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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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Really Enjoyed!! Highly recommend!

If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

A great glimpse into life 40 years ago, and though we know the eventual outcome King does a GREAT job with the story. Sorry to see it end.

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

The day Lincoln was shot, Ender's Game

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

nothing specific comes to mind, but very, very well done

Any additional comments?

Two thumbs up!

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Great narrator saves the book

I should start with noting, that I am not a huge King fan. So, take my review with a "grain of salt".

Good:
The look at the 50s and human story is interesting and intriguing.

Not so good (in my opinion)
- The subject "wrapper" is not new. Time travel, butterfly effect etc. Has been told before and I think in some cases, much better...
- No time spend on explaining the "wrapper". I walked away feeling cheated. ("Lost" finally Déjà vu)

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Incredible Story!

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

I will listen to this again. Not only is the story one of intrigue, but the narration is entertainment at its best!

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

I wish I could have listened in one sitting, but it gave me so much to look forward to!

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  • Erin
  • RENTON, WA, United States
  • 08-09-12

Great story, narrator grows on you

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

This is an intriguing story, and the main character is likeable. The narrator gave a slight tendency to lull me to sleep toward the beginning of the book, but by a quarter of the way through the narrator's various character voices were interesting enough to make me want to continue listening for hours. Plus the story itself is ingenious, and definitely worth reading or listening to.

What did you like best about this story?

The mix of time travel, Stephen King horror, and love story.

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

No

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

No

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  • donald
  • MIRA LOMA, CA, United States
  • 08-07-12

Vintage King

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

It takes a long time for me to forget a King novel well enough to listen to it a second time. Which sounds like a personal problem.

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

King compares only to other King

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

The only narrator to use if new england accent is needed. I would consider a book just because Wasson was the performer.

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

yes.

Any additional comments?

Being a King fan of many years I enjoyed tie-in to "IT". For any King fan, just get the damn book. You other 15 people, if you are interested in the late 50's early 60's and need a good fiction novel give 'er a try.

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Terrific Performance!

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

Amazing performance by narrator! A really great time travel story. The first half of the book, to me, was the best begining to a stary that I ever heard. Loved it. Wished the ending was a little more powerful, but this story will make a great movie someday.

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

The narrator reading the essay written by Harry Dunning.

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

Al Templeton and Harry Dunning

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  • Joel
  • NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States
  • 08-07-12

One of My All-Time Favorite Books

First off bravo to Craig Wasson for an incredible job reading 11-22-63. Craig manages to bring the story to life in a way that I don't think I would have gotten from the book if I had just read it.

In terms of 11-22-63 where do I even begin? This book is incredible. I never thought I would say this but Stephen King has written a book that made me laugh, cry, and think about it non-stop even when I wasn't reading it. You might think based on the cover/title of the book that its all about stopping the JFK assassination which it is to a sense but there is so much more to the story then first meets the eye. In fact its everything else going on in 11-22-63 that really sets it apart from other time travel books and makes it such a fascinating read.

I literally would just drive around in circles waiting to get to an end of a chapter I was so in love with this book. Never in my life have I re-read a book but I think 11-22-63 might be my first. Well done Mr. King well done.

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Excellent

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

This was an excellent listen. I have had the book for months and never got around to starting it because it was so long. Decided to download and listen to it while at the gym or driving. I really enjoyed it and would really recommend it.

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

I loved the character Jake / George and his girlfriend Sadie. Very surprised with the ending.

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  • Frances
  • Roanoke, TX, United States
  • 08-07-12

Unexpected and Amazing

I will start out by saying I don't like horror in any shape or form - and so I have always stayed away from anything written by Stephen King. It was this aversion that kept me from getting this when it first came out. But it intrigued me and I kept coming back to it. I am so glad I did.

This book has touched me profoundly, but not for the reasons I expected or that others have mentioned before me. I am an English and Theatre teacher - and Stephen King describes that calling in a way I have never read before. The time travel story and the historic angles are compelling and intriguing, but for me, where this story soared, is when Jake describes his teaching experiences. In addition, King populates his novel with a plethora of complicated characters- each quietly going about his or her own business - yet woven into the tapestry of Jake/George's life.

It almost makes me want to try horror - just to experience that amazing sense of character again.

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  • Laura
  • SOUTHWICK, MA, United States
  • 08-06-12

AWESOME!!

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

YES! This is not your typical Stephen King horror story. It’s a great “what if things could be different”... Makes you think.. The use of historical details is amazing, in just the right places.

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

Cant pin down a memorable moment yet, I'm just at the very end..

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

I have to say, I've listened to a LOT of audio books, and Craig’s reading of this one, is like no other! His timing, his character voices, his accents, all right on! I felt as though I was not being read to, I felt as if he were telling me this story because it happened to him. A true talent!

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

I DO hope they make a film of this one. Tag line "If you could change one thing..."

Any additional comments?

This has to be the best audio book I've listened to yet!