This was the first SK book that I've "read", and I really enjoyed it. He really brings the many characters to life and you start feeling emotions towards each of them depending on their role in the story. I did not find the narrator annoying as some others did, in fact, I thought he did a great job, especially considering the many characters that had large parts in this story. There were times where he could have picked up the pace, and I wish the ending was explained a bit more, but overall a worthy listen!
Well, I didn't want the audiobook to end, but felt so bad for the Chester's Mill folks that I needed some resolution! This was a great Stephen King work -- it is even better than The Stand and as good as The Dark Tower series. And though other reviewers disagree, I thought the narrator was very good. This is well worth the listen, especially as it's a delightfully LONG yet entertaining audiobook.
And that's how the fight started.
The narrator had a heck of job to do and he did we.. King really did well with this one. This was better than his last one. Well worth the credit.
First, let me compliment Raul Esparza for an excellent job in presenting this long and complicated novel. He handled the characters masterfully.
If you ever want to experience impotence in the presence of bullies, this book can certinly take you to the heart of it. It was infuriating to see and feel how the "bad guy" politician of the story was able to manipulate almost everyone around him to fabricate cover-up for his own evil deeds. As usualy with SK books, I knew that none of the characters was sacred, and it was good to be prepred for loss.
While I don't think this is SK's best novel, it does demonstrate his ability to wrench your insides in frustration and concern for the real people he creates, and it certainly gives "cause to pause" over our cavalier dismissial of the lives of animals and other life forms that we consider less important than we are.
I just finished "Under the Dome" a few minutes ago. What a great novel! Don't let the length of this audiobook dissuade you from buying it. Stephen King needs every minute to develop the characters and to weave his plot. I can't think of a single word he could remove without damaging the storyline. I agree with King's assertion in the book, the herd can be a heartless, cruel bunch. We agree to do things, sometimes bad things, all because we're part of a group.
I struggled with the beginning but the huge number of characters and simultaeous events creates a rich listening (reading) environment. I cannot put myself in the catagory of a Steven King fan but I am now ... also Raul Esparza is a brilliant reader and I thank him for bringing this book to life for me.
Loved it! Especially the "spanking" to Bush & Cheney, or should I say Cheney & Bush! Had to chuckle when Jack Reacher appeared. If you are a right-winged Christian, you might want to pass on this one.
This audio book was remarkable in every way. King outdid himself w/ the story - it was truly excellent - gripping from start to finish. The voice acting is excellent. I'd listened to a no. of audio books b4 beginning this one. Raul Esparza is one of the best voice actors I've come across. He really brought Stephen King's "Under the Dome" and all its diverse characters to life.
I'm not an across-the-board King fan. In fact, I hadn't read any of his work in many years. I'd "gone off" him long ago as I thought his writing had become too commercial. This work, however, is on a par w/ his work w/ "The Stand" and w/ his "Dark Towers" series.
An excellent listen (and read, I'm sure).
A complex storyline as well as a large cast of characters make for a very compelling and hard-to-put-down book. If you're looking for another "The Stand", which I think it tries to accomplish, you will find it falls short but it is still a good story nonetheless.