top 10 of his works. A little drug out at times but almost had to be to get the whole picture and get truly involved with the characters and circumstances.
Clearly from reading the reviews, you either love this story or hate it. I just finished the book and have been glued to my Ipod for the past 4 days. I think he nailed the worst and best of humanity's qualities & emotions. Out of the 30 plus hours of the story I thought that somewhere in the middle a couple of hours were a little slow but not enough to stop me from giving this book anything but 5 stars. Raul did a great job of narrating as well.
I started reading King with Pet Semetary which I considered a morality tail (ie., what would you do if you could bring a loved one back from the dead). That volume really interested me. Later I went through Cujo which was entertaining. I put this current volume in the same group as The Stand which really approaches the human condition. Here King aptly presents ordinary people in an ordinary town facing an extraordinary circumstance and their resulting behavior. If you have not read King in the past you might want to give this volume a listen. If you are a King fan, you will not be disappointed. King written and well read by Raul Esparza.
Short review: I love King's books. I "liked" this one until the end - Stephen, "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!" I may never read a King book again.
It was moving so slow that I got bored with it about 30% into the audio book. I will force myself to finish it, I promised myself, but I cannot say it is one of the more enjoyable audio books I have listened to. There is an awful lot of atmospheric description with a tale that is short on story. I will try to get through it to see what happens with the stupid "dome" and the stupider people under it.
OK...I would normally say holy 'something else.' Raul Esparza has exactly the kind of voice and cadence and differentiation of characters that I needed to absolutely LOVE this book. Steven King's story, as I expected, is brilliant, but this voice! I'll be searching by narrator for the first time since I joined Audible.
Although not Kings absolute best, this novel was engaging with excellent character development and an intriguing plot. Like other listeners, I had a hard time with the narrator at first and almost gave up, but fortunately, I kept listening. The more I listened, the better the narrator became and I ended up really liking his delivery. The book will keep you engaged. The novel contains a great deal of action, weirdness (ala King) and interactions between characters that is fascinating. You will find yourself thinking about this book even when you are not listening.
The reason I gave this book only four stars is the ending. I am not going to spoil it for anybody, but in MHO, the ending was very dissatisfying and simply fell flat. I wanted more closure, but it never came. That said, I do recommend this book. You will be amazed at how fast 34 hours will pass under the dome.
I finished this audiobook today. I had been a little daunted by it's 34+ hours of listening time. But, the book is very fast moving and the hours flew by!
There are an amazing number of characters. I didn't have any problem keeping track, but there's a list on King's website if you want to copy it. I found a map of Chester Mills on Amazon's page for the book and that helped my imagination along.
All in all, I think the narrator did an excellent job. There were a lot of characters to give voice to! I found the voices he game a couple of the female characters a little annoying. But, it didn't really detract from my enjoyment of this book.
It's top notch Stephen King!