Under the Dome by Stephen King
Narrator: Raul Esparza
Length: 34 hrs and 29 mins
Date Read: July 2013
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.
Publisher: Scribner, Simon & Schuster Audio
Also by this author: The Stand, Doctor Sleep, Mr Mercedes, Revival, Sleeping Beauties br> br>
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.
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!