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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I have a long commute and Mr. King & Mr. Wasson made it seems like 10 minutes. I listen to quite a few audiobooks and I really enjoyed this one. Nice premise that could have gone so many different directions but King's direction seemed to be spot on. Well worth the time and $. Wasson is excellent!
One of the greatest things I've ever read/listened to in my life
This book FLABBERGASTED me with its awesomeness. It was the 1st & probably only time I've ever read the book immediately after the audiobook. I did that before with the Hunger Games series but only after a break in between. This book is everything you could ever hope for in a story! OMG.
I have a feeling people have a certain thing that comes to mind when you mention reading a Stephen King book. If thats what youre doing, and that "thing" isnt considering books like Shawshank Redemption & Stand By Me, then you are thinking in the wrong direction.
There are not enough adjectives in the English language or any other that I know to describe the completeness & superb writing 11/22/63 contained.
The book is good, but the narration is S U P E R B !
This is a long book. Almost 31 hours. And it cost almost $45. But a good risk, as it is Stephen King, after all. And the book is excellent. But the real treat here is the narration. I don't know who Craig Wasson is, but I hope he turns up on a lot more audio books. Superb is an understatement. To begin, his voice is pleasant. He sounds a lot like the actor Joe Mantegna, from the TV series "Criminal Minds." Wow. How he owns the the book's first-person narrator! And every other character. From the quirky New England accents, to the crusty Texans to the Nixon-sounding FBI agent. When the character is a woman, you hear a woman speaking, not a man doing a woman. A bad narrator can ruin an audiobook but an excellent one, as in this case, can make it sing. Well worth the money. The only down side is I don't think I'll ever be able to read the book, because this narration totally spoiled me.