11/22/63 by Stephen King


⛰ What It's About

A high school english teacher from a small town in Maine goes back in time to 1963 to stop the assassination of JFK. The protagonist, Jake, alters past events and unknowingly unleashes a "butterfly effect" that has far-reaching future impact. Anyone interested in time-travel, historical fiction, or the JFK assassination would like this novel, though I recommend the audiobook version.

🔍 How I Discovered It

I discovered this book through a Reddit list of "Best Audiobooks of All-Time" - per usual, Reddit hit its mark.

🧠 Thoughts

I listened to this audiobook while I was recovering from LASIK surgery (when I couldn't read my Kindle). It was an engaging, albeit long (30 hours), story that had many twists and turns that kept me as a reader continually coming back for more. A great time-travel, historical fiction novel.

What I Liked About It

The storytelling was superb. Stephen King obviously knows how to weave a story together and develop characters within a solid plot. He also conducted pain-staking research to accurately (with some notable departures) describe the circumstances behind the JFK assassination.

What I Didn't Like About It

The protagonist, Jake, definitely has some cringe-worthy phrases especially during the high-action portions of the story. He can feel like an over indulgent relic at times.

It felt a bit long, I probably could have done without 5 or so hours in the middle part of the story. Though, I really couldn't do much else while recovering from LASIK, so it wasn't terrible to have some extra time in the story.

🥰 Who Would Like It?

Anyone that has a long car ride or time where they need to fill many hours with a story. People that enjoy science fiction and time travel would like this book.

Someone who enjoys historical fiction or has ever wanted to go down a rabbit-hole on the JFK assassination.