If there's one thing Stepehn King can do it's make villians which makes you want to jump in the book and strangle yourself. In this book, the main villian is the worst - And I truly loathed Big Jim.
The overall story is good, no Gunslinger, but good, and worth the read/listen. The only critique I had was the timeframe was entirely too short. But that's really a personal thing, I can't see people going that crazy in the span of a week.
Those which say facets of the story were implausable - let's not forget we're enjoying Stephen King here! If you're the kind of person who nit picks all actions for realism, skip over this book. If you want to enjoy a good fictional story, It's worth it.
As a Stephen King Fan, it has replaced The Stand as his best work. I couldn't wait for the ending, but also did not want it to end. The narrator was excellent...there were so many characters of all ages,accents, and both sexes. I will definitely look for Raul Esparaza as a narrator on future books, especially if it is one of Stephen King's!
May be am old fashioned, but I could not get fully "into" a book by listening to it. Especially for a Steven King book. I read other Steven King novel before and was totally engrossed in it and so I will try another genre for Audible
The dialogue in this book is very clever - I found myself laughing out loud in my car at times. The characters are great from those that you love to hate to those you feel loyalty to and hope they will win. It is almost painful when good hearted characters try to do the right thing and suffer evil consequences. The narrator made the characters come to life including a great Yankee voice.
It's been a long time, too long really, since King has had me this hooked. I have had a hard time putting this one down.
Grab this one folks, you won't regret it.
I really did not feel that this book had an axe to grind with conservatives or religion, it is much more about all power corrupting and absolute power corrupting absolutely. I enjoyed this book, liked the ending (Steve often has trouble finishing… IT, and others for example) and while it wasn’t my favorite of his recent offerings, I recommend it unconditionally.
What to me was truly extraordinary was the narrator. I cannot think of another narrator that came close to adding to a book than Raul Esparza did for this book. Just superb, really fine…..I can still here the voices of the characters weeks after finishing the book.
Loved this one! It was difficult to put down. Loved the way characters were presented and found the concept of the dome a very interesting mystery.
The narration was excellent, the story a hard-core roller coaster ride in a Maine town Under the Dome. As other reviewers have mentioned aspects of terrorism, global warming & tyranny under the guise of religion are woven together into a marvelous, frightening tapestry. These are boogey-men that are as relevant to us now as was nuclear armageddon to my parents & grand-parents. Raul Esparza, while not able to pull off a maine accent, has a superb range of voice & manages multitudinous characters with ease; I never tired of his narration. The scope of the story is awesome & had me laughing & crying out, "Oh my god, MOVE!" "GET OUT OF THERE!" amongst other more colorful things, as the borders between my iPod & Chester's Mill blurred...then disappeared.
This was not only the first Stephen King book that I've listened to, but also the first of his that I've read. If this book is any indication of his writing style when it comes to character development, action, and unique story lines - then I can tell you right now this will NOT be my last.
Under the Dome is an adventure of not just one character, not just two, but many characters. I feel like I was there during "Dome Day". You'd think it would be hard to follow so many characters, but the combination of Mr. King's writing and the superb Narrator's voices - it's quiet easy to recognize who is speaking even when the text itself does not say so right away.
I still can't believe this was just one credit. Worth every single minute. I highly recommend Under the Dome.