It is long, but you will not put it down, it ranks up there with the Shining and Bag of Bones. You will get so mad at the characters and want to jump in the "dome" yourself.
This is a prime example of an author so famous and so marketable that editors are terrified of even suggesting a red pencil to him. There is simply no reason this narrative needs to be told in--essentially--real-time. It is ponderous and plodding and generally very predictable with few exceptions. The characters are off-the-shelf for the most part, and if you've seen this book in print, you'd have to say it better be good to rival a cinder block in bulk, and it's just not. And definitely not to take way more than an entire (real) day to listen to.
It quickly starts to sound like a New England "Lord of the Flies" and quickly tries to "out-Fly" the "Flies". The ending/resolution (no spoiler here) is simply way too lame to justify everything before it. I love long, great novels and Stephen King, but this is way too boring and derivative. And it should have been over a lot sooner.
The style reminded me of The Stand: lots of characters, an overarching dilemma, and an enjoyable ride to the inevitable conclusion. You do sort of know how it will end, but it really doesn't matter because most of the fun is in admiring how King weaves the lives and conflicts together. There are memorable phrases, clever twists, and that typical realistic dialog that King brings to his characters.
I would not have chosen a Southern accent used for the primary villain in this audio version. I haven't checked with the book to see if that was intended. It was out of place. The other New England accents were done well. The dome's explanation was too abstract given all the concrete descriptions for it. It doesn't harm the story overall, but it made the ending too abrupt. Overall, it's a very good story and recording.
Every writer has bad books and this is one of King's. I do not look at Stephen King as a writer of violent, sick, twisted and perverse content. And while I know he has done this in the past - it was the core of the story line (Misery for example).
This book has such an opportunity to go somewhere interesting, fascinating, suspenseful, nail-biting. His point is interesting and I hoped he would expand upon the religious BS in an intelligent way. However, King goes off on this sexual-violence that disgusts me to no end. (possible spoiler alert:) Do I really need to read about a fat man beating someone to death? Do I need to read about a sick kid and his sexual escapades with dead bodies? Sorry, but there is enough of this as non-fiction in the world. Why add to it with fiction?
Stick to the supernatural/monster/mind tales - it's what you do best. (The Cell, The Road Virus Moves West, Bag of Bones) Leave the sexual violence and murder for FOX news.
This book left a very bad taste in my mouth and was not enjoyable at all.
This is the claustrophobic version of the Stand. If you enjoyed the Stand and liked Duma Key, then I think you will very much like this one. It has the Stand's variety of characters and grand sweeping plot. It has Duma Key's mystery and humanity.
The narration is nothing short of amazing. Many many accents and personalities handled incredibly well and without any annoying tics or overacting. This might be my first Esparza book but it won't be my last.
This is a very long book and you get your monies worth even though it is one of the more expensive books on Audible. The story moves very very quickly and I never became disinterested.
The narrator does a good job, except for the "French" accent. He wasn't even close to French, but for everyone else he nailed it. The story itself is good, not King's best and about 3 chapters too long. By the fourth installment, I was thinking he really dragged it out for too long. He closed off all of the story lines, but it took FOREVER and the conclusion was too tidy.