If you like King you will like this book. It's not his best work but not his worst. Good solid listen, In fact there are so many characters its like you are getting 2 King books for one.
I love the psychological thriller aspect as well as the science fiction aspect. Very good and satisfying!
I am a Stephen King fan but he is definitely past his glory days with this novel. King has no idea how modern teenagers really speak.The death scenes, and there are so many of them, are described in precise, gross, gory detail. The characters are so obviously political and stereotypical they are cartoon-like and the abrupt ending is stupid, leaving no closure at all. What happens to this town? What happens to the survivors?who are these creatures who masterminded the dome?
It is implausible that one small town has so many racist wingnuts of such low intelligence and that they can all be driven to blind obedience and murder of their neighbors within a few days of living under the dome. Furthermore, none of them seem to suffer the anxiety of the reader in realizing they are running out of time and bad is going to become worse. They are apparently oblivious.
The narration is just awful. This guy cannot do voices and should not even try. The story is set in Maine and the lead villain, Big Jim, comes off with some kid of accent that sounds southern. The children's voices are the worst. They are difficult to even listen to. The women sound ridiculous.
It did hold my interest and I finished it, but the ending just annoyed and aggravated me. However, King is the master of "deus ex machina" endings and this is no exception. Sometimes I wonder if he just keeps writing until his editor says the manuscript is due and then he just makes up some stupid way to get out of the predicament.
This story pleasantly surprised me in that it kept my attention throughout and despite its length. Yes, we are able to see on which side King's loyalties lie, however, to me the thought of a right-winged, over-the-top, religious villain seemed to work well in this story and was not insulting to me. In my view he strikes a good balance as several of the "heroes" law enforcement and military types -- two occupations that are often (though, of course not always) quite conservative. At any rate the story itself was unique and the narrator did a decent job capturing the moment(s) (in comparison, Duma Key, another recent story, just did not produce the same thrill ride for me).
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.