of Sadie seemed cheesy and I kept hearing "Sadie, the cleaning lady" from the song by John Farnham which was quite a distraction [my bad].

    I was intrigued by the story behind the story of stopping the death of J.F.K. and the consequences of such an action.

    I feel very lucky to be in a world where one can read the work of a famous author and not feel that he slaved over every word for years and researched his butt off, although he must have. Thank you Mr. King.

    As always, Stephen King, did a great job keeping me reading until the end.

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    Sumit G. 04-20-12
    Sumit G. 04-20-12 Listener Since 2006
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    "Time Travel with beautiful narration!"

    Craig Wasson's narration is absolutely gorgeous! From the very start, the crispness, accent and nuances he produces keep you spellbound. I will go ahead and look for other novels he has narrated.

    I am not a Stephen King fan, and I managed to listen through the entire book. The book story is crisp and well paced atleast in the first 2/3rd section. The first 2/3rd of the book is interesting as the "sidequests" keep the suspense going.

    Unfortunately, Stephen King gets bogged down in the main story of Lee Harry Oswald. LHO was an crazed nutter who killed JFK. Not much more and not much less. In going into his detailed nuances, the novel drags. But, perhaps for people interested in finding details about Oswald, it might be interesting. This entire saga gets dragged on in the 2nd half, which I found quite boring as I am not from America and don't have any obession for detailed account of a killer's mundane family life.

    For me, in summary, it is good novel, but not as great as other people have it pinned it as. Absolutely recommend it, if you enjoy the notion of seeing the 50s and the 60s daily life.

    However, if you are someone who's interested in how the time travel occurs, and related science, its pretty bare. It's just a skimpy plot device to get a person from now go back and see America as it was in the 50s (for a single white man with money and no family).

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    Damien Crouton Park, Australia 04-19-12
    Damien Crouton Park, Australia 04-19-12
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    "This converted me to audiobooks"
    Where does 11.22.63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This performance is the very reason you want to listen to audiobooks. Craig Wasson's performance takes one of Kings better tales to a new height that I would not have enjoyed without his performance.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of 11.22.63?

    The "watershed moment" when our hero is face to face with Oswald fully delivers on the investment you have made in the book.


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

    Craig Wasson reads one of the more harrowing scenes in the book almost as if he is on the verge of tears, you'll be right there with him.
    The way in which Wasson has developed the characters voices in this reading is pitch perfect.


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

    There were several high points in this book that would be unfair to those who have ont read it to detail in this review. This book may not be a horror story but it is King on top form.


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    Deana Aratula, Australia 04-16-12
    Deana Aratula, Australia 04-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "King Reigns Again"
    What did you love best about 11.22.63?

    The narrator and the story. It had it all. Action,mystery and a love story. I have read or listened to all Kings books this is his best yet!!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    YES!!! Being a long book it was like listening to a mini series. Each trip in the car became another installment. The twists and turns interwoven with history is fantastic. Stephen King has developed each character to the point that you feel you are having a relationship with them especially the main one. You really feel for this guy, you want to know what happens.


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

    Have never heard him before but he is outstanding. Will certainly be looking out for him. The best narration to date!!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It made me laugh and the ending certainly made me cry. I don't want to give anything away but I nearly had to pull over as I couldn't see for the tears. The ending is not what was expected though, I tried to work it out before it finished and this was nowhere near what I thought, true to Stephen Kings style he always keeps me guessing and I am always pleasantly surprised, although this is by far his best yet.


    Any additional comments?

    When reading or listening to a book if I start to feel reluctance for it ending I know I have enjoyed it. I never wanted it to end. I want to know.... What next?? I felt so much apart of the story that its like my friend has moved away. The narrator did a magnificent job. I felt that the story was being told to me by the character. He didn't ruin it by trying to be different people, he told it as if he was actually relating it to me over a cup of coffee or during a long car trip.

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  • John
    Frizington, United Kingdom
    12/14/11
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    "Return to top form"

    Having spent a great deal of my early adult reading life hungrily devouring everything King produced, i went though a period where i felt that his early raw, powerful prose had became stale in a 'how many words can i use instead of one' kinda way. I 'listened' to this and realised that although i was getting on the King bus a stop or two late, the quality of the jouney paid back the price of the ticket. ( i have since listened to Under the Dome and thanks to these intend to back track and re-find King all over again.)
    The book? I found it so very good that i sat down to write this, my first ever review.
    King's love for all things 60's Americana shines through. His characters say 'howdy' and instill themselves into your lives. The settings are so vividly well drawn as to make you feel that you're returning to a place once lived at. He even introduces a couple of Derry characters from a previous book - Bevie from the Levey and Ritchie from the Ditchie from 'It'
    The narration was excellent. Craig Wasson's accents were so so good; his impersonations of JFK himself - and a radio commentator i forget the name of now; Kronkite maybe - were superb. I listened to this, as i do with all my audio books, whilst travelling, and found that the length of my journeys multiplied as my enjoyment increased. Please purchase this audio book; i cant guarantee that you'll enjoy it, at least not in a 'money back' way, i just know you will.

    27 of 29 people found this review helpful
  • R. Fountain
    London, United Kingdom
    11/20/11
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    "Gripping. Superb."

    Absolutely fantastic epic.

    Stunning detail, characters and environments. Fantastic intertwining of fact and fiction, superbly narrated by Craig Wasson.

    Most stories involving anything to do with time travel in any way, invariably have a shockingly poor ending. Not so here. Really well tied up and well, read the book (or listen).

    Bad side: You'll probably want to put normal life on hold whilst listening to this.

    35 of 38 people found this review helpful
  • Michael
    Cork, Ireland
    12/15/11
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    "11.22.63 Stephen King..Reigns supreme!!"

    Stephen King surpasses himself with this latest novel.The writing is crafted beautifully and grips the listner from the opening lines. I lived(and loved) every moment of the book so good was the narration by Craig Wasson. Fans of the JFK saga and 60's America will love it. The canvas and spirit of the age is evocative, and for those who lived through it ,nostalgic.
    It's crying out to translate to the silver screen.

    15 of 16 people found this review helpful
  • Darren
    SOUTHAM, United Kingdom
    1/29/12
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    "NOT A CONSPIRACY STORY!!"

    Reading the reviews of the audio and book version I can see why people are split on it. For me, I thought it was stunning. Craig Wasson's reading at times was genuinely moving and managed to bring me to tears and "I am not what you would call a crying man". The ending while some would say could be predicted is delivered in a way that it is at times shocking but also deeply moving.

    The story centres on 1 man, Jake Epping; and is 1st person narrative so is deeply descriptive and paints truly wonderful images of a time that Stephen King seems to hold dear, the trip back to Derry was great and at the same time chilling resulting in me grabbing my copy of IT for a re-read!

    Do not go in to this book expecting a JFK story, that isn’t what you’re getting and in fact JFK doesn’t appear till part 4 of the download! It's a time travel story, it's a romance, it's a tragedy, it's a comedy but most of all it’s a story of 1 man trying to do the right thing.

    I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with this book, give it a little time, let the images and the characters wash over you and just… live as Jake Epping did.

    17 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • jezzer
    England
    12/15/11
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    "absolutely excellent"

    this book is well written & very well read. i found myself willing the characters not to take a particular course of action, do activity. the thorny issue of time travel paradoxes were dealt with very well and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. more please!

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Val Pope
    England
    12/11/11
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    "Back on Form"

    Stephen King's books are almost always 'good reads', but this is the master back on top form. A superbly crafted story that evokes the world of 'ago' (1958 - 1963) quite brilliantly. I remember the Kennedy assassination and wondered how King would manage to deal with the event. He deals with it very neatly indeed! NO spoilers here - you'll have to download it to see exactly how he does it. The narration is brilliant - why doesn't Crag Wasson do all King's stories for Audible?
    If you don't download this, you're missing something very special indeed.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • Jem16
    wanstead, london
    12/13/11
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    "Doubly perfect"

    The combination of this intricate and spellbinding story with the wonderful narration makes this audiobook an absolute joy. This was my first Stephen King book which I bought because of the great reviews, though I had previously connected him with the horror genre which is not really my scene. However, I loved this book and and I will be going back for more of his work as I didn't want it to end. The characters are so beautifully drawn and evoke empathy and involvement in the reader/listener and the story is beautifully conceived and plotted. Excellent.

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
  • Alexandra
    Crockey Hill, United Kingdom
    3/19/12
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    ""The Past Is Obdurate.""

    Can our hero change the past? Does it want to be changed?
    A brilliant book by an author I hadn't read before. It contains different elements: history (the assassination of JFK), time travel (a portal in present time to 1958), murder (removing folk to change the future) and love (brought tears to my eyes a couple of times - yes, really). The narrator, Craig Wasson, is fantastic, bringing the characters to life and making it very hard to switch off. Hope my next selection is as enjoyable. Recommended.

    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
  • 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

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