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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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    Dean 03-19-10
    Dean 03-19-10 Member Since 2009

    a Tech Exec who loves the stories about what could be and what should have been. Mixed with histories told from an outside perspective.

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    "Classic King..for good or bad."

    Well...I have seen several King movies...not a great fan...so I decided to give one of his books a chance. All the reviews said this was the first REAL king novel (not one co-written) in years. I picked it up a month or so ago....this is a long one. Like Ian Rand long. I was sceptical and have to say...rightly so. having reviewed the plot of several other King stories, I have to say this one is another from the same mold.

    Now, if you like the 'classic' Stephen King, like Christine or It, or the Stand, you will like this book. But, I personally do not like books where the author uses the same basic plot reciept and just changes the setting and characters. I knew the outcome before I finished the first 50 pages of this tome.

    I can now say I have experience original Stephen King writing and am not going to pick up another for a while. But, if you like the classic King..This is one for you...just make sure you have a real comfortable chair because you will be in it for a while.

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    Hirsch Bellingham, WA, United States 03-15-10
    Hirsch Bellingham, WA, United States 03-15-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book; great narrator"

    This book is very good - engaging as are most Steven King books, but not as outlandish in the SF aspect. More prosaic than most in the details.

    I typically don't notice the narration unless it's poor, but I have to say that Raul Esparza was awesome here. It's hard to describe, but the characterizations were distinct without being silly and over-the-top as often occurs. Mostly though, he used really great vocal inflections: I think that they were those that I would have used mentally had I been reading the text.

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    Michael Chandler, AZ, United States 03-11-10
    Michael Chandler, AZ, United States 03-11-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Good story, great narration"

    I found this to be in typical King fashion. The characters are well developed and the story flows well.

    As fas as I can tell, most complaints are from Catholics. I am a Catholic myself and took it in as fiction as opposed to Catholic-Bashing.

    Definitely worth more than a credit

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    William High Point, NC, USA 02-25-10
    William High Point, NC, USA 02-25-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Long, Tense, Epic, Win"

    I came to Stephen King as an adult, pooh-poohing his work as an adolescent. His recent novels have been nothing short of astonishing parellels to his earliest work that people are now coming around to find worthy of praise. However, I see comments decrying the foul language, and miscasting of people of faith. It boils down to this one fact, borne out by the excellent narration of Raul Esparza: the characters MUST tell their own story. If they curse, or are hypocrites, or are vile scumsucking hummer drivers, then that's what they are. As a Christ-follower, I see plenty of people in church who are "sick" as Big Jim is. King tells stories that real people could in fact, live in. It's what makes his work compelling and something we are drawn to again and again. The richness and detail of drawing a character like Big Jim, or Barbie, or the host of others. Why rail against reality? It is the sweater we are given.

    The Narration is fantastic with great accent work, as well as clear pronunciation and no gotcha's. The text is long, but is as long as needs must. As for the story, it will stick with me a long time. For a "pulp" writer, this is deeper material than many would find. Here's hoping more members of future ka'tets are found in these worlds, and if not, we had a great ride. Mr King: thanks for the ticket.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Max Pocatello, ID, USA 02-23-10
    Max Pocatello, ID, USA 02-23-10
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    "Should we rate audio books?"

    I've been a member of audible for 3 years and never thought of returning a book before... this one I returned.. Filled with foul language, stupid fools, alcoholics and rubbish. I listen patiently for an hour hoping the scenery would change but it continued with no point.. and what seemed to be no point imminent.

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    Christian burleson, TX, USA 02-21-10
    Christian burleson, TX, USA 02-21-10
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    "Under the dome"

    There was to much detail and not enough story, it moved very slowly. It took a long time before something really interesting happed to move the story forward. Then just more detail. Once I finally got to the end I thought "that's it" I just wasted hours and hours on this.

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    J. Kirsch Bay Area, CA 02-11-10
    J. Kirsch Bay Area, CA 02-11-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Character Study"

    This book encompasses all the reasons I love Stephen King. So many books try to make so many things happen at once that it quickly turns to chaos. Stephen King takes a single event and then turns it into a This book encompasses all the reasons I love Stephen King. So many books try to make so many things happen at once that it quickly turns to chaos. Stephen King takes a single event and then turns it into a character study of human psychology. There are vast expanses of time where no "action" is happening, and yet you are gripped by the interactions between the forces of good and evil in people's minds and how their intentions play out. Completely engrossing and (if you have the time) definitely worth more than one read!

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    Gavin 02-05-10
    Gavin 02-05-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Great book, until the final plot is revealed"

    Warning! Spoiler in review!!!:


    Let say that this was an amazing book! I have never read or listened to a Stephen King book previously, and perhaps that is partially why I found this book extremely disappointing at the end.

    Everything was chugging along great until the book took a totally awkward and very juvenile tact towards extreme alien-style sci-fi. Obviously the Dome itself is a bit sci-fi, but I was holding out hope for a more logical explanation of "secret government conspiracy" or "the dome really wasn't there all along" or something else, maybe even something less concrete, and ending where it is never fully explained. But the whole "oh, it was aliens" part kind of pissed me off. That's a really easy way to wrap up the book, almost too easy.

    And my biggest complaint is the total lack of resolution between Barby and Big Jim!! Just as the final climax was coming, the book totally cops out with an Armageddon sequence, and pretty much crawls to a halt after the bomb goes off.

    It's a good book, and specifically in the are of length. I always love a really, really long book with a lot going on. This fit the bill. Humanoid aliens especially really turn me off. Total snorfest in my opinion. But I am sure other readers have come to expect that from Stephen King, so I can't fault him for doing what he does best.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Ken Davy 01-22-10
    Ken Davy 01-22-10 Member Since 2012
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    Very Good. I found it entertaining and engaging. It's worth the Audible membership price I paid. Based on this book I would purchase others from the same author.
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    This book has merit but some combination of elements (writing style, narration or length) made finishing it a challenge for me.
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    I found this book to be either poorly written or narrated. I couldn't finish it.
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    nancy campione 12-08-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Just plain silly."

    I'm a King fan, but this book is, in all ways, silly. And it's not scary, it's depressing. Lots of bitterness & anger in this one. That being said, I still enjoyed his characters & humor.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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