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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? Stephen King’s heart-stoppingly dramatic new novel is about a man who travels back in time to prevent the JFK assassination—a thousand page tour de force.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps readers back in t
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Kindle Edition, 866 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Scribner
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Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
Thank you, Steve. You were wrong all those years ago when you said you weren't very good at writing about love and intimacy. The love story here is full of honesty and tenderness. When I got to the last couple of pages, I was crying so hard I couldn't read.

11/22/63 is a supernatural, quasi-historical, philosophical, science-fiction love story.
If you're avoiding it because you think Stephen King only writes horror, please reconsider. There's no horror here, aside from a couple of mild gross-out
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★ Jess
Feb 28, 2012 ★ Jess marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
Look at the amount of pages in this book.
Look at the amount of pages in Under The Dome.
Check the date this book is published.
Check the date Under The Dome was published.

*eyetwitch*

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Nataliya
Apr 04, 2012 Nataliya rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Stephen King fans and history lovers
Go ahead, book snobs. Proclaim haughtily that Stephen King is not Literature. I shall retort with a Pratchett quote, "Susan hated Literature. She'd much prefer to read a good book." And nobody argues with Sir Terry.


(Since 'a picture is worth a thousand words', the above is a three-thousand-words summary of this book. Impressive, no? And also - dancing is life.)

As you probably guessed from the not-too-spoiler-sensitive title, 11/22/63 is a book about time travel. My love for it is an exception
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Emily May
May 25, 2015 Emily May rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“We never know which lives we influence, or when, or why.”

I still fail to understand why Stephen King isn't considered a writer of "respected literature". Because he writes sci-fi and horror? Because his books are so compelling, entertaining and popular? For me, King does what very few authors manage - he turns fast-paced genre fiction into well-written, thought-provoking literature.

And 11/22/63 is no exception. I've been putting this book off for the last few years; partly because it's an 80
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Jason
Feb 19, 2015 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-kindle, 2012, reviewed
Hi, my name is Jake Epping and I’m a dull high school English teacher who has decided to go back in time to prevent JFK from being assassinated. I’ve decided to do this primarily because a fat man who serves me 53 year-old cheeseburgers (with whom I share only a vague casual acquaintance) has told me that I should. There is no other real reason for me to being doing this. There really isn’t. Once I’m there, I will also risk my life to save a bunch of other people that I barely know because I wan ...more
Megs ♥
Mar 15, 2012 Megs ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I'll be honest here. It's really rare that I get through a book over 500 pages, let alone 700 (Nook pages). It's also true that I have never read a single thing from Mr. King until now. Why? I'm not sure. Maybe his books intimidated me, because when I was younger everyone was always talking to me about how his books were so long, and blah blah. Anyway, I am proud to say that 11/22/63 was my first book read by Stephen King. I hear it's so much different than his other work, but I also haven't met
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Blythe
Apr 07, 2012 Blythe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who doesn't like King's scary books, and really anyone in general... Seriously, read this!
*sigh*... I'm so upset that it's over... You got me at the ending there, Stephen. You really, truly got me. What can I possibly say about this wonderful, beautiful book? That it's wonderful and beautiful? No. That's no where near enough praise. This book made it up to my top 3 favorites list by King (placing at #3) and is probably my favorite book of 2011 (if not tied with Shutter Island). Reading this book, I was so worried about what the ending would be (because, let's be honest here, we know ...more
Jeffrey Keeten
May 08, 2015 Jeffrey Keeten rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
You may ask yourself how in the world did a wife beating, mental degenerate, and multiple country defecting (USA, RUSSIA and an attempt at Cuba) little shit like this

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kill the charismatic, handsome war hero, and most powerful man in the world.

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It doesn't make any sense. It never has made any sense. Oswald just does not fit the profile for a guy that could pull off an assassination of this magnitude. He's a semi-educated hillbilly, but he's surprisingly crafty."

Kennedy provided a golden opportuni
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Kemper
Adventures in Time Mowing

Dallas, Texas
11/22/63


“Hey, you just appeared out of nowhere! How did you do that? And is that a laptop melted onto a lawn mower?”

“Yeah. See there was this lightning strike and now I can use my time mower to visit the past and …. Wait a second. If you’re from 1963, how did you know what a laptop is? Oh, shit! You’re a time traveler, too?”

“Yes, I am. What year are you from?”

“2011. My name’s Kemper.”

“No way! I’m from 2011, too. My name is George Amberson. I mean, it’s reall
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K. A. O'Neil
Dec 14, 2011 K. A. O'Neil rated it it was ok
Shelves: fuck-this-book
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Sarah Kathryn
Dec 19, 2011 Sarah Kathryn rated it did not like it
Real spoilers are inside "spoiler" tags. Things that tell a little about the content that I would have appreciated hearing before committing to this behemoth are not. You've been warned.

This is my first Stephen King read. I'm not a horror fan, but I love a good alternate history, and I figured that a story of a man who goes back in time to stop Kennedy's assassination could be one of those. It isn't. Not the biggest hurdle, because this could still have been an enjoyable read if it had been abou
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Lisa
Dec 04, 2013 Lisa rated it it was amazing
What did I think? I think I lost a weekend and there is no way to go back in time to get it because I don't know where the rabbit hole is! But would I? Would I change having read this book? No way!

I was a huge Stephen King fan in high school and gobbled up all of his books. Until ... they went from cool weird to over-the-top weird. Suddenly coke machines were your worst enemy and there seemed to be a less emotional element mixed with the macabre (think Pet Cematary) and it was just a bunch of wo
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Nandakishore Varma
Stephen King is not a literary writer. In fact, in literary circles, I am afraid that he may not be considered even a good writer. I am almost certain that he is not going to win the Nobel Prize for literature; even the Booker and Pulitzer also seems unlikely to come to him.

Who cares? Because King is the last of that dying breed: the storyteller. The spirit that moves in him is the same which animated the stone-age shaman as he narrated fascinating, fantastic, bloodcurdling, raunchy and sentimen
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Lou
Listen to an excerpt from Stephen King's 11/22/63 audiobook, narrated by Craig Wasson.
A grandmaster of storytelling, the Dickens of modern times is back with another top read.
He's back with no Here's Johnny! but certainly here's Lee Oswald! a brutal husband and a father.
The stage is set the focal time 22nd November 1963, enter the main protagonist Jake Epping soon to be known as George Amberson down the Alice in Wonderland Rabbit Hole, the mission to rewrite history. What Jake undertakes has d
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Paul Bryant
Nov 06, 2012 Paul Bryant rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
I had just sat down to begin this review on my laptop when the doorbell went. I wasn't expecting anyone. It was probably going to be one of those pitiful door to door salesmen trying to get me to buy a dishcloth for a fiver. They make me feel so bad. But it wasn't. I opened the door and looked at myself. It was me.

"Huh, what? " I said. "You're… you're…"

"Yeah, that's right. I'm you. Sorry about that. Like looking in a mirror, isn't it? But worse!"

"Uh… what's goin' on ?" This was bad, I was quotin
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Carol
WOW! What a great read! UNPUTDOWNABLE! My favorite book of the year thus far. Highly recommend!

Occam's Razor - the simplest explanation is usually the right one.

Update: February 15, 2016 - Watched the first episode on HULU.......Yikes! Get ready for some action-packed scenes that "jump" out at you and some super scary dudes from hell! Can't wait to get back to it, but want to stretch out the series to last!

John Goode
Dec 31, 2011 John Goode rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are two types of Stephen King readers.

The ones who just read his stuff because it is usually "horror" and the ones who know what I mean when I saw all stories lead to The Tower. It is impossible to explain how each book is a brick in a much larger wall to someone who hasn't read every single book but trust me when I say...it is an incredible way to read books.

So to me there are two ways to read King's work. On it's own merit and how it connects to the rest of The Tower. The last tower book
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Richard Derus
Nov 20, 2013 Richard Derus rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review, along with many of my others, can now be found at Expendable Mudge Muses Aloud.

Wrist-spraining goodness. Just about as good as it gets. The fiftieth anniversary of the assassination is this week. It's a good time to think about the might-have-beens of history.

helen the bookowl
Wow, this book was amazing in many different ways!
First of all, it's one of those stories that puzzles with your mind and makes you think: What if? What if you could go back in time and change the future? How would it work out? Stephen King gives us his version of this in this novel, and it is highly entertaining!
Secondly, this is one of King's novels that is NOT horror but more of a thriller, and I loved this shift in genre. I've previously claimed that King is a great story-teller but not ne
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Dan Schwent
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Maciek
I never got to know my grandfather very well. Even though we lived close to each other (his home was just a few streets away from mine), he never visited me and I rarely visited him. He was a man who mostly kept his thoughts to himself and rarely displayed emotions to others. His small apartment that he shared with grandmother was full of nostalgia; a very old trimline telephone with a receiver which looked like a tube and the calls sounded like they were coming from one; a small musical box, wi ...more
Mitchel Broussard
Is it just me or is this one missing the most obvious release date tie in ever?
Gatorman
Nov 29, 2011 Gatorman rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This book is a mess on so many levels I'm not sure where to even begin. First, it's a damn shame that King chose to take what could have been an interesting story centered around the Kennedy assassination and turn it into nothing more than a liberal lovefest worshipping all that is Kennedy and a political diatribe against all that is Republican, conservative and/or religious. I was well aware of King's political views when I read this book, as well as every other King book I've read, but ne ...more
Delee
Life turns on a dime.

I stopped and started 11/22/63 by Stephen King a couple of times- not because it wasn't absolutely wonderful- but because I couldn't seem to give it my undivided attention. I am not really a speedy reader, and 800+ can seem quite daunting to me. When the 50th anniversary of JFK's death was coming up, it seemed like a perfect time to grab this off the shelf once again and dive right in.

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June 2011 Lisbon Falls, Maine- Jake Epping- a high school English teacher gets a phone call
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Crystal Craig
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"Sometimes a cigar is just a smoke and a story's just a story.”

I went with the audio version of this book and let me tell you, it's worth the entire thirty dollars and change. A gentleman by the name of Craig Wasson narrates 30+ hours of listening, and, He Nails It! During the first two hours, I was hanging on every word and did not get up from my chair; not even to pee.

"Continence pants are funny, of course they are. Unless, of course, you're the one who needs them."

Stephen King's books never
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Brian
Nov 26, 2011 Brian rated it liked it
* Roger Ebert wrote of the movie Pearl Harbor that it "is a two-hour movie squeezed into three hours, about how on Dec. 7, 1941, the Japanese staged a surprise attack on an American love triangle." The paraphrase for King's book is a natural: it's a 200-page novel squeezed into 800 pages, about how on November 22, 1963, Lee Harvey Oswald assassinated the world's most powerful love affair. Or at least tries to. You'll have to see for yourself how it all turns out.

* Being from Dallas, I'm tempted
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Dan
Nov 24, 2011 Dan rated it it was ok
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Arah-Lynda
Dec 26, 2015 Arah-Lynda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: top, i-said

It was fifty years ago today......


Stephen King is a master storyteller. We all know this. So I should not have been surprised to have been swept away from the get go and taken to the Land of Ago, but I was. I was! I walked with Jake Epping through the 50s and 60s and into my own past.

11/22/63 as the title implies is a story centered on one, of the far too many, watershed moments of our lives: the assassination of John F Kennedy. Jake Epping, a middle aged high school teacher reads a story by on
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Trudi
All hail the King! Talk about ending the reading year of 2011 on a high note. Review to follow. Happy New Year everyone!

I may be a mad dog fan of Stephen King, but that doesn’t mean everything he writes gets me foaming at the mouth. Over the years there have been disappointments -- but this book is not one of them. I would rank King’s foray into time travel and historical fiction as a rousing, emotional, unforgettable success for in it he is doing what King does when writing at his absolute bes
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D.B. Woodling
May 18, 2016 D.B. Woodling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All audiences
While a talented author seduces readers, Stephen King grabs his by the throat, holds them hostage, and effectively hypnotizes his audience through 849 pages. Not an easy task. Had it been possible, I would have given this novel 4.5 stars.

Not surprisingly, would you save JFK from assassination? is the premise for 11/22/63. To King’s protagonist, Jake Epping, who travels from a 2011 wormhole into 1958, it’s a no-brainer. But can he ignore the butterfly effect? By saving the lives of a few endearin
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Stephen Edwin King was born the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. After his father left them when Stephen was two, he and his older brother, David, were raised by his mother. Parts of his childhood were spent in Fort Wayne, Indiana, where his father's family was at the time, and in Stratford, Connecticut. When Stephen was eleven, his mother brought her children back to Durham, M ...more
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