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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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    roy basildon, United Kingdom 11-12-11
    roy basildon, United Kingdom 11-12-11 Listener Since 2002
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    "Excellent!!! sai King"

    I dont often write review, but this book has just cost me two nights sleep, i could not stop listening to it.
    The story construction was excellent, it really got the grey matter turning..
    That said its not the typical Stephen King novel, horror was lacking which is a breath of fresh air.
    Stephen King just shows what a truely great story teller he really is in this very long but highly enjoyable book.

    This is the first time ive listened to the narrator, Craig Wasson was perfect, i now rate him among the best and will be looking for more titles he reads,
    thankyou thankyou thankyou, now for some catch up sleep...

    14 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 11-24-11
    Janie CAIRNS, Australia 11-24-11 Member Since 2017
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    "the best!"

    I am now going to have to review all my previous book reviews and down grade them all to a 4 because none reaches the standard of this book by Stephen King. This is his best so far. The plot is well researched, interesting and very entertaining. The overriding theme is love, care for mother earth, and the world that is our reality. King has described with great thought about the world and how it might have turned out somewhat differently if changes to historical facts had occurred. I found this book immensely satisfying and thoroughly recommend it. I was a bit hesitant about the reader for for about the first minute but was quickly absorbed into the story and the storytelling by the narrator who is a true artist. Much better than The Dome. I will think about this book for a long time to come.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda W-G 02-23-12
    Amanda W-G 02-23-12 Member Since 2016
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    "My First Stephen King Book I've Ever Finished"
    What made the experience of listening to 11.22.63 the most enjoyable?

    The story is absolutely amazing. The story is so much more then the storyline.


    What other book might you compare 11.22.63 to and why?

    Nothing, it's unique. I loved it.


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

    No I haven't but I give him 10 stars. This was my absolute favorite audible book and it wasn't just because the story is amazing. Craig Wasson did a wonderful narrative.


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

    Lol, ok that's funny. The book is 31hrs long to listen to. No this is not a book I wanted to listen to in one sitting. But, it wasn't just because of the length of the book. The story was so in depth that I really enjoyed listening to it on my commute and then getting the chance to sit and ponder the concepts.


    Any additional comments?

    I have never been able to finish a Stephen King book before. Don't get me wrong I understand Stephen King is an amazing author. His other books are just not my genre. I honestly let that hold me back a few times when I viewed this book online. I thought it sounded interesting but let the predominant genre of Stephen King's other books hold me back. If you're in the same boat I was in just buy this book. It's absolutely amazing. You wont be disappointed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Buderim, Australia 12-12-11
    Patrick Buderim, Australia 12-12-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply the best audio book I have listened too"

    I haven't been much of a Stephen King fan but when I saw this book I was interested in the premise so I decided to give it a listen. There are so many things that I enjoyed about this audio book that the review I could write would be longer than the book itself! The narration was done in such a good way that I felt I was sitting down at the kitchen table while the main character was just telling me his story. I found myself being sucked in the story so much that the only thing that was missing was my ability to stop and ask questions,

    Now...being someone that belives that there is no way Oswald operated alone, or fired the fatal shot for that matter, that aspect of the story challenged me, but hey.. isn't that what good chats around the kitchen table are suppose to do!??

    A++++ from me..

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Brodie Mornington, Australia 11-20-11
    Brodie Mornington, Australia 11-20-11 Member Since 2009
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    "You can 'smell & taste' the past!"

    A great yarn indeed and worth every dime, penny or drachma. My first foray into Stephen King’s world and loved it. It must have been very hard to write to keep the thread working for he has so many balls in play, making it believable would not have been easy but he does. Great fun for any baby boomer who wants a totally different slant on what did, didn’t or might have taken place in Dallas all those years ago. Great read too which makes it a bonus.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12
    Steve Metung, Australia 03-17-12
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    "sorry when it finished"

    king is a great storyteller and the narrator made it even better. I was really sorry when the book ended, and I did not expect the outcome which was sad and a bit of a surprise.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kylie Esperance, Australia 05-13-12
    Kylie Esperance, Australia 05-13-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Way too long!"

    Don't get me wrong, this is a great story. The premise of time travelling to alter events is really interesting, but the author goes into way too much detail about things that don't affect the storyline. I found myself wishing that the story would just get to the point. I wanted to hear this book so badly, but found myself really bored and disappointed. It would have been fantastic in an abridged format!

    The narrator is great and does a good job.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Berrimah, Australia 01-18-12
    Tamara Berrimah, Australia 01-18-12 Listener Since 2010
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    "Fantastic :O)"
    Where does 11.22.63 rank among all the audiobooks you???ve listened to so far?

    This book rated amongst my Top 10 Audiobooks.


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

    The plot was enticing and has a great insight into what America's personality was during the late 50's-60's.


    What about Craig Wasson???s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson's performance was wonderful, always consistant and easy to listen to.


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

    I loved how the characters all meld so well together while showing the turbulance of the times and the social differences & showing clearly that the grass was definatly not greener on the other side no matter how how memories may look back and think of good times. The book as a whole was thought provoking and although it has Kings usual insight into the minds of humans this was on a different level from his other books in that I wouldn't class it as a horror....


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher Howrah, Australia 01-09-12
    Christopher Howrah, Australia 01-09-12 Member Since 2008
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    "A brilliant piece of work."

    I confess to not being a Stephen King fan, despite wading through a few superficially attractive works. I managed a sneak preview of this work and then went straight to audible.com.

    This is a long story about time-travel and its perils and paradoxes and Mr King has excelled himself. Working initially on the somewhat unlikely premise that the world would have been a better place had JFK not been assassinated, the hero is a rather nice person who becomes hardened by experience. A port to the past or rabbit hole has been the secret of a hot-dog restaurant who has made slight changes to the past which have had no world-wide change but a cigar-chomping, old marine has terminal cancer and time is running out. Enter the hero Jake Epping, who eats at the old boy's premises and has become friendly. The dying marine has a burning ambition - to prevent that day in Dallas. He obviously cannot achieve the goal but youth, a growing empowerment and a couple of simple excursions to alter history slightly for the benefit of others,not himself, show him that time-travel has potential problems with history trying to be "obdurate" but he persists.

    The death of his marine pal leaves him little choice and a moral dilemma. To say more would be to give some of the plot away and that is something I will not countenance because Mr King deserves every accolade possible for this work. I remember the 1950s well and he has it down pat, trading off the advantages of a cleaner time than 2011, although his hero certainly misses cell phones. The characterizations are finely drawn and thoroughly believable,, along with the premises of the plot.

    I would go so far as to say that if you don't buy another book this year, this is the one - an absolute gem.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    adam melbourne, Australia 12-06-11
    adam melbourne, Australia 12-06-11
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    "Loved It!"

    Really enjoyed this one, was a bit different from some of his other stuff, if ur a King fan like me, get it you wont be disappointed!

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  • Helen
    8/25/15
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    "Fantastic story beautifully read"
    What made the experience of listening to 11.22.63 the most enjoyable?

    The narration was absolutely fantastic and kept me hooked.


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

    His interpretation of the characters brought the story to life so much better than my reading voice could, He's consistent and faultless.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • bobby
    8/23/15
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    "riveting"

    Hands down best story iv heard in a long time. im a massive king fan as it is but the narration on this book was excellent. Craig wasson gave the characters different voices and accents so it was easy to follow. id listen to a stephen king book read by a complete monotone void but the voice skills of mr wasson really made this one come alive for me and i find myself searching audible for more books read by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Phil Toms
    Colchester
    8/9/15
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    "A powerhouse of a performance"
    Would you listen to 11.22.63 again? Why?

    Yes - it's 30 hours of great writing performed in a dramatic way. Sometimes it might be considered too long but this adds to the need for Jake to spend several years in the "land of ago".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Best: Jake Epping as George Amberson.


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

    Craig Wasson's performance was so versatile that it's hard to pick an individual character portrayal but it really helped bring it to life, having read the book before.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Maybe the past doesn't want to change..."


    Any additional comments?

    I did not fully realise the plot links with the fictional town of Derry from Stephen King's other works, mostly "It", until I listened to the audiobook version. Amazing!I felt that the Yellow/Green Card Men are left with unexplained, although this is probably on purpose.The Afterword written and read by Stephen King is an added bonus.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Smythe
    UK
    8/5/15
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    "Loved every minute - great narration."
    Any additional comments?

    This is the first King novel I've 'read' since I was in my late teens. Wow! It's excellent. Loved every minute. Wish I could go back in time and start it all again. Haha.
    The narrator was first rate and really added to the experience. Listened in my car and for once, didn't mind getting stuck in traffic!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs F.
    8/1/15
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    "Didn't want to to end,"

    Well read, narrator is brilliant and I didn't tire of his voice at all. His accents were brilliant, particularly his German and Russian. Poignant ending and I found myself feeling quite tearful.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gary
    7/29/15
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    "Outstanding in every way!"

    By far the best narration I have heard. Well done Craig. The library of voices he has the ability to use on cue works seamlessly in to the story.
    As for the story Stephen King has done it again. Absolutely loved it. Could not stop listening and very easy to pick up at any point of the day. Just a fair warning that before bed can be dangerous as often ended up listening well in to the night.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • steve barber
    7/25/15
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    "Excellent Story"
    Would you listen to 11.22.63 again? Why?

    As with anything from Stephen King that I have read or listened to I can always go back and read or listen again with the same enjoyment.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story was not a horror, but was full of suspense and drew you further into the difficult decisions that are to be made


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

    I felt he added life to the experience, and made it seem like you were experiencing the story as a spectator


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

    The love story climax


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • G. Warner
    UK
    7/22/15
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    "Great narration, book should have been shorter"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    An editor


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    It was brilliantly written but it took forever for the story to develop


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The bit at the end, when I eventually got there


    What character would you cut from 11.22.63?

    about 90% of them


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jenny
    7/22/15
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    "My first Stephen King"

    I liked this. I'm not a fan of horror, but do like time-travel and this was very good. I thought it was a tad too long and would have had much more punch if it lost an hour and half. But he is a wonderful and very confident writer. I shall read more from him I think. He evoked the period perfectly and the tension was well paced.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lee Gardner
    7/21/15
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    "love love love it!"

    I hadn't read this one before purchasing the audiobooks which is highly unusual for me however I loved this story....based around facts Mr King weaves the story and keeps you interested up until the last minute! I loved the ending (even though I didn't want it to end 😞)and throughly enjoyed the afterward read by Stephen King ....great way to end this fabulous book!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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