The style reminded me of The Stand: lots of characters, an overarching dilemma, and an enjoyable ride to the inevitable conclusion. You do sort of know how it will end, but it really doesn't matter because most of the fun is in admiring how King weaves the lives and conflicts together. There are memorable phrases, clever twists, and that typical realistic dialog that King brings to his characters.
I would not have chosen a Southern accent used for the primary villain in this audio version. I haven't checked with the book to see if that was intended. It was out of place. The other New England accents were done well. The dome's explanation was too abstract given all the concrete descriptions for it. It doesn't harm the story overall, but it made the ending too abrupt. Overall, it's a very good story and recording.
Every writer has bad books and this is one of King's. I do not look at Stephen King as a writer of violent, sick, twisted and perverse content. And while I know he has done this in the past - it was the core of the story line (Misery for example).
This book has such an opportunity to go somewhere interesting, fascinating, suspenseful, nail-biting. His point is interesting and I hoped he would expand upon the religious BS in an intelligent way. However, King goes off on this sexual-violence that disgusts me to no end. (possible spoiler alert:) Do I really need to read about a fat man beating someone to death? Do I need to read about a sick kid and his sexual escapades with dead bodies? Sorry, but there is enough of this as non-fiction in the world. Why add to it with fiction?
Stick to the supernatural/monster/mind tales - it's what you do best. (The Cell, The Road Virus Moves West, Bag of Bones) Leave the sexual violence and murder for FOX news.
This book left a very bad taste in my mouth and was not enjoyable at all.
This is the claustrophobic version of the Stand. If you enjoyed the Stand and liked Duma Key, then I think you will very much like this one. It has the Stand's variety of characters and grand sweeping plot. It has Duma Key's mystery and humanity.
The narration is nothing short of amazing. Many many accents and personalities handled incredibly well and without any annoying tics or overacting. This might be my first Esparza book but it won't be my last.
This is a very long book and you get your monies worth even though it is one of the more expensive books on Audible. The story moves very very quickly and I never became disinterested.
The narrator does a good job, except for the "French" accent. He wasn't even close to French, but for everyone else he nailed it. The story itself is good, not King's best and about 3 chapters too long. By the fourth installment, I was thinking he really dragged it out for too long. He closed off all of the story lines, but it took FOREVER and the conclusion was too tidy.
If you're going to read, wait for the abridged version. This was really, really, really long!
I almost didn't finish the book; actually stopped listening for several days.
Several of the key people in this book were really very stupid. It was hard to read many parts because of that. This book had a lot going for it, actually very intriguing about unknown entities and what they could do to us, as humans. I really liked that part. However, it could have been portrayed much better. I was pretty frustrated after reading the book, and should have listened to the other reviews and not wasted my time.