I have read every Stephen King book in publication and listened to many on audiobook. Under The Dome is wholly heartbreaking, often frustrating, totally engaging and one of King's best. The many characters make the small-town living realistic and the vivid descriptions make you feel the isolation surrounding you. Raul E., the narrator, is a master at breaking your heart with the stark desperation of the situation and lightening the load with his spot-on delivery of King's sharp wit. I thought Duma Key had exemplified King's growing sense of humanity in the face of the horror he used to deliver, where the reader could easily deliniate fact from written fiction. Under The Dome shows that with age, King has mastered an ability to shake you to the core as you begin to realize, "There but for the grace of God, go I."
Unfortunately, I cannot listen to one more minute of this book due to the odd narration style...clippy speech pattern mixed with terrible and bizarre accents. So far I've heard Southern, English, French?, and So. Cal. dude accents in a setting in Western Maine. Huh?
I'm sorry I wasted my credit on a book I am going to have to purchase a hard copy of to finish.
This was my first Steven King book and I was very disappointed. At times his language is sickening. When he speaks of a character who is a Christian they are always the most disgusting character. The book rambles far too long about trivial matters. I found it to be boring.
I have read a lot of reviews that suggest this is a pandering left-wing antireligion novel. I guess you don't read much King. He has a deep spiritual center which is evidenced in most of his novels. The Stand and Desperation come to mind as very spiritual novels. However, I agree he is perhaps critical of religion used to control others rather than religion as curative.
That aside, this is a very good novel. It is interesting, informative, and topical. As it is very today, I don't know if it will stand the test of time of The Stand. However, this book is not The Stand. It is Under The Dome and as such is moving, irritating, frightening, and entertaining. I recommend it to those who maintain an open and progressive mind. Those who know King.
I'm a big King fan and am always looking forward to the next book. Unfortunately I knew where this one was going after the frst chapter. This book could have probably been about 500 pages shorter. An author always telescopes the plot when they make their characters all good or all bad as was the case here. Also, I agree with other reviews, the ending was a little disappointing and a bit childish (no pun intended for those that have read the book). Kudos to the narrator, nice job.
This could have been a very good book. However after listening to less than half of the book I could not in good conscience finish it because of the vulgar language. Hey I'm a big boy and can usually take listening to it here and there but come on. The gratuitous explicative's were more than I could take. I mean who really G*Ds, and F's every other sentence. It went beyond setting the mood or character of the actors to a personal anti religion spew by the author. I'm very disappointed because this could have been a really good listen.
Not narrated by Raul Esparza.
A producer or decent narrator. Plus if SK had spent more than a drunken binge writing this.
Yes. SK still keeps it exciting, despite the horrible small talk.
Yes - and I did
I hated his interpritation of the charictors, the story and the plot. Hated everything about everything on this book.
If I do, it will be more than this book deserved.
Say something about yourself!
I listened to this novel when it first came out, and was left not knowing if I really liked it or not--although I could not stop listening! The overwhelming feeling of being trapped inside the dome with no escape, subject to the whims of the villains and the desperation from lack of food, water and safety was somewhat jarring.
With the news that the movie version is coming in June, I re-listened to it.
The quiet town of Chester's Mill, Maine is about to be cut off from the rest of the world. This becomes the setting to find out what would happen with ordinary people who find themselves in an extraordinary situation. This type of theme runs through a lot of King's novels, and yet, I never tire of him.
It is a very compelling story-with scores of characters, some good and most bad. The feeling I got this time was that I was annoyed with the good people, as they seemed so weak and unable to take a stand against those who took advantage of the situation to become even more corrupt and evil. This novel shows the ugliness of human nature, which is the really scary part. I found myself thinking less about what caused the dome to come down over the town, and more about what horrible things the people of the town would do to each other if given the chance--which I guess is the point.
A lot of disgusting, horrible scenes to deal with--but no more so than most of his works. Anyone who has read Stephen King knows he doesn't shy away from shocking people with ugly truths about human nature.
Definitely an interesting concept, and worth the listen.