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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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    mary hanover, VA, United States 05-15-12
    mary hanover, VA, United States 05-15-12 Member Since 2015
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    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    I am not a big reader of Stephen King because of the horror of it. This book wasn't at all like any of the other books. This book was amazing, once i started it, I could not put it down. I especially liked the narrator. It was comical and sad in places.


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

    Lizzie's story reminds me of this book because of the time traveling.


    What about Craig Wasson’s performance did you like?

    Craig Wasson was magnificent.


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    Mark Seghers Muskego, WI 05-15-12
    Mark Seghers Muskego, WI 05-15-12 Member Since 2016
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    "Stephen King is BACK"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    YES- I would recommend this book. Solid story with several interconnecting and very interesting/relevant side stories. Characters you care about, villains you hate. Tied together in a tight, well constructed and finely paced novel.
    Craig Wasson as a reader is a little off-putting at first, a bit scratchy, but WOW did that impression change quickly. He becomes the characters seamlessly, shifting in and out of dialog and narrative flawlessly. You can tell he loves the story too, by the way he injects his feeling into the telling. I don't know how he does it. Kudos!


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

    I have no book to compare this to. The plot is as tightly constructed as the best Grisham novel, but this has HEART as well as plot, and characters you care about. You might compare this to the Time Traveler's Wife, but this story is more of a thriller, is more violent, and I would say is far better crafted than that.
    This is not the traditional King gore-fest from bygone days. There is a supernatural element here, and some violence, but here the suspense is driven by the situations and the characters, with the crucible of time travel and some very tight rules that are believable.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No one scene. Many scenes.


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

    Sadie's injury, and the way Jake cared for her afterwards, and her brave re-emergence.


    Any additional comments?

    If you had given up on King, as I had.... you will be happy to know, he is BACK. Welcome him back into your life with this fine audio product.

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    Marie Leonard Rock Hill, SC USA 05-15-12
    Marie Leonard Rock Hill, SC USA 05-15-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Another Fantastic Read"
    Where does 11-22-63 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was among the best of the Stephen King books. Welcome back, SK!


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

    I definitely wanted to listen non-stop. The combination of plot, character development and narrator made for a very compelling listen.


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    Laverne 05-15-12
    Laverne 05-15-12 Member Since 2017
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    "Worth the time and credit"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Stephen has the uncanny act of placing the reader (ok...me) in his stories. This one was no exception. I felt like i was traveling along with George and his journey to "save JFK"


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

    Sadie and George and their dance..


    Any additional comments?

    Loved it...

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    Traci Clearwater, FL, United States 05-15-12
    Traci Clearwater, FL, United States 05-15-12
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    "Overrated story- Annoying Narrator Accent"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?

    Stephen King is now an overrated writer-his politics are too obvious in his recent books-Craig Wassons accent was very annoying- gave me a headache


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

    Yes- Steven Kings recent novels have had a pronounced political slant- JFK's Presidency was too short and apart from the Cuban Missle Crisis not much happened under his watch -certainly no groundbreaking legislation was accomplished-obviously Steven King along with the media continue to remember JFK's mythological "Camelot" as far more significant a presidency than it really was. It's ridiculous to include JFK in the top tier of Presidents - he was a media creation due strictly to his family background and superficial media reaction to his wealth and his good looks along with his beautiful wife- his wit was the best part of his persona at his press conferences but that hardly makes him worthy of all the slavish praise and attention his Presidency and life have been given for the last 60 years. Also with the recent book written by the young intern JFK slept with in his and his wife's own bed, we have become aware of just how sleazy and creepy JFK really was. So 11-22-63 is not as important a time as Steven King would like us to believe. In my view this book is much ado about nothing, it's way too long and boring and unbelievable. I slogged thru the whole book and found it to be tedious and self important. Most of the reviews are laudatory, I guess there must be still be a lot of JFK fans young and old who really haven't read up on their history and just love Steven Kings liberal worldview and mythology of the Kennedy years. Time travel has never seemed so boring!!!


    What three words best describe Craig Wasson’s performance?

    A well done imitation of an extremely annoying accent!!


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

    Just boring disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The book is way overrated - JFK was way overrated- liberalism is overrated -what a waste of time and money!!

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    Jack & Linda Carson City, NV, United States 05-14-12
    Jack & Linda Carson City, NV, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2015

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    "best audible book since treading the help"

    I held off reading this book because I do not care for time travel genres....highly recommend this book. I am so glad we bought it and I envy those who will be reading it. A great story, Fab reader. Thank you, Mr. King.

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    Jason 05-14-12
    Jason 05-14-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Fun Time Travel Story with Excellent Characters"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    The examination of the Butterfly Effect was awesome. I really enjoyed seeing the ramifications of George's/Jake's actions in the past.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I really liked Sadie, but the whole crew from Jodie was great.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really liked to final reveal and I kindof wish that the book had ended there with a poignant "but what did he choose!?" sort of ending. The ending was good though, equal parts happy and sappy.


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    Luanne 05-14-12
    Luanne 05-14-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Yuck"

    Winding story that fizzed right after it started. Boring! Maybe my expectations were too high?

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    rita 05-14-12
    rita 05-14-12
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    "probably the best King book ever"
    What did you love best about 11-22-63?

    Character development was superb. They were all "alive" enhanced by an awesome audio


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Choosing a scene from this book as my favorite is very difficult, perhaps when Deke comes to Jake's aid to rescue his lovely now scarred lady.


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

    I would love to have enough time to read in one sitting, but one does have to stop and go to work so they can afford more audibles!


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator for this book is undeniably the perfect person for the task. His ability to use varying regional accents in reliable form is great. He sounds just like I thought Jake would sound.

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    William Bloomingburg, NY, United States 05-14-12
    William Bloomingburg, NY, United States 05-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Simply a DUD"
    What would have made 11-22-63 better?

    I expected more from Stephen King. I believe it was to much of a love story. I remember 11-22-63 very well. I also met Jackie Kennedy years later on many occasion. I believe the book should have paid more attenation to how people felt at that time. A very dear friend of mine was an airline stewardess at that time, she lives in Dallas and saw the presient and 1st lady leave love field that day. I've also been up to the 6th floor museum and to Dealy Square. I believe more attenation should have been paid to discribing the area and book depositiry. This was a good concept , but little attenation was paid to the "what if" factor.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    yes as I do like and read many of his books before.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Not at all.


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

    I enjoyed the back to the future comcept and I was very interested in that time in history. I was very young at the time. As I stated above, more history less love making.


    2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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