The dialogue in this book is very clever - I found myself laughing out loud in my car at times. The characters are great from those that you love to hate to those you feel loyalty to and hope they will win. It is almost painful when good hearted characters try to do the right thing and suffer evil consequences. The narrator made the characters come to life including a great Yankee voice.
It's been a long time, too long really, since King has had me this hooked. I have had a hard time putting this one down.
Grab this one folks, you won't regret it.
I really did not feel that this book had an axe to grind with conservatives or religion, it is much more about all power corrupting and absolute power corrupting absolutely. I enjoyed this book, liked the ending (Steve often has trouble finishing… IT, and others for example) and while it wasn’t my favorite of his recent offerings, I recommend it unconditionally.
What to me was truly extraordinary was the narrator. I cannot think of another narrator that came close to adding to a book than Raul Esparza did for this book. Just superb, really fine…..I can still here the voices of the characters weeks after finishing the book.
Loved this one! It was difficult to put down. Loved the way characters were presented and found the concept of the dome a very interesting mystery.
The narration was excellent, the story a hard-core roller coaster ride in a Maine town Under the Dome. As other reviewers have mentioned aspects of terrorism, global warming & tyranny under the guise of religion are woven together into a marvelous, frightening tapestry. These are boogey-men that are as relevant to us now as was nuclear armageddon to my parents & grand-parents. Raul Esparza, while not able to pull off a maine accent, has a superb range of voice & manages multitudinous characters with ease; I never tired of his narration. The scope of the story is awesome & had me laughing & crying out, "Oh my god, MOVE!" "GET OUT OF THERE!" amongst other more colorful things, as the borders between my iPod & Chester's Mill blurred...then disappeared.
This was not only the first Stephen King book that I've listened to, but also the first of his that I've read. If this book is any indication of his writing style when it comes to character development, action, and unique story lines - then I can tell you right now this will NOT be my last.
Under the Dome is an adventure of not just one character, not just two, but many characters. I feel like I was there during "Dome Day". You'd think it would be hard to follow so many characters, but the combination of Mr. King's writing and the superb Narrator's voices - it's quiet easy to recognize who is speaking even when the text itself does not say so right away.
I still can't believe this was just one credit. Worth every single minute. I highly recommend Under the Dome.
Stephen has done it again. I hoped this would match up to his earlier works and I was not disappointed. One of his talents is looking into the souls of his characters - good and bad. He gives them quirks and makes them people we have known. This is a good story and it encourages examination of what we think about small towns, crisis situations, and what we think about as we decide how, or sometimes if, we stand up, or wait for someone else to act first. I didn't feel that he was putting a negative slant on religion. My impression was that he portrayed religion as a tool that was used in negative and corrupt ways by some, and in encouraging and supporting ways by others. Overall, I did not feel this story was really about religion at all. Religion was just a part of this small town and many of the people who live there.
I was entertained and amused. Another great piece of writing. I highly recommend it.
An outstanding, emotion grabbing story that grips the reader's interest from the beginning to the very end. The story as narrated by Raul Esparza generated such strong emotions in me that if one of the character's in the story were standing in front of me, I probably would have killed him with my bare hands! Buy it, you won't be disappointed.
Since the Dark Tower series I have been looking for my next dive into the twisted mind of Stephan King. Awesome, outstanding, great social commentary for the times. May be destined to be a classic. Raul Esparza does a fantastic job as narrator!