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.
Anyone surprised by King's language hasn't read him before. The comments about the reader are puzzling as he does an excellent job and I often find myself lingering in my car to see what happens. After reading the comments about his political slant I was attuned to it and found he was quite tame and, for this reader, there were many opportunities he missed.
Ever read a book you wish wouldn't end? Well it wasn't this one. I thought it would never end. Looking at other reviews I'm wondering if I've listened to the same book. Too many characters, slow plot, kind of dumb. Hey, the narrator was okay but it's going to be a while before I go back to King again.
I'm glad I finally rediscovered King. It's been a while but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Interesting and terrifying premise. Wish King would produce more of this genre.
This book was so good. King never fails to amaze me. I've just finished listening to this for the 2nd time. really keeps you on your toes. The narration was A+ all the way around. I live in a small town and kept asking myself how this event would play out in my town. i'd love to find out hehe. Thanks Mr. King. You are the best. you keep writing and I'll keep listening