11/22/63: A Novel

Kobo ebook | November 8, 2011

byStephen King

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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 readers on an incredible journey into the past and the possibility of altering it.

It begins with Jake Epping, a thirty-five-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 fifty 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.

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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 read...

Format:Kobo ebookPublished:November 8, 2011Publisher:ScribnerLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from BLEW MY MIND I am a huge Stephen King fan, and in the beginning it was a little rough, and slow. But once you get into it and get through the slow pages.... You'll find that it was worth the read. Now, I find out that they have a 8 series part that will be airing on Hulu. Can't describe how excited I am about this.. Loved this book, it can be intimidating at first glance, but if your willing to take on a challenge, this is worth it.. TRUST ME!
Date published: 2016-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Different! Big fan of the King!!! This book was great in the beginning and really started to linger on and became very "wordy". But then got very interesting and twisty and had a really great wrap up to an ending... I really enjoyed reading this book. I I read the hardcover edition which at first was intimidating at first sight, but hard to put down. I recommended it to eveyone!!
Date published: 2016-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! LOVED IT!!! So glad it was such a long book, I wish it was longer!! I wanted more!! I couldn't put it down! Just read it again. & I know I will read it again for sure! You feel for Jake when he wants to make everything right. You know you'd do the same. & you fantasize about what it would be like to step into the past. Stephen King is brilliant!!
Date published: 2016-05-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 11-22-63 What if, what would you change? when woul you change it. Could you g0 back knowing a lifetime in the past, only a few minutes in the now.
Date published: 2015-10-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best read in years Combiningthe past with the present is a monumental task requiring intimate knowledge of another time King manages this magnificently Add romance,murder,suspense and surprise ending and you have a novel you dont want to end but cant wait to get to conclusion
Date published: 2015-09-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! Great book from start to finish. This is a book I had a very hard time putting down. Made me interested in history.
Date published: 2015-09-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best Stephen King Book I love Stephen King books and this was by far the best.....It has a mix of everything, suspense, horror and even some romance. As usual, excellent writing. You ended up being really attached to the characters.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply the Best This is an amazing book by an amazing author. One of my all time favorite books now! It really is a page turner. Loved it. I hope Mr. King writes more along this type of story line.
Date published: 2015-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 11-22-63 One of the greatest books I have had the pleasure of reading! I'm just sad it's over, this one will definitely be reread.
Date published: 2015-05-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's Best Yet Well researched and brilliantly written: I didn't want to put it down and I didn't want it to end! I am not a fan of time travel fiction, but this was a remarkable read! So brilliantly written it felt like I too was with George As he navigated the 60's. Estatic for the HBO mini series!
Date published: 2015-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Read Excellent read, enjoyed the story line. Nothing to do with Mr. King's writing but far too many format errors for an ebook.
Date published: 2015-03-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! Great book as you can always expect from Stephen King. I always have trouble following the time travel themes but thought he did a great job with it and I was able to follow it easily. It provokes some thought regarding whether things should be changed if they can be. Great read!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Surprisingly interesting King comes with a fresh story on this very important event. Never boring, even for non americanos. King at his best
Date published: 2015-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wish it was longer!! I LOVED every word of this book! Actually, I thought it was too short! I wished it was a few hundred pages longer! I hope he makes it into a movie someday! I borrowed it from a friend but then had to go buy my own copy!
Date published: 2014-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A history lesson If I wasn't so busy I probably would have read this book cover to cover. Many of the details Mr. King includes in this work regarding the late 50's and early 60's brought back many memories. Little details I had forgotten as I was only 12 years old when I heard President Kennedy had been shot over my 6th grade classroom loudspeaker. Of course time-travel stories as a genre' is a favorite of mine. To future readers, I hope you enjoy this trip as much as I.
Date published: 2014-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read This was a great read.
Date published: 2014-10-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING!!! Couldn't put it down!! I hope it's made into a movie!
Date published: 2014-10-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Entertaining Good summer read
Date published: 2014-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 11-22-63 One of Stephen King's best.
Date published: 2014-08-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 11-22-63 A very good Read
Date published: 2014-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another great story by King Another great book by a great author. I have read many books by King, this is right up there with his others
Date published: 2014-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Good change from the normal Stephen King.
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow What an awesome, awesome book.
Date published: 2014-06-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So hard to put down once you start The amount of research and background work that went into this book was simply insane. The historical accuracy and tempo of the book makes this a must read for conspiracy theorists.
Date published: 2014-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 11-22-63 Time travel & what-ifs, always an interesting read.
Date published: 2014-04-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing Amazing as always! King is still a master storyteller!
Date published: 2014-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 11-22-63 Great book and awesome Stephen King at his best
Date published: 2014-03-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from SK always writes a good book Loved it. Such a good read. Didn't want to put it down. Some parts became dry and draggy but they were minimal.
Date published: 2014-03-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! This is an incredible read! Stephen King has come up with a concept of taking a tragic event in history and making us think...what if?  I couldn't put it down!!
Date published: 2014-01-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Great Read This book is amazing. I can't put it down.
Date published: 2013-09-10
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not worth the time Too long a read, I skipped a few chapters because the story stretched itself. King reintroduced some of his "It" book characters but it does not add anything to the story. Disappointing as is the end of the book.
Date published: 2013-04-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Jake Epping is a thirty-five year-old school teacher in Maine. His friend Al, who owns a small diner, tells Jake that the storeroom of his diner contains a portal to the past-- to September, 1958. Al says that he's spent the last four years living back in the late 1950's and early '60s in an effort to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Al has a fatal disease now and asks Jake to use the portal to take his place and stop the assassination. Al believes that maybe the Vietnam War may never occur and lots of good will come from this action. Jake willingly complies and does a test travel where he is able to kill one of his students' father before the father kills everyone else in the family. He comes back to plan with the help of Al's notes and return to 1958 which resets actions. Jake must again kill his student's father and live for the remaining 4 years planning his actions to counter the assassination. King does a masterful job of setting the scenes with obvious research. Were there conspiracies? Where the book falls short is that Jake was a non-descript person going through the motions of life and all of a sudden is the big hero. He is able to murder with no qualms and seems to handle all the ugliness of the situation having had no prior experience at all. I did enjoy Jake going through the ordinary life of the early 60s. I particularly enjoyed King's take on what would happen if we were able to change past events.
Date published: 2013-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Am I done yet? Wow, disappointing. Gave it 2 stars because I actually finished it, but wasn't sure I would. No one does far fetched better than King, but this just didn't hang together. A real excuse for an ending, too, but at least it finally finished.
Date published: 2012-12-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic! I was hooked on this story by page 10 and was riveted right through to the end. There is no gore, like in many of Stephen King's books, but there is fantastic story telling. It really made you start thinking about things, and time travel and history, and makes you ask "what would be different?". A great, great book.
Date published: 2012-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mind Bending Time Travel This is the first book of Stephen King that I have read. I like reading historical fiction novels and this book is one of the best of them. The time travel stuff is a typical science fiction* but marrying it with history, a very important moment in history, make this novel a joy to read. It is evident that Stephen King really invested a lot of time making the story because of the multiple twists and turns employed, as well as multiple surprises at every turn. WARNING: I recommend this book only to those who knows that not everything they read are facts (believe me, people believe in fantastically made-up "facts"). This book uses the many conspiracies which is presented to its readers as facts. Bear in mind that it is highly required to treat this story as a fine piece of literature and not as an empirical source of b.s. *for now anyway
Date published: 2011-12-24