I'm not a Stephen King fan in any way. I read "The Stand" when I was a teenager and nothing else he ever did really struck me like that book did. I listened to "The Dome" a while ago and I will still go back to it from time to time. No one else could have made the characters come alive like Raul Esparza did. The story goes a little into the twilight zone at the end, but all Stephen King novels usually take a trip into wierd zone at some point. I don't think going into the wierd took anything away from this book. The characters were so vivid and alive, you don't come away from this book feeling like you didn't get the whole story.
I wasn't going to write a review until I read one of the one-star reviews. Clearly that reviewer and I read different books (though, to be fair, I'm only about 2/3 through it at the moment).
This has to be one of King's most ambitious novels yet - part yarn, part mystery, part character study, part supernatural, part horror (complete with burning pumpkins), part political commentary. In short, something for everyone, and, while you may feel it drags at times - after all, it's almost 35 hours - you won't be bored.
I've been particularly struck by the political commentary component, and I'd like to think that even the most conservative of readers will be taken aback by the very obvious political power grab that King has his Conservative (capital C) antagonist take when the town of Chester's Mill is cut off from the rest of the world by the dome. For those with something of an open mind, there are lessons to be learned (lessons others have learned, perhaps, in elementary school, but better late than never).
One reviewer has been critical of the narrator's accents. I think we can cut Raul Esparza a bit of a break. There are probably hundreds of "speaking roles," and keeping them all straight, and distinctive, has to be an incredible challenge. That said, he really does capture the New England accents well (one sign, for this New England resident at least, is that my blood curdles when I hear some of them). Some accents are a bit out of whack, including the primary protagonist, but, again, I'm happy to cut Mr. Esparza a break.
My biggest issue with the reading was one that I hadn't seen mentioned, so I wanted to toss it out there. There are quite a few characters who are children, and every one of them are read like they're morons with head colds.
Also, someone mentioned the political commentary... that person missed the irony, I think. Yes, there are several "types" portrayed in the book, and two of the characters are an aged, liberal, pot smoking professor and his much younger squeeze. They're pretty pompous, and yes, a comment is made about it not being Bush's police state any more...but they're portrayed as annoying, preaching, laughable characters. It's certainly not an endorsement.
If King inserted his own political views in the book, "Under the Dome" would indicate that he's a moderate, irritated by those at the far ends of the spectrum who are sure they know best for everyone else. Besides, the good guys aren't political, and the bad guys aren't driven by politics or ideology- they're only interested in power.
of course it is good, it's Stephen King....however, as with most of his stuff it is good up to the end where he seems to run out of ideas, goes way out on a limb and the ending was just rushed and stupid....so, except for the ending it was very good.
this was a very classic King in the vain of The Stand (which I don't understand why it isn't avalible on audible), the Shining and The Dead Zone. The narrator, Raul Esparaza, did a great job. I hated the villian so much I couldnt wait for him to be killed, I was a little disappointed he wasn't killed better then he was but a very good book all the way around
I really enjoyed this book. The story is unusual yet so believeable, I enjoyed most of the book although at times you wish the "good guys" would have a little aggression against the bad guys. Overall I would recomend the book & didn't have a hard time staying with the story to the end.
I've enjoyed many Stephen King books over the years, but this one was a bit tedious to get through. It took me several attempts, several months, and the fact that I was temporarily out of audio books, having listened to all the books in my library, even the Tolstoy.
Stephen -- please get yourself a new narrator! Raul Esparza is not a good match for your books. His voices were so distracting and annoying that it was very hard to concentrate on the actual story. Especially his "women's" voices...why do all of his women sound like 5-year olds? Why do they all have a lisp? Seriously -- listen to them for awhile. I began thinking that Raul had some sort of problem with women in general; why would he make them all thound tho whi-i-i-ny an' thtupid? And don't even start on his weird French guy accent.
And Stephen -- I know you're so big now that you don't need no stinkin' editors, but well...ummm....seriously -- you might want to listen to your fans on this; a good editor would have been a good idea. I actually found parts of this book painful to listen to -- and I'm not talking about the violence or anything like that. I didn't "get" many of the characters - they made almost no sense to me.
It did have the flavor of a made-for-tv-movie though and I confess whenever I pictured Big Jim Rennie I can't help but see Nathan Fillion playing the part. It would, as almost all King books, make a great Sci-Fi channel mini series. With a decent script writer to adapt the book and a producer to edit it down it could be very watchable --
Ugggghhh! Who approved this guy for the narration of this book? HE or SHE should get fired.
Sadly, the narration is sooooo bad that I don't think I'm going to make it much further than the 40-or-so minutes that I'm into this book already. Okay, I know I won't.
I'm a huge S. King fan. The Stand is by far my favorite book, having read it probably 6 times. I thought this may be comparable, but the narrator is simply SO BAD that I cannot get any further into the book. Minutes is all that I can stand of this guy. I've been an audible customer for about 4 years now, this is the first time I"ve come across a narrator that is just this bad.
I want a refund credit. The narrator is just that bad.
I liked parts of the story. Renny is a wicked villian, and Junior just as slimy in his own way, but the reason for the dome and it's conclusion could have been thought out better. Disappointing ending.