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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Stephen F

    I've listened to most of Stephen Kings books. I started this one with some hesitation, fearing it would be too historical and dry. It was amazingly intriguing. I couldn't put it down. I loved the ending. I have to put this one in my top ten King novels. It was beyond expectations.

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  • Rudy S

    Excellent premise and fun "what if's." Thought it was too long and dragged along several times. Regardless, narrator was great and the part about the janitor's childhood experience at the beginning was one of the most powerful I'd ever heard.

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  • Suzanne W

    What a remarkable story and how I feel the very presence on King's harmony as I read it this mid August, 2017. It leaves me with so much to think about and a new perspective on the past, certainly. The characters of George/Jake and Sadie were quite lovey and I thoroughly enjoyed reading this, or listening to it rather. The details are impeccable Mr. King and I was dazzled by it, as an amateur writer myself I was impressed. Then hearing at the end you describe how you had a great deal of help with it I can certainly see how it came to be and it gives me a bit more faith in my own work. Before that I thought I'd better give it up! I smile, because I know I never could. I love to write and I would do it for that reason alone whether anyone ever read it or not. Thank you for this great work of art and the hours of enjoyment it brought. Best wishes, and congrats on that granddaughter. I myself became a 1st time grandmother to a beautiful little baby boy named Jackson exactly one month ago tomorrow 8/18/17. Lots~O~Love!!! SSHartman

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  • lynn j

    I thought this was a great book! Different for King, and still very worth it! I was never bored. Hated to ever turn it off! Great perspective, and great narrator as well

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  • Naomi S

    Amazing! The narrator was perfect and the book had me laughing and crying right along with the main character (or not crying on his part ????)! Definitely going to listen again with my boyfriend on our next trip!

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  • Greg H

    I loved the perspective that Mr. King uses for this historic event that takes on a different look at the assignation of president Kennedy. He stepped outside the box and didn't make this book as much about the assassination and conspiracy theories as he looked at the whole what if? Many people over the years have stated that president Kennedy was one of the greatest presidents and would have done amazing things along with his brother Bobby, but you never hear anyone think about what president Kennedy may have done that would have changed what we take for granted everyday. I don't put a lot of belief that it would have turned out the way this book has shown it. I guess just as the assignation we will never know for sure.

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