The best episodes of the old Twilight Zone series would explore the effect of a supernatural event on human nature (with, of course, a twist at the end). That is precisely what Stephen King has done in this book. Although the premise is extraordinary, the cascading series of tragedies are driven by ordinary human failings such as the desire for power, fear and uncertainty, mental illness, grief, paranoia and drug abuse. While the remarkable chain of events makes this a "page turner" (I could not wait to get back to my ipod to hear what happened next), the characters are equally interesting, memorable and engaging. I agree with the other reviewers that the narrator may not have been the best match for this book, but the book itself makes this a must listen!
...this is broken. I'm sorry I'm from Maine. When the reader put on a lockjaw upper crust accent for a down east accent I freaked. Steven King is my favorite author and has the most beautiful Maine accent. Did he listen to this guy? Oh well I'll have to read the book. Good for SK he'll get 2 royalties from me.
As a "Constant Reader" Under The Dome starts as good as SK can be! Then slows to the IQ level of those who run that town. Only to end with a twist that SK Loves to surprise us "Constant Readers" with, So if you Love SK it is worth your time and credit. You Hear Me Junior?
If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.
If you're like me and loved Salem's Lot and It, but gave up on Stephen King after his books became mechanical and confused, give this one a shot. Familiar setting and themes--small town corruption in Maine,decent people behaving like heroes or cowards--come together very nicely in what's more a sci-fi story than a horror one. The story is probably an allegory for what happened to America after 9-11.
Reader Raul Esparza took some getting used to at first, but does a fine job with character voices.
I am not a Stephen King fan. Truthfully, I got this book because the cover reminded me of the Simpson's Movie. I was engrossed immediately and never expected such excellent writing and character development. I will admit that I was disappointed in the ending, however the rest of the book was fabulous. I highly recommend this listen for anyone!
An amazing idea for a story. It's to bad that the author used a a great story theme to paint Christians as hypocritical bigots. In a story with so many characters it is odd that a God fearing righteous man or woman could not be found is this town.