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11-22-63 Audiobook

11-22-63: A Novel

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Audible Editor Reviews

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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    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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    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12
    Scott Fabel Lancaster, PA, United States 06-04-12 Member Since 2010

    I'm a corporate training consultant and adjunct professor who loves to read! I'm always looking for the next big thing.

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    "A Twist on History"

    Stephen King is a master storyteller. We have probably all heard about the Kennedy assassination many, many times, so King's twist on this watershed moment is outstanding. The overall story and the characters are terrific. One of the challenges I have with any kind of time travel is the (necessary?) repetition. There were a few chapters (or scenes) that I think could have been cut back a bit without hurting the story, yet it was still masterfully done and it was a great reminder of why King is so great!

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    Houman M. El Cerrito, CA United States 06-04-12
    Houman M. El Cerrito, CA United States 06-04-12
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    "very entertaining"
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    I really enjoyed this story. The concept was very imaginative and intriguing. A fun and exciting story that got me into the main character's head, and involved with the rest of the characters and scenarios of the novel. I'd highly recommend it. Definitely one of my favorite audio books so far.

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    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 06-04-12
    Amazon Customer FAYETTEVILLE, GA, United States 06-04-12 Listener Since 2002
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    "Great story"
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    Stephen King books are meant to be read aloud. This is a great story. I would have given it 4.5 stars, but since that is not available, I rounded up as I'm a big fan of Mr. King. At first I wasn't crazy about the narrator but he grew on me :) He did a great job with the different accents in the book without going overboard. He's believable as the women characters as well as the men.

    This book is very long and I found that I had to take a few breaks from listening to it. At times I forgot the basic time travel premise of the book and got caught up in the love story between Jake and Sadie. It's a fine story with a fine ending. I find that Mr. King's endings are sometimes a bit of a letdown after a great buildup, but this one does not disappoint.

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    Erika Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil 06-03-12
    Erika Sao Jose do Rio Preto, Brazil 06-03-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Simply put: the best audiobook I've listened to!"

    Stephen King's brilliant plot and Wasson's flawless narration dazzled me in so many ways, I could not stop listening to the story. At first, I thought the novel would be too long, with many hours of reading, but once I started, I could not let go of it. Now, I'm left wishing I could go back in time and listen to it as if it were my first time!

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    Robert R Pesa 06-03-12 Listener Since 2009
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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    For the first half of this book I was in old-school Stephen King heaven. But way too much time spent on the love story. This book could have been shortened by 40% and been great.


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    Phillip 06-03-12
    Phillip 06-03-12
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    "Very Cool"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    High


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Oddly, enough. The Yellow Card Man. I haven't completed the book yet, only on the second download, but I find him fascinating. He seems to know something is up.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I found this book surprisingly interesting. I'm not a real history buff but I found this title attractive and downloaded on a whim. I found myself instantly submersed in the late fifties and I enjoyed the storyline so far. It's worth every penny I've paid, but I do not list this as a horror writing of King's. Fascinating, nonetheless.

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