11/22/63

11/22/63

Audiobook CD - 2011
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On November 22, 1963, three shots changed the world. What if it never happened? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. Not much later, Jake's friend Al, who runs the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to 1958. He enlists Jake on an insane, and insanely impossible, mission to try to prevent the Kennedy assassination.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2011.
Edition: Unabridged.
ISBN: 9781442344280
Characteristics: 30 sound discs (31 hr.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Wasson, Craig

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JosephKelley
May 16, 2017

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

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Janice21383
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?

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penbatmore
Dec 20, 2015

Truly one of the best.

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cemoreno1
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!

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jmk1123
Feb 12, 2014

One of Kings best works.

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rlfarmer
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!!

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deason30
Aug 02, 2013

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

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danielestes
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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kepicturewoman
Aug 20, 2012

I am not a Stephen King reader - in fact, I've never considered reading his works until this book. Mr. King is an excellent writer and story teller. The CD reading is also an excellent way to hear this adventure of time travel. Since I remember the date vividly, I've always been fascinated with stories about the assassination. Mr. King does an excellent job of re-creating the 1950's and 60's. We've taken our progression into the computer age for granted and don't think of what the world was like without instant communication.

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