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June 11, 2013 / Leslie

The Halfway Point – Under The Dome Readalong

At the Midpoint

I’m listening to the audiobook and am a little ahead of schedule in the Under The Dome readalong. Once I start a Stephen King novel it’s difficult to put it down!

My intention was to listen to a few chapters here and there plus listen to some of my non-fiction audio books at the same time. I can listen to more than one book if the genres are different. But I keep going back Under the Dome.


Spoiler-free Thoughts

This is classic Stephen King horror. Yeah, I like a creepy book. I read my first King novel way back in the 70s, one of his early books, Salem’s Lot. Vampires. Then sometime around Gerald’s Game, which I hated, I started drifting away and only read the occasional King novel. Then I read 11/22/63 and remembered how good a story he can tell. And then Natalie started The Stephen King Project, and I got sucked right back in.

So far, I’m loving Under the Dome and probably will finish before the July 27 end date. Then I plan on watching the television mini-series.

A few brief thoughts:

Characters: A whole town full of them. Good and bad. One of the things I love about a King novel is his character development. He doesn’t just tell you about a character, he gives you a story about a character. Then you get invested in them. But don’t get too attached to anyone. They could disappear at any moment. The bodies begin piling up right away. Will anyone make it out of The Dome alive?

The Family Pet: If you’ve read King before you know something evil might happen to the beloved pet. It’s keeping me on edge.

Audio Production: Listenable but not as good as it could have been. Narrator Raul Esparza reads with a nice pace and enough emotion but in the dialog the accents seem off. What does a Maine accent sound like? I’m not sure, but I know this isn’t it. Especially evil Big Jim, who sounds like he’s from the south but is supposed to be born and raised in Maine. I’m not trying to scare anyone off from the audio. It’s a good compromise if you don’t have time for the print book but still want to be part of the readalong.

The Readalong Details

The readalong runs from May 25 through July 27 and is hosted by Natalie at Coffee and a Book Chick. There is still time to participate. I know, it’s a huge book and everyone is so busy in the summer that there’s no time, but there’s always the audiobook.

Are you a Stephen King fan?

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  1. Suko / Jun 11 2013 10:20 am

    Leslie, I’m glad you’re enjoying this (even if the accents are a little off). 🙂


    • Leslie / Jun 11 2013 10:28 am

      I thought maybe it was me and I didn’t know what folks from Maine sound like, but I see on twitter #DomeAlong that a few others felt the same way.


  2. Lloyd Russell / Jun 11 2013 10:44 am

    I typically don’t read Stephen King. I read a couple of early ones many years ago and read The Stand probably 5 years ago. I liked it. BUT I absolutely loved 11/22/63. It’s in my top 12 ALL-TIME!


    • Leslie / Jun 11 2013 2:02 pm

      I was thrilled when he announced he was writing about time travel. And I wasn’t disappointed at all. 11/22/63 is an all time favorite and my number one book for 2011.


      • Lloyd Russell / Jun 11 2013 2:04 pm

        I was blown away by how plausible everything followed from the initial premise. And I loved the ending.


  3. Jennifer @ The Relentless Reader / Jun 11 2013 1:50 pm

    Whenever a pet shows up in a King you know it’s time to be nervous! 😉 It’s funny that you mention the south. You aren’t the first person I’ve seen mention the southern flavor of this town…that is supposed to be in Maine. Hmm. The other person caught it in the print book though. No accent…but you know what I mean 😉


    • Leslie / Jun 11 2013 2:00 pm

      Pets and children too. King spares no one! That accent is just weird. And it makes Big Jim seem even more creepy, if that’s even possible. Maybe I’m thinking southern because it has that backwoods eeriness … like in Deliverance. Eeeek!


  4. irene / Jun 11 2013 2:30 pm

    You are way braver than I. Happy/Scary reading.


    • Leslie / Jun 11 2013 2:51 pm

      I listen during the day, in the sunlight, when the creepy stuff doesn’t seem quite as scary.


  5. Diane@BibliophilebytheSea / Jun 11 2013 7:33 pm

    I’m almost at the half way point as well. I got the audio “playaway” which is perfect for this gigantic tomb. Problem for me is I fall asleep listening to it and have to keep repeating parts — like it though.



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