11-22-63: A Novel by Stephen King
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11-22-63: A Novel Audiobook by Stephen King is a novel about a time traveler who tries to prevent the assassination of the president John F. Kennedy which occurred on 22nd November 1963. Jake Epping is a recently divorced high school teacher. He discovers a time portal in the kitchen of his friend Al.
Whenever anyone goes to the past through this time portal they end up reaching 9th September 1958 at 11:58 AM. Irrespective of how long one stays in the past- days, weeks or even years when they return back to the present only two minutes would have passed. The time portal also allows carrying of stuff back and forth in time and that each time a person travels back to 1958 again, the past has reset itself.
Al travels back in time to prevent the assassination of John F. Kennedy. He develops lung cancer so he returns back to 2011 and recruits Jake to do this for him. Jake travels to 1958 for saving a girl from serious injury. When he comes back to 2011 he says he has successfully saved the girl. If he goes back in time again to stop Harvey Oswald from trying to assassinate John F. Kennedy, he must save the girl first again. Jake travels back in time again to prevent Oswald from killing the president.
Through his journeys back in time Jake realizes that time is obdurate in nature and anyone trying to change the future will be faced with roadblocks. The more significantly one tries to change the future the more significant will be these roadblocks. The novel again picks up the pace at this point and the events which unfold and the suspense whether Jake will be able to prevent the assassination or not is gripping.
11-22-63: A Novel Audiobook by Stephen King received mostly positive reviews. It won the 2011 Los Angeles Times Book Prize. The author has captured the dimensions of time travels and the attempts to change history in an interesting manner. He successfully establishes the credibility of Jake who takes the quest to change the future significantly. While the book could have been edited better to make it crisper, the narrative still remains swift and engaging. The readers will love this pacy thriller and science fiction book and must read it.