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11.22.63

By: Stephen King
Narrated by: Craig Wasson
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Summary

What if you could go back in time and change the course of history? What if the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless....

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

©2011 Stephen King (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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“This new epic from Stephen King rates among the best he’s written – no small praise for the man who wrote Carrie, It, The Stand and Under the Dome.” ( Trucking News)

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Having spent a great deal of my early adult reading life hungrily devouring everything King produced, i went though a period where i felt that his early raw, powerful prose had became stale in a 'how many words can i use instead of one' kinda way. I 'listened' to this and realised that although i was getting on the King bus a stop or two late, the quality of the jouney paid back the price of the ticket. ( i have since listened to Under the Dome and thanks to these intend to back track and re-find King all over again.)
The book? I found it so very good that i sat down to write this, my first ever review.
King's love for all things 60's Americana shines through. His characters say 'howdy' and instill themselves into your lives. The settings are so vividly well drawn as to make you feel that you're returning to a place once lived at. He even introduces a couple of Derry characters from a previous book - Bevie from the Levey and Ritchie from the Ditchie from 'It'
The narration was excellent. Craig Wasson's accents were so so good; his impersonations of JFK himself - and a radio commentator i forget the name of now; Kronkite maybe - were superb. I listened to this, as i do with all my audio books, whilst travelling, and found that the length of my journeys multiplied as my enjoyment increased. Please purchase this audio book; i cant guarantee that you'll enjoy it, at least not in a 'money back' way, i just know you will.

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Gripping. Superb.

Absolutely fantastic epic.

Stunning detail, characters and environments. Fantastic intertwining of fact and fiction, superbly narrated by Craig Wasson.

Most stories involving anything to do with time travel in any way, invariably have a shockingly poor ending. Not so here. Really well tied up and well, read the book (or listen).

Bad side: You'll probably want to put normal life on hold whilst listening to this.

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NOT A CONSPIRACY STORY!!

Reading the reviews of the audio and book version I can see why people are split on it. For me, I thought it was stunning. Craig Wasson's reading at times was genuinely moving and managed to bring me to tears and "I am not what you would call a crying man". The ending while some would say could be predicted is delivered in a way that it is at times shocking but also deeply moving.

The story centres on 1 man, Jake Epping; and is 1st person narrative so is deeply descriptive and paints truly wonderful images of a time that Stephen King seems to hold dear, the trip back to Derry was great and at the same time chilling resulting in me grabbing my copy of IT for a re-read!

Do not go in to this book expecting a JFK story, that isn’t what you’re getting and in fact JFK doesn’t appear till part 4 of the download! It's a time travel story, it's a romance, it's a tragedy, it's a comedy but most of all it’s a story of 1 man trying to do the right thing.

I honestly don’t think you can go wrong with this book, give it a little time, let the images and the characters wash over you and just… live as Jake Epping did.

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11.22.63 Stephen King..Reigns supreme!!

Stephen King surpasses himself with this latest novel.The writing is crafted beautifully and grips the listner from the opening lines. I lived(and loved) every moment of the book so good was the narration by Craig Wasson. Fans of the JFK saga and 60's America will love it. The canvas and spirit of the age is evocative, and for those who lived through it ,nostalgic.
It's crying out to translate to the silver screen.

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Back on Form

Stephen King's books are almost always 'good reads', but this is the master back on top form. A superbly crafted story that evokes the world of 'ago' (1958 - 1963) quite brilliantly. I remember the Kennedy assassination and wondered how King would manage to deal with the event. He deals with it very neatly indeed! NO spoilers here - you'll have to download it to see exactly how he does it. The narration is brilliant - why doesn't Crag Wasson do all King's stories for Audible?
If you don't download this, you're missing something very special indeed.

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absolutely excellent

this book is well written & very well read. i found myself willing the characters not to take a particular course of action, do activity. the thorny issue of time travel paradoxes were dealt with very well and I thoroughly enjoyed the story. more please!

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"The Past Is Obdurate."

Can our hero change the past? Does it want to be changed?
A brilliant book by an author I hadn't read before. It contains different elements: history (the assassination of JFK), time travel (a portal in present time to 1958), murder (removing folk to change the future) and love (brought tears to my eyes a couple of times - yes, really). The narrator, Craig Wasson, is fantastic, bringing the characters to life and making it very hard to switch off. Hope my next selection is as enjoyable. Recommended.

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Doubly perfect

The combination of this intricate and spellbinding story with the wonderful narration makes this audiobook an absolute joy. This was my first Stephen King book which I bought because of the great reviews, though I had previously connected him with the horror genre which is not really my scene. However, I loved this book and and I will be going back for more of his work as I didn't want it to end. The characters are so beautifully drawn and evoke empathy and involvement in the reader/listener and the story is beautifully conceived and plotted. Excellent.

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Pretty damn good.

I must start out with an opinion posted at another site. One that almost kept me from listening to this book. The book was given an awful rating, because the premise was ludicrous. A man is contacted by a near stranger, a magical time hole etc.

Well the reviewer was correct. But other than the Shawshank Redemption, I cannot think of a Stephen King story, that does NOT begin with an unreasonable premise. Vampire invades a town? Hotel with an evil soul? Coma patient who wakes with premonitions. Psychic high school dance massacre?

Mr. King takes a bizarre, what-if premise and runs with it. It's one of the things he does. This story is no different. The key is, HOW he runs with it. His style seems so easy. It must be tough as nails, but he makes it seem easy. The dialogue natural, like those that go on inside of our heads. The odd little things his characters see and Notice.

A fun, detailed, time trip. Very much worth the read. Enjoy.

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Strangely endearing....

I had finished listening to The Stand and Under the Dome and decided to download this after reading such promising reviews. Firstly let me state this book is completely different to most of his other work and NOT a typical horror novel at all. Honestly, I was unsure of this book but continued to listen anyway, I'm so glad I did. It is in parts simply beautiful, I loved being transported to another world, where the characters were wonderful, colourful and endearing. It's so easy to visualise the 60's as King diligently illustrates the picture through Jake's eyes. The narration is superb. I found nearing the end of the book I was gripped but had a lump in my throat, some of the characters are so easy to empathise with and I felt their sorrow.

It is apparent that King has researched the book greatly, it's beautifully written and the characters are charming.

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