I really enjoyed the plot and narration but was very disappointed when the book ended and I knew that there was another 7 hour chapter to listen to. The chapter that came labeled as part 5 was actually chapter 1. I had wondered through the story how some of the characters had developed but took it for granted that I wasn't supposed to know yet. If you want to hear the story in order, be sure to start with the chapter that begins with "who are you looking for" Of course on the bright side, listening this way is almost like having a "prequel". Two stories for the price of one.
Stephen King as always does an awesome job of getting you emotionally attached to the characters. I cannot wait to see this in the theatres soon.
I absolutely loved this book. It grabbed me from the beginning and held on to me to the end. King likes to grab your emotions and toy with them, and this books is certainly no exception.
This story pulled me in within the first few minutes. I couldn't put my iPhone down for the last 10 hours. There's something about King's writing style that immerses me into his stories like no other. Under the Dome is no exception. I read some reviews that criticized the narrator, but I really liked him. A bad narrator can ruin a great story & I was a little worried that would be the case here based on some review comments. I liked Raul's reading style from the sample & wasn't disappointed after listening to the full book. He really brought the characters to life with his reading. Admittedly, the voices he gave for a few characters didn't quite work for me, but what he added to the story is far more than what he took away. I really liked him overall & look forward to hearing more of his work on Audible in the future.
Fairly engaging but too long. characters were stereotypical and stale. Steven King is trapped in a rut and is recycling characters and themes. I was dying to get to the end, not out of curiosity (the ending was predictable) but because of sheer exhaustion.
I like the story, (even if it is a bit too long), but the reader has problems. Some characters he does well, but others not so well. He makes Big Jim sound Southern even though he is from Maine. It's still one of King's best books though.
I am a graduate student and rarely get a chance to read fiction, so I relish the opportunity to take in good stories whenever I can. This novel was very fun. I noticed that many of the complaints about this book center around the use of vulgar language. It is certainly true that this is a grown up book that uses grown up vocabulary. Not only are there vivid descriptions of violence and sex but the vocabulary of many of the characters is colorful to say the least. I personally am not disturbed by this and actually see it as a realistic portrayal of how people might talk in crises.
I am not a King reader and was surprised at how little "horror" there was in this novel (considering the author's reputation). That is not to say that horrible things don't happen in this story, there are actually a multitude of them. However, they are of the more gritty and human variety as opposed to the psycho clown with a butcher knife kind. I enjoy a thoughtful sci-fi book every once in a while and definitely see this book as falling within that genre. The characters were interesting and the plot is gripping. Although not "high art" Under the Dome is extremely entertaining.
The narration is also very good. Esparza doesn't always seem to get the New England accents, his attempts often come out to sound more like a weak British accent. However, this aside, he does create distinct voices for many of the key characters making it easier to differentiate amongst them. I found this very helpful considering the multitude of characters introduced throughout the novel.
All in all this novel is a solid, modern, sci-fi rendition on the Lord of the Flies theme. If that is something that sounds appealing to you, you most certainly will enjoy this audio book.