On November 22, 1963, three shots changed the world. What if it never happened? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. 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 November 22, 1963, three shots changed the world. What if it never happened? Jake Epping is a 35-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. 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.
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This book is a great read. It arrived quickly and in good condition.
Jul 5, 2013
I had never read anything by Stephen King, though I had seen movie adaptations of a few of his shorter works and one novel (The Stand). I'm just not into the horror genre, yet King himself has said that he doesn't consider himself a strictly horror writer. Well, this book definitely proves that contention. It is long (over 800 pages) and involved, but it is so compelling that you probably won't even notice its length. I was just 17 when JFK was killed, and like other baby-boomers, I remember exactly where I was when I heard the news, and how I wished it was a lie, and how my life changed at that moment. I am also a science fiction fan, and have read and seen my share of time travel stories, where characters go back in time to try to change the past or prevent it from being changed. 11/22/63 combines the event that occurred on that day in November of 1963 with a most unusual time travel device and wraps it in a very real story about very believable people. It is a fantastic story that you will most definitely enjoy.
Nov 8, 2012
ALMOST a great King novel...
I enjoyed 11/22/63, I think the premise is great, and 90% of the storyline is genuis. Obviously, as the dust jacket gives away it's about someone given the ability to change the past and what reprucussions it may have on the future, so I'm not giving anything away. But I was somewhat let down by HOW that "butterfly effect" was ultimately depicted in this story. The last 10% doesn't live up to the promise of the build up... There were SO many more interesting possibilities that could have been used, just along the political line, that would have been devestating that what King chose just seems way too "out there" - almost like it was chosen just as a "they'll never see this coming because it has no place in this story" way. Again, I liked 90% of the book and have recommended it to friends, I was just disappointed at the climax.
Publishers Weekly, 2012-01-02 In this audio edition of King's latest novel, which uses time travel to re-examine the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, both the author and narrator Craig Wasson deliver the goods. In what proves to be an adventurous, thrilling, thought-provoking, and romantic story, English teacher Jake Epping travels back in time and works to stop Lee Harvey Oswald from assassinating Kennedy. Wasson embodies the good-natured and honorable Epping, while creating accents and speech patterns for the supporting cast, capturing the twang of smalltown Texas high school students, Marina Oswald's struggle with the English language, and Kennedy's Boston accent, which the narrator doesn't overdo. Wasson is even able to provide a credible voice for George de Mohrenschildt, a friend (and possible co-conspirator) of Oswald who speaks English and Russian with a German accent. The audiobook includes an afterword featuring King discussing the book and a little-known vignette his research turned up about Oswald's assassin, Jack Ruby. A Scribner hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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