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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

Critic Reviews

“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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  • Deana
  • Aratula, Australia
  • 04-16-12

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.

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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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Stephen King at his best

Would you listen to 11.22.63 again? Why?

I would listen to this book again, the premise of the story is just fascinating.

What other book might you compare 11.22.63 to and why?

This is a unique tale of time travel, and I don't think there is a comparable book to compare this with, given the unique nature of the plot line.

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

Jake Epping, but having said this, Craig Wasson did an outstanding job on this book, and made every character come alive.

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

The Book is about 30 hours plus, did not manage to do it in one sitting.But it is gripping to the last.

Any additional comments?

I think this book will be remembered as one of Stephen Kings best novels.I especially liked his comments at the end of the book, in which he expands on his extensive research for this book, and his own conclusions about the John Kennedy assassination. A must read for all Stephen King fans, and anyone who wants a fascinating read from start to finish.

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Enjoyable and interesting story

Enjoyed the evocation of the era and the details surrounding the lead up to the assassination. It was just good and enjoyable storytelling, and even better, a good ending, which isn't always the case with Steven King novels - I note in his afterword, he credits his son with providing the ending and maybe that is why!

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Brilliant!

A brilliant story brilliantly read. You will love this. Definitely the best listening experience I have had in years.

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  • John
  • Wellington, South Africa
  • 02-06-12

You just cannot miss this book

This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to. Unfortunately now I think anything else will be dull but it is seriously worth it.
The narrator is excellent, I am not American but the accents give an idea of the different time and location.
The descriptions of the era are awesome, the scenes literally brought tears to my eyes.

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  • Gloria
  • NARARA, Australia
  • 02-06-12

Enjoyable book

Not a great King fan but like the premise of time travel so thought I would give it a try. Thoroughly enjoyed it and was sorry when it finished. Have recommended it to friends.

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King back to form

I am a hardcore King fan but had been a little disappointed with his last few books. This one is back on form. If you could go back in time and save Kennedy would you do it and what would the effect be?

He shows again his mastery of structure, slowly leading you down the impossible path with layers of detail and emotional resonance until you believe utterly in the reality of this story and then slowly amping up the pace until at the end you are racing towards the conclusion. It reminded me of 'Needful Things' in the use of pacing.

I knew almost nothing about the Kennedy assasination, nor the politics of the time. I actually learnt a lot and became very interested. You don't need to know a lot about it, but having the tour through Dallas in the late 50s and early 60s was fascinating.

Oh and for those interested in the King universe, check the little nods. For a start the protagonist spends a lot of time in Derry in the late 50s. This is definitely the universe of The Dark Tower.

I loved the narrator. He did a stirling job. Five star performance.

The only reason for this being 4 stars and not 5 is that the ending faltered for me. It felt like it ended a couple of times too many and with some little editing it could have been far more powerful. But the journey was more than worth it.

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  • Gerald
  • MANLY, Australia
  • 01-20-12

This book is well read but too long.

Where does 11.22.63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Above average for reader. Below average for length.

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

Its a good story but way too long. Stephen King is such a good story teller but throws in so much detail that does not contribute.

Any additional comments?

The reader is brilliant.

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  • Alannah
  • Upwey, Australia
  • 12-26-11

Awesome!!!

I adored this audiobook. The plot sucked me in and the narration was fantastic, though I got to admit that the ending broke my heart.

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The best audible book I've downloaded yet!

Would you listen to 11.22.63 again? Why?

The narration not only has to convey a sense of wonder, danger and believability in the premise of time-travel, but also has to cover a plethora of accents, whilst at the same time immersing the listener in the protagonist's goal to prevent JFK's assassination. This it does so well, that I

What did you like best about this story?

The combination of a love story, time travel, creation of a time gone by juxtaposed with the various obstacles the

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

No but I certainly will in future, his command of accents is superb

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

If at all possible, I would have done

Any additional comments?

Highly recommended

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  • Stephen
  • 03-31-12

The Best Ever

this is an unusual kind of story from Stephen King but in many ways goes back to his early story telling prowess. This is a cracking tale, expertly narrated , and full of the detail of life that is the hallmark of the master.
this is the best narrated audiobook of a king work I have listened to.

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  • Jan
  • 03-30-12

Best book ever!

This is the best book i ever listened to. Couldn't let go of it and found myself missing the book and the characters several days after finishing the book. Highly recommended :-)

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  • John
  • 03-23-12

This is as good as it gets!

I have been an Audible member for about 4 years now and have listened to some really great stories. However, Mr. King's new novel is absolutely riveting from the first to the last word. My favourite King story has always been 'Bag of Bones' but now I find myself torn - 11.22.63 really is that good!
Craig Wasson does such a great job narrating that you can't imagine anyone else doing the job.
The 30 hours just flew by!

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  • Michael
  • 03-03-12

11.22.63

I am 45. I grew up watching Stephen King movie adaptions which tainted my view of his writing. I recently read the Green Mile having always avoided the film because of my predjudice against the usual Hollywood treatment of King's movies. I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of the Green Mile and so went for 11.22.63 on the basis it was meant to be King's return to his best. I could not agree more this novel is utterly riveting...download it you won't be dissappointed..

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  • Joe
  • 03-01-12

Great

Some comical accents (particularly the Russian ones, which sound like a certain ex-governor of California), but on the whole the narrator is excellent. The story is great too - a real Stephen King journey through the world of ago.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-29-12

Well worth a listen

Coming back to King, after a couple of decades, I found this to be a great listen. The narrator has to be one of the best I've listened to. Certainly made my bus journeys a lot more enjoyable!

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  • Lulu
  • 02-27-12

Brilliant!

I'm a fan of Dickens and Trollope audiobooks - especially as apart from their obvious literary talents, the books are usually long, so there's plenty of chance to immerse oneself in the story. This is also long, which appealled, although I've never been a fan of Stephen King. However, based on other listeners' reviews, I felt I had to try it. Absolutely no regrets, it's brilliantly narrated, and I found myself constantly wondering what would happen next and indulging in 'what if' scenarios about where the world would be if we could change certain things from the past. I felt lost when it was over. Am heading back to Dickens, and don't think a 'modern' novel will ever have the same impact - unless anyone has recommendations?

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  • Amber Bulger
  • 02-27-12

Great Great Read

A fantastic read that Craig Wasson really brings to life. You will enjoy this story enormously.

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  • graeme
  • 02-19-12

what an imagination this guy has!!

Steven King once again takes the reader and transports them into literally a different time zone.
A bit slushy in parts, but I would recommend it.. 5 stars from me

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  • Mr
  • 02-18-12

Stocky50

Amazing, completely gripped me all the way through.

A real return to form for King. Buy It!!

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