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!
I hesitated to buy this one because I wasn't satisfied with the last couple of books by SK. I'm so glad I went ahead and bought it. It's just a great story with many interesting characters. SK can make you believed the unbelievable. I couldn't put it down, I listened for hours on end. It was never slow or dull and kept me just wanting to listen a "little bit longer". I'm very stingy with my stars, but this one won them all.
Excellent-I wanted to listen again as soon as I finished and Raul Esparza did a great job on the narration. Even with the length it didn't feel like any of the writing was unnecessary.
I saw the cover art for the book and imagined what the book might be about-- a town gets covered by a dome? Seemed like a fairly boring concept, but I loved Duma Key, so I decided to spend a credit.
I was wrong to doubt King's talents. This book took a subject that seemed like a fairly boring and limited premise and developed a wide and sophisticated lineup of character and plot lines that kept me listening.
Well worth a listen!
I have read probably half of Stephen King's novels and this is my favorite to date. He makes the reader think differently about the world and the people around them. The narrator was one of the best I've heard, very engaging, he made it feel like you were listening to a movie rather than an audiobook. A must read for King fans!
Some of the early reviews I read had me fearful of the voices and the ending, but I really enjoyed the reader and all the voices made sense and fit well with the story. The ending is good, though not the best ever, and didn't leave me disappointed. I can't wait to see the movie.
Love Stephen King. The Dark Tower is my favorite book (series) of all time and the ending is absolutely fabulous and simultaneously explains everything and nothing. Keeps you thinking about the book FOREVER. Not so with Under the Dome. Totally enjoyed the book...narrator, character development, story...all great Stephen King. But the ending is confusing, falls flat after so many hours of listening. Only vaguely thought provoking which was a great disappointment. Good book..don't get me wrong. But I am always looking for King that will at least equal The Dark Tower or The Stand...and sadly, this isn't it.
The plot had wonderful potential, but was just weak. A short story format would have been more fitting. It seems my expectations of Stephen King were too high. This was my first and last Stephen King book.
The reader did a wonderful job. I look forward to hearing him again.