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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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    David BROOK PARK, OH, United States 05-23-12
    David BROOK PARK, OH, United States 05-23-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Literature's Real Reason for Being - Best of King!"
    Would you listen to 11-22-63 again? Why?

    Yes. So many details and plot directions that I didn't expect. Being able to go back and walk in the steps of Jake Epping would be exhilarating every time. The suspense and raw emotion that jumps out of the story had me pinned. I couldn't stop listening.


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    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 05-22-12
    Melanie WICHITA, KS, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2015
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    "My first read with Stephen King!"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Believable, and don't I wish you could save history.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I cried about the paper written by the janitor, and then I was hooked.


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

    Who wants to ride an emotional roller coaster by themselves? Not me.


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

    Yes...and I accepted the out come...


    Any additional comments?

    Have you ever wondered, what if JFK lived?

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    Amazon Customer 05-22-12 Member Since 2016

    I value intelligent stories with characters I can relate to. I can appreciate good prose, but a captivating plot is way more important.

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    "Wasted potential"

    As always Stephen King pulled me into his world with the greatest of ease... and as usual, he destroyed a perfectly excellent plot with a horrible, half-baked ending.

    If you want a great Stephen King book, go check out Misery or the Langoliers... most of his other books end the way this one does: with a terrible ending that doesn't even seem to fit with the rest of the novel.

    I was entertained for many hours, but ultimately left feeling let down.

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    Mary Sunland, CA, United States 05-22-12
    Mary Sunland, CA, United States 05-22-12
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    "Interesting but WAY toooooooo long"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    I found the story interesting and the trip through history to be thought provoking but there was just too many sideline stories that were irrelevant to the main story. Eventually all the deviations from the main story became a bore and waste of time. In fact, I skipped a big portion of part 2 and, in the end, found that I really didn't miss a thing.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    Yes, I like Stephen King but I do find that his books generally contain much more detail than is necessary. It's almost as if he spends a lot of time researching and then has to include every bit of it in his books rather than just that which is relevant.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    Unlike other reviewers, I wasn't wild about the narrator either ---- he just sounded like he was completely exhausted. Made for a tiring listen!


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

    Yes, interesting story line/concept and enjoyed the trip thru history.


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    Gramgram 05-22-12
    Gramgram 05-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Loved it!!"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Great Read! I am so sorry it is over. I have listened to a few books since this one, and I find myself thinking about 11-22-63. Thank you Stephen King!


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

    Yes!


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    Isabel Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-22-12
    Isabel Albuquerque, NM, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Kept me wanting more"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    What If?


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Sadie was my favorite. I loved her get to the point attitude.


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

    Harry, hands down. I thought he did such a great job performing his voice. I felt as if I could see him in my mind from the description and the performance.


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

    I listened every free moment I had. If I could have sacrificed the time, I would have tried to listen to the entire audiobook in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I have always had a hard time reading Stephen King, but this book was so gripping and the performance was excellent.

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    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12
    Ari New York, NY, United States 05-22-12 Member Since 2017

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    "Amazing - not a sci fi time travel fan"
    Any additional comments?

    I didn't want to get this book as I don't like fantasy novels. All I can say is that it was well worth it. I really enjoyed the historical details and the character development aspects of this stoy. It was exceptionally researched and it shows. I have listened to many audio books and this is definitely in the top 10% If you like history but don't normally go for sci-fi, I would say try it.

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    MZW 05-22-12
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    "Great mix of history and King..."
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in my top 10 list of audible books.


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

    Yes, this book was hard to put down.


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    William J. Lepkowski upstate NY 05-22-12
    William J. Lepkowski upstate NY 05-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent story lots of suspense ,a real thriller"

    Several subplots stung together as only Stphen King can . Bringing it to an unforgetable conclusion.

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    poodlemom Washington, ME, United States 05-21-12
    poodlemom Washington, ME, United States 05-21-12
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    "fantastic"
    If you could sum up 11-22-63 in three words, what would they be?

    engrossing, nostalgic, entertaining


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jake, unwilling hero.


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

    his tone, inflection and emotion made the book so enjoyable.


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

    many


    Any additional comments?

    I was born in 1951 and as an Irish Catholic 20 miles north of Boston the Kennedy era was a very big part of my life. Reading this brought back many memories yet at the same time really made you think.

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