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11/22/63: A Novel

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Craig Wasson

30 Hours 45 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

November 2011

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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.

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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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • Antony Dale

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

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  • Aaron Robinson

    As good a book as he can write. Very compelling and was great for my long daily commutes to and from work. Craig Watson really grabs you and makes the characters come alive.

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  • Amanda Smith

    I have always loved Stephen King and this story is definitely one of my favorites. Riveting the entire time! And the narrator is the best one I've ever heard, and I'm really picky. 5 stars all around!

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  • Emre erturk

    After watching the TV series, i started listening to improve my language skills. Thanks for the narrator who makes this a great starting point with his great performance. The book is also excellent.

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  • Agustin Dulcinelli

    30 hours of pure entertainment! My congratulations to the author and the narrator, the were both great!

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  • Crystal Gebert

    This book kept me entertained the whole way. The narrator has a smooth voice.

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  • Bradley Smith

    I have to say that this has been my first audio book and with that being said I am floored with how compelling this book was. After the 30+ hours of listening I didnt want the story to end. I am the kind of person that gets distracted easily and looses focus on things just as easy, but this novel had me wishing there were more miles on my road trips to and from work to get further into the story. For such a long book it almost made it seem as if time itself stopped while immersing myself into the story. Steven King has yet to let me down since my virgin reading days of the early '90s. The thought of time travel always has intrigued my fast paced mind and this really allowed me to ask myself more tangible questions about the matter. All in all probably the most fascinating book I have yet to come across. Craig Wasson brought the novel to a whole new level. His narration was second to none, the ability to bring individual characters out from just one person takes talent I do not possess. Thank you again Mr. King for bringing more depth into my life. If you are reading this review and on the fence about listening to this novel please let me be the one to push you over the edge or, into the Rabbit Hole of adventure!!

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