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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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    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 06-15-12
    ANDRÉ ORLANDO, FL, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2011

    I love AUDIBLE! I never get mad at traffic jams and can listen to many different books, despite of my short time.

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    "Great book! Fantastic reading!"

    A light book by SK. Time just flew. Merits for the narrator, Craig Wasson, who knew how how to read a book with excellence.
    Perfect! I recommend.

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    Leora WEST HARTFORD, CT, United States 06-15-12
    Leora WEST HARTFORD, CT, United States 06-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Overblown and predictable"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A less "I can see it coming around the corner" plot line.


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

    No, just confirms my dislike of stephen King.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Nothing, he did a good job with the material he had.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointed -- it was so hyped.


    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Scott 06-14-12
    Scott 06-14-12

    Whiskey and Gunpowder

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    "Stephen time to kill some darlings"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Sure but I would warn them that it is overly verbose. It could have been half as long and told the same story adequately.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Predictable x 2


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

    No


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

    JFK, nobody is really trying to figure it out properly but here is a pretty good love story packaged around it.


    Any additional comments?

    A good read but a little too fat around the edges but that is Stephen isn't it?

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    Giles WASHINGTON, DC, United States 06-14-12
    Giles WASHINGTON, DC, United States 06-14-12
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    "Put this writer out of his misery!"
    Any additional comments?

    This story ambled painfully forward like a donkey being led out to pasture - no chance of any pleasant surprises here! My only surprise was how many King fans managed to finish this dirge and go on to right positive reviews.

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    Rebecca Illinois 06-12-12
    Rebecca Illinois 06-12-12

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    "A Middling Performance and Lackluster Story"

    For die-hard Stephen King fans, or baby boomers looking to immerse themselves in a ham-fisted but loving literary ode to the early 60's, 11-22-63 is sure to meet, though likely not exceed, your expectations. For readers who generally eschew King's works but find themselves, as I was, intrigued by the premise of the story, you would be better served skipping this title and instead imagining how great of a story it could have been.

    Craig Wassons narration is adequate but unspectacular. Major characters are identifiable by voice, and the accents he gives to the characters adequately convey the differing manners of speech characteristic to both the physical and temporal locations of the various settings of the book. Unfortunately, curious choices in pacing and inflection during much of the dialogue serve to highlight forced and unnatural style of King's dialogue. Likewise, the often over-the-top delivery of lines spoken by the main character highlight Kings propensity for hamfisted narration.

    The story itself is an interesting idea, poorly paced, and taken in all the wrong directions. Time and again we see the potential for interesting facets of the story come and go without development, as though King himself wanted to write a truly interesting story but then reigned himself in at the last moment and decided to stick to his all-to-familiar horror-esque tropes. The result is a muddled and untranscendant mishmash of genres that fails to achieve anything but disappointment.

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    Dr Woo Space Coast FL 06-10-12
    Dr Woo Space Coast FL 06-10-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Excellent book. Very interesting and entertaining"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Such a creative and interesting story colored perfectly by an excellent audio performance. The second half becomes a little less interesting, but overall it is definitely worth a listen. A credit well spent!


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

    No this is the 1st narration I have experienced with Craig Wasson - but hopefully not the last, amazing talent.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Michael Blumstein NYC 06-09-12
    Michael Blumstein NYC 06-09-12 Member Since 2006

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    "Long but powerful story; will be a great movie"

    First Stephen King for me. Too long -- could easily have been abridged (had to take a break between parts 2 and 3 to recharge). But second half (especially part 4 of 4) very powerful, and the ending was absolutely haunting. Narration and audio quality surprisingly uneven (sounded like there was a substitute narrator in places!). But overall very glad I stuck it out. Will be a great movie!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Dan United States 06-08-12
    Dan United States 06-08-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I want the 20hours of my life back..."
    What would have made 11-22-63 better?

    1/4 the length. SOOO much filler writing that was not needed.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Probably not...


    What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s voice?

    Makes a lot of the characters sound mentality disabled or like a stroke victim.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Robin 06-07-12
    Robin 06-07-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Calmer King"
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    Craig Wasson was fantastic. He did a number of accents very well, which served the story well since there were many characters to keep straight.


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

    There were times when I forgot that it was one person reading all of the voices. He truely transported me.


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

    I was moved by the love story embedded in this detailed, historical novel. Any more than that and I would give it away...


    Any additional comments?

    I like this calmer version of Steven King. I used to read his scary stuff a long time ago but I can't stomach it anymore. This story had such feeling that I had no problem getting through the somewhat disturbing parts. The story had a definite destination and I couldn't wait for King to get there. Now I want to listen to The Dome.

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    Julie Tampa, FL, United States 06-07-12
    Julie Tampa, FL, United States 06-07-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Maybe the best audiobook I have ever listened too."
    What made the experience of listening to 11-22-63 the most enjoyable?

    The story just grabs you and keeps you wanting more.<br/><br/>


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    He did the accents perfect and made you think he WAS george/jacob.


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