My ears are sore cause I couldn't quit listening. I love Stephen King and loved this book. I want to meet the characters and hang out with them...yes,... all of them... to get to know them better. Raul Esparza did a great job. I am not a critic, I just want to be entertained and I got my thirty-four hours and twenty-nine minutes of entertainment from this. Thank you once again, Mr. King
I took a long break from Stephen King after some real clunkers.
He's back on form here--great characters--some down home wisdom and funny New England expressions
Mike, New Canaan, CT
Simply a remake of "Lord of the Flies" with the F Bomb and sex thrown in for good measure. Too long and too predictable. Don't bother.
This novel is well done and entertaining as well as a study of humanity under a set of conditions and I would like to call out that Raul Esparza did an amazing job of covering a large cast.
Defiantly credit worthy and was just long enough. I thought the narrator did an exceptional job. I only give it a 4 because the ending was a bit lacking but if you consider who the author is than it fits. Over all I enjoyed it.
I purchased this after reading the publisher's blurb, hoping my older kids(17, 20)might enjoy it also. After listening, I do not plan to recommend the book to them. There is a particularly ugly rape scene at the beginning, and the "bad guy" characters are just nasty. Foul language is used throughout the book. Maybe the author was going for length--cutting out just the F word in all its variations would practically cut the novel in half. Plotwise,I was reminded a little of a modern day Lord of the Flies, with profanity. (Lots of it.) The human race (with a very few exceptions) and particularly Christians, do not fare well in this book. The ending seems contrived and flat.
I have grown up on Stephen King, I was the weird girl in 7th grade reading Carrie. I loved this book, it was a little slow in some places, but the last part ROCKED!!! I will to listen to it again after I finish another book. My best friend is reading the book, I got the better deal... Great listen in the car. Didn't want to stop and go to work.
It reminds me quite a bit of the Tommyknockers but is much better written. Overall, the book itself is very enjoyable - the ensemble cast of characters (which is quite large) are all interesting, distinct, and instantly identifiable. I'd give the contents of the book 4 out of 5 stars.
Why is my rating 5 stars then? The narrator. This is the first book I've listened to by Raul Esparza but he's easily one of the best narrators I've ever listened to - he manages to do all kinds of very distinct voices and accents that make the characters (and there are a lot) instantly identifiable. In addition, some of the "voices" he does are perfect (at least for me) for the charcters - Big Jim is absolutely perfect; Junior and Andy Sanders similarly. Great, great stuff.
I like the experience of listening and reading at the same time. Unfortunately, this unabridged version seems like an abridged version. It does not follow the book at all. The actual book starts by introducing the characters and their encounters with the Dome but this audio unabridged version starts way after the Dome is discovered and the chaos that ensues from its arrival. So if you want to read the whole story buy the actual book. But if you like an unabridged version that is still chopped down, listen to this audio version.