If you are a Stephen King fan you won't be disappointed by this one. It is one of the best, and also has an apt message for our times. I don't mind listening to a bit of a sermon on the way we treat one another and our planet in the context of such a solid story from an author who could make a soup label engrossing. Yep, it's long, so plan on maybe getting to the gym or something with a portable player and enjoy it. Character development is excellent, so take the time to really get to know and love or hate each character and their little town, then watch the carnage unfold. There may be a very little fowl language, oh, and plenty of gruesome death, gore, evil incarnate. Horror is what King is known for and once again the scariest bits are the ones that we see within our own nature.
I was blown away by this book. The length was daunting, but after reading it I have no idea what I would have cut. Every scene is important and the story moves at a rather brisk pace. I loved Lord of the Flies when I first read it. Having just finished UtD I no longer have to imagine what Stephen would have done with the same material.
First, I must disagree with many reviewers who liken this King offering to "The Stand." It's not. And if you believe it is, I suggest that you go back, like I did, and listen to "The Stand" again. However, it is Stephen King and that is enough to guarantee a good story with compelling characters. My major complaints are that the narrator gives a southern accent to the antagonist, a Maine used car salesman, and the author's new found penchant for using his novels as platforms to espouse his political beliefs. All that said, it's a Stephen King novel, which means it is a credit well-spent.
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Stephen King is the best storytelling author of them all and this time he had a decent ending. Don't get me wrong, I'm a fan of King's but every since the Dark Tower series and its awful ending, I savor the stories but dread the endings until now. On one hand, this story is a little far fetched but on the other hand, I live in small town and it has made me think twice about being ready for a disaster. Doesn't everyone know a James Renny (sp?)? This story definitely plants King's paranoia roots pretty deep. But what do you expect from a little gonja, either past or present?
I am not usually a Stephen King fan but I found this book one of the best I have heard in a long time. Never slow, something new always happening, kept my interest the whole book. A very honest portrait of small town northern New England, as I have know it for the last 60 years. From the bully politicians to the ignorant religious zealots. The only fault I could find is that the narrator never quite got the accents anywhere near New England.
It's been a long time since I read a Stephen King book. I am more of a historical fiction kind of gal, but once I started listening to this, I was so hooked. A book this long usually can take me a couple of months to get through (my commute isn't that long), but I zipped through this one. Exciting, great characters, tight plot and a satisfying end. Don't miss it.
I have gone on many adventures with Mr. King. I've never been disappointed. In "Under the Dome" Mr. King creates a town of characters that is so real so vivid it must be a real town, they must be real people. You love some and despise others. The dialogue is so intricate and again so real. Mr. Esparza does a great job narrating, his inflections and character accents are excellent from a young child to an elderly man on his death bed Mr. Esparaz brings them all to life.
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WOW! Exceptional well defind story, charactors, and action from the beginning to the end. Chester's Mill, Maine and its population seem so real, i could see it in my mind eye.