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11/22/63 by Stephen King Book Summary

One of the Ten Best Books of The New York Times Book Review
Winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize
Now a miniseries from Hulu starring James Franco


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.

11/22/63 (Stephen King) Book Reviews

Good fall readThis was a good book to take breaks from college studying. Although a tiny confusing sometimes, keeps me interested..Score: 4/5

One of his bestI haven’t read every King book but I have many and this one really grabs you from beginning to end despite not really being “scary”. The Hulu series was nice but no where near the depth of the book..Score: 5/5

11/22/63My review... short & to the point Stephen... I feel this is your best, ever...! Bill.Score: 5/5

I love this book!I have read this book twice, maybe three times now, I never get tired of it. Every time I start into it, I have a hard time putting it dow. Absolutely one of my all time favorite books. Stephen King could not have written this any better!.Score: 5/5

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FantasticThis + the Hulu mini-series we’re both fantastic!.Score: 5/5

Couldn't put it downThis was my first Stephen King novel and I couldn't put it down! It's intense and thrilling and I didn't want it to end. Some people seem to shy away from King because of his horror reputation but I think this had an great balance. Highly recommend!.Score: 5/5

Can’t stop readingI have the hard cover which I have read 4 times and am considering a 5th. Every time I read it I discover something new. I love the various sub-plots, all of which add to the main plot. Mr. King has obviously thoroughly researched the history and characters as well as adding his own intuition, resulting in a great story. I haven’t read too many of his other books, but this is one I will keep on my shelf to read again..Score: 5/5

WowAbsolutely amazing! This is Stephen King at his best!.Score: 5/5

Long and unfocusedA poor attempt at a Jack Finney novel. The hook at the beginning is great but it slides into mediocrity and a "let's put on a show" theme/soap opera for far too long. Endless minutiae about Oswald, short of his bowel movements, do nothing to move the story forward. Seems like King really wanted to write about a teacher who danced, had sex, and lived in a small town. Throwing time travel in was the only way he could get anyone to buy the story. The show they produce will need to do some heavy editing..Score: 2/5

Excellent read!Back to the Future meets JFK in this super entertaining and engaging novel by Stephen King. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

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Fantastic bookMan, what a fantastic book. King really outdid himself this time: doing thorough research about the 50's and 60's, making the characters likeable, and for myself, being able to connect to the characters emotionally. Really great for people who like history, fiction, and even romance. I would give it 10/10 if I had the option, but 5 stars is all I can give!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic ReadThis book is brilliant, one of the best I have ever read. It’s fascinating from beginning to end and nearly impossible to put down. A wondercully excellent non-horror book from Stephen King..Score: 5/5

DecentTalks to much about irrelevant things But it’s good.Score: 3/5

Love this StoryRead this twice and I loved it more the second time around. Great plot and wonderful characters. Mr. King did it again..Score: 5/5

Emotional entanglement on a circular journeyI’ve seen most, if not all of the film adaptations if King’s movies but this is the first book I’ve read of his. My God, this man is truly a masterful storyteller in any genre. The mixture of fate, love, and detailed planning on such a visceral scale is simply amazing. There’s no horror besides the power of fate and the sadness of choices in this novel. Please do yourself a favor and give this book a read. If you have any love for the art of storytelling in you, I’m positive you will love this as well..Score: 5/5

Another 5 STAR!!I have read every King book ever written and this one is one of my favorites! I don't read any others of this genre because I prefer more non fiction history and "literary" fiction. I loved that he chose the JFK assassination to meld with his unique style. This was a bit different than his usual and it was not disappointing! I hope he considers using this type again!.Score: 5/5

Amazing bookThis book is incredible. Highly recommend reading it if you like history, time travel, and thrillers!.Score: 5/5

History buffIf you’re a history buff plus a Stephen King fan like me…then this is the book for you, especially if you have conspiracy theory thoughts and concerns. This was my first novel by the legend that I read and I only bought it because I had just read “Killing Kennedy” and all of that knowledge was fresh on my brain and it DID NOT disappoint..Score: 5/5

Fantastic story!!This book was great! I love how it blended history and fiction and always kept you involved in the characters!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!Loved every minute of this book. Captivating, realistic, exciting and romantic. Stephen King did it again. Definitely one of his best..Score: 5/5

You going to love itWhoever haven't read this book yet i just want to ask you: What are you waiting for???.Score: 5/5

11/22/63Omg, I absolutely love this book. I just could not put it down. A whole bunch of actual history, mixed in with that famous Steven King imagination, makes for one amazing nonstop storytelling adventure about what might have been..Score: 5/5

Amazing piece of time travel/alternate historyI love alternate history novels and have read many of them by some of the best. This is one of my favorite books of all time. I could not put it down..Score: 5/5

Fabulous.....I'm not shocked to have read another excellent KING book. This was definitely one of his best. I absolutely loves it!🙃.Score: 5/5

Best King ever writtenHands down, my favorite King novel. A must read!.Score: 5/5

AddictedLoved this book- really sparked a fire for this era and all the controversy and scandals that happened. Couldn't put it down.Score: 5/5

GreatIt very deep the story is very amazing I can't even know how he wrote this story.Score: 5/5

A book you fall intoA book you fall into. You fall into the rabbit hole and the book gets into your dreams and you lose yourself on a wonderful journey..Score: 5/5

King is the KingLoved it..Score: 4/5

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Wicked time traveling - Stephen King styleI have always been a fan of the time travel genre, but King takes you on his version, a ride of unknowns and creepiness..Score: 5/5

MehIt was okay. I liked the shining better.Score: 3/5

11/22/1963I found this the most fascinating novel that I have read in a very long time. Not only will it be a favorite Stephen King novel but one of my very favorite ever by any author. That intrigue of the historical event tied with time travel just left me hanging as I read page after page..Score: 5/5

FanFreakinTastic!!I could not put this book down!! Literally... Almost flunked a class because I HAD to keep reading to find out what happened next. Absolutely a must read!.Score: 5/5

11/22/63Greatest book I have ever read. I loved it so much I am reading it again!!!!.Score: 5/5

11/23/ 62This was by far the best Stephan king book I’ve read. Highly recommend. Hope they DONT make a movie because they will just ruin it.Score: 5/5

Never forgetEven though you know where this story is headed, be patient till you get to that part because you won't be able to put the book down. It's an interesting story of time travel, history, and a love story as well..Score: 5/5

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Gripping read, highly recommended!I was about to embark on a weeklong trip to Vienna, and knew that I would have some significant downtime during my flights and layovers. To find something to do during that time, I decided to purchase this book, and alas, the book was so gripping that I spent hours upon hours while in Vienna reading. This book caused me to waste my time in Vienna reading instead of exploring the city! Bad Stephen King, bad!.Score: 5/5

Time-travel story at its bestThis is most certainly one of the most interesting, engaging, and downright fantastic books I have ever read. It kept me hooked all of the way through and I couldn't put it down. This adventure is one for the history books for sure. Now I'm looking into a new genre, time travel stories! Looking forward to Time and Again by Jack! Thanks Mr. King..Score: 5/5

Wish I hadn't put it offI bought this book when it was released and well life got in the way and I forgot about it. I absolutely loved this book. I couldn't put it down. After reading mostly horror novels by Mr king I was pleasantly surprised by this one..Score: 5/5

Good read so farJust got the book and it is a good read so far I’m a big SK fan and can’t wait to get more in depth.Score: 5/5

King at his best.Loaded with the usual King hooks, “ a band from Austin was playing and they were laying it down”. The red Christine Plymouth, the IT clown, always a mention of Shawshank. Back to Derry. Very good read..Score: 4/5

Broken BookI guess this is the occasional problem with digital? Your purchased book can be "broken." No Chapter 6 after first page. Jumps to 7 which does same. Bummer. How do I get a new one?.Score: 1/5

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Pleasantly surprised!I picked this one up because of interest in the JFK plot line. I couldn’t put it down because of all of the other plot lines laid out, those captivated me even more than JFK’s. The biggest bonus was how SK “harmonizes” this story with characters and places from his other novels, notably “It”. I’m looking forward to watching how the mini series compares..Score: 5/5

Long but very well writtenBelieve it or not, this was my first Stephen King novel. Besides the length, it was a very well written story. And I never saw the end coming. I thought I knew the ending but then there were a lot of pages left. Surprising ending. Well worth the read. Just don't expect to read it in one sitting. LOL.Score: 4/5

AwseomeJust wanna say Bravo!!! love it so much, its just non-stop, how i wish they make a moive out of this book..Score: 5/5

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11/22/63 by Stephen KingI had stayed away from King's novels for a while as he had entered a weird other worldly place I found annoying. With 11/22/63 I found myself immersed in a time that I only vaguely recalled as a young child. In this novel both the characters and era they are placed in are 3 dimensional. King takes historical figures and turns them into real living breathing people. Lee Harvey Oswald comes alive to the point where you feel it is you living next door to him. The changes that The Butterfly Effect exact are scary but credible. You will not be able to note want to put this great read down!.Score: 4/5

Good readAh the complexities of time travel, the book seems like straight forward time travel genre but its more than that. It's one of the best books I've read. Stephen manages to work in a bit of suspense, mystery , romance and time travel all in one not to mention being historically accurate (for the most part) and have it all flow together flawlessly. I'd recommend this book to anyone. Read all 1000 pages in 2 days..Score: 5/5

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A great read!When King is on he is really on. A well crafted novel that does not feel overtly contrived. A real thumb swipper!.Score: 5/5

AwesomeAs always an amazing read by my fav author.....I have been a fan since the seventies and never disappointed by this imaginative storyteller...thank you Mr. King!.Score: 5/5

Great Story!I loved it from start to finish!!.Score: 5/5

Amazing!This book was amazing. I couldn't put it down, and I was very sad when it was finished. I hope they turn it into a mini series/movie one day..Score: 5/5

Best Book I Have Ever ReadBrilliant!.Score: 5/5

SpectacularI am not normally a Stephen King reader, but this book stuck with me after I read the cover. It was a spectacular book, a truly original idea that was very well written..Score: 5/5

Loved it!!Stephen King once again proves he is a master story-teller. I couldn't put it down and hope there are more time-travel adventures in the future. Was definitely up there with "Time and Again"..Score: 5/5

Fantastic readI am a big fan of S.K. books. This one did not disappoint. Nice job Stephen..Score: 5/5

M. MorganThis was a great book, which as a longtime King fan, I was not surprised by. The story was entertaining, and the characters rich and believable. I was a little apprehensive about a book so long about the Kennedy assassination, but as usual, Mr. King nailed it with an intriguing story that kept me turning page after page. Thanks for another great literary adventure!!.Score: 5/5

Fantastic!I couldn't put it down. And as usual when I can't put a book down I wish I had read more slowly so it isn't over....Score: 5/5

ExcellentEntertaining, bright! It let you thinking: What if it was possible?.Score: 5/5

Great as alwaysFascinating story. As always, Stephen King draws the reader in on the first page. Highly recommend this for a summer read..Score: 4/5

SweetI read this on my iPhone kobo app. Not much of a SK fan but loved this book and managed to get through it quickly!!.Score: 5/5

Great storyIt's no Bag of Bones or Insomnia; still an amazing story which inspires thoughts of "what if?". He's still got it!.Score: 5/5

Not a great endingThe ending fell off pretty quickly, given the length of the build up. The conclusion was somewhat predictably and could have gone one of two ways. The card man was unresolved. It was good title to draw you to the book, but the post assignation attempt should have been explored more and created more drama, given the context of time travel. Should leave the sci-fi writing to others. It is my first Stephen king novel, but I know his work and this one does not cut it for me...Score: 3/5

Too bad it's finished!Even though this book is over 1000 pages I finished it so fast, because it was so amazing! Many nights till 3am - couldn't put it down!.Score: 5/5

IncredibleJust Amazing!.Score: 5/5

King at his best!Brings us back to another era. Loved it!.Score: 5/5

Another GreatRead this book over the christmas break and couldn't put it down. I was honestly a little bit skeptical as to how the book would turn out after just reading the inside flap. But was rewarded with a classic King novel. A great mind bending plot with intriguing characters. Enjoy!.Score: 4/5

Brilliant!If you love history and are fascinated with time travel, this book is a must read. I never wanted the tale of Jake Epping/George Amberson to end. The way it was told kept me wanting more, and I was extremely sad when I got to the end. This is by far the best book I've ever read and hope that it gets turned into a movie because I love the story so much. Hats off to you Mr. King, simply brilliant! Thomas Michalkos.Score: 5/5

Not badI'm a pretty hardcore Stephen King fan, and also a fan of he Kennedy conspiracy theories. While I don't think this is his best book, it is still a solid 4 star effort. I thought he did some interesting things with the premise. Definitely worth the time and money to read..Score: 4/5

Great read!When I read an article relating to the book I immdiately went on iTunes and purchased it. Normally I am not a fan of Stephen King's horror based books but am an avid fan of time travel. Once the book was downloaded to my iPad, I became terribly addicted to reading it (normally on my one and half hour bus ride to work each morning). I hope Mr. King writes another "time travel" genre book which I will definitely purchase. Excellent read!.Score: 5/5

CaptivatingLoved every minute. Great read..Score: 5/5

BookThe book is pretty good so far but I think he made a spelling mistake: murdirt, so 4/5.Score: 1/5

11/22/63SK threw away the ending in a rush to finish the book. Most glaring hole in the narrative was the lack of explanation of the key players the gatekeepers at the doorways to the past and future. Who were they? How did they get there? If it was such a killer job why didn't they just quit? Simplest of all, what if they got the flu and couldn't show up for work?.Score: 2/5

Great as usual...A thousand pages went by like nothing. Stephen King once more let us know why he is the greatest storyteller of the twenty and twenty -first century. Sometimes in his books, the end can be a little disappointing, but in this one, the end is just great, only comparable to The Dead Zone. Mr. King, thank you for a remarkable ride.....Score: 5/5

AmazingA love story that spans decades. I was thoroughly impressed..Score: 5/5

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