Under the Dome by Stephen King – Audio-book Review

I could not resist listening to Stephen King’s new audiobook, Under the Dome, despite the daunting task of thirty four hours of listening. The audiobook is pure Stephen King and narrated excellently by Raul Esparza. Apparently, King started the book back in the 1970s, only to return to finish it now.

In Under the Dome, King does what he does best – show us just how despicable and wicked people can be. The monsters here are human, and they are terrifying.

He starts us out in the beautiful small New England town of Chester’s Mill. It is peaceful and beautiful. It is the perfect small American town. Then it all changes in the flash of a crash into a force field like dome that has trapped the town under an impenetrable barrier.

The town is isolated and unable to reach the outside world. Death follows immediately with plane and car crashes. No one knows what’s happening or how to break through the dome. What is this invisible dome? Why is it happening? Why here? Why now? That’s when the local population starts going bad.

King uses his skills to send the local population into a tailspin of sinister action and frightening turns. Fear, conspiracy, corruption and even murder start to terrorize the town. Vicious characters take control. A virtual dictatorship ensues with full on police control. The population of Chester’s Mill is frozen with fear, and as usual that is a trigger for people doing things they would never even think about under other circumstances.

Terror and an internal battle for control naturally arise from the tension and out of control situation. It is a battle of Evil versus not so evil that shows us just how ugly people can get. It is a battle for their lives, with people doing anything and everything terrible you can imagine. With breath taking horror, just when it seems the sort of good guys might win, King pulls the rug out from under them yet again.

This audiobook is a frightening ride into terror and horrible actions that only humans can inflict upon one another. Once you start listening, you will be addicted to the story and power through this marathon performance.

My last warning, don’t start listening to the performance of this audiobook unless you have some time on your hands. Uncomfortable though the performance may be, it’s thirty four compelling and suspenseful hours of listening, but once you start, it quickly becomes impossible to stop.

Listen to the audio sample of the Under the Dome Audiobook.