I was curious when other reviewers commented that the book was good, but had a bad ending. Never having read or listened to SK, I wanted to try it. Compared to other audio books, I have to say this was one of the worst, both the book and the narrator. I have never critiqued a reader before, but I can see why people do now. Book- I'm not offended by language, graphic images, political or religious messages so that does not slant my view, but if you are sensitive to those things, this book is not for you. SK is skilled at describing people, places, and things with immense detail to create a picture in your head, but, like all good things, it can be overdone. This book was slow and boring and as I mention in the title of the review, it's an age old plot. Big fish in a little pond who's an opportunist ego-driven scumbag wants more power and control and uses the isolation of the dome to further that cause. Throw in a little Rambo for protagonist "Barby" and the plot is completely old and boring. You really just want to find out what the deal with the dome is, and yes, that is a pretty weak explanation that may have been better created while SK was still on drugs. SK's repetition of people voiding themselves when dying was rather odd. I've read many books where characters died, and as a clinician, understand the loss of bodily control when a person dies, I've just never had to experience it so many times in a book. Once or twice for effect, after that, just redundant.
Narrator- I don't envy the job and couldn't do it myself, but have listened to many audio books with fantastic narration, this was not one. Southern drawls in a Maine based story did not work for me, teenagers sounded like stoned surfers, women sounded like children, many characters sounded like they had either speech impediments or were developmentally delayed...what a mess!
Bad book, bad narration. "His best work"? Hope not. Going to try the old stuff.
This was my 1st audio book, it was awesome!!!! The story kept me so interested, also Raul Esparza the narrator, did wonderful voices that made the characters come to life. Stephen King is the best ever.
I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?
This book is long and interesting with characters you come to love, fear or despise. Mr. King gives us a main bad guy character, this Big Jim, who is such a fun evil guy.
The reader makes the story truly come alive.
The language, thoughts and beliefs of the characters make the story feel real and give it meat and texture.
I look forward to the next book Mr. King, thank you.
The premise of Under the Dome is simple and brilliant; an enormous glass cake cover is dropped over a small Maine town. King is the master of careful detailed narrative which picks you up and drags you through the life and pain of the 'little lives' lived in his nightmare landscapes. If I have any criticism...and it's slight...it's that this is maybe five hours too long. The narration is masterful, but the grinding unmitigated ruthless ignorance of the villains is exhausting and not always entirely credible,it is possible to have too much of a good thing. Don't let that stop you from getting this book, you will enjoy it enormously. If you get lost in the plethora of Maine characters don't sweat it, hang on you will make it back to the plot. Once you have read the book you too will realize that the lead bad guy, and he is awfully bad, is what Boss Hog would have been if King had written the Dukes of Hazard. I have seldom found a character that I so wholeheartedly wanted to get alone in a room with a baseball bat...brilliant.
A great novel with some amazing character development. I really felt myself hating the "bad guys" and would find myself getting mad when something went their way. Overall i would give the story 5 stars and the narrator one star. I have just started listening to audiobooks this year so I have maybe gone through about ten so far and this was by far the worst narration I have heard yet. Some characters seemed to pick up an accent part way through the telling and I would cringe any time a child or female had a piece of dialogue. If you are deciding between getting this as an audiobook or in print then definitely pick it up in print. If for you it is audio or nothing at all then pick this up since the story is worth the bad narration. Besides one credit is a pretty good deal for a novel this long.
So, I Read This Book Today . . .
I hate to be derivative, but I agree with Pam Gearhart's review. There just is no "there" there. King has rarely disappointed me in the past and I have many of his books. Sadly, I just can't like this one.
King is known for his characters who feel like they are really here, that they are real people. I identify with so many of his characters. Roland Dechain, Pennywise the Clown (shudder!!!!), Delbert Grady in “The Shining”. And I remember all the characters in “The Stand.” However, with “Under the Dome” there just isn't that connection as there is with so many of the other King characters.
The book is terrifically long, over 1,000 pages. Normally, like with the Uncut Edition of The Stand (1472 pages), I am so deeply into the story that I am still disappointed when the book is over. In this case, I got about 200 pages into the book (with difficulty) and just fizzled out. I tried picking up again several times, thinking I was just in the wrong mood for the book, but I never could get through it. I just didn't care what happened to any of the characters. And if I can't care about the characters, I won't waste my time reading the book. Life is too short, there are too many books out there, to waste time on something I can't get into.
I know some people really love the book, which is understandable. But, thankfully, not everyone likes the same thing, and this is just my own opinion. Take it or leave it, I still love many of King's works.
Raul Esparza, however, does a great job as the narrator.
Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.
I do not like King's books but when I see the ratings sometimes I try it out. Yes, I have been disappointed....lord knows, but not this time. Ok it gets a bit far fetched, ok the whole thing is but it gets far fetched within being far fetched....yes that's right. I like it, I really liked it and would recommend it. It's a fun story, rated R though
Business Physicist and Astronomer
I feel like I'm running a marathon with this book. I'm 28 hours in and still can only keep the main characters straight. Without the occasional reminders that we're still less than a week into this dome thing, my brain says it's been months. What happens in a few days is not realistic---and it's missing things that would happen. Would life go on as usual if entire county or town found itself trapped in a bubble? Well, except for the power grab by a whack car dealer, life goes on. Of course the president has declared who is to be in charge and despite everyone having internet access, no one seems to know that. And the president has not made contact with the guy in charge.
Well, I don't want to "ruin" your 35 hour adventure so I won't say any more about the story.
The narration is horrible. The voices are just silly. The fake accents are terrible. I can't wait to get out of the dome. Why do voices? Read well, voices are not necessary.
Too long, boring at times, it seemed that everyone under the dome were not smart enough to predict, or understand what was going on, the "heroes" were a bunch of teenagers, the supposed colonel had no leadership, good judgment or guts - basically Col. "Barbie" was a jelly back, wimp.
TERRIBLE book, I listen and listen waiting for the town people to "wake up and smell the coffee".
I think this was the best King book since the last Dark Tower. The idea for this book is so interesting! I love the story so much that I've listened to it twice!!