Huge King from the beginning. This is a review of the audio form of the book . . . not the book as a whole. I will have to actually take time to read the physical book to actually finish it. The narration was terrible. The accents laughable, tone was monotone, quality overall was just bad. As for the book, I have the hardback, but won't jump right on it. Complaints aside from the narration, it seemed like a book writtten strictly to bash conservatives -- not conservatism, but conservative individuals. That got old in hurry.
Stephen, I still love ya, man. I love your work. I know this took a great deal of work, but it just didn't do anything for me, specifically.
The book is good, a solid 4 stars but the narrator can only seem to come up with just a few voices and accents for all the characters in the book. Most of the time he's just using an awkward southern drawl or some valley girl sort of accent. Anyway, it's a good book if the narrator doesn't drive you crazy.
Great book! I was hooked from the beginning. Stephen King has contemplated every little thing that could be affected by a total sealing of a geographic spot from the weather, to the human responses to horror, deprivation and opportunity. Amazing how human beings can take a bad situation and rapidly ramp it up to a terrible one. Very tight, very well done. Highly recommended.
The Dome event starts immediately and you are quickly introduced to all the characters and the scenery. Both the writer and reader do a fantastic job of putting you there and you feel as if you are witnessing each action along the way. You will find yourself wanting to scream at some of the characters to do or not do what you "see" happening. Sometimes you wished you could be there just to kick some butt yourself or to tell a couple of characters to go straight to hell.
After the initial introduction to the event and the characters you will find that the book moves along at a great pace. When you feel that the end is near you start wondering how this is going to be resolved. As it starts getting closer and closer you are more on edge as it is supposed to end and then it just does.
The writer would have recieved 5 stars from me if the ending were 1/10th as good as the rest of the book. I felt it was very rushed. It was almost as if publisher had contacted Stephen and told him he was going to hurry get it finished or take a monetary hit or risk it not being published.
The book could still be movie and I would probably watch just to see some of the characters come to life.
Even though I am condemning the end I still recommend the book to others.
I had written off Stephen King before I had even read a single novel of his; I bought into the popular consensus that his more recent works were lazy, derivative, and uncreative. While I can't speak for any of his other novels (as I have not yet read/listened to them), Under the Dome is phenomenal. I got it on a whim with an audible credit, and I have totally fallen in love with the story. Stephen has definitely surprised me with this really great empathetic quality to illustrating his characters, I didn't figure him to be that kind of writer/person.
Again, love this f'ing story, as silly as the synopsis might sound. Love Chester's Mill, love the characters to death (except for the ones I want to strangle to death).
I was a bit apprehensive about committing to yet another Stephen King Event-followed-by-a-group-of-people-trapped-together novel, God knows he's written quite a few on the subject. HOWEVER, the story is fantastic and the allegory chilling. If you are a King fan then I'm betting you'll love this novel, if you are not, spare us the post-grad literary snobbery in the review section, you won't like this one either.
I rated this a three because it kept moving and the reader did a good job. Was a credible theory, but character development just wasn't up to King standards. The ending was poor--guess King needed to tie in the spiritualism that Lenny so fraudulently portrayed.
captivating like all of kings novels draws you in then keeps you their untill the end . good job king! thats why your the king. ever think about taking off were one of our greats left off? I'm refeering to lou's walking drum. sure would like too know were those 10,000 marching elephants are heading?????????????? thanks michael
First of all, let me say this book had great potential. Let me also say this is not vintage King, so if you're looking for the Dark Tower here you can forget it. Now, having said that, this is an okay book. Just okay. There was lots of filler in this book, adding to its gargantuan length. There is foul language, (lots of it), religious and political bashing (again, lots of it), and a dark overtone reminiscent of Lord of the Flies. The narration was a bit off, but I managed to stay on track despite the stuffy-nosed renditions of elementary school children. The physician's assistant sounded like he walked off the set of Wayne's World. Bottom line, okay book, but don't expect vintage King, wade through the so-so narration and foul language, and you might get to the end of the book. Eventually.