I hated to have to turn my car off every day. By part 2 I started bringing my mp3 player into work and the house to listen. This is the best book King has written, outside of the Dark Tower series, in decades. Raul Esparza did a great job bringing the characters to life.
STEPHEN KING, my favorite books
I was leary to buy Under the Dome from some of the negative reviews. I am so glad that I am a die hard fan of Mr. Kings work and thought what the helk. I loved the Stand. (wish someone would put it on Audio). I could not stop listening, it was great, thrilling, really took you into their world under the dome. The characters were wonderful. And Raul Esparza was great too! Shame on the negative nellies who had to complain about the different accents he used when reading. If that is all they have to worry over, they were not trying to enjoy the story. This book of Kings will be right up there in my favorites.
I am about half way through the book and have a few things to comment on. The biggest thing is the narrator. While his normal voice is very good and well-suited to reading aloud, he is not so skilled at character voices. Julia Shumway's (sp?) voice is actually a pretty passable female voice, as is Brenda Perkin's. But a few things annoy me. All of the men who are not the villain sound EXACTLY the same. I usually cannot tell who is supposed to be talking until they are named. Second, I just found out the Jammaican guy is actually French. The thing is, I was going to praise the narrator's Jamaican accents until I read a review saying he's supposed to be French.I almost didn't believe it.
Third (and this is the worst), all children under the age of eight apparently have sinuses so blocked that they are almost impossible to understand, and it is INFURIATING!!! Every time a young character speaks (and there are several), I sit here grinding my teeth while the narrator talks as if he has the world's worse cold. That alone has made me want to stop listening on several occasions, and I have been tempted to skip through their lines, but, of course, what the kids are saying is vital to the plot. So I just have to suffer through it.
About the book itself, yes, it is definitely pro democrat and sometimes that can be annoying. But I haven't found the references to be as obvious as some other reviewers are saying (except that the main character's best friend started out as a republican and is changing to a democrat over the course of the book, something that was actually mentioned in the text, which I thought was incredible). And even though it does take FOREVER to get in to, it is very good, the plot and characters are incredibly developed, and I'm sure that just reading the book would be very pleasant.
The narrator is the absolute worst I have ever heard. His only good voice was of Barbie, the hero. The rest were either whiny, snivelly sounding folks (anyone under 20) Southern Accents (much of the town) and one southern soldier that sounds like no one from the south I have ever heard. Poor guy needs another career. On a political note, lordy, when did King decide that Christians and Republicans were there to be ridiculed? Stay out of politics Mr. King, do only what you do best, write, don't opine.
1. Pro's... small town weirdness under a clear dome.
2. Con's... the story goes on and on and on like a bad Meatloaf song. Just bad. Sometimes you just need to LAND THE PLANE!
Just my .02
I'm a Stephen King fan and I liked this book. But I think I would've liked it a lot more with a better reader. Raul Esparza's reading of this novel was not nearly as good as any of the other books I've downloaded from Audible. He wasn't even as good as many of the amateurs who read the books available on Librivox.
Sure it's long but it holds up the whole way. Fab characters. Cried a little at the end. The sense of frustration was palpable. I wanted to yell at some of the characters often!
If the profanity was edited out of this book, it would probably be a couple of hours shorter. I honestly do not see that all of the F-bombs add anything to the story. The narrator does a good job and, thankfully, does not try to give all of the characters a Maine accent.
I really love listening. I listen every chance I get. 10 minutes in the car, 3 hours at work. Seriously, any time I can.
This was my first King novel. I really enjoyed the story of what the town does to it self once under the dome.