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Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away.. ...more
Hardcover, 849 pages
Published November 8th 2011 by Scribner
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Beth I am so heartily disappointed in the mini-series. I love Franco, but he's NOT Jake...and the series strays from the book story line way too much for…moreI am so heartily disappointed in the mini-series. I love Franco, but he's NOT Jake...and the series strays from the book story line way too much for my taste. Hugh Grant would have made a better Jake/George in my opinion... and the mini-series didn't even use the name George. Why the heck not?(less)

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Nataliya
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 pro
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Emily May
Sep 30, 2013 rated it really liked it
“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 800+ page giant
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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-ou/>
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★ Jess
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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Real.

Utterly compelling. King outlines a clear end goal, and the novel benefits enormously as the journey to that destination unfolds. A constant susp
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Jeffrey Keeten
Mar 01, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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Jason
Dec 21, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: for-kindle, reviewed, 2012
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 want to d ...more
Megs ♥
Nov 08, 2011 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 a singl
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Blythe
Nov 08, 2011 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 King isn ...more
Matthew
Another big, big King book down!

This was truly and epic tale. While I know every author has to do research to make sure that the book makes sense and doesn’t sound ridiculous, this had to be the most research King has ever had to put into a book. When discussing historical events and the potential impact of changing them (both knowing what actually happened vs conjecturing what would happen if any details were changed), you have to make sure your knowledge of all related events is st
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Elyse (retired from reviewing/semi hiatus) Walters
I LOVED IT!

There's two main story lines:
1)The Romance story (with wonderful well developed characters)
2)Stop A major event in U.S. History (its all well plotted throughout the book)
Both mixed together in some very intelligent--satisfying ways.

Stephen King knows how to blend the supernatural with history better than your average author. (celebrates nostalgic also without being sassy about it).

I'm often not a fan of time travel fiction reading ---bu
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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
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Sarah
Nov 12, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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 h
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Navidad Thélamour
Stephen King’s 11/22/63 was a behemoth of a work with more layers than a Chicagoan in December. The premise in itself was exhilarating, and the execution was near flawless. Another chef-d'oeuvre from Ole’ Uncle Stevie. This one was a novel that absolutely could not have been tackled by just anyone and may have fallen flat on its face if handled by a less experienced craftsman. The worlds on both sides of the time-travel line were utterly realistic, but where King really showed his masterful hand was with the threads ...more
K. A. O'Neil
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Frances
Aug 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake Epping, a high school English teacher living in Lisbon Falls, Maine, seems to enjoy his vocation along with the very cheap burgers at Al’s Diner made fresh daily by owner Al Templeton. Meeting up with Al one evening, Jake is stunned by the astonishing secret Al has kept for several years. As Jake listens closely he is extremely skeptical and shocked about Al’s request; he wants him to go on a journey. Not any ordinary journey, but an extraordinary and quite unique mission that he needs to t ...more
Paul Bryant
Jun 22, 2012 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 go
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Ginger
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio, 2018
March 18th, 2018
I've thought about this book off and on the last few months since I read it. I've changed my mind and rating.
I changed it to 5 STARS and still love it. That's the power of a great book!

February 8th, 2018
I went into this book knowing three things:

1. It was HUGE
2. I’m not a big JFK assignation conspiracy fan. I didn’t know if this whole plot would work for me or not.
3. I know Stephen King can get wordy, so I was hoping that this book wouldn’t lag or get off point./>February
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Sarah
This book is one of the best I have read in awhile for its length. It's pure genius.

Who hasn't wanted do-overs in their life ? I would probably go back to when I started high school and make wiser decisions.

I would have loved to have heard the conversations between Stephen King, his wife and their son, Author Joe Hill. His wife still stands with the theories that Oswald didn't act alone, and Joe Hill thought of another way to end the book.

The way King describes the characters in th
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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!

Update: June 4, 2016 - Wow! Oh! Wow! Excellent!

Enjoyed a marathon day of all 8 episodes of Season 1.

Intense.....Powerful.....Action Packed!

Don't Miss It!

Lyn
Oct 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent Stephen King novel.

I think many of us probably have an experience that is some variation of this story: English teacher and / or writer condescendingly dismisses King’s work as trite and spectacular, opining that their own work suffers from an artistic perception lacking in mainstream literature.

I was in a college class where our teacher (an otherwise fun and engaging lecturer and knowledgeable professor – and published author) said something to the effect that King’s work was “good enoug
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Norma * Traveling Sister
Traveling Sister Reads Review by NORMA, LINDSAY and BRENDA!!

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars for the book
5+++++++ stars for the reading experience for all of us participating in this ‘Traveling Sister Reads’!! So much fun!!!

Steven King has a lot going on here in 11/22/63 as we have some time-traveling, political history, and also a little bit of romance in this Historical Fiction Thriller novel that had us all engaged, interested, and rooting for a positive outcome b
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Dan Schwent
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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
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Matt
Jul 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
Even though I was told, growing up, that King's work was somewhere close to the Devil (no, I was not evangelical), even since I began reading his stuff, I have been impressed. Stephen King takes ideas and strings them together like no other author to which I have a reading history.

In 11/22/63, King takes us on a sci fi time travel adventure back into 1958 and the years that follow. The story is not Ray Bradbury in its sci fi nature. In fact it reads like any regular story set in the
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Johann (jobis89)
Jan 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
"We did not ask for this room or this music. We were invited in. Therefore, because the dark surrounds us, let us turn our faces to the light. Let us endure hardship to be grateful for plenty. We have been given pain to be astounded by joy. We have been given life to deny death. We did not ask for this room or this music. But because we are here, let us dance."

A school teacher, Jake Epping, travels back in time through a portal with the aim of preventing the assassination of JFK, oft
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Lisa
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
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**********SOME SPOILERS**********

Here is another book I wasn't sure I would like as I don't care for time travel books. BUT.. once again I was wrong and this time travel book was AWESOME!

Jake Epping is having a normal day when his friend Al, who owns a diner, lets him in on a big secret.

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Al's little diner has a portal that leads back to the 1950's - 60's! And Al wants Jake to go back and try to save Kennedy to see if the world would be a better place. Al has been trying for awhile but now he's going to die of cancer and he can't
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Julie
Nov 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorite-books
You can't quit this, and you can't put it down.

It's a giant something super delicious slipped between two covers and you can't devour it quickly enough.

And it's startling. And thought-provoking. And memorable.

And the story races along, pretending it's just some white-knuckling, heart-racing, page-turning pulp fiction, but it sucker punches you. Reminds you that Stephen King is classically trained, and he can wax poetic if he wants to.

I read this 84
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Lindsay - Traveling Sister
I had the pleasure of being able to read this lengthy book along with my favourite Goodreads sisters, Brenda and Norma. It was an honour to be included in one of their 'sister reads'! Our rating/review is as follows:

3.5 stars rounded up to 4 stars for the book

5+++++++ stars for the reading experience for all of us participating in this ‘Traveling Sister Read’!! So much fun!!!

To see our full review, please visit Norma and Brenda's book blog at https://twogirlslostinacouleereading....


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
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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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