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11-22-63 Audiobook

11-22-63: A Novel

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Why we think it's Essential - 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 his critically-acclaimed epic, 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. Named Audible’s Best Book of 2011, 11-22-63 easily holds its own among King’s earlier classics, and Craig Wasson, handpicked by King to narrate, is nothing short of amazing: he has a fine actor's gift for performing the novel's wide range of characters, emotions, and action with great authenticity. — Chris

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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    Eugenia 06-06-12
    Eugenia 06-06-12 Member Since 2008
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    "what a concept!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    intriguing story line, living in the past you remember only from history books and news accounts. For those of us who lived in that era, a fine walk down memory lane. and food for thought, about how fragile our interactions with each other are. one encounter can change the course of history.


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

    the love story and the interruption of a life altered by a horrendous act by a family member.

    the lovely ending


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

    His voice changes for different people, hearing the differences instead of your own voice.husky whispering, soft inflections of Sadie, and so many others.


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

    Really change History??


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    AmberL 06-06-12
    AmberL 06-06-12
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    "Great Story - Fantastic narrator"

    I have recommended this book to all of my friends. I've never read a Stephen King novel before because I'm not a fan of horror books. But this story is completely engrossing. The main character is funny and I can't stop thinking about it when I'm not listening.

    The narrator does a terrific job. He handles all of the character voices so well that I can picture in my mind what they might look like. I don't want this book to end!

    I listen to Audible books while training for half marathons. This book makes me want to keep running longer so I can find out what happens!

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    Leo Bower Hickory, NC, US 06-06-12
    Leo Bower Hickory, NC, US 06-06-12 Member Since 2011
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    "What a story!!"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Awesome Awesome Awesome!!!


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

    The history around the assanation, I learn a lot about what happen, during one of the darkest days in American history. And also about the pass not wanting to be change, and what could happen if we could change the past. Made me think, things happen for a reason.


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

    Very good job, Mr Wasson really made the story come to life, I found myself hanging on to every word, I laugh out loud some times and I found myself getting choked up at times. I think his performance is one of the reason, I enjoyed the book so much.


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

    I thinks it would be very hard to make a movie about this book, maybe a mini series. Like they did with the stand!


    Any additional comments?

    Love it, Thank you Mr King!!

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    Kindle Customer Edmond, Oklahoma 06-06-12
    Kindle Customer Edmond, Oklahoma 06-06-12
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    "Narrator's joy!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook to a friend. It is a story with a considerable number of twists and turns to make it enjoyable to listen to all the way to the end.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    George Amberson. The story is told with him as the center support to everything. He was the kind of person you would hope you would be given the situations he was placed in throughout the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All of the dance scenes and the time spent with the boys and girls at the high school. I truly wish that the youth of today was more like back then.


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

    Time is like a big machine with big jagged teeth.


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed the narration by Craig Wasson. I would hope that everyone listening to this Stephen King novel recognized the impersonations Mr. Wasson was using to create some of the characters. I at least noticed "John Wayne" and Jimmy Stewart" as a couple of them.

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    Tim Grapevine, Tx, United States 06-05-12
    Tim Grapevine, Tx, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Exhausting"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?

    This is my third Stephen King book and it confirmed what I suspected which is that I'm not a Stephen King fan. He is outstanding at bringing you into the story quickly and having you care about the characters. However even in this "lighter" book there is a darkness that he presents doesn't appeal to me.The narrarator Craig was amazing - i loved the different voices and accents he provided for each character... especially liked his Kennedy. The FBI character sounded a bit Jimmy Stewart like :)


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

    It's hard to choose because he breathed so much life into each one but would have to pick the pawn brokers and their wife/daughter.


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I kept thinking it would make a great movie because of the great characters but ultimately decided that either the movie would move to slowly or we would lose the depth of the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    The book was exhasting... it started out great and then dragged too long as it was building to the ultimate moment of histoy. Finally it wrapped up where I thought it would all along which made me feel like I went on a long trip only to find myself back home. I love time travel stories and playing with the concepts of "what if" but it's hard to classify this as a time travel story. I also love history and that part I liked as it had me going to Wikipedia often. I especially liked it because I live in the Dallas area so was familiar with much of the areas that he wrote about. Ultimately this is a love story which I'm not a big fan of ... so overall I don't feel like I want the hours back invested in the story but do feel drained and could not recommend it except to those who want a love story.

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    Audriana 06-05-12
    Audriana 06-05-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Needed a different reader"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I coudn't finish the book. I became so frustrated by having to adjust the volume to hear some characters and being blasted by others that it became an exercise in frustration. I liked the story once it finally got going but I still couldnt' finish it. I am glad I didn't have to pay for this.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The concept of time travel.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Wasson?

    Anyone


    Was 11-22-63 worth the listening time?

    No


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    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 06-05-12
    Marilyn Oakland, CA, United States 06-05-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Engrossing"

    Strangely, I've never been a big fan fan of Stephen King, and the time-travel aspect of this book initially put me off. Not my usual cup of tea. But I gave the audiobook a try because of the stellar listener reviews. I was not disappointed. This is an engrossing novel and I became completely hooked. It's a long listen, to be sure, but I never felt the story lagging at any point. I was enrapt throughout. I'm now recommending the book to all my friends.

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    lucky slot Greensboro, NC, United States 06-04-12
    lucky slot Greensboro, NC, United States 06-04-12

    Love a good book. Don't listen alot, but when I do I want it to be a GREAT book.

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    "Enjoyed this book very much!!!!"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    Surprising, intriguing, captivating


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    His voice and changing of his voice for the characters kept me interested. Maybe a little too much Jimmy Stewart on one guy, but that is just nit picking! :)


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Maybe not the laugh or cry, but definitely had me on the edge of my seat.


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    Catherine Chicago, IL, United States 06-04-12
    Catherine Chicago, IL, United States 06-04-12

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    "Great story, perfectly read."
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    King's novel is complex and long and scary and funny, and Craig Wasson is the perfect reader for King's particular kind of writing. When I heard Stephen King himself speaking, in the postscript, I was taken aback because I thought Craig Wasson sounded so much more like "Stephen King, storyteller," than the author himself does!


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    Taxvictim Raleigh, NC 06-04-12
    Taxvictim Raleigh, NC 06-04-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Great! Boring. Good again... Boring. Too long."

    This Audible book is broken into four parts. It's very captivating and interesting in the first part as we learn how the time travel option works. Then it gets boring for long stretches while our first person narrator describes his daily life. The funny thing is, even the main character starts spying on Lee Harvey Oswald, it's still boring.

    It's very frustrating to see a writer set up a great premise, then have his characters behave like idiots. Still, I was interested enough to stick with it until the end.

    The narrator did a great job with the text and characters he was given.

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