The book builds and builds throughout, then it just ends. It seemed like the whole book was a big setup to some type of climactic or epic ending; Given the sequence of really improbable events and coincidences, the ending left me completely cool to the book. The first 4 hours are pretty blah King gore and guts, then it starts to get pretty interesting. As the book goes on, it gets better and better, then it just goes nowhere. Sometimes I read a good book twice or more (or listen, in this case)...I seriously doubt I'll ever return to this book.
I notice a lot of negative reviews from people that are offended by the politics of Under the Dome. There's definitely a scary sociological truth behind this story and it doesn't take much interpretation to see that the dome is metaphorical for what's happening in American politics and media (i.e. staying in the 'Dome' of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and all the other wingnuts).
It works as a King epic with an intriguing premise but the real horror of it is about what can happen when societies become ideologically polarized; it's a monster that's all too real and frightening and among us right now.
I was excited about this book when I saw it, cool idea and I love King so it had to be a great book. It was ok.....way to long and many of the key people were over developed.
I would have loved this book if it was HALF the length.
Not one of King's best. In UTD, King takes aim at Bush/Cheney and the post 9/11 world and the result is a letdown.
I've always been amazed at King's ability to create memorable and almost wholly unique characters and write stories that are both enjoyable fiction, but also resonate on a more human, emotional level. The ravages of alcohol in The Shining. The hurtfulness of high school life in Carrie. I could go on and on.
However in attempting to skewer Bush/Cheney and make a bunch of political points on society, politics, the environment and such he creates more caricatures than characters. It seems to me that this is the problem with the novel in a nutshell. King is phenomenal at human drama, but poor at social commentary.
Having said all that it is a real page turner. It's an undeniably interesting concept and King knows how to write and keep you interested.
I had not listened to a Stephen King novel in several years. He is still a good story teller and this is no exception. The big distraction in Under The Dome is his obvious Christian bias. King apparently believes that Christians are either wacked out fanatics or faithless drones. :"Stephen, get over it."
I hope the author will leave this antiChristian campaign behind and focus on story telling.
This book had a great storyline but Stephen King should really keep his politics out of his books if he wants to keep readers. I also didn't appreciate his trashing people of faith. I will NEVER buy one of his books again.
I've always enjoyed Stephen King's novels and most of the book was setting the table for an ending where all would be resolved. This was not the case. Both my wife and I were disappointed with the ending. It was implausible, to say the least. We found many similarities with one of King's earlier novels, The Stand. We were intrigued with the progression of the story. Since we live in the same general area as the story, we were able to identify many of the places and the characterizations of the people involved. Unfortunately, the ending was a big letdown. On the other hand, we are still fans of Stephen King and are looking forward to his next book.
This book was dynamite, my family almost threw me out of the house because I was "plugged in" for so long. I like most of King's books but he did an excellent job with this one, mysterious plot, excellent characters and fast paced. Just long!
I thoroughly enjoyed this story as I do of most of Stephen King's work. His characters feel so alive I can clearly picture them. Raul Esparza's narration is also top notch. He has distinct and believable voices for each character. I was so impressed, I'll be looking for other stories he's narrated!