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11/22/63: A Novel

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Craig Wasson

30 Hours 45 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

November 2011

Audio Book Summary

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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  • 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 won't be sorry.

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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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  • Esther B.

    Loved everything about it. Although it was long at times, I found myself not wanting it to end...

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  • Steve G

    Great story. I agree though it's too long and a number of sections were dull, repetitive.and a bit corny. But all in all I enjoyed listening and couldn't wait to get to the conclusion. i mean that in a good way! ;)

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  • Brian e

    To date, one of my favorite books by King. Especially living in Dallas. I was able to visit Daley plaza right after finishing the book. Very much brought this book to life. Excellent narration.

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  • Cole K

    This was a really good listen. I like time travel and history together so it worked out really well for me. It is a long book but it is worth the long haul. If you have Hulu you can watch the show based on this book. It helps put a picture to a name while you read. The narrator was a little hard to get into at first but I ended up liking him in the end. It was overall a really good listen and I have and will recommend to anyone.

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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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