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by Stephen King (Author), Craig Wasson (Narrator)
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  • Listening Length: 30 hours and 43 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 8 Nov 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0064P650E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (791 customer reviews)
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What if you could go back in time and change the course of history? What if the watershed moment you could change was the JFK assassination? 11.22.63, the date that Kennedy was shot - unless....

King takes his protagonist Jake Epping, a high school English teacher from Lisbon Falls, Maine, 2011, on a fascinating journey back to 1958 - from a world of mobile phones and iPods to a new world of Elvis and JFK, of Plymouth Fury cars and Lindy Hopping, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake's life - a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

With extraordinary imaginative power, King weaves the social, political and popular culture of his baby-boom American generation into a devastating exercise in escalating suspense.

©2011 Stephen King; (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio

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179 of 186 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King turns back the clock 11 Dec 2011
By Bantam Dave TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
Where does the time go? After finishing this book I checked the internet to find out when I first discovered, and fell in love with, the books of Stephen King. The first one I read was Salems Lot, a paperback I bought using a gift voucher I had been given for a present. I was shocked when I realised that this would have happened over thirty five years ago. I loved Salems Lot and I loved the books that followed it - The Shining, The Stand, The Dead Zone and a stunning short story collection called Night Shift. The publication of a new Stephen King book became a red letter day and I would always ensure that I would purchase my copy the same day that it hit the shelves. Over the years though, the standard of Stephen King's books dipped a little. Whilst they were nearly always good, and some were excellent, none ever seemed quite as good as his earlier masterpieces. I assumed that I would never read a Stephen King book that would better The Shining or The Stand. But then I read 11:22:63.

11:22:63 not only marks the return of Stephen King to his brilliant best, but it is also quite possibly his finest ever novel. Everything about it is spot on. The characters are excellent, but this is only as I expected, as I have always thought that characterisation was one of King's greatest strengths. In his latest book the main character is Jake Epping/George Amberson and he is the archetypal Stephen King "ordinary Joe", a man unwittingly carried along a path on which he has to take decisive actions for the ultimate good of the human race. The story, about travelling back in time to change the future, is superb. Only King at his best could make such an implausible plotline as this seem not only plausible, but utterly believable.
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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sorry guys loved it too - one of the best 16 July 2012
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read probably all of SK's novels - some fantastic (like the Dark Tower series and The Talisman) and some more mediocre . I am not a fan of short stories and if you also like an 'epic' tale - this is one for you.

He is back to his old form to my mind - as another reviewer put it, it was like the author gave you a 'handshake and a hug' and you were off an a brilliant adventure. I couldn't put the book down - meant to take it away on holiday but made the mistake of reading the first few pages - now I will have to find something else.

Great story and characters and would make a great movie - if they spend some money on it and don't turn it into a low budget 'made for tv' mini series which never works on SK's books.

A wonderful book with a heart wrenching ending.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another masterpiece from my hero! 24 May 2012
By Laura
Format:Hardcover
King's expertise makes you wish that the story would never end. I'm familiar with his style and still he manages to keep me on the edge of my seat.

Although I predicted much of the narrative, those unaccustomed to King's "take-no-prisoners" approach to telling a tale might not. Even if you're the sort of person who can always predict the last scene of the movie, so to speak, there's a lot more to this book than a beginning, middle and end. King's characters were vivid and so realistically composed that it felt like they could up and walk right out of the pages. Some of them, like the infamous Lee Harvey Oswald, were drawn from life so perhaps that was to be expected. Others, however, such as the first-person protagonist, Jake, were equally real to me.

As a life-long inhabitant of Wales, my knowledge of the Kennedy assassination was pretty much limited to a video I was shown in History in year nine. Oh, and I think I saw a documentary on The Discovery Channel once. I'm now in danger of mistaking King's fictionalised history for reality, but still, I feel like I learned a lot from 11/22/63! Sure, I learned about some key dates and figures in American history, but more importantly I learned something about writing. King, in pretty much all of his works, teaches prospective writers that there's one key thing you have to do to your protagonists in order to make them someone readers want to read about. You have to torture them.

You have to throw hurdle after hurdle in their path and sometimes they have to stumble at them. But then, scraped knees and all, they've gotta keep an running. Sucks for them, eh?

My love for King is obdurate (book-related joke...), so he gets five stars from me!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, book, made me think! 16 Nov 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I started this book on Sunday and finished it 3 days later. It's the most thought-provoking Stephen King story I've ever read. A cracking story, told in the first person by Jake, and I was rooting for him all the way through the book.

I'm not normally given to dishing out 5 stars, but I would give this more if I could!

I recommend this book wholeheartedly.
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86 of 94 people found the following review helpful
By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
In the last few years it almost seems to have become a tradition that we get a new Stephen King book just before Christmas and the much anticipated 11/22/63 is likely to keep many engaged during the festivities this year. It was certainly a book I found hard to put down and which took priority over such mundane activities as eating and sleeping!

Yet again the author has managed to come up with a completely different scenario to entertain his readers. A time portal is opened which comes out to a time slot in 1958. Once the other side of the portal there is an opportunity to change the course of events so that history is altered, either in a small way or on an international scale. The adventure becomes a mission to prevent the assassination of JFK in 1963 - hence the title of the book. This is somewhat complicated by Jake, the time traveler's, ambition to additionally change other aspects of the past. The question is can the past be changed in a major way like this, or it the tendency for it to fall back into its original shape.

This book works on many levels. Stephen King deals with the 53 year time regression extremely well and we are transported into a world where you could be in a different universe, such have been the social and technological changes subsequently. Then there is the consideration of the Oswald controversy - was he working alone or are the conspiracy theorists right? Most of all this works as a joined up story with believable people who the reader comes to care about and wants to keep reading about.

I am a self confessed Stephen King fan and have read all of his work, but I imagine this fascinating tale will appeal to and be enjoyed by most readers. Highly Recommended!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Another corker from my favourite author, do not usually read stories regarding history but as it was written by Mr King I gave it a go, and really glad I did.
Published 2 days ago by Stephanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Stephen King - You Made Me Cry!
Like many people I have read a lot of Stephen King's work and loved it, but not always. The writing and characters always pull me in but sometimes the story has not delivered. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Wendy Unsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary
This is quite simply the best novel I have ever read, hands down. I was utterly enthralled from the get go. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Mohammad A. Rahman
4.0 out of 5 stars keep with it
I found this hard going to start with. I'd read some, put it down, start again, put it down etc. But I'm glad I kept going. Read more
Published 7 days ago by LH9967
4.0 out of 5 stars 11.22.63
Exciting time travel adventure. A book I found difficult to put down and stop thinking about. First rate page tuner!
Published 9 days ago by MRS LORRAINE J SANKEY
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing read!! King on form and rockin something different
This book is superb. If you like character development and books like the shining then you will love this. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Rich Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant
As always Stephen king delivers.....another epic book read within the week!!!
It's not his usual scary genre but fascinating just the same.
Published 14 days ago by julies158
5.0 out of 5 stars Ths is a NOT to miss read
One of the best books I have ever read, exhalent plot very hard book to put down.
Mr King keeps you spell bound through out the book could not be better. Read more
Published 17 days ago by walter hynd
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous story!
One of King's best book. This is gripping, intelligent storytelling at its best. Loved it from the start. Highly recommended.
Published 18 days ago by L. Berges
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm not a crying man
I cried and I loved it. From start to finish I had to keep going as I had to find out what the next page held. Just read it.
Published 21 days ago by Gareth Watkins
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