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  • Under the Dome

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Raul Esparza
  • Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,090
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,094
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,095

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome. Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Typical Stephen King

  • By Robert on 01-01-10

King's brilliant, but this isn't his best

2 out of 5 stars
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2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-06-14

What did you like best about Under the Dome? What did you like least?

I'm 2/3 of the way through the book and am beginning to enjoy it again, as it's just picking up pace. I've read The Stand by King which is by all accounts a humungous book, but in my opinion an amazing one. Under The Dome, however, drags on too much with the intricate sub plots none of which are engaging or interesting. I feel the book could've been 2/3rds of the size and would therefore be better.

The performance by Raul Esparza is great, in fact has made it bearable for me.

Was Under the Dome worth the listening time?

Ultimately, it's too long, and is only good for the first 1/3rd and last 1/3rd.

  • Of Mice and Men

  • By: John Steinbeck
  • Narrated by: Clarke Peters
  • Length: 3 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 956
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 803
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 797

Streetwise George and his big, childlike friend Lennie are drifters, searching for work in the fields and valleys of California. They have nothing except the clothes on their back, and a hope that one day they’ll find a place of their own and live the American dream. But dreams come at a price. Gentle giant Lennie doesn’t know his own strength, and when they find work at a ranch he gets into trouble with the boss’s daughter-in-law. Trouble so bad that even his protector George may not be able to save him....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Very enlightening

  • By KAREN on 10-09-11

Worth it

4 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-07-13

If you could sum up Of Mice and Men in three words, what would they be?

Short, tough, endearing.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The characters

What does Clarke Peters bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Great set of voices; strong style that allows you to get into the "deep southness" of the characters. Very much made it for me.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?


Any additional comments?

I enjoyed the story and moreso the performance. I think it's a must-read for anyone given its shortness and warming characters. Has a strong ending too!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Alchemist

  • A Fable About Following Your Dream
  • By: Paulo Coelho
  • Narrated by: Jeremy Irons
  • Length: 4 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,028
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,665
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 2,655

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its simplicity and wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an Alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Life changing

  • By Thomas on 14-04-15

Soft, easy and inspiring

5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-07-13

What made the experience of listening to The Alchemist the most enjoyable?

This book is all it's hyped to be. A warming and inspiring story with great characters and intrigue. A nice twist too ;)

Jeremy Irons really enhanced the story for me too. His accents were apt and sometimes amusing; his voice acting top notch.

What did you like best about this story?

The ending, the characters.

Have you listened to any of Jeremy Irons’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I've not.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Irons made the experience absolutely better.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful