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11-22-63

A Novel
Lu par : Craig Wasson
Durée : 30 h et 40 min
4 out of 5 stars (3 notations)

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Description

On November 22, 1963, three shots rang out in Dallas, President Kennedy died, and the world changed. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliantly conceived tour de force, Stephen King - who has absorbed the social, political, and popular culture of his generation more imaginatively and thoroughly than any other writer - takes listeners on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a 35-year-old English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching GED classes. He asks his students to write about an event that changed their lives, and one essay blows him away: a gruesome, harrowing story about the night more than 50 years ago when Harry Dunning’s father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a sledgehammer. Reading the essay is a watershed moment for Jake, his life - like Harry’s, like America’s in 1963 - turning on a dime.

Not much later his friend Al, who owns the local diner, divulges a secret: his storeroom is a portal to the past, a particular day in 1958. And Al enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession - to prevent the Kennedy assassination.

So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson, in a different world - of Ike and JFK and Elvis, of big American cars and sock hops and cigarette smoke everywhere. From the dank little city of Derry, Maine (where there’s Dunning business to conduct), to the warmhearted small town of Jodie, Texas, where Jake falls dangerously in love, every turn is leading, eventually of course, to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and to Dallas, where the past becomes heart-stoppingly suspenseful - and where history might not be history anymore. Time-travel has never been so believable. Or so terrifying.

©2011 Stephen King. All Rights Reserved. (P)2011 Simon & Schuster, Inc

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  • Global
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  • Ronald Garey
  • 11/02/2019

not my Favorite King story

I struggled to get through this book. I am a big King fan and love most of his work. this book just draaaaaaaggggggggged on for me. One off!

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  • W. Sullivan
  • 30/06/2016

I don't get the hype.

Wildly mediocre. The narrator is talented but makes the main character sound like he's 50. The story is just plodding and boring. It's not bad. It's just not good.

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  • Global
    2 out of 5 stars
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  • Karen
  • 27/06/2016

Gross and long and underwhelming

This book is too long! There was so much filler and not enough action. And even though this wasn't a scary story the graphics of gory scenes were too much.

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  • Lillian
  • 30/06/2015

slow... so slow

everything about this book was slow. I did not enjoy the plot or the progress of the story.it dragged out, but didn't go anywhere.

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  • Patricia
  • 18/01/2012

A waste of time and money

All the reviews touted this book as King's opus and I was really looking forward to it because I have always enjoyed his non-horror stories. I was very disappointed in this story and couldn't wait for it to be over. If I hadn't paid so much for the audible version this would have been one of the few books I've never finished.

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  • Cory
  • 05/03/2012

Never finished

I couldn't finish this book, and I wanted to. The narration is terrible. Wasson gets too aggressive way too often, almost yelling at points. The story was intriguing, even though King is ridiculously long winded. But I just couldn't get past the narration.

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  • danny
  • 16/02/2012

uninspired, dull, depressing

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

better story, quicker narration

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

yes... some of his older stories are very inspired.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

yes... both were the protagonist and narrator sounded bored.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

as always Steve King develops characters very thoroughly.

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  • Global
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  • Mrs
  • 04/02/2013

This was over 20 hours of my life wasted.

What disappointed you about 11-22-63?

Too long and boring. When the speaker pretends to be a southern woman I kept thinking of Monty Python. The characters were false and unbelievable. It's trying to be a love story, after 14 hours I still wasn't convinced. I kept listening hoping it would get better but it only got worse.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

I used to be a fan. Not sure anymore.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Craig Wasson?

Different voices for different characters would make more sense.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

No

Any additional comments?

Don't waste your time and money.

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  • Bellzon
  • 18/09/2012

I don't Know Why I Listened to this Book

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Craig Wasson?

No

Has 11-22-63 turned you off from other books in this genre?

Yes

What does Craig Wasson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Tears of emotional description

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I guess if you want to read, something truly fictional, about someone trying to prevent the Kennedy assassination and the consequences of that action, it is an interesting thought.

Any additional comments?

This book could have told the story in half the length. If you like a lot of detail of the day to day living of the characters, plus a description of their clothing, what they ate, read and felt every moment, then this is the book for you.

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  • Susan
  • 10/12/2011

What happened?

Not sure if it was the writing or the narrator that made this such an unremarkable read. Very boring and couldn't stand the narration. Very expensive waste of time. Can't believe this was a Stephen King novel....

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    5 out of 5 stars
  • bookworm
  • 06/05/2012

Enchanting

I must say I loved the story - there is so much background information and the feeling of the 50's ... beautifully done. I also liked Craig Wasson's reading. At times I was so immersed in the story I couldn't stop listening.

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  • BikerJoe
  • 10/08/2017

Do we really want to change history?

The editor called it a brilliantly conceived tour de force and I would agree that Stephen King came up with a brilliant concept of time travel, avoiding most of the common pitfalls and logical inconsistencies. I disagree with the tour de force, the story rather creeps up on you and takes its time. The story has epic dimensions, it is detailed and elaborate without being long winded. It takes a while until you see, where it is heading, but eventually you will get drawn into the maelstrom of the plot.

Apart from the great question, whether individual events can change the course of history dramatically, the journey back in time is fascinating. It is a loving, but accurate and detailed description of the sixties, the culture, the spirit and the anxieties. We relive the optimism of teenage America with its dream of a better life, the new pop culture, but also racism and the fear of a nuclear war. But above all that, this story is a great love story, the best, I read in a long time.

It is the story of Jake Epping, a middle aged, divorced English teacher in small town Maine. He likes his job and he seems to be fairly good at his job, but does not expect much from life anymore. He does not really have any friends, but likes to eat frequently at a diner, where he knows the owner well. Al, the owner, calls him one day and wants to meet him urgently. This meeting will change Jake’s life forever. Al, who suffers from terminal lung cancer and has just a couple days of life left, reveals an incredible secret to Jake, a gateway to the past, hidden in his diner. Al is obsessed with the idea to go back in time and prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He is convinced that if he could reverse this one event, the world would be a better place. Since Al does not have enough time left to do it himself, he pleads with Jake to take over the mission. Jake does not have much to lose and he makes the step back in time, into the world of 1958 and becomes George Amberson. But history does not want to get changed, it is resilient and fights back. But this is not the only problem, Jake feels more at home in the small town Jodie, Texas of the sixties than he ever felt in contemporary Maine.

It is an unusual Stephen King, but one of the best. He simply is a great story teller.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Carsten Hilgenstock
  • 28/03/2015

Fesselnd, faszinierend und herzerweichend zugleich

Das Konzept ist brillant umgesetzt, King erzählt in zunehmendem Alter immer bessere Geschichten rund um die Kernhandlung herum. Die Liebesgeschichte ist ebenfalls fesselnd und kein bisschen kitschig. Ich liebe das Buch und der Sprecher ist ebenfalls Gold wert.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Petra
  • 18/01/2019

Fascinating story with an amazing Narrator

The story id Stephen King takes you back in time and make you discover America in the 1960s.
The story brings a lot of turns and very enjoyable.
The narrator is just perfect. Highly recommended!

  • Global
    4 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Anja Köppen
  • 21/07/2018

Gutes Buch

Tolle interessante Story. An den Sprecher musste ich mich sehr gewöhnen, aber ab einem gewissen Punkt fand ich ihn super.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • CG
  • 05/07/2018

Bester Sprecher

Sehr talentierter Sprecher, der die Stimmen der verschiedensten Charaktere in allen Facetten (Dialekte, Alter, Emotionen, Eigenheiten, usw.) genial darstellt.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Amazon Kunde
  • 29/05/2018

Expect to be dragged into another world

Absolutely stunning. The story believable and exciting, the writing drags you really deep into the story and its characters but, since this is an audiobook, the reading makes it all the more perfect. I normally listen to audiobooks, because it is a convenient way to "read" while doing other things. This is one of the few audiobooks I came across, that really is taken to a whole new level by the reading.
If you are interested in America during the late 50s and in the question "what if...?" you have to listen to this masterpiece!

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • LuckiZero
  • 21/07/2017

Overall great experience

i am normally not a huge fan of time travel novels, since they are often overly complex or too obscure and unrealistic. In 11-22-63, Stephen King, however, manages to handle the topic very delicately and with his special kind of whit. I highly recommend this audio book.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Hunse
  • 30/05/2017

Great story!

Great story, but the speaker is not as good as the german one 'David Nathan'.

  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Burkhard Bauerle
  • 05/10/2016

11-22-63

Brilliant!!!!!!!! A must read, could Not put it down until the final harmonics of 'in the mood'.