Audiobook Review:Under the Dome by Stephen King/Read by Raul Esparza

Posted July 8, 2013 by Felicia S in 2013 Read, 4.25 Wine Glasses, Audiobook, Reviews / 17 Comments

Audiobook Review:Under the Dome by Stephen King/Read by Raul EsparzaSource: Audiobook Purchase

Format: Audiobook

Under the Dome by Stephen King
Narrator: Raul Esparza
Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins

Date Read: July 2013

Genre: Horror

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Planes crash into it and fall from the sky in flaming wreckage, a gardener's hand is severed as "the dome" comes down on it, people running errands in the neighboring town are divided from their families, and cars explode on impact. No one can fathom what this barrier is, where it came from, and when -- or if -- it will go away.

Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens -- town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician's assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing -- even murder -- to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn't just short. It's running out.

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Publisher: Scribner, Simon & Schuster Audio

Also by this author: The Stand, Doctor Sleep, Mr Mercedes, Revival, Sleeping Beauties

My Thoughts on


Read from May 29 to July 08, 2013

Listened for Fun (Audible/#DomeAlong Reading Challenge)
Overall Rating: 4.25
Story Rating: 3.75
Character Rating: 4.75

Audio Rating: 4.00 (Not part of the overall rating)

First Thought when Finished: Wasn’t too impressed with the ending (the reason for the dome) but the overall story was compelling. I am an “ender” though so that made a huge impact on my rating!

Story Thoughts: Without discussing the ending (which I disliked), the rest of the story was a fantastic character study of the human race (which yes I understand could be tied into the ending but still didn’t like it). I think the story showed the best and the worst of people in circumstances that maybe didn’t call for it. This was a quick breakdown in society (I think 10 days total) and it was brutal. The beginning of the story was a little slow but the “meat” of the story was fantastic!

Character Thoughts: I wouldn’t say the characters in Under the Dome were as compelling as the characters from The Stand BUT I would say they hold their own. There are many different character types running around and with the exception of 4–I would say none of them are straight up good or evil. Of the 4 that I do think fall on the clearly evil or saintly (and yes I thought one character was written to “good”) they even had interesting character ticks. Overall, it is the characters that make Under the Dome compelling and a page turning read.

Audio Thoughts:

Narrated By Raul Esparza / Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins

I am just going to say it: whenever a narrator takes on a big project like Under the Dome with several different characters/pov’s they take a huge risk. I think Raul pulled it off! Yes, the length and number of characters would have been better suited to a full-cast recording BUT Raul did an excellent job on his own. I will be watching for more audiobooks narrated by him.

Final Thoughts: I would recommend Under the Dome to anyone who likes compelling stories of horrific human behavior. Don’t say I didn’t warn you because there is HORRIFIC (JR) human behavior!

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17 responses to “Audiobook Review:Under the Dome by Stephen King/Read by Raul Esparza

  1. The Stand was my first King novel (just a year ago!) and I wish that I had read it after I had some of his others under my belt. Out of the five I’ve read, that one comes second to last in my liking! I did see some similarities in the characters from this one and that one and almost half expected Harold and Fannie to make appearances at the beginning.

    I agree with the reasoning for the dome–lame. I’ve come to terms that King can weave a damn good story but sometimes has troubles explaining his way out of them (It’s true form?!). Glad you enjoyed it overall!

  2. I read this before I blogged, was it really 34hrs to listen? eek gads This was good but like you not my favorite Stephen King book..i am dying for Doctor Sleep in September!

    • 34 freaking hours! Actually that was about 10 hours less than The Stand but I think it is why when I got to the end I was like “really”????

      I am really looking forward to Doctor Sleep too!

  3. I haven’t read a Stephen King book in years! I should probably remedy that soon but most likely I will catch the TV series based on his novels instead lol

  4. Well, I just don’t know. Books that size intimidate me, lol. I am curious about how the dome got there. My hubby has this book – I may cheat and peek at the ending. πŸ˜‰

  5. I have got to get back into this. Hopefully this week. I could already tell in the twenty percent I read that this was going into super dark territory, more dark than usual from King. I had to stop reading it while I was pregnant.

    • It was super dark and it only get more dark. I would say that I was stunned at the meltdown of humanity that happened but it was so very interesting. I don’t think I would want to read this while pregnant!

  6. I’m usually not impressed with King’s monsters (Really? The scary thing was a massive spider?!?) or his reveals but the rest of the story usually makes up for it in huge ways. Haven’t read this one yet but I do like that the characters aren’t too good or evil — more everyday in that way, don’t you think?

    • His humans are always more horrific than his monsters. In fact, sometimes they make the monsters look tame and like the victim (IT is a prime example).

      I did think this was true to how humanity could possibly respond. Most will try to hold to their morals/humanity but some will go off the rails (both ways)