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.
©2009 Stephen King; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
When I saw the length of the book, I was worried, but all of the positive reviews I went ahead and bought it. I'm glad I did! It was good and kept my attention all 34 hours. I was a little disappointed at the end, but overall I thought it was a good book.
Biggest complaint was that the download somehow transferred Part 1 as Part 5 in iTunes ... so as we came to the end of Part 4, we discovered that we had missed the first 7 hours of the book! Granted, the fact that Part 4 was shorter than all the rest should have been a giveaway, but this was our first audio book and we didn't know.
As for the book, it was classic Stephen King: A sweeping cast of characters ranging from bit parts to well-developed psychological profiles. Since we missed the first 7 hours (still haven't heard it yet), I'll temper the review. We thought that starting after the dome had already descended was an interesting approach and that each new piece of the backstory that we figured out was a gift to the attentive reader ... oops. Should have expected less from Stephen King.
The storyline was interesting enough and it kept us engaged long after our road trip was over.
The narrator was ... highly variable. I didn't much care for his attempts at Maine accents or his children's voices. But it wasn't often that the narration was bad enough to take us out of the story.
I am a huga fan of Mr. King I have read all his books, this is my first audio book. Its a bit different than reading, but I like it.
This book is going to be another great classic of his. I am enjoying the listen very much!
This is old school Stephen King! Glad to have him back. He weaves a tale as if sitting next to you telling you a story. LOVED IT. The narrator was Awesome with the narration - I loved his narration style, but others are correct - there were actually only about one, maybe two characters that could have been from Maine. Good story and interesting look into societal norms.
I am so glad to have Stephen King back. Wonderful to listen to and keeps you on the edge. Well written and well spoken.
This was only my second audio book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There definitely was a political slant to it, and depending on your leanings, you might find it highly offensive or highly amusing. I thought Raul Esparza did a wonderful job doing such a huge variety of characters, although Jim Renney did indeed sound geographically out of place. Like others, I found the ending a little bit of a let-down. There was room for more.
great novel, I couldn't stop listening. The character development was terrific.
BUT, the narrator did terrible accents. Big Jim sounded like a theatrical gay from Alabama. Remy sounded like a Jamaican.
The cause of the dome didn't fit with the rest of the story. I felt like the story kind of fell off the cliff at the end.
I started reading King books in college (I'm now 29). I feel like I've stuck with him through the good and the bad, but through them all, I've never read one twice. I'm just not that kind of girl. With books, I normally pass them on and with audiobooks I even delete them from my library (bad.. I know).
BUT, I've already listened to this book twice. I'm quite certain it's my favorite SK book. It's long, but not long enough. The character development is typical King you jump right into their lives and feel like it's right where you belong.
The narrator was not the best for this book, I found that sometimes he'd interchange the characters voices. But his voice does have a pretty even tone (not too high, not too low), which makes it easy to listen to.
I'd recommend this book to anyone. King fan or not. It's a great story.
This is an interesting concept and one that would make an excellent mini-series. Small town, drifter, good ole boy running the town, catastrophic event ... what could be better? I listen during my 3 hour daily commute and quite often sit in the car not wanting to stop and get out of the car. Can't wait to get into Part 2.
If something like this happened I can see things going in the same direction. Very good story. Not sure if I was thrilled with the Dome creator in the book but all in all a good read (or listen!).
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