Morning Meanderings…. NEVER Say Never

Good morning!!!

UP early – ready to go…. things to do…. things to do….

Do I feel better?  For the most part, yes.  Not 100% and I did just sneeze… but I am moving.

Do you have any of those authors you read and then one day you decide… never again?  I had that with Stephen King.  As a teen and early 20’s – LOVED just about everything he wrote.  In fact between him and Dean Koontz…. my favorite genre at the time was dark mystery with a touch occasionally of horror.  (My how times have a changed….LOL)

Then… at some point… his writing became just odd.  I didn’t get it… I didn’t want to get it… and I gave up on King, never to be read again by me.

There’s that word never.

But who was to know that someday in the future that King would write something that would make me curious.  Who among us seen 11-22-63 coming from this author?  Not me….  and even when it did I was skeptical…. but I added it to my wish list anyway, just in case… and then the positive murmurs began.

The final selling point for me was Kathy from Bermuda Onion said she was listening to it and enjoying it very much.  I knew then my next audible credit would go to this audio chunkster… 30+ hours of audio is a BIG commitment…. but I did it a couple of days ago and I am into the story and…


Not only so far has King impressed me with this story of going back in time to save Kennedy on that fatal day, it’s not cheesy weird.  It’s actually something I can visualize… and I like it.  It’s also smart and I have to tell you it is scoring big time with me.  As in this story, a way has been found to go back in time, yet each consecutive time you go back it sets everything you have done previously back to the way it was.  Basically – you have to do it right… and then never go back again.  AND no matter how long you are in the past – when you return to the future only two minutes have past, errr.. in the future.  

Looking for a good read or a good way to spend your audible credit that is worthy?  I think…. this may very well be it.  Treat yourself.  Surprise yourself.  Way to go King.

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Posted on January 29, 2012, in Meanderings and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 32 Comments.

  1. Sheila, I feel exactly as you do. Read King and Koontz all the time in the 80’s and early 90’s, and then nothing for over 10 years. His amazing book 11/22/63 has turned me around to crave his talent once again –just joined the Stephen King Project for 2012 and hope to read 3 more of his books this year.

    Have a great week!

  2. Yay! This is how I plan on spending my next audible credit!

  3. I’ve got to make myself read this! So many people have just loved it!

  4. Had to laugh when you said 30 plus hours of audio was a big commitment. It is! I just did 59 hours of Gone With The Wind, for book club. I SWORE would never read that book. It didn’t call to me AT ALL. I thought it a cheesy, sappy historical romance…..BUT I did it for bookclub and guess what? I really liked it!! So…you are right, Never say Never. LOL I love Stephen King, but haven’t really read much of him. I love him after reading his Memoir.

    • Debbie, the longest I have listened to was The Passage at 36 hours. I loved that one and for me to commit to that much time on one story line – I had better like it 😛

      I have never read Gone With The Wind – nor have I seen the movie.. I am not one for historical romance either…. but maybe someday I coudl do it on audio. 😀

  5. I loved this book. The 30 hours of audio flew by. I was listening while raking the yard and I remember doing some extra yard cleanup so I could keep listening. It’s that good! It transcends genres and should appeal to most people. And it’s not horror.

  6. I’m still not convinced. The going back in time thing just turns me off. And I think I just remember that day and the following days too well. At the JFK museum in Boston last year I couldn’t bear to look at the film from that tragedy. It’s still too much for me.

  7. I am/was right there with you regarding Stephen King’s books. BUT…I will be listening to this audiobook.

  8. I’m kind of that way with Piccoult. I used to read all of her stuff religiously and now don’t even notice when she has a new book published. I’ve never read anything by King (too scared) but this one definitely has piqued my curiousity!! Glad you enjoyed it. Maybe with next month’s credit…

    • I have not read the most recent Piccoult yet, although I do have it. The last one I read by her irritated me a bit and with so many books and authors, I have kind of pulled back from her as well.

  9. Carol N Wong (@Carolee888)

    Thank you for this review. I have been wondering about this book, whether I would like it or not.

  10. I’ve been so anxious to finally get to King’s latest. The rave reviews scare me a bit, but at the same rate, it’s been a long time since people have gushed about a new release by King. I’m glad you are enjoying it so much on audio!

  11. I am glad to read this! I have been dying to read this book from the moment I received an email about it a few months back!

  12. I’m looking forward to this one…and I, too, haven’t read much of King lately. I have one of his books on my stacks that I must get to this year. But I’m looking forward to 11/22/63, patiently waiting on my office coffee table.

    Glad you liked it. I’ve heard really good things about it.

  13. How funny, because I’m the same way with Stephen King! Gave up on him a loooooooong time ago! Gave DH this book for Christmas and he’s raving about it, so will probably read it when he’s done. Guess you’re right and we should never say never! 🙂

  14. King is my favorite all time author but I admit I haven’t read anything by him in a few years. I have them sitting on my TBR shelf, but haven’t gotten to them yet. I look forward to reading this one, soon I hope!

  15. I read King too in high school. I loved Misery and from there picked up Pet Sematary. It scared me so bad, I had to sleep with the lights on for 3 nights! (The movie on the other hand, was a letdown. I didn’t find it to be scary at all!) The last book I read of his was The Shining. About 10 years ago. I was very sick, missed a week at work and was loopy from the meds I was prescribed. Given my state of mind, The Shining was not the best book to read, but I started it days before I got sick and wanted to finish it. Despite my paranoia about my neighbors out to get me (I even called my mom to tell her so!), I loved the book. Have yet to see the movie. I haven’t picked up a book of his since. I want to read IT, but just can’t seem to do so (um… hello, nightmares???) I have 11/22/63 on my list to read this year. It’s on my Kindle wish list and one I hope to read in the next two months or so.

  16. I want to read this sooo bad, but the length of it scares me. Can’t do audio so I will have to break down and read it. Maybe when I go camping and the guys spend all day in the boat and I am enjoying the peace and quiet of the campsite all alone for hours on end…sigh…I’m really ready to go camping again!

    • I think you would fly through it Angie – it captured me right from the start. (I dont think I knew that you couldn’t do audio….. it would be so much safer than reading in your car at stop lights like you used to do – ha ha! 😛 )

      I am ready to go biking again (also better to audio than biking, then trying to read a book!) 😀

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