This is classic Stephen King. He takes a nightmare that seems so far-fetched and makes you think "OMG! What if this really happened?!" The characters are well developed so you care about them and what happens to them. I found myself staying up into the wee hours so I could find out what happened next. After my first listen, I decided to listen a couple of more times and haven't gotten tired of it yet.
Raul Esparza does a fantastic job. He's so easy to listen to- he tells the story with feeling and becomes each character, he doesn't just read it to you. I love that he gave Jim Rennie a southern accent because no other accent could have captured Rennie's essence and unique nature better.
I've been a King fan since 7th grade (I'm approaching middle-age)and have read just about every novel and short story published. Under the Dome is one of my favorites.
A great ride from beginning to end. If you liked Dreamcatcher, you'll love under the Dome. Of the same caliber as the Green Mile and The Stand. You will not be disappointed.
I was a little concerned about the length of the book, but it was worth every minute. One of Stephen King's best in recent years. The story is engaging, the characters are real, and the reader is good, although sometimes women and children are a little whinier then they should be. I liked it so much I'm considering listening again because I will miss the company of this town on my commute each morning.
for the constant reader, this book is a real treat. I've been a huge fan of King for decades and have NEVER been disappointed. Raul Esparza was absolutely amazing. No one beats Frank Muller though :'(
I don't mind long books especially when they are good. This book has a lot of dark sides but what else do you expect from SK? It's great and I like dark parts in a book. It's a little cheesy with some of the lines and the characters are kinda predictable but overall I really like this book! enjoy it!!
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.