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Under the Dome Audiobook
Under the Dome
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Raul Esparza
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Under the Dome Audiobook

Under the Dome: A Novel

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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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    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 03-11-10
    D. Towle Loudon, NH USA 03-11-10 Member Since 2012

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    "Great story and very good narration"

    I am not usually a Stephen King fan but I found this book one of the best I have heard in a long time. Never slow, something new always happening, kept my interest the whole book. A very honest portrait of small town northern New England, as I have know it for the last 60 years. From the bully politicians to the ignorant religious zealots. The only fault I could find is that the narrator never quite got the accents anywhere near New England.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 03-10-10
    Janet LAKE FOREST, CA, United States 03-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad things happen under the dome"

    It's been a long time since I read a Stephen King book. I am more of a historical fiction kind of gal, but once I started listening to this, I was so hooked. A book this long usually can take me a couple of months to get through (my commute isn't that long), but I zipped through this one. Exciting, great characters, tight plot and a satisfying end. Don't miss it.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Joe cool 03-08-10
    Joe cool 03-08-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Stephen King is a genius"

    I have gone on many adventures with Mr. King. I've never been disappointed. In "Under the Dome" Mr. King creates a town of characters that is so real so vivid it must be a real town, they must be real people. You love some and despise others. The dialogue is so intricate and again so real. Mr. Esparza does a great job narrating, his inflections and character accents are excellent from a young child to an elderly man on his death bed Mr. Esparaz brings them all to life.
    GET THIS BOOK

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-07-10
    Daniel Waterloo, ON, Canada 03-07-10 Member Since 2010

    Love audio books , been listen for about 12 years and over 200 adleast.( truck driver).

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    "Total encompassing"

    WOW! Exceptional well defind story, charactors, and action from the beginning to the end. Chester's Mill, Maine and its population seem so real, i could see it in my mind eye.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lee Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States 03-04-10
    Lee Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States 03-04-10 Member Since 2008

    Love scary stories and thrillers.

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    "Good till the last two hours"

    Wish I hadn't read it. HORRIBLE ending. What a disappointment!

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    cadmstr Murrieta, CA 03-04-10
    cadmstr Murrieta, CA 03-04-10 Listener Since 2007

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    "Great Potential, Falls Short"

    The premise is riveting- a small town cut off from civilization by an inexplicable force and the aftermath that follows. The storyline delivers, but King decided to inject his extreme left political bias into the tale. The villains and fools in the book basically echoed the Keith Olbermanns' and the Michael Moores' of the world, with a vitriolic view of those even slightly right of center. The story was pretty good though. Until the ending. Really? Did I just dedicate that many hours of listening and.... Another gripe is the reader- surfer dude does a southern accent(why the lifelong local Maine bad guy has a southern accent is another issue. Lefty stereotyping again)? And all the children have a cold. Buy the audiobook and see for yourself. The story had huge potential.

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    Joseph Deferiet, NM, United States 03-02-10
    Joseph Deferiet, NM, United States 03-02-10
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    "One word... AMAZING"

    This is by far one my fav King novels to date! I loved it! It kept me focused and almost obsessed with the story and characters. It had me picturing every movement and every characters face. It was amazing!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-28-10
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 02-28-10 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "An Adult Read"

    King understands there is a shell of lingo-grit smeared around the way many speak (and think). Crackle through it and there's a worthy idea underneath the emotional packaging people wear. I wish that this story had a few fewer disposable characters... I.E. people who added character to the ensemble who really form the lead character... but in a number of cases, they are overkill with respect to the author's ultimate conclusions about the content of our character. Paul Esparza is magnificent in his ability to aurally differentiate the linguistic and psychological characters in this huge cast.
    It could be shorter, but continues entertainingly thoughtful.

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    Jen Ann 02-26-10
    Jen Ann 02-26-10
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    "Great book!"

    Great book pure and simple. This was my first Stephen King book and I loved it. I couldn't wait to go to work so I could listen to it. I would actually work extra so I could listen! Raul Esparza was a fabulous choice to read it. He was funny and very easy to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra ft. washington, MD, USA 02-26-10
    Sandra ft. washington, MD, USA 02-26-10 Member Since 2008
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    "great"

    This was a little long but I listened at every opportunity. Scenes and events were discribed so graphically you can visualize them and feel rith there. The characters came across so clearly you feel the emotions and craziness of each. I will listen to this book again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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