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Publisher's Summary

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime.

Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

©2011 Stephen King. All Rights Reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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Keeps getting better!

Would you consider the audio edition of 11-22-63 to be better than the print version?

I total was caught up in the story. Great listen

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jake: Develops as a person and makes a choice to place others over his own desires.

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

Excellent potrayal of various voices. Consistent energy. Kept my attention

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

When Jake's girlfriend died. An said, "We danced!"

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Good Book

Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

No. I seldom listen to books twice and this is definitely not a book that will be the exception. The narrator tries to do a southern drawl, a german accent, an old codger's voice and a russian accent. They all end up sounding like a stereo-typical hillbilly voice. I would much rather read the book and have the voices in my head instead of this interpretation. Still - it's a good story and it does keep you hooked.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

At times it was a little slow and I found myself dozing off - not good on a long drive.

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

Yes.

Any additional comments?

There's one word in the novel that is used over and over again and it gets a little frustrating. I kept wondering if King had access to a Thesaurus.

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just great

Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

Yes. Passed my long trips with ease.

What did you like best about this story?

Different twist on time travel.

What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

He made the characters come to life.

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

Having to make the ultimate decision. Save her or save everyone. Don't know that I would do the same.

Any additional comments?

Listen to this book!!!!!!!!!

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  • Beth
  • Twentynine Palms, CA, United States
  • 09-09-12

Brilliant

What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

Stephen King is a genius story teller. This a fascinating novel and I was hooked right from the beginning.

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

Definitely Jake/George. It was the most natural for him.

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

Yes, but is is very long and I have kids.

Any additional comments?

I absolutely loved this story and performance. I was biting my fingernails throughout the whole book! From the get-go, I was left wondering and wanting more. Even as the book ended, I was wondering what would come next. Genius.

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  • Nicole
  • fall river, MA, United States
  • 09-09-12

Fantastic!

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Stephen King is such a fantastic story teller--his work is literally made to be read aloud. And Craig Wasson did a great job reading. Very well done!

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Superb!! A gripping story!

What did you love best about 11-22-63?

I loved it - the story was not fanciful but rather gripping and had me on the edge of my chair. It ponders a great many axioms and tests your resolve and conviction. The narration was impeccable - he really knew how to bring the characters to life in the audio spectrum. I would read more of these if there were any!

What was one of the most memorable moments of 11-22-63?

The whole thing - it sets up a drama, mystery, and action thriller all at once. The end is exceptionally well done.

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

No - but would love to

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

No - several as I commute to / from work

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  • Michael
  • Fairfax Station, VA, United States
  • 09-08-12

Like the old Stephen King

Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

To listen to the nuances of Wasson's performance more carefully.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Sadie of course. King loves women and so do I. (Wonderful scene at the end when he meets Sadie 50 years later.)

What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

He was absolutely great. His dialects captured the different individuals making them instantly identifiable. Al Templeton and George de Mohrenschildt are particularly excellent.

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

Be careful what you ask for. You just might get it.

Any additional comments?

I used to wait eagerly for new Stephen King novels. They moved briskly, they were suspenseful and exciting, and he writes so well. I am referring to books like The Stand, It, The Shining, The Dead Zone. Theme and allegory were straightforward and unambiguous. His more recent books have appealed less to me (although may technically qualify as more literary). It is interesting that Mr. King has had the idea for this novel banging around in his psyche since the 70's. Here is who will like this book:-Fans of time travel stories-Fans of old Stephen King novels-Fans of alternative history stories-Anyone who likes to listen to a terrific narrator

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  • ELIZABETH
  • Colorado springs, CO, United States
  • 09-08-12

Great book, have listened to it twice

What did you love best about 11-22-63?

Stephen King has a way of drawing you in with the details. This book was very well written, it has a flow that keeps you interested.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Jake/George is my favorite character in the book, I like him because he's strong and honest. He does hard things and comes out stronger because of them.

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

Excellent reading. Did a fantastic job. Craig Wasson really brought the characters to life.

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

I wouldn't say I wanted to listen to this book all in one sitting, because it's really long. However, I did get "mad" when life pulled me away from it.

Any additional comments?

I've never read Stephen King before because I don't like scarey books/movies. And I had only ever watched a Stephen King movie. I will be reading more of his books, this book was awesome!

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My favorite Stephen King Story

This one kept me up late listening! If you're a sucker for time travel and the whole "butterfly effect" you'll love this one. Not your typical haunted house/car King story (although I've enjoyed plenty of those).

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  • K. Wing
  • Redlands, CA United States
  • 09-06-12

My first Stephen King Novel

This book had good reviews; so I thought I'd give it a try. It was my first Stephen King Novel, but it won't be my last. This is a really interesting story that is both nostalgic and forward looking at the same time - great entertainment with depth.

I'm moving on to Stephen King's "IT" because I want to know more about the history of Derry, Maine and the clown.