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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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  • Kimball
  • Las Vegas, NV, United States
  • 09-18-12

GREATEST LOVE STORY OF ALL TIME

IN THIS TIMELESS MASTERPIECE STEVEN KING HAS ALL THE COWBELL ANYONE WOULD EVER DREAM OF

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I don't Know Why I Listened to this Book

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?

No

Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

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

Tears of emotional description

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess if you want to read, something truly fictional, about someone trying to prevent the Kennedy assassination and the consequences of that action, it is an interesting thought.

Any additional comments?

This book could have told the story in half the length. If you like a lot of detail of the day to day living of the characters, plus a description of their clothing, what they ate, read and felt every moment, then this is the book for you.

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Simply Amazing

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Gripping story from beginning to end

What other book might you compare 11-22-63 to and why?

Somewhere in time

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

Sadie.

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

Yes

Any additional comments?

I have listened to Part IV twice and been bought to tears. Craig Wasson read this in an exceptional performance.

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Well Told Tale

This is a lengthy, enjoyable fantsay about time travel and changing the course of history. Well researched by the author with thousands of details specifically unique to the late fifties and early sixties, it is probably more fun for listeners over the age of fifty, especially if you lived in the South. There is no effort to make time travel technically plausible; there just happens to be a "portal" in the backroom of a small Maine diner. It leads only to one time and place and only two people are aware of it. Once that premise is accepted, it is reasonable that these two feel an ethical obligation to try to favorably alter the course of history. The many details about Oswald and JFK ring true and are embedded in a rich plot filled with action. The narrator is excellent, handles various accents and has a great voice. Overall a pleasant, easy listen perfect for a long drive.

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  • Gypsy
  • SPRINGFIELD, MO, United States
  • 09-17-12

The Master - Again

Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Not a fair question. In my library of Stephen King audio - in the top 10 - and we own MANY.
In overall audio, again, I would say close to the top 10.

What did you like best about this story?

The touch of story line that only Stephen can accomplish, you can walk down the hallway with the lights on and still not know where you are going.

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

When the reality of "what could be" truly hit home with ME.....

Any additional comments?

Anyone that does not take the time to enjoy this book as they have ( like so many I have met ) judged Stephen as Horror & SciFi only - will be missing one of the best books written in their lifetimes.
Where it poses lots of questions & "what if's" in a readers mind, it also answers a great deal of "what is", and that is why Stephen is such a master of written words.
He tells the truth in the reality of a human life, the real scary story!

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  • Kelly
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • 09-17-12

Solid story and performance

The ending fell a little flat, but overall a solid, satisfying King book. Craig Wasson is a great performer for the narrator, and he even manages to keep the love scenes from being cringeworthy - tough for a male voice.

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Captivating Story

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

From the first chapter I was hooked

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

suspense during tense moments of terror will grip you

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  • Jennifer
  • Battlefield, MO, United States
  • 09-17-12

Great Book!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes. The story is very gripping and interesting. You will want to listen to it as much as you can until you finish it. Craig Wasson is the best narrater I have listened to so far on Audible.

Who was your favorite character and why?

The main character Jake. His emotion and thoughtful decision making throughout the book.

Which scene was your favorite?

I did not have a favorite scene...."the past harmonizes".

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

Yes. Unfortunately I could not.

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Great book

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

No

Who was your favorite character and why?

George

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

He captures and presents a personality of each as he tells the story

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

The ending when they are dancing

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  • chris
  • Westfield, MA, United States
  • 09-17-12

Awesome

This is the best work Mr King has done in a long time. I don't generally review, laugh or cry at books. This being said, your reading my review and I did laugh and cry . The ending was sad but i wished they couldve added another 12 hrs or so to it,the history,so ive heard,was right on point. The narrator was so great ive found it hard to get into other books that he didn't do. This is a huge book but it'll be well worth your time. Audible makes it very easy to return(which I doubt you will)so that's no excuse,now download this, go tell your loved ones you'll see them in a couple a days and enjoy.