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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 thirty-five-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 fifty 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.
Publisher: Prince Frederick : HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books, 2014.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781464000812
Characteristics: 1 online resource (1 sound file (approximately 31 hr.))
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May 16, 2017

Starts out a little slow, but picks up. By the end I was enthralled with the characters.

Jul 18, 2016

Time travel stories are fascinating but seldom satisfying, because it is usually easy to see where the logical holes are. In 11/22/63, although one could argue with the choices King's generic hero makes, the author does a good job in plugging them, if only by saying, in effect: "this is the way this world works. Deal with it!" The story is overlong, as per usual -- you can skip anything to do with high school hijinks -- but I mostly listened with my ears glued to the headphones. King should do more historical fiction. Wasson is a decent reader, but does distracting celebrity impressions for certain voices. Who knew Jimmy Stewart worked for the FBI?

Dec 20, 2015

Truly one of the best.

Oct 24, 2014

One of the best time travel books I have read. You are in for a treat!

BookReviewer2015 Aug 20, 2014

Amazing audio-quality!

The most epic Stephen King book I have ever read/heard!

Feb 12, 2014

One of Kings best works.

Jan 29, 2014

absolutely loved this book! Haven't read anything like this from Stephen King. It is amazing! I read the book a couple years ago...so excited to listen to the audiobook!!

Aug 02, 2013

This is the first Stephen King novel I have ever read. I absolutely loved it.

Oct 22, 2012

As a longtime fan, I'm cautiously aware of King's tendency to be verbose, and this is why I hesitated to begin the lengthy 11/22/63. But once I did, I was under its spell right from the start. There's real story magic here.

The tale of Jake Epping and his forays though time (he calls it "going down the Rabbit Hole") is one that needs room to breathe, grow and take hold. The backdrop is colored with so many precise historical details that following along may seem overwhelming at times, but once you're into the story it should be quite effortless.

In the afterword, King mentions that he conceived of and subsequently abandoned this JFK story idea early in his career due to the amount of research required. That foresight to wait has paid off. 11/22/63 is a mature novel that only a seasoned author with a patient pen could tell properly.

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