I found this book gooooooooooooood! I couldn't stop listening. The main villain was so humanly real that I swear that I knew him personally --hated him. This is great Stephen King --I love it when his monsters are of a human ilk.
People who love King should have no problems with this novel. I think it is one of the best I have read - I loved the Shining, hated It, loved On Writing, hated Christine, loved Deloris Clayburne, hated Lisey's Story.
Typical of King, his plotting is fantastic, and his take on human nature seem perfectly plausible, as though he has already seen the circumstances unfold and he is just reporting.
Also typical of King, his dialogue is corny, and it annoys me when teenagers talk as though they are transported from a 50's soda counter, and the adults pepper their remarks with bygone idioms like "indeed not." A drawback that makes me wait a few years in between each new read.
The cause of the dome and its final resolution also made me roll my eyes. Typical Stephen King. But I'm still rating a 4, aren't I? Sometimes I wonder if King throws in the cornball stuff just to give the other writers a chance. If his stories weren't loaded with such ridiculous doofiness, other writers might be too intimidated to make an effort.
The reader is fine, but appeared to be taken aback by the broad array of characters. The women all sounded bored and stoned, and the men sounded like they were from the deep south more often than New England - with a little Tim Gunn thrown in from time to time. All of the children sounded three. This provided a note of amusement, but an otherwise fine narrator.
Loved this book! I bought it so that I could listen while taking long walks. I didn't want to stop listening when the walk was over. Totally sucked me in.
I have never read a Stephen King novel before so I decided to venture into new territory. If you liked Lord of the Flies, you will probably enjoy this tale. I enjoyed the story but not the narration of it. In my view, the narrator detracted from the story when he attempted a female voice. In the future, I would recommend that the attempt not be made. Otherwise the narration was well done.
Stephen King has done it again. The character development was excellent - I cared for (and despised) these people. The book was exciting and had me trying to figure out things to do so I could continue to listen (I have a clean house, now!). The narration was a little distracting using Southern accents for some characters, but otherwise did a nice job.
I expect plenty of carnage from a Stephen King novel, but in this one the primary victim was the "down east" accent, which was stabbed, slashed, strangled and left for dead.
The accent is usually conveyed in Mr. Kings writing, at least usually I can "hear" it when I'm reading off the page.
I would have given four stars but I found the narration so distracting I'm giving 3.
He's got a nice voice for narration but needs some work on accents.
"Under the Dome" has themes and an ensemble of characters which remind me of the TV series "Lost." In a sense, the town of Chester's Mill is lost to the world, and we have mysterious forces at work creating a force field around the town which the military cannot penetrate and nobody can get in or out. This leads to a group, like the Others in Lost, who think they are the rightful leaders of the town and proceed to make selfish decisions to empower themselves at the expense of the town that they claim to be the good guys for. Our hero, Barbi, an Iraqi veteran, is cunning and well trained but unable at first to resist the leaders of the town. He makes alliances with some of the more honorable members of the community, and these members race to save him from being framed, and the town from it's own demise. I would give this book five stars if it did not paint all Christians as cartoon villains with limited views of the world and hypocritical views, and if it did not use so much foul language.
Great narration, thank goodness because there are a lot of characters to distinguish between. Not nearly as good as The Stand or Gunslinger Series, but unlike those complaining about the political aspect of this book, I believe Stephen King has earned the right to express his art with political bias. Art is suppose to reflect our society, and using his genre to comment on the Bush years is not just OK, but commendable. The length is a little much, and the plot somewhat predictable, but thoroughly enjoyable if you are doing something else while listening.
The book gets going right away but it takes a while to figure out what exactly is going on. This book has probably more characters in it than any I've ever seen. Many family-related characters with common first names and identical last names made it difficult to remember who-was-who. Some characters would disappear for large portions of the book such that by the time they appeared again, I could scarcely remember who they were.
The story builds slowly but keeps you interested. My biggest disappointment was the final explanation of how the dome occurred. I'll avoid the spoiler but suffice it to say the same thing happened in an old Star Trek TOS episode. Most geeks will know what I'm talking about. Despite this flaw, the strength of the main characters (both good and bad) carries this story.
Also, a final confrontation between good and evil is nice but certain resolutions between main characters was unfulfilling. Good can triumph over evil or evil can triumph over good but it's less fulfilling for those things that sort themselves out by chance.