Under the Dome is pretty great. Gruesome as usual for King. He can't help himself. But the imagery is stunning. Hope to see an interpretation of it in 3D on an Imax screen someday. The reader read well, but my only beef is the accents. Theya wernt no Maine in it. So those of us who live here, while we recognize the landscape, we don't recognize the people. They all sound like they're from away, which blows the premise a bit.
On the other hand, the characters are all discernible, and I didn't hear any character breaks. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Its nice to see Stephen King fail so miserably at retirement.
This was the first Stephen King novel I've read/listened to in over 20yrs and it was amazing. As the story unfolded, I became more and more engrossed. This is definately a sit on the edge, nail biting thriller.
I have enjoyed King books for decades. But not until Under the Dome I have felt that he has hit the pinnacle of his career. An instant classic King book, but the narration really brought it to life. Exceptional narration...many would have succumbed to the urge to take a densely populated book like Under the Dome and put on a cast of characters...or accept a simple read through. Whomever made the decision to choose this narrator...thank you. Brilliant work. Best narration I have ever heard (well except for Neil Gaiman....but this one wins for most characters). A book I will happily listen to again. Thank you King for a great story. Thank you Raul Esparza. Brilliant.
The narrator was a little annoying for about 4 or 5 hours but after that I got used to the voice and started to enjoy the narration. The book was great. I haven't enjoyed all of Stephen's works and some have bored me. I started Duma Key, gave up on it, and then reread it discovering what many readers liked about it. What I like about Under the Dome is the constant pace of excitement mixed in with all the great characters. Unlike the Gunslinger this book didn't bore me. I don't get upset about technical details in works of fiction (I'll remember not to try and suck air out of a tire). I would agree that this book is any easy and pleasurable read.
I really enjoyed this classic King, and it was a bargain as well. I don't know what to think about the similarity to the Simpson's movie? LOL, a great listen.
A great listen from start to end, and at 32 hours, it took almost 3 weeks of commute time to finish! I found the narrator's "feminine" voices a little silly at first, but the rich characters and the compelling story enabled me to see beyond that. Mr. King has given us another amazing tale- my only complaint is that I wanted it to keep going on and on!!!
This is King at his best. Moves fast, never a dull moment and a solid ending. As for the narrator - I think I get why some people did not like him, and it did take me at least two hours to get used to him. But by the end, I loved his style and he is now among my all time favorites. He was perfect for this book and I can't wait to hear him again.
The book starts out a bit slow, introducing a LOT of disparate characters, most of whom are not very nice, to say the least. But it gets pretty interesting if you tough out the first 10% or so. The reader's voice gets a bit annoying -- he only seems to have 3-4 different voices in him, and all the children's voices sound nasal and whiny. Nevertheless, it was worth the listen.