I have enjoyed King books for decades. But not until Under the Dome I have felt that he has hit the pinnacle of his career. An instant classic King book, but the narration really brought it to life. Exceptional narration...many would have succumbed to the urge to take a densely populated book like Under the Dome and put on a cast of characters...or accept a simple read through. Whomever made the decision to choose this narrator...thank you. Brilliant work. Best narration I have ever heard (well except for Neil Gaiman....but this one wins for most characters). A book I will happily listen to again. Thank you King for a great story. Thank you Raul Esparza. Brilliant.
The narrator was a little annoying for about 4 or 5 hours but after that I got used to the voice and started to enjoy the narration. The book was great. I haven't enjoyed all of Stephen's works and some have bored me. I started Duma Key, gave up on it, and then reread it discovering what many readers liked about it. What I like about Under the Dome is the constant pace of excitement mixed in with all the great characters. Unlike the Gunslinger this book didn't bore me. I don't get upset about technical details in works of fiction (I'll remember not to try and suck air out of a tire). I would agree that this book is any easy and pleasurable read.
I really enjoyed this classic King, and it was a bargain as well. I don't know what to think about the similarity to the Simpson's movie? LOL, a great listen.
A great listen from start to end, and at 32 hours, it took almost 3 weeks of commute time to finish! I found the narrator's "feminine" voices a little silly at first, but the rich characters and the compelling story enabled me to see beyond that. Mr. King has given us another amazing tale- my only complaint is that I wanted it to keep going on and on!!!
This is King at his best. Moves fast, never a dull moment and a solid ending. As for the narrator - I think I get why some people did not like him, and it did take me at least two hours to get used to him. But by the end, I loved his style and he is now among my all time favorites. He was perfect for this book and I can't wait to hear him again.
The book starts out a bit slow, introducing a LOT of disparate characters, most of whom are not very nice, to say the least. But it gets pretty interesting if you tough out the first 10% or so. The reader's voice gets a bit annoying -- he only seems to have 3-4 different voices in him, and all the children's voices sound nasal and whiny. Nevertheless, it was worth the listen.
This book was much better than most of what King has written in a long time. I really enjoyed both the story and the way the narration was done. It was not very original - combing elements of previous books, most notably The Stand and Dreamcatcher - but it was still very engaging and I actually started missing some of the characters when I realized I was nearing the end.
I do wish that King didn't have the tendency to just blow things up when he runs into a dead end in some of his otherwise very good novels. It seems like things are just getting going, and then an explosion occurs (The Stand, Under the Dome) or there is a drive-by shooting (Bag of Bones) which forces things to come to a quicker than natural conclusion.
Well written, well thought out and well designed to not only entertain, but to reflect the world around us in very accurate terms. Way to be a mirror, Mr. King !!