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Under the Dome: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Under the Dome: A Novel

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.
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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

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    Deborah Union Mills, NC, USA 06-09-10
    Deborah Union Mills, NC, USA 06-09-10
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    "Debbie"

    This was my 1st audio book, it was awesome!!!! The story kept me so interested, also Raul Esparza the narrator, did wonderful voices that made the characters come to life. Stephen King is the best ever.

    15 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Christa L. Mobley 05-07-10

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    "Fascinating, incredibly well-written story"

    This story is one that made me cringe a lot, there is so much human tragedy, evil, suffering and then triumph in this storyline, I found it very painful at times. The writing is complex, extremely compelling and combined with the narration paints a vivid picture in your mind. You feel the pain, you live and die with the characters, its brutal! That is also what makes it brilliant. I consider it a "can't miss" audiobook but won't listen to anything so heavy for a long time. I think this is Stephen King's best work in a very long time.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Little Blue Frog Minnesota 02-21-10
    Little Blue Frog Minnesota 02-21-10

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    "Keeps you listening"

    I am not a Stephen King reader so I don't know how this rates compared to his other works but I enjoyed it. It's really long which I like in an audio book. It took me a bit to get hooked but once I did I couldn't stop listening. The reader is excellent so he makes the experience fun.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 01-09-10
    Suzn F Fletcher, VT, US 01-09-10 Member Since 2013

    I believe a reviewer should finish a book before submitting a review. What do you think?

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    "The bad guy you loved to hate"

    This book is long and interesting with characters you come to love, fear or despise. Mr. King gives us a main bad guy character, this Big Jim, who is such a fun evil guy.
    The reader makes the story truly come alive.
    The language, thoughts and beliefs of the characters make the story feel real and give it meat and texture.
    I look forward to the next book Mr. King, thank you.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Salt Lake, UT, United States 12-21-09
    Teresa Salt Lake, UT, United States 12-21-09
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    "Not my favorite"

    While I felt the narration was exceptional, I found Under the Dome less so. To many unanswered questions, too many convenient answers. The ending felt hurried and abrupt. I love King's writing, just not this one.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole Waldorf, MD, USA 12-15-09
    Nicole Waldorf, MD, USA 12-15-09
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    "King at his best!"

    I am happy yet saddened to be finished with this accomplishment by Stephen King. I do not know what I will do after "Under the Dome". It is an all-encompassing story that you just dont want to put down. Definitely King at his best - Stand quality no doubt! I would love to see a movie production. This story is to vivid not to have multiple mediums. Also, Raul Esparza was an excellent reader. Enjoyed him greatly! A lot of characters, but the most important are well-developed and others are brought along enough that there was no problem recalling their previous mentions. Thank you Stephen King for another wonderful contribution to the genre.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Elfie Purcellville, VA 12-07-09
    Elfie Purcellville, VA 12-07-09 Member Since 2008
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    "Dome"

    What happens when a dome suddenly cuts off the Maine Town of Chester's Mills from the rest of the world? The characters are left to play out the repercussions of the event. Human nature, the quest for power, personal integrity, the need for survival, religion and the environmental impact of such a situation merge together to create an exciting story that left me wanting more. I don't like horror -- but, I bought this book because other reviewers compared it to "The Stand." -- the similarity between the two can be seen in the psychological development of his characters, good verses evil and a catastrophic event. Great story from beginning to end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Christy M Michigan 05-07-10
    Christy M Michigan 05-07-10 Member Since 2009

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    "Classic Stephen King"

    As with all Stephen King's books this one is a real page turner; however, the characters were one-dimensional. His endings are always a bit lame. Being a big King fan though, I can't dislike it.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Keith Urbain HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI, US 04-01-10
    Keith Urbain HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI, US 04-01-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Promising premise...ill managed"

    Stephen King was once my favorite novelist; I devoured his first novels, read The Stand in 3 days, enjoyed the Bachman books, and bought the Green Mile in six separate paperbacks as it was originally distributed. I'm not sure if my tastes grew or if King's writing didn't, but there came a time (right after The Dark Half?) that once I started a King novel I wasn't able to get very far before putting it down. Some 20 years later, and searching for a good audio book, I gave Under the Dome a chance...then a second chance...a third...While the premise is promising and could have been spun minimally into an adequate good vs. evil stand off, King instead chose to introduce upwards of 100 characters. I found it grueling, boring, and confusing trying to keep track of so many characters. Making matter worse, is that I King wasn't able to develop any of these characters and make me care what happened to them. The hero wasn't heroic enough; the villian wasn't evil enough. The drama wasn't dramatic. Enough with the sidestories. I don't claim to be an able novelist, but every book I've ever read on the novel writing process stated that if it doesn't advance the plot or develop a character throw it out. The story set itself up for what could have been a great vehicle for betrayal, power, or even horror, but limped along telling a 5 hour story over 30+ hours. No spoil alert here. You weave a tale so out-there as King does, it is hard to wrap it all up in a neat, little satisfying bow. Not surprising, he doesn't. The ending, much like the rest of the book, was unimaginative and unsatisfying.

    14 of 17 people found this review helpful
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    Rob Gifford, IL, United States 11-13-09
    Rob Gifford, IL, United States 11-13-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Great writing!"

    This audio moves from the start and does not slow down. It kept me captivated because there was always something happening. I could not stop listening to it because there was never a slow minute. The Stand was always my favorite Stephen King book but this one has now replaced it. You will not be disappointed.

    43 of 54 people found this review helpful
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