Warning! Spoiler in review!!!:
Let say that this was an amazing book! I have never read or listened to a Stephen King book previously, and perhaps that is partially why I found this book extremely disappointing at the end.
Everything was chugging along great until the book took a totally awkward and very juvenile tact towards extreme alien-style sci-fi. Obviously the Dome itself is a bit sci-fi, but I was holding out hope for a more logical explanation of "secret government conspiracy" or "the dome really wasn't there all along" or something else, maybe even something less concrete, and ending where it is never fully explained. But the whole "oh, it was aliens" part kind of pissed me off. That's a really easy way to wrap up the book, almost too easy.
And my biggest complaint is the total lack of resolution between Barby and Big Jim!! Just as the final climax was coming, the book totally cops out with an Armageddon sequence, and pretty much crawls to a halt after the bomb goes off.
It's a good book, and specifically in the are of length. I always love a really, really long book with a lot going on. This fit the bill. Humanoid aliens especially really turn me off. Total snorfest in my opinion. But I am sure other readers have come to expect that from Stephen King, so I can't fault him for doing what he does best.
My Rating Scale
Exceptional. This is the very best in writing and narration. I will listen to this book more than once and eagerly recommend it to family and friends. This book left me wanting more from the same author and narrator.
Very Good. I found it entertaining and engaging. It's worth the Audible membership price I paid. Based on this book I would purchase others from the same author.
This book has merit but some combination of elements (writing style, narration or length) made finishing it a challenge for me.
I found this book to be either poorly written or narrated. I couldn't finish it.
The audio quality or narration is so poor the content of this book couldn't be understood.
I'm a King fan, but this book is, in all ways, silly. And it's not scary, it's depressing. Lots of bitterness & anger in this one. That being said, I still enjoyed his characters & humor.
This is an awesome idea and I would love to see it made into a movie...maybe. That being said, this is such a long book! There are a few times in the book you will find yourself saying: "normal people would not act/believe/do that in real life". But I guess that can be said for about any Stephen King book.
Bottom line, if you have the time I would go for it.
Under the Dome explores the darker side of human nature when a small town in Maine suddenly finds itself cut off from the rest of the World by a mysterious dome. Those who love detail will have a feast of descriptive writing here as King explores what happens as society slowly deteriorates. As resources dwindle and become scarce, the town leaders become obsessed with control much to their detriment. Those who love morality plays will also find a feast as King explores the nature of gang mentality and how evil it can be. And of course, this review would be incomplete if I did not mention how King gives a nod to Global Warming and the rape of the environment as things fall apart inside the Dome. Another minor theme is ultra conservative religions and how they get carried to extreme whether they be Christianity or others. In King's story their are two congregations, one in which the pastor is a drug dealer, and another in which the pastor looses her faith that there is a God at all, in the end equating God to adolescent children playing a cruel joke. In this story, King takes leave of his sometime supernatural monsters to scare us instead scaring us with what we as humans can degenerate into under stress. A novel well worth reading, and one I hope will become another King classic.
Geeky, Homeschooling Mom to three geeklets.
I thought the narration was spot on, and of course, King delivers once again :)
A good read, but King needs to back off on the kool-aid while he writes. Some of us just want entertainment from time to time. Save the politics for some other medium...
I found this book gooooooooooooood! I couldn't stop listening. The main villain was so humanly real that I swear that I knew him personally --hated him. This is great Stephen King --I love it when his monsters are of a human ilk.
People who love King should have no problems with this novel. I think it is one of the best I have read - I loved the Shining, hated It, loved On Writing, hated Christine, loved Deloris Clayburne, hated Lisey's Story.
Typical of King, his plotting is fantastic, and his take on human nature seem perfectly plausible, as though he has already seen the circumstances unfold and he is just reporting.
Also typical of King, his dialogue is corny, and it annoys me when teenagers talk as though they are transported from a 50's soda counter, and the adults pepper their remarks with bygone idioms like "indeed not." A drawback that makes me wait a few years in between each new read.
The cause of the dome and its final resolution also made me roll my eyes. Typical Stephen King. But I'm still rating a 4, aren't I? Sometimes I wonder if King throws in the cornball stuff just to give the other writers a chance. If his stories weren't loaded with such ridiculous doofiness, other writers might be too intimidated to make an effort.
The reader is fine, but appeared to be taken aback by the broad array of characters. The women all sounded bored and stoned, and the men sounded like they were from the deep south more often than New England - with a little Tim Gunn thrown in from time to time. All of the children sounded three. This provided a note of amusement, but an otherwise fine narrator.