First, I wish that the Audible rating scale was based on a "10" instead of a "5". This work by King is no 5 out of 5, but certainly a 9 out of 10. I'm giving this work a "4" and highly recommend it if you enjoy an an entertaining novel with very serious themes.
This is my first listen of a King novel, and what an immense undertaking it is - thirty some hours of intense action and inspection of the nature of humans and our society. Only rarely does the dialog trip up the story, and this could be attributed to the limitations of a single person narration. As a trained scientist and engineer, I had only a couple of instances where I had to suspend my disbelief in the probability of a situation. This is attributed to the thorough research by the author and the superlative attention to detail.
As for the story and the characters themselves, simply amazing. It is set in a small town in Maine, not unlike any other small town in America. There are a myriad of beautifully described characters and a number of recurrent themes that are all extremely nuanced. The themes, including god, drug use and group think (just to name a few) are thought provoking and break the mold of right and wrong, white and black.
The recurrent theme of god - one's personal relationship and public proclamations, may make some uncomfortable. That the antagonist considers himself to be the most righteous and god's chosen to lead will make those with a certain worldview to cringe. However, King's treatment of this theme is balanced. The protagonists are not atheists with anarchistic leanings but actually value god, religion, country and the military.
In sum, Under the Dome is a great science fiction novel that could stand on its own as a timeless view of small town America.
I am 7 hrs into this book and while the story is dragging a bit I think (hope) it will get better -- IF -- I can get past the reader and finish the book. The accents are terrible and the reader often sounds very bored with his job and sounds like a gay valley-boy. Who chose this guy? Stephen King require your agent to have some influence in the choice of readers!
The narrative parts of this reading are more or less listenable, if too hip-whispery for my taste. But this also contains some of the worst guessing in the history of performance arts at what a Maine accent sounds like. Some characters sound like they're from New Orleans, others from Georgia, others from some dead zone between Brooklyn and the Bronx, others from San Fernando Valley. I had to give it up after about three hours. I'll buy the print book.
I am used to stephen King's long unedited pointless rambles and love them dearly. And the narrator has a great voice and reads very expressively but, should really learn? That outside of California? Ending every sentence? As if it is a question? Is *deeply* annoying.
I'm not a die-hard Stephen King fan, but my boss had listened to this one and recommended it highly, so I gambled on it and won. It started off with a bang and then got better. As with most long King books, it did drag on a bit in the middle, and you wanted to wonder how so many people in town could have been hornswoggled by the antagonist, but it all ended well, and the ending was unexpected and thought-provoking, if entirely unrealistic. But the good people mostly emerged alive and well and the bad people were mostly killed in the end, so I was mostly happy. It took a little while to get used to the profanity, though. King does a good job with his characters, on the whole, but some of them use so much and such strong profanity that it jars one away from the story, it's so offensive. Still, if you can get past some nasty language, this is a great read.
This book took a long time to get started and never really got off of the ground. As a long time Stephen King fan, I found it predictable and to be a blend of previously written books. The basic good vs, evil of The Stand, blended with some of the alien invasion features of The Tommyknockers.
Loved it. Was great book, kept me on the edge of my seat. The narrator was PRIMO! I was a bit disappointed by the ending, but only because I like things in neat tidy boxes. Then again, I've never known Stephen King to tie up anything in a neat let alone tidy box
I've never reviewed a book before (and have been a member for a long, long time). To say this novel is good is a gross understatement. It is exciting, riveting, and, best of all, thought provoking. Since I listen while I do housework, sometimes I drift...not here. Truly captures the listener from word one and never lets go! I've always enjoyed Stephen King's novels immensely and this is his best to date. Character development is outstanding (very important to me to "identify"). So glad Mr. King didn't give up on it. Raul Esparza is a fabulous narrator and this is a premium recording. Absolutely worth every minute invested!
This is such a great tale with it's many twist and turns and excellent characterization . Why the over doing of the filthy language? After living sixty years, continuing to be involved in sports, growing up in a construction family and still working in accounting with construction companies, I can honestly relate, that people really don't talk like that. Too bad that the author chose such filth in his dialog. The narrator Raul Esparza is unbelievably unforgettable. Esparza is so-o-o good; I can still hear him.
The book builds and builds throughout, then it just ends. It seemed like the whole book was a big setup to some type of climactic or epic ending; Given the sequence of really improbable events and coincidences, the ending left me completely cool to the book. The first 4 hours are pretty blah King gore and guts, then it starts to get pretty interesting. As the book goes on, it gets better and better, then it just goes nowhere. Sometimes I read a good book twice or more (or listen, in this case)...I seriously doubt I'll ever return to this book.