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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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  • Tom Davies

    Excellent! Stephen King at his best!

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  • Kathlene Gomez

    Such an incredible novel. The narrator did such a great job. The entire book just had everything I could've wanted in a story. Excellent ending.

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  • Donna Burns

    Loved this story!! I will be listening to it again and again. Stephen King is my favorite author and he always keeps me on the edge of my seat.

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  • lisa senopole

    Fantastic from beginning to end. You find yourself drawn into the story and the characters. Keeps you guessing till the very end!

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  • Marah Walsh

    Unlike many Stephen King horror books, I really liked the theme of this book and it certainly gives me plenty to think about as I often recognize history repeating itself in some ways. The book did get a bit slow in the second half. The editor could have taken out at least 5 hours, I think. I also could live without the explicit sexual descriptions. Thankfully there were not many. The narrator was excellent! And most likely made the content more compelling. All in all, well worth the listen.

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  • Kerri Naylor

    Absolutely loved it! It was a long book, but I enjoyed every minute of it. This book is one you constantly question what could/would you do if it were real? Really enjoyed the narrator as well - he made it even better.

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