This is definitely the Stephen King of old. I had almost given up on him the last few years but this book is one of his best. It takes real talent to keep you completely engrossed for over 34 hours. The more I read, the less I wanted to put it down. The narrator did a great job as well. He did have problems with a couple of the characters accents, but not enough to distract from the story. I very seldom re-read a book but will do so with this one.
I thought this was a great book until the last hour of the book. I'm not sure what ending the book could have had to keep pace with the quality of the first 33 hours but this one wasn't it.
After being left disappointed by the last few Stephen King books this one was AWESOME! I have renewed hope in Stephen King's writing! This is classic King... no loose ends, no over-the-top nonsense, a touch of the macabre... Quick moving story.. just wonderful!
I have read every Stephen King book in publication and listened to many on audiobook. Under The Dome is wholly heartbreaking, often frustrating, totally engaging and one of King's best. The many characters make the small-town living realistic and the vivid descriptions make you feel the isolation surrounding you. Raul E., the narrator, is a master at breaking your heart with the stark desperation of the situation and lightening the load with his spot-on delivery of King's sharp wit. I thought Duma Key had exemplified King's growing sense of humanity in the face of the horror he used to deliver, where the reader could easily deliniate fact from written fiction. Under The Dome shows that with age, King has mastered an ability to shake you to the core as you begin to realize, "There but for the grace of God, go I."
Unfortunately, I cannot listen to one more minute of this book due to the odd narration style...clippy speech pattern mixed with terrible and bizarre accents. So far I've heard Southern, English, French?, and So. Cal. dude accents in a setting in Western Maine. Huh?
I'm sorry I wasted my credit on a book I am going to have to purchase a hard copy of to finish.
This was my first Steven King book and I was very disappointed. At times his language is sickening. When he speaks of a character who is a Christian they are always the most disgusting character. The book rambles far too long about trivial matters. I found it to be boring.
I have read a lot of reviews that suggest this is a pandering left-wing antireligion novel. I guess you don't read much King. He has a deep spiritual center which is evidenced in most of his novels. The Stand and Desperation come to mind as very spiritual novels. However, I agree he is perhaps critical of religion used to control others rather than religion as curative.
That aside, this is a very good novel. It is interesting, informative, and topical. As it is very today, I don't know if it will stand the test of time of The Stand. However, this book is not The Stand. It is Under The Dome and as such is moving, irritating, frightening, and entertaining. I recommend it to those who maintain an open and progressive mind. Those who know King.
I'm a big King fan and am always looking forward to the next book. Unfortunately I knew where this one was going after the frst chapter. This book could have probably been about 500 pages shorter. An author always telescopes the plot when they make their characters all good or all bad as was the case here. Also, I agree with other reviews, the ending was a little disappointing and a bit childish (no pun intended for those that have read the book). Kudos to the narrator, nice job.
This could have been a very good book. However after listening to less than half of the book I could not in good conscience finish it because of the vulgar language. Hey I'm a big boy and can usually take listening to it here and there but come on. The gratuitous explicative's were more than I could take. I mean who really G*Ds, and F's every other sentence. It went beyond setting the mood or character of the actors to a personal anti religion spew by the author. I'm very disappointed because this could have been a really good listen.