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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

Summary:

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco

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 readers 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.

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  • 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.

    6 of 6 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 it..you 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.

  • whodatpennywise

    Proof King is still the man!

  • 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.

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