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Author: Stephen King

Started: Aug. 18, 2021

Finished: Aug. 29, 2021

"The past is obdurate. It doesn't want to change."

Jake Epping is a newly divorced English teacher trying to make extra money teaching adults who want to get their GED. During these final days of teaching, he reads a paper that changes the course of his life. When he takes the author out to eat at a local diner, there he meets the owner, Al. Al shows Jake a "rabbit hole" to the past. He then asks Jake if he wants to change the course of saving President Kennedy from being assassinated in Dallas on November 22, 1963. Jake comes to discover that his choices, no matter how well-intentioned, can have dire consequences. He also discovers that the past does not like to be changed and will do anything it can to keep Jake from stopping the assassination.

I do not usually read Stephen King as I find his need to write with excruciating detail is a bit too much for me. I have discovered that I can listen to his books and enjoy them. I have been wanting to read this story for a long time and felt the time was right. I enjoyed reading the story and the amount of time that King took researching the Kennedy assassination and the possibilities of behind the scene players. I also thought the author's notes about Karen Carlin were very interesting. Here is a link so you can read more about her. All in all, this was a well-done story but it was far too long at 30+ hours. I'm glad to know that other Stephen King books are now open to me since I know I can listen to them.


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