Although not Kings absolute best, this novel was engaging with excellent character development and an intriguing plot. Like other listeners, I had a hard time with the narrator at first and almost gave up, but fortunately, I kept listening. The more I listened, the better the narrator became and I ended up really liking his delivery. The book will keep you engaged. The novel contains a great deal of action, weirdness (ala King) and interactions between characters that is fascinating. You will find yourself thinking about this book even when you are not listening.
The reason I gave this book only four stars is the ending. I am not going to spoil it for anybody, but in MHO, the ending was very dissatisfying and simply fell flat. I wanted more closure, but it never came. That said, I do recommend this book. You will be amazed at how fast 34 hours will pass under the dome.
I finished this audiobook today. I had been a little daunted by it's 34+ hours of listening time. But, the book is very fast moving and the hours flew by!
There are an amazing number of characters. I didn't have any problem keeping track, but there's a list on King's website if you want to copy it. I found a map of Chester Mills on Amazon's page for the book and that helped my imagination along.
All in all, I think the narrator did an excellent job. There were a lot of characters to give voice to! I found the voices he game a couple of the female characters a little annoying. But, it didn't really detract from my enjoyment of this book.
It's top notch Stephen King!
I've listed to a few King books, and usually the narrator is entertaining, easy to listen to, but I find myself very distracted, and have a hard time with this one. I'm going to have to buy the hardback and see if it reads better, just very hard to hold in my hands.
It took an hour or two to get used to the narrarator, but once I did, I now cant imagine hearing it any other way. The character voices were wonderfully realized and the cadence was really well done. Loved the book and the reading.
I had a wonderful time with this book--it is classic Stephen King. No one does twisted small town like he does. Even though there were 100 characters, I was never disoriented.
Thanks to Raul Esparza's amazing narration I couldn't have hated the bad guys more feverishly and pulled for heroes more completely. He is remarkable and perfect for this book. I was sorry when it was over. Get it, you won't be sorry!
It's got everything that makes a good book...a villian, a hero, a heroine, romance, suspense, action, joy, sadness, and a cute dog! I could go on and on. It is 34 hours long, but I wish it was even longer. I want to know more about the characters and what's happened to them beyond the book. It's certainly worth your time. In fact, I know I'll listen to it again.
I could not stop listening to this book! I just had to find out where that dome came from and why it was there.The narrator was pretty good with the voices.He lowered his voice well for the women characters and really got into the the "bad" guy's tones as well.I especially liked the way he said,"He's eatin' dinner with the lord tonight...mashed potatoes and peas...etc."The ending was great too.Like something from the Twilight Zone.Beautifully done.
Stephen has written a terrifically enjoyable book!. It's like his books used to be - full of interesting characters along with a great story line. I loved it. It was the Stephen King of old.
The accents used by the narrater did not seem true to Maine. The bad guy, Big Jim, sounded almost southern. He was a native New Englander The Frenchman sounded Jamacian. Otherwise the entire 32 hour listen was great.
I think King's characters and plot are always good. This is one of his best. My wife and I drove from Michigan to Florida listening to it and finished on the way back. We were sad when the book was done.
A great listen, even if a bit long and Stephen is at the top of his writing game when adding main characters that are truly inspiring and other main characters that you want dead after the first 10 minutes of meeting them. The cast is extensive yet entertaining and not overly boring in their introduction, history, and interaction. A return to his pre-accident story-telling that seemed to be lacking in his last 'Gunslinger' volumnes and the 'Lisey/Duma' stories. If Stephen keeps writing in this manner I will continue to be an even more loyal Fan!