Under the Dome was the first Stephen King audiobook I've listened to. I began reading Stephen King when I was 12 years old (I'm 28 now), and, for some reason, I stopped reading his books and expanded the scope of my reading to other genres. However, when I joined Audible, I decided to give King's new book a listen. This audiobook renewed a spark in me that has been lying dormant for the last ten years. Raul Esparza's narration was exceptional and captivating and I found myself being able to identify the characters based on his change in voice. As for the story itself, I enjoyed it and it was difficult for me to put my iPod down. However, I was hoping for an ending that went beyond the brief time after the dome was lifted, just to see how everyone was adjusting due to the physical devastation and psychological trauma all of the characters experienced in Chester's Mill. I was also hoping that Jim Rennie would have died a more gruesome death (terrible, I know, but I hated that guy)! Overall, it was a terrific read and I will be listening to more SK audiobooks. Thanks, Stephen, for helping me rediscover how much I love your writing!
Overall, I really enjoyed The Pact. Jodi Picoult's formulation and style is brilliant. It was the first Jodi Picoult book that I've listened to. However, I did not care for George Guidall's narration. His voice seemed too mature for most of the characters in the novel and his tone of voice sounds as if he should be performing Shakespeare. I would recommend reading this book rather than listening to the audiobook version.
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