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4.00002038705272 out of 54.00002038705272 out of 54.00002038705272 out of 54.00002038705272 out of 54.00002038705272 out of 5 4.00 (99,573 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Craig Wasson Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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It was a fateful day. On November 22, 1963 three shots rang out as President Kennedy rode through Dallas in his motorcade. His assassination changed the world. What if you could change it back?

In this brilliant, masterful novel, Stephen King – who represents the political, social and popular culture of his generation more thoroughly and with more imagination than any other author – takes readers and listeners on a remarkable odyssey into history and the possibility of changing it.

The story begins in Lisbon Falls, Maine, where 35 year old English teacher Jake Epping has a second job teaching GED classes. When he assigns his students an essay about a life changing event, one student blows him away with the horrifying tale of the night more than 50 years ago when the father of Harry Dunning took a sledgehammer to his sister, brother and mother, killing them all. Reading the essay marks a turning point for Jake. His life, like America's in 1963, and like Harry's, will never be the same.

Soon, Jake's friend Al reveals a secret. The storeroom in his restaurant is a door to the past—a specific moment in 1958. Al recruits Jake to take over the mission that Al has become obsessed with—to change history by stopping the assassination of JFK.

Jake takes the name of George Amberson, and begins a new life in a world of Elvis and Ike and JFK, sock hops, cigarette smoke, and big American cars. From the small city of Derry, Maine, where the Dunning murders occurred, to the small Texas town of Jodie, where Jake falls precariously in love, all roads lead to Dallas, and to a disturbed loner by the name of Lee Harvey Oswald. History may no longer be history, time travel has never been so plausible, and the past has never been so breathtakingly terrifying.

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty worldwide bestsellers. In 2003, he received the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives with his wife, novelist Tabitha King, in Bangor, Maine.

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.

Following his massively successful novel Under the Dome, King sweeps listeners back in time to another moment—a real life moment—when everything went wrong: the JFK assassination. And he introduces listeners to a character who has the power to change the course of history.

Jake Epping is a thirty-five-year-old high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine, who makes extra money teaching adults in the GED program. He receives an essay from one of the students—a gruesome, harrowing, first-person story about the night fifty years ago when his father came home and killed his mother, his sister, and his brother with a hammer. Harry escaped with a smashed leg, as evidenced by his crooked walk.

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. So begins Jake’s new life as George Amberson and his new world of Elvis and JFK, of big American cars and sock hops, of a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald and a beautiful high school librarian named Sadie Dunhill, who becomes the love of Jake’s life—a life that transgresses all the normal rules of time.

A tribute to a simpler era and a devastating exercise in escalating suspense, 11/22/63 is Stephen King at his epic best.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “King pulls off a sustained high-wire act of storytelling trickery...The pages of 11/22/63 fly by, filled with immediacy, pathos, and suspense. It takes great brazenness to go anywhere near this subject matter. But it takes great skill to make this story even remotely credible. Mr. King makes it all look easy, which is surely [the] book’s fanciest trick.” 

    New York Times

  • “A tale richly layered with the pleasures we’ve come to expect: characters of good heart and wounded lives, whose adventures into the fantastic are made plausible because they are anchored in reality, in the conversations and sense of place that take us effortlessly into the story.”

    Washington Post

  • 11/22/63 shows true worth. The writing is supple, the suspense unforced, and the atmosphere accurately evokes the times.” 

    Barnes & Noble editorial review

  • “Narrator Craig Wasson delivers a spirited and thoughtful performance of Jake Epping’s first-person account.” 


  • “King remains an excellent storyteller, and his evocation of mid-twentieth-century America is deft. Alternate-history buffs will especially enjoy the twist ending.”

    Library Journal

  • “King’s imagination, as always, yields a most satisfying yarn.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A 2011 Kirkus Reviews Top 25 Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 Amazon Best Books of the Year
  • A 2011 Barnes & Noble Best Book for Fiction
  • A 2011 New York Times Best Book for Fiction
  • Winner of the 2012 International Thriller Writers Award
  • A 2011 New York Times Book Review Top 10 Book of the Year for Fiction
  • A 2012 British Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • Recipient of the 2011 Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award
  • Winner of the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller
  • A 2011 Washington Post Notable Book for Fiction
  • A 2012 World Fantasy Award Nominee for Best Novel
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books for Fiction, 2011
  • A 2012 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marie | 2/14/2017

    " I've been a Stephen King fan all my life. Since the age of 12, I have been addicted to almost everything he writes...This book is now part of that, not his typical type of story, but so well written and researched, it blew my mind. Again, he grabs you with the story and doesn't let go. Go Stephen! "

  • 4.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 54.666666 out of 5 by morrie | 7/28/2016

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. I have a 40 minute commute to work each day and this book made the time fly. I would recommend this to anyone who has long drives to and from work. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Twigsy | 5/7/2016

    " I have the hardcover of this book at home, but knew I would never have the time to read it. The audiobook seemed the perfect alternative. I’m generally not a sci-fi, time-travel reader, but it was by Stephen King so I went for it. For a couple of weeks, my commute was dominated by this engaging and intricate story. In typical King fashion, the images he created with words were easy to “see.” I loved the book and thought “someone should make a movie of this, but it would have to be very long.” The Hulu series brought my mental images to life, but the book helped me understand the story. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Nikolas Fodor | 2/6/2014

    " I grabbed this book on a trip home from NYC after my sister said she was reading for a book club. She said the guy that chose it for the club had already read it and thought it would be great for discussion. Did you know that people in the Northeast believe they're inherently smarter than those on the West Coast? And not just the Ivy League pricks. The theory I constantly hear out of NYC is they do so much more reading due to the subway. That makes me laugh. Anyway, i usually either try to read classic literature that warrants inclusion in a book club (as some of it's over my head) or historical non-fiction that focuses on a person or time period. i thought this book might provide some deeper perspective or insight on JFK/Oswald. I learned a bit about Oswald, but turns out he wasn't very interesting. King still tells a page-turning, slightly warped story, and it's a fun time piece on the early 60s. I enjoyed the read, just wasn't as deep, opinionated, or controversial as I was expecting. "

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