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
I'm not a die-hard Stephen King fan, but my boss had listened to this one and recommended it highly, so I gambled on it and won. It started off with a bang and then got better. As with most long King books, it did drag on a bit in the middle, and you wanted to wonder how so many people in town could have been hornswoggled by the antagonist, but it all ended well, and the ending was unexpected and thought-provoking, if entirely unrealistic. But the good people mostly emerged alive and well and the bad people were mostly killed in the end, so I was mostly happy. It took a little while to get used to the profanity, though. King does a good job with his characters, on the whole, but some of them use so much and such strong profanity that it jars one away from the story, it's so offensive. Still, if you can get past some nasty language, this is a great read.
This book took a long time to get started and never really got off of the ground. As a long time Stephen King fan, I found it predictable and to be a blend of previously written books. The basic good vs, evil of The Stand, blended with some of the alien invasion features of The Tommyknockers.
Loved it. Was great book, kept me on the edge of my seat. The narrator was PRIMO! I was a bit disappointed by the ending, but only because I like things in neat tidy boxes. Then again, I've never known Stephen King to tie up anything in a neat let alone tidy box
I've never reviewed a book before (and have been a member for a long, long time). To say this novel is good is a gross understatement. It is exciting, riveting, and, best of all, thought provoking. Since I listen while I do housework, sometimes I drift...not here. Truly captures the listener from word one and never lets go! I've always enjoyed Stephen King's novels immensely and this is his best to date. Character development is outstanding (very important to me to "identify"). So glad Mr. King didn't give up on it. Raul Esparza is a fabulous narrator and this is a premium recording. Absolutely worth every minute invested!
This is such a great tale with it's many twist and turns and excellent characterization . Why the over doing of the filthy language? After living sixty years, continuing to be involved in sports, growing up in a construction family and still working in accounting with construction companies, I can honestly relate, that people really don't talk like that. Too bad that the author chose such filth in his dialog. The narrator Raul Esparza is unbelievably unforgettable. Esparza is so-o-o good; I can still hear him.
The book builds and builds throughout, then it just ends. It seemed like the whole book was a big setup to some type of climactic or epic ending; Given the sequence of really improbable events and coincidences, the ending left me completely cool to the book. The first 4 hours are pretty blah King gore and guts, then it starts to get pretty interesting. As the book goes on, it gets better and better, then it just goes nowhere. Sometimes I read a good book twice or more (or listen, in this case)...I seriously doubt I'll ever return to this book.
I notice a lot of negative reviews from people that are offended by the politics of Under the Dome. There's definitely a scary sociological truth behind this story and it doesn't take much interpretation to see that the dome is metaphorical for what's happening in American politics and media (i.e. staying in the 'Dome' of Fox News, Rush Limbaugh, Glenn Beck and all the other wingnuts).
It works as a King epic with an intriguing premise but the real horror of it is about what can happen when societies become ideologically polarized; it's a monster that's all too real and frightening and among us right now.
I was excited about this book when I saw it, cool idea and I love King so it had to be a great book. It was ok.....way to long and many of the key people were over developed.
I would have loved this book if it was HALF the length.
Not one of King's best. In UTD, King takes aim at Bush/Cheney and the post 9/11 world and the result is a letdown.
I've always been amazed at King's ability to create memorable and almost wholly unique characters and write stories that are both enjoyable fiction, but also resonate on a more human, emotional level. The ravages of alcohol in The Shining. The hurtfulness of high school life in Carrie. I could go on and on.
However in attempting to skewer Bush/Cheney and make a bunch of political points on society, politics, the environment and such he creates more caricatures than characters. It seems to me that this is the problem with the novel in a nutshell. King is phenomenal at human drama, but poor at social commentary.
Having said all that it is a real page turner. It's an undeniably interesting concept and King knows how to write and keep you interested.
I had not listened to a Stephen King novel in several years. He is still a good story teller and this is no exception. The big distraction in Under The Dome is his obvious Christian bias. King apparently believes that Christians are either wacked out fanatics or faithless drones. :"Stephen, get over it."
I hope the author will leave this antiChristian campaign behind and focus on story telling.
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