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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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    Chris Sydney 04-07-12
    Chris Sydney 04-07-12

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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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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    Michael 03-21-12
    Michael 03-21-12
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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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    Stuart 03-15-12
    Stuart 03-15-12
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    "Brilliant!"

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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Wellington, South Africa 02-06-12
    John Wellington, South Africa 02-06-12 Member Since 2011

    South African, listening to books while training

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    "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
    Gloria NARARA, Australia 02-06-12

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "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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    sophieinwonderland Australia 02-03-12
    sophieinwonderland Australia 02-03-12 Member Since 2009
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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
    Gerald MANLY, Australia 01-20-12
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    "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
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    "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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    Charles 12-25-11
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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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    tore sarpsborg, Norway 12-22-11
    tore sarpsborg, Norway 12-22-11
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    "Stephen King at his best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of 11.22.63 to be better than the print version?

    Walk into a room down a stair and come out in 1958.....<br/>Only Stepen king kan make this the most natural ting to do..<br/>


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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.

    28 of 30 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.

    36 of 39 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.

    16 of 17 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!

    12 of 13 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.

    18 of 20 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
  • Keith
    BEDFORD, United Kingdom
    3/5/12
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    "Absolutely Awesome"

    I have just finished listening to this audio book. It is possibly the best book I have ever listened to. The narrator is brilliant. He manages to bring all the characters to life and I often found it diffcult to turn it off when I reached my destination.
    The story is my favourite Stephen King so far.

    Highl recommended! Buy it now!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs. Lee Cousins
    Chicago
    2/11/12
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    "His best noval yet"

    HavIng spent my 50's childhood in a small town south of Dallas, I really related to the entire story. The characters were so well presented and real that when the book was finished, I actually missed them! I have read or listened to, every time travel book I can find but this book really scratched the itch. It is as good as anything Finney has written and better than most others. You don't need a big imagination for it to become real. It is written as to be entirely plausible and you actually wonder if it might just have happened. This is all a part of the King's genius. Long write the King!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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