Yes, it's long and yes there are zillion characters and that's what I love about Stephen King novels. It's also nice that the narrator is worthy of this book.
This is the first SK book I've "read" in over a decade - I just haven't gotten around to reading his books these past years. This is also only the 3rd audio book I've listened to. I found Raul Esparza to be an engaging and conscientious narrator, adjusting his voice to fit different characters' ages, sex and personality (male, female, young, old, innocent, smarmy, evil, good). I find that doesn't always happen with other narrators, and I find that I prefer Esparza's kind of narration.
That being said, I really enjoyed this book. Typical psychological horror that he is so good at writing. I couldn't wait to listen to it again to find out what happened next, and I also found myself being surprised at "what happened next." You know how you try to guess what happens, you think you just *know* what will happen next? Well, for me, I was surprised many times. (And that is good when we watch any given movie these days and you know exactly what is going to happen, you're just waiting to see how they will enact it.)
I like how he integrated the characters' personal pasts with the ending and how it affected the outcome (without giving away too much here). Some people have said this is not very scary or up to his full-forced horror level. I say it's every bit as scary as others he has written, but perhaps because it is not quite as supernatural and maybe that is why they are saying that... I felt it was entirely a "this could happen" situation and so it scared the crap out of me. But then again I *believe* supernatural can happen and so therefore I psych myself out about it. :)
Give it a try.
I have read a few of King's book and have enjoyed them but this one was so bad I could not finish it. I got through part 2 of 5 and turned it off. The characters seemed to be trite, predictable, and extreme. The language used was profane to an extreme to me. This does not usually offend me when used in the correct context but it seemed to excessive.
Definitely a long book; took me a bit to really get into it. But once I did, I enjoyed it, although you really need to stretch the imagination when reading this.
I have not read a Stephen King book since The Stand which was fabulous. Under the Dome had all the elements of an equally good read but the ending went completely off the rails. The characters were expertly developed and real and Raul Esparza made them come completely alive. Unfortunately, Mr. King zigged when he should have zagged.
I was really looking forward to this book. The premise was good and had a lot of potential. However, I thought it was ruined in part by the writing style. I am a horrible writer and usually don't think about writing style when reading. The repetitive nature of phrases like, "I could tell you how it ends....but I won't" were used as simplistic means of foretelling. It was distracting and annoying and Mr. King is a better writer than that. It got in the way of enjoying the book.
Also, I found it hard to identify with any of the characters...making it more difficult to get engrossed with the story.
Settle in for a long listen on this one, but it's worth it. Stephen King does a really good job of building tension, and developing the characters.
I had a lot of trouble with my suspension of disbelief. As soon as the dome is in place way to many characters begin to act as if there will be no consequences to their actions when the dome is gone. Outside the dome the US government acts in as ineffective a manner as they can. Despite the fact that cell phone calls can still be made into the dome neither the Governor of Maine of the President of the US bother to call any of the town leaders. In fact, there is almost no communication into or out the dome at all. To top everything off the ending is poor at best. Overall, I would not recommend this book. This is one of the few times I feel like the author owes me an apology.
I have loved Stephen King's novels since I read 'Carrie' in the seventies. And I have read everything he has written with the exception of 'The Gunslinger' series. He is and has always been a brilliant writer, in my opinion, drawing out the darkest scary things imaginable. Reading one of his books, with adrenaline flowing, heart in throat, is a memorable experience. This book was just painful. I wanted to give up on it several times. The reader did an excellent job. It was the story itself. Listening to this book was like being in the presence of someone who is so negative and evil you know you should run and yet you keep hoping there is something redeeming just around the corner. I actually thought 'Thank God' at the ending when the moral of the story was reveled! Maybe I am just getting old, but I don't want my books to have the same gratuitous violence that fills TV and movie screens today. Even after the 'moral' was revealed, I was left with a feeling of dismay and emptiness. The ending did not make up for the negativity that weighed on my thoughts and soul every time I turned my player off or turned it on. At the end, I am just left with stale air in my nostrils and soot in my mouth.