11.22.63 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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What if you could go back in time and change the course of history? What if the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless....
King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.
With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.
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|Listening Length||30 hours and 38 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||08 November 2011|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,687 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
8 in Alternate History Science Fiction
11 in Time Travel Science Fiction (Audible Books & Originals)
16 in Time Travel Fiction
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I started off well enough but I’m about 45% through and I honestly couldn’t be bothered if I finished it.
I will finish it, for sure, but it hasn’t excited me at all.
I chose this title as I was treating myself to a full-price King I hadn’t read, and this one seems to be so highly recommended.
Everyone’s different...You might love it!
But it's still a Stephen King classic and there's no one else that really comes close.
Top reviews from other countries
The work of any lesser author would be scrutinised at length by the Publisher and almost certainly reined back to a more concise and action-flowing narrative. However because Stephen is "the ultimate", his work cannot (or will not be subject to critical analysis before being published) and the result can be a bloated and overblown exercise in writing for writing sake. No-one can deny that he is able to write/create on a stupendous level with incredible skill, but when this genius is used to pad out what would otherwise be a very exciting and pacey thriller, it lapses into pure self indulgence. In other words because he can do it doesn't mean that he has to!
The beginning of the book is intriguing and gripping, and the end of it is also quite mind boggling, but the middle is a gigantic 50s and 60s pastiche like a monstrous cloying cream cake of everything that SK can pack in about life at those times - dancing, music, sport, politics, and more dancing -
most of which is completely irrelevant to the plot. I struggled to the end - part of which is quite reminiscent of the Back to the Future plots - and just wished SK had cut about 250 - 300 pages out of the middle of his book. Like a surgeon removing an unused and unnecessary appendix.
Why can't he take a tip from his younger self and return to the non stop action and intrigue of his earlier stories? Go away Stephen King - and come back Stephen King!
I hear there's a tv series which I will need to watch.
I considered slowing down towards the end, to make it last longer. But I just couldn't.
A remarkable book.
Although the books selling point is the Kennedy assassination, that actually features very little. Sure, we have the preparation with Oswald, but ultimately the themes are those of the relationship with Sadie, is the past really better than the present, can things be changed and should they? The human themes are the real hook the story hangs upon, as the ending shows.
It's a very good book, packed with a ton of detail as well as a great narrative, but just lacking a little focus at times and probably 50 pages too long. This is not a deal breaker by any means though.
Very highly recommended