“This is one of my favorite books I've read in a while.”RedSoxGal0407 wrote this review Tuesday, October 22, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I'm a big Stephen King fan, so it shouldn't be too much of a surprise that I really like this book. I found the details of the protagonist going back in time to be quite original. The way he travelled back and what he did there and upon his return to his real time. It is little things like that that usually "hook" me.
There were parts that were a little slow and redious, but for the most part they were necessary to set the stage for later events. Since I don't want to give anything away in this book, I'll just say that I enjoyed it very much and would highly recommend it.”
“What makes Stephen King so good is his character development and his attention to detail. The details in this particular novel are what make it great, and it doesn't hurt that I've always liked historical fiction. Highly recommended.”quadragon27 wrote this review Saturday, October 12, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“9/27-10/11, 800+ pages v good read”Ann B wrote this review Friday, October 11, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I liked this book by King. As he usually does, his plot and character development was well done. You care about Jake and his plight. Where King sometimes goes off the rails are with his endings. This one was well done, however. While some of the consequences of preventing the assassination might be far fetched, the damage to the equilibrium of the universe by chancing such a key historical event is plausible. The actual ending of the reunion with Sadie was an appropriate ending. I had guessed that Jake might become a green card man himself, but this ending did make more sense. Leaving the politics of this out, the story was done well with the Derry part particularly mood setting and interesting to allow the parallels to become part of the story. This was an interesting departure for King. Hope he does more in this vein.”Thomas G wrote this review Sunday, September 29, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Review: 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
“On November 22, 1963, Three Shots Rang Out In Dallas, President Kennedy Died, And The World Changed. What If You Could Change It Back?
I’m a great fan of Stephen King and I enjoyed this book but the story was to long. I think it could have been two hundred pages shorter and still been a great book. I liked his concept of a person having the opportunity to go back in time and possibly prevent the assassination of a United States President, John F. Kennedy.
The story started out in Lisbon Falls, Maine and King was very accurate of the entire setting and environmental issues of the past and present in that area. I should know because I lived right on Main Street, and got married on that street in the early seventies. That’s why when I started reading the book it was so interesting and I wanted to keep reading all the information King wrote of Lisbon Falls, Maine. I walked into the very store where Moxie was a legion and when King described the store and other surrounding areas it was like walking in his footsteps. So, every time when the setting was in towns around Maine I was embedded to the story. He also mentioned some character names and events that happen in other books he wrote and because of this I never lost interest in his character development, political view points, setting or his great way of describing things. Stephen King just might have overwritten on different issues and repeated some things but all in all I got through the book with a small amount of frustration.
I thought it was more on plain time travel then his usual more drastic sci-fi, horror, and seedy characters. For all his fans out there I think he’s entitle to criticism as any author gets but he will just make it up to his readers in the next book….
“An absolute favorite King novel, which I'd highly recommend for everyone. It's a nostalgic look at the past with a twist.”ReaderbyNightMan wrote this review Thursday, September 26, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Wow I can't believe it I finally finished listening to this book, it took so long because it was on 30 cds and I listened to them in the car on my way to and from work, and for me the story didn't really start getting fascinating until the last 7 cds.
This is a story of time travel, the way it is done in the book is actually plausible, the characters seem very real and because of that they make some really stupid decision as we humans tend to do in real life. The problem with that, for me at least, is that in a book I guess I just expect more from the characters, I want them to be more than just ordinary.
The narrator for the book was okay, I didn't like the way he performed women's voices, but that's not an easy task for a man, but the thing that really irritated me is that during the narration he impersonated three actors; Burt Lancaster for two different/but the same pawn brokers, James Stewart for an FBI agent and John Houseman for the card man. I found this to be very distracting.
It is a good solid story and I had to listen to the last three cds at home, all in a row because the conclusion was so exciting.
But the best part of the story for me was the afterword read by Stephen King he gave a little more background on the story and also spoke about his extensive research.
“I really liked this book and it gave a different perspective to the JFK assassination. Also it isn't just another cliche time travel book but it was different. the love story doesn't come until later in the book, but it's worth waiting for.”Chloe wrote this review Saturday, September 21, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No