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
The reader was not very good. His voice for the villain is almost a cartoonish Southern accent. Tried to stay with it for King's sake, but the reader just kept getting under my skin and the reader makes or breaks the audiobook.
I have heard some fantastic audiobook narrators -- Patrick Tull (Aubrey-Maturin series), Mirron E. Willis (Last King of Scotland), and Dion Graham (What is the What) come first to mind as examples. Unfortunately, Raul Esparza's delivery manages to keep pulling me out of the story. He's perfectly fine when speaking as the narrator; his standard enunciation is clear, his pacing is appropriate, and his emphases make sense almost always. But woe to the hearer when he ventures at regional dialect! At the risk of unkindness, he doesn't know Down East from Down South. He can't sound like Maine for more than a few words in a row, and the same character keeps sliding like pedal steel, if not all the way to Hattie McDaniel, then at least to somewhere near Foghorn Leghorn, and then back, sometimes with a quick flyover past Long Gisland. He also sounds, unfortunately, like everybody's kid nephew.
This is not a reflection on King's book, at all; I'm only two hours into it so far.
wish King had not found it necessary to swear quite so much. This story, like so many others of King's, shows just how disturbing humans might become when faced with just the right(wrong) situations.
This is my first and last book by this author. I am sure I cannot finish it. He never misses an opportunity to say something fully disgusting; every chapter dozens of times. Characters are empty and non impressive. In my opinion, this audio book is a waste of time and money and it will irritate rather than entertain. The audio is poorly limited and thin - The audio gets way too loud in places and overall there is a distortion on the readers voice that is hard to take after a while. A poor production in every respect.
This is King at his best: big themes, big cast of characters, big ideas. The problem with this audiobook is the narrator. His reading is awkward and his attempts at a New England/Maine accent fall flat, becoming almost faux-British and downright painful. Still, I soldiered through on the strength of King's narrative, not the narrator. Next time use Campbell Scott!! Please!
This was my first Stephen King book. Great, imaginative story, entertaining characters, wonderful narration. But it disappoints me to discover that millions of King readers must love this much graphic bloodshed and violence in their entertainment. I read a lot of mysteries and science fiction but the violence in the Dome exceeds the sum total in all the other books I've read in the past two years. Without it I would have given Under the Dome a five-star rating, but as it is, three is the best I can do and this will be my last Stephen King novel.
Fondling murdered women; gang rape; I gave up listening in the second part. I may never know the ending but I won't have to listen to any more sexual perversion.
Although its a lengthy listen, I really enjoyed this book. The extensive cast of characters really brings the small town to life. I quickly became invested and although I listened to it in chunks over the course of a month, it always kept me entertained and coming back.
I liked this book, but found myself drifting during the middle. It's very typical King though. Great beginning, slow middle, great ending.
The thing I found very annoying was the production choices that were made. For a small town, it had the largest collection American accents you have ever seen. It was like a Discovery special of "Accents of America.", come hear all that America has to offer! There were so many accents that it threw off the vibe in the story. You couldn't put 2 people together in that entire town that had the same accent. It really threw the vibe off from the story.
Character development was great, and his description was spot on. The ending was great considering I'm not usually high on "that" type of reason for the dome.
I LOVED the fact that King gave out to Lee Child, giving props to Jack Reacher. I giggled like a school girl when I heard that and I almost hoped that Jack would pop up to kick a little butt.
All in all, great story and worth a listen.
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