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11/22/63: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Craig Wasson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2011

Duration: 31 hours 0 minutes


On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps listeners back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces listeners to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing first person story about the night fifty years ago when his father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

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. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jack’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.


  • Judy F.

    A long book (my copy 25 discs, 30.75 hours) that, nevertheless, I found completely riveting. Mr. King just keeps on getting better. Narrator Craig Wasson was excellent, sounding like he was telling a story rather than reading. Definitely one of my favorites.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Entertaining book posing many interesting "what ifs" surrounding the assassination of JFK. The book has 2 shortfalls, in opinion:1) it is way too long and gets a bit repetitive/slow at several points; 2) the author tends to interject his own political views, which detract from the overall enjoyment.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful.

  • Elizabeth Quivey

    I stopped reading Stephen King a few years back -- don't really like horror, thrillers -- but this one intrigued me because of the subject. Loved it -- character development, the what if's -- & the history I lived thru as a teenager. Despite the length (25 discs) I wanted it to go on. King is an excellent story teller & I plan to go back to some of the previous titles I missed.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Kyle Mathiow ta

    I'm surprised everyone has such positive reviews on this book. I am a fan of Stephen King and have read a handful of his books and normally enjoy them. It feels like there is about 10 hours in the middle of the book that could simply just be chopped out of the books altogether and I'm not sure anyone would notice. "The past always harmonizes with the future". Get used to hearing that line because the main character says this after everything he does. It's probably in the book somewhere between 50-100 different instances. I also found it strange that King kept referring to saving Kennedy as saving the world. It really did feel like he was trying to push is political agenda constantly referencing the negative in politics and how apparently if Kennedy were saved this would all be fixed. Narrator was solid. Easy to listen and follow although his Oswald sounds the same as the main character so you can get them mixed up in a couple of spots.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • renee timas

    Always glanced at this book in the bookstores but wasn't quite in the mood to travel back to the Kennedy era. Stumbled a upon it again on audio books and after a sample preview I was HOOKED! Narration was the bomb and the story line engaging. Would highly recommend to anyone who is thinking twice about won't be sorry.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Antony Dale

    I love this book. One of Stephen King's best! The narrator really keeps engaged in this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this book! A wonderful side-step for King!!

  • Martin C.

    A darned good yarn! Impressed with the narration

  • Jarrod P.

    I have now read this book and listened to it. The narrator was good but there were a bunch of instances in the book where the tone of voice he used was substantially different then the tone I “heard” when reading. Overall good. Love the story.

  • Brandie R.

    Stephen King scores again! I can never get enough of his humor and creativity. Thank you Mr. King for 30 hours of awesome. Narrator choice was good as well. Love his work and Owen is on his way to greatness as well!!

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