Monday, November 23, 2020



Author: Stephen King

Narrator: Craig Wasson

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Year: 2011


I had forgotten just how great a storyteller Stephen King is! 

Way back in the day I read  a lot of Stephen King- all his classics including Pet Cemetery, The Shining, ‘Salem’s Lot, Cujo, The Dead Zone, Firestarter, and Carrie. I think Misery was the last of his books that I read and that was decades ago. Can’t remember if I lost interest in his books or in the horror genre. 

I was recently scrolling through the available audiobooks on my public library’s Libby app and saw 11/22/63 was available. I downloaded it on a whim and I’m glad I did. It was so good! I knew the general gist of the story before starting- something about stopping the Kennedy assassination. I really didn’t know what to expect. What I got was an engrossing story of time travel, history, and love. 

The basic plot is simple. There’s a portal to 1958 in the storeroom of a restaurant in Maine. Al, the restaurant’s owner, has been using the portal to make visits to the past. His ultimate plan was to stop Oswald from shooting JFK believing it would change the course of American history for the better. Ill health prevents Al from completing his mission, so he convinces his friend Jake to go through the portal and stop Oswald. 

The story is detailed with pop culture and history of the late 1950s and ‘60s. King crafts nuanced characters who Jake meets along the way to the fateful day in 1963. King keeps the story moving and I never found myself wanting to skim ahead. Craig Wasson provides an excellent narration of the audiobook bringing the myriad of characters to life. This is King at his finest giving us a riveting story we can’t put down. 

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