In King’s new novel, THE STAND meets “The X-Files” when a solid but invisible dome descends over a small Maine town. Those inside are trapped in a new civilization of their own making. Raul Esparza attempts to do justice to King’s epic, but hearing King read his author’s note at the end of the book demonstrates how miserably Esparza falls short of an authentic Maine accent. Narrative passages, delivered without an accent and with impeccable timing, keep the long story moving. However, the dialogue of the primary antagonist, described as a lifelong Mainer, does not sound realistic. Esparza’s children and women also fare poorly as they are voiced inconsistently and bear little resemblance to the author’s details on their origins and character. R.L.L. © AudioFile 2009, Portland, Maine [Published: DECEMBER 2009]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2009
CD ISBN 9780743597302 $75.00 Thirty CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9780743597920 $39.99 Three MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2009
CS ISBN 978-1-4407-5821-8 $113.75 Thirty cassettes
CD ISBN 978-1-4407-5822-5 $123.75 Thirty CDs
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