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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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    J. E. JORDAN Paris, France 02-27-17
    J. E. JORDAN Paris, France 02-27-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Memorable and Satisfying"

    I've waited some time before writing this review. When I finished the audiobook, I was satisfied, but I wasn't sure it would last. After all, I had enjoyed every minute of the book. I couldn't wait to see what would happen next or how it would turn out. Maybe these were just superficial pleasures that would fade with time. I can confess that a month or so later, I can still recall much of what I heard. I wonder about what happened to the characters after they left me. I'm left thinking about my own place in the denouement of history. I think these are signs that 11-22-63: A Novel deserves a high rating.

    Now, I ought to point out that I'm not a fan of Stephen King. I don't mean to say I dislike him personally or his writing. I just mean to say I'm not going to give it such a high rating because of who the author is. But he's done a great job with this book.

    11-22-63: A Novel is a long listen, but I think it's all there for a reason. By the end, everything falls into place at least enough to understand what I needed to to be happy with the unraveling.

    Wasson is masterful with the narration.

    All in all, I have no reason to withhold the highest rating I can give. I recommend whole-heartedly that you take a look at this book and see if it appeals to you.

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    Michael 10-24-17
    Michael 10-24-17 Member Since 2017
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    "King rocks the world of imagination"

    This story is so unique, and interesting. How we all look and wonder how things might be different under other circumstances. We will never know, but this book brings to light the realities that changing something for the better may not be for the better at all times going forward.

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    Jason Creeden 10-23-17 Member Since 2017
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    "A must listen book"

    Stephen King crafts a fantastic story of the weight of the world a time traveler face upon entering into another time. He uses the story of Jake to make you fall in love with the characters to the very end. Wassen narrates the story with an incredible "feels like your dad is telling you a story from his past" feel. The narration is riveting and even heartbreaking at times. Easily, one of the 5 best audio books you will hear.

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    BRIAN CUNNINGHAM 10-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "exceptional story"

    I wonderful and wonderfully compelling tale of time travel, love, and adventure, and the attempt to change history. One of King's best.

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    Anonymous 10-20-17
    10-20-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Another amazing adventure by Stephen King"

    This was an absolute treasure to listen to. Narrator was excellent. I loved it.

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    Lauren 10-18-17
    Lauren 10-18-17
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    "MUST READ!!!"

    Great read and the audio portion was fantastic. I love how this book made me feel as if I was actually there with the characters going through each event with them. It made me look at things in a bigger picture and had me asking myself "but what if..." the entire time. I thought this book was going to take me forever to finish but I couldn't put it down and ended up finishing it in less then a week. This book is my favorite Stephen King book by far.

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    LISA GARRISON 10-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Enjoyed it!!"

    Loved the book!! Enjoyed it at work. The reader did a great job with voices and putting you in the actual spot!!

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    Steve OAKDALE, CA, United States 10-17-17
    Steve OAKDALE, CA, United States 10-17-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Was sorry when it ended"

    There are many more thoughtful reviews here for you. I will just say that this was a great story and the narrator is one the best I've ever heard.
    Most of the time when a narrator tries to use specific voices for certain characters, it comes across as cheesy or over-acting. But this Craig Wasson guy is just off the charts good.

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    Dustin H 10-15-17
    Dustin H 10-15-17 Member Since 2016
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    "king is truly one of the best"

    The same author who can give you goosebumps by inventing a sinister clown can also make one fall in love with and weep over a character. He truly paints the picture of coming to love someone and the fine details of the journey. I haven't been moved this much by a character's love, loss, and dedication in a very long time. Oh Sadie and Jake I pulled for you both until the end.

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    Alan Schoen 10-14-17
    Alan Schoen 10-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Unexpected end.... loved it."

    This book massage me laugh, cry and raise eyebrows at times. so interesting to think about the ramifications of time travel.

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