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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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    J. Slutzky 33907 08-21-13
    J. Slutzky 33907 08-21-13 Member Since 2005
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    "crap book, awful narrator"
    What would have made Under the Dome better?

    EDITING


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Not narrated by Raul Esparza.


    How could the performance have been better?

    A producer or decent narrator. Plus if SK had spent more than a drunken binge writing this.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Yes. SK still keeps it exciting, despite the horrible small talk.


    Any additional comments?

    eh

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    moniqua CONVERSE, TX, United States 05-02-13
    moniqua CONVERSE, TX, United States 05-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Love King Hated this book"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Raul Esparza?

    Yes - and I did


    Has Under the Dome turned you off from other books in this genre?

    no


    What didn’t you like about Raul Esparza’s performance?

    I hated his interpritation of the charictors, the story and the plot. Hated everything about everything on this book.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    If I do, it will be more than this book deserved.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 03-26-13
    Jacqueline Denver, CO, USA 03-26-13

    Say something about yourself!

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    "DARK SIDE OF HUMAN NATURE"

    I listened to this novel when it first came out, and was left not knowing if I really liked it or not--although I could not stop listening! The overwhelming feeling of being trapped inside the dome with no escape, subject to the whims of the villains and the desperation from lack of food, water and safety was somewhat jarring.

    With the news that the movie version is coming in June, I re-listened to it.

    The quiet town of Chester's Mill, Maine is about to be cut off from the rest of the world. This becomes the setting to find out what would happen with ordinary people who find themselves in an extraordinary situation. This type of theme runs through a lot of King's novels, and yet, I never tire of him.

    It is a very compelling story-with scores of characters, some good and most bad. The feeling I got this time was that I was annoyed with the good people, as they seemed so weak and unable to take a stand against those who took advantage of the situation to become even more corrupt and evil. This novel shows the ugliness of human nature, which is the really scary part. I found myself thinking less about what caused the dome to come down over the town, and more about what horrible things the people of the town would do to each other if given the chance--which I guess is the point.

    A lot of disgusting, horrible scenes to deal with--but no more so than most of his works. Anyone who has read Stephen King knows he doesn't shy away from shocking people with ugly truths about human nature.

    Definitely an interesting concept, and worth the listen.



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    casey LACONIA, NH, United States 03-18-13
    casey LACONIA, NH, United States 03-18-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Was really bothered by narrator"
    What made the experience of listening to Under the Dome the most enjoyable?

    I love the story


    What aspect of Raul Esparza’s performance would you have changed?

    I can tell whenever he resumes reading after a break. His cadence fluctuates with out rhyme or reason at some points. When first starting the story i noticed his inflections did not seem to reflect to mood or the events of the text he was reading. overall he did alright but too plucky for me


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr Clyde 06-21-12
    Mr Clyde 06-21-12
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    Where does Under the Dome rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?


    Have you listened to any of Raul Esparza’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    1st Time


    Who was the most memorable character of Under the Dome and why?


    Any additional comments?

    Would Recommend to a friend

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    C Mayfair 10-26-10
    C Mayfair 10-26-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Maybe a good read, but a dismal listen"

    Shame on me for not taking the time to read a hard copy of this book. I don't know if it was trying to listen to such a lengthy read via audio or that the narrator just killed it. His normal narration voice is okay but his renditions of the numerous characters voices were just atrocious. I can understand why trying to perform a childs or a womans voice might be difficult for a man, but even the men sound ridiculous. I am a long time SK fan but I could not even finish this. If you have the time and want the story, buy the hardcopy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-10
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-10 Member Since 2005

    A few must reads: Mr. Mercedes, Narrows Gate, Cop Town, Bomb Proof, Wayfaring Stranger, The Son (Nesbo), Dept Q series...

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    "Great characters..."

    King has an incredible talent for creating wonderfully good as well as devious, evil characters in his stories. Though I am sure many will be disappointed with its conclusion, getting there is worth the price of admission.

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    jim gig harbor, WA, United States 07-21-10
    jim gig harbor, WA, United States 07-21-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Listen"

    If you have ever lived in a small town you will be able to relate to the politics of how this story unfolds. The psychology of being cut off from society and subsequent human behavior is realistic but does unravel a little fast. As far as the ending what did people expect, it is a Stephen King novel after all.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 07-20-10
    Mr. Jared C. Serra st. louis, MO USA 07-20-10 Member Since 2010

    Fathers Face Remembered

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    "I want my writer back"

    Add this to the list of Novels that King has published after his accident that just don't stack up. Under the Dome has some good stuff going for it. The problem is that the characters that inhabit this world are not very good or believable. When it comes down to what was going on a grave sense of disappointment was all I could feel. Not a horrible read but not a great one at all.

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    michelle chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 06-30-10
    michelle chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada 06-30-10
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    "a must listen"

    This is a wonderful listen, Stephen King listens much better than he reads. I am not a die hard fan of his but he is so popular I do try to read his books and usually can't get either into them or through them. This book was captivating from the start. I do believe the narrator had so much to do with it I have now searched for others narrated by Raul Esparza, best narrator I have heard thus far. Great characters and the voices for each were perfect. Thank you Raul for a telling me a great story!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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