I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, and I LOVED Duma Key. I guess I thought this book would be just as good, but it was disappointing. Yes, it DOES hold your attention and is worth listening to, but be prepared for a rather sucky ending...
I have like much of Kings work in the past but unfortunately the Dome is not worthy to share the book shelf or in this case the hard drive with the others. First and foremost the reader is an armature that has little command of what it take to hold a listeners interest. His attempt at giving the characters life and to create accents that fit the location of the story is poor at best. One of the main characters "Renee", a Selectman from a small town in Maine, sounds like he is from South Carolina. His attempt to create children's voices is laughable and painful at the same time. If I hear the name "Barbie" spoken in that sing-song sarcastic way I think I'll scream. As for the story itself, It really fell flat for me. I know King is all about the supernatural but this story is so ridiculous and lacks any reason for the event itself that I wanted it to end. And speaking about ending, this story could be 5 hours shorter and you wouldn't miss anything. Kings attempts at humor by interjecting stupid one liners at the most inopportune moments is frustrating. I found myself telling the character "shout up and answer the question", it more important than your joking". So you see I didn't really care for this story. King can and has done much better. But to each his own. P.S. Raul, look for another line of work!
After the 1st hour of listening I got fustrated with the frequency if the M....F word and violent acts of sexual aggression towards women. I never finished the book.
It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!
A wonderful book that had Me finishing probably quicker than I would of normaly done to a book half the size! Addictively great! But the warning is if You are offended by Heavenly fathers name being used in vain 30+ times then beware!!!! I am some what saddend (in My self) to say that I looked past that (while cringing) just to finish an incredible book! I tried to tune it out for the sake of an otherwise special book!!!!
The reader was not very good. His voice for the villain is almost a cartoonish Southern accent. Tried to stay with it for King's sake, but the reader just kept getting under my skin and the reader makes or breaks the audiobook.
I have heard some fantastic audiobook narrators -- Patrick Tull (Aubrey-Maturin series), Mirron E. Willis (Last King of Scotland), and Dion Graham (What is the What) come first to mind as examples. Unfortunately, Raul Esparza's delivery manages to keep pulling me out of the story. He's perfectly fine when speaking as the narrator; his standard enunciation is clear, his pacing is appropriate, and his emphases make sense almost always. But woe to the hearer when he ventures at regional dialect! At the risk of unkindness, he doesn't know Down East from Down South. He can't sound like Maine for more than a few words in a row, and the same character keeps sliding like pedal steel, if not all the way to Hattie McDaniel, then at least to somewhere near Foghorn Leghorn, and then back, sometimes with a quick flyover past Long Gisland. He also sounds, unfortunately, like everybody's kid nephew.
This is not a reflection on King's book, at all; I'm only two hours into it so far.
wish King had not found it necessary to swear quite so much. This story, like so many others of King's, shows just how disturbing humans might become when faced with just the right(wrong) situations.
This is my first and last book by this author. I am sure I cannot finish it. He never misses an opportunity to say something fully disgusting; every chapter dozens of times. Characters are empty and non impressive. In my opinion, this audio book is a waste of time and money and it will irritate rather than entertain. The audio is poorly limited and thin - The audio gets way too loud in places and overall there is a distortion on the readers voice that is hard to take after a while. A poor production in every respect.
This is King at his best: big themes, big cast of characters, big ideas. The problem with this audiobook is the narrator. His reading is awkward and his attempts at a New England/Maine accent fall flat, becoming almost faux-British and downright painful. Still, I soldiered through on the strength of King's narrative, not the narrator. Next time use Campbell Scott!! Please!