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11-22-63

A Novel
Lu par : Craig Wasson
Durée : 30 h et 40 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 notations)

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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?

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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  • Nestor
  • 06/07/2012

Long and dull

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

I have enjoyed other S King books, but this one looks to me like the old man has grown too great to have any editors look over his shoulder and make any cuts. It just went on and on restating the same things over and over - meandering and getting to the climax so slowly, I could hardly believe it.

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

No

Which character – as performed by Craig Wasson – was your favorite?

I enjoyed Mr Wasson's performance very much.

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

It was OK

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  • John
  • 18/05/2013

entirely average

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

perhaps

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

thankful

What aspect of Craig Wasson’s performance would you have changed?

not everything needs to be SO EMPHATIC!

Do you think 11-22-63 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

no.

Any additional comments?

if the book had been about 1/2 its length it might have been compelling. the basic idea is interesting, as is the general plot arc. but just way too wandering down so many uninteresting paths (like he had to prove that he had done lots of historical research).

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  • M. Miller
  • 06/12/2012

Detail in Search of A Plot

This is one of those books that makes you wonder whether the author is editor-proof. It is slow without creating texture or character. The plot is a distant relative to the author's description of 1950's Maine. For the right reader, it is likely to be ideal.

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  • Taxvictim
  • 04/06/2012

Great! Boring. Good again... Boring. Too long.

This Audible book is broken into four parts. It's very captivating and interesting in the first part as we learn how the time travel option works. Then it gets boring for long stretches while our first person narrator describes his daily life. The funny thing is, even the main character starts spying on Lee Harvey Oswald, it's still boring.

It's very frustrating to see a writer set up a great premise, then have his characters behave like idiots. Still, I was interested enough to stick with it until the end.

The narrator did a great job with the text and characters he was given.

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  • Mary Silva
  • 07/03/2017

Could have done without the makeshift love story.

The romance seemed like an afterthought to an already amazing plot. Love scenes were awkward.

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  • McMurrey
  • 15/10/2016

So long and not interesting

After the all the buzz I broke down and got this book, but oh how I regretted it. I had to force myself to finish this book. It's way too long with a lot of details that could have been omitted and still kept the integrity of the story. I wish more time had actually been spent on the assassination and the ending instead of some nonsense in the middle. The last chapters felt very rushed.

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  • Matt
  • 06/01/2012

This book faded like a bad racehorse…

When I first got into this book, I was very interested and tearing through it. However, as I plodded along it got slower and worse—then it was capped off with a terrible ending. The book is largely about a “rabbit hole” that leads to the past, however King’s rambling writing also leads the reader down countless rabbit holes that add nothing to the overall story and just make the book longer and more tedious. I was also frustrated throughout the book by the many pot shots that King takes at republicans and conservatives in general. I get that he is a proud liberal, but it comes across as juvenile and petty. The narration was excellent with a few exceptions. I have not heard this style of narration before where many of the characters take on imitated voices of actual actors. Most were good (very good in fact), however the FBI agent towards the end with the Jimmy Stewart voice was terrible. I had trouble listening to those parts which were critical to the entire story. This is my first reading of a King novel, I was hoping for “Shawshank”, but it turned out more like “Maximum Overdrive”.

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  • Luanne
  • 14/05/2012

Yuck

Winding story that fizzed right after it started. Boring! Maybe my expectations were too high?

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  • Katherine
  • 13/05/2013

learned a lesson on this one!

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

nothing I did not like the story

What do you think your next listen will be?

A book from an author who I know I love!

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Not sure it was the narrator but probably the story. It is hard to appreciate a narrator when you don't enjoy the story line.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

I will carefully chose my next book!

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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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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  • Joris Haas
  • 14/08/2019

Great, but flawed, story.

I haven't read King in a long time and hat forgotten how good he is in drawing you into a certain place and time. I also really enjoyed his characters and the way he incorporated some of his other stories into this one.
Imho though, this book has one mayor flaw, the B-Story is way too long and much less gripping than the A-Story. I see how it's necessary, but it could have been half or a third of what it is without lessening it's impact. Would that have been the case, this book would have been an easy five stars for me.

The Narrator is great, if you enjoy his very emotive style. I don't, so that's why he only gets 4 stars from me.

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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!

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  • 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.

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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!

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  • Sebastian L.
  • 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.

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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'.