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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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    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 12-06-09
    Sandra L. Personette SF Bay Area 12-06-09 Member Since 2008

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    "One of the Best Books I've Listened to."

    It's got everything that makes a good book...a villian, a hero, a heroine, romance, suspense, action, joy, sadness, and a cute dog! I could go on and on. It is 34 hours long, but I wish it was even longer. I want to know more about the characters and what's happened to them beyond the book. It's certainly worth your time. In fact, I know I'll listen to it again.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-06-09
    Sherray NewYork, NY, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Dome"

    I could not stop listening to this book! I just had to find out where that dome came from and why it was there.The narrator was pretty good with the voices.He lowered his voice well for the women characters and really got into the the "bad" guy's tones as well.I especially liked the way he said,"He's eatin' dinner with the lord tonight...mashed potatoes and peas...etc."The ending was great too.Like something from the Twilight Zone.Beautifully done.

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    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 12-06-09
    Angelyn Lynn Haven, FL, United States 12-06-09 Member Since 2008
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    "King is BACK"

    Stephen has written a terrifically enjoyable book!. It's like his books used to be - full of interesting characters along with a great story line. I loved it. It was the Stephen King of old.
    The accents used by the narrater did not seem true to Maine. The bad guy, Big Jim, sounded almost southern. He was a native New Englander The Frenchman sounded Jamacian. Otherwise the entire 32 hour listen was great.

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    Sally Alto, MI, USA 12-05-09
    Sally Alto, MI, USA 12-05-09
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    I think King's characters and plot are always good. This is one of his best. My wife and I drove from Michigan to Florida listening to it and finished on the way back. We were sad when the book was done.

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    Allan mesa, az, United States 12-04-09
    Allan mesa, az, United States 12-04-09 Listener Since 2007
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    "Under the Dome"

    A great listen, even if a bit long and Stephen is at the top of his writing game when adding main characters that are truly inspiring and other main characters that you want dead after the first 10 minutes of meeting them. The cast is extensive yet entertaining and not overly boring in their introduction, history, and interaction. A return to his pre-accident story-telling that seemed to be lacking in his last 'Gunslinger' volumnes and the 'Lisey/Duma' stories. If Stephen keeps writing in this manner I will continue to be an even more loyal Fan!

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    Robin Greendale, IN, USA 12-04-09
    Robin Greendale, IN, USA 12-04-09
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    "Mr. King is back in my life!"

    Mr. King has again convinced me that he is perhaps the best story teller of this generation. His characters have depth, are believable, lovable, distasteful, and real. His ability to capture the heart and life of a small town is amazing. I feel as if I have fallen in love all over again and it is wonderul. My only disappointment is having reached the end. I have read reviews that were critical of the narration, however I loved it! I don't agree with some that seem to believe that anyone from Maine, has to sound like Sheriff Tucker, from the "Murder She Wrote" series. The book was rich, and vast with charachters, and if there was little or no distinction in dialect, it would have made for a very difficult listen. This book was a source of great enjoyment to me, and I would highly recommend it. I was so impressed that I actually took the time to write this, my first reveiw.
    Thank you Stephen King for once again sharing your magic and spinning this yarn. I for one was thrilled, and remain grateful for the experience.

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    Morgan New York, NY, USA 12-03-09
    Morgan New York, NY, USA 12-03-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Another Great Stephen King Tale"

    I loved this book and found it to be great. I was tempted to give it a 5 star rating as it had all the right elements: great characters, interesting plot, and fantastic narration (the narrator does an incredible job with the villan Big Jim and his son). What I found disappointing though was the last maybe 2 hrs of the book. They just drag on after the climax of the story occurs and you find yourself waiting around for the ending to happen. With that said though this book is another classic Stephen King tale with believable characters placed in a volatile setting.

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    wwefan1256 12-03-09
    wwefan1256 12-03-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Completely entertaining and well presented"

    I read to my children each night before they go to bed. After 10 minutes I start getting tired, so hats off to the narrator for doing a great job on such a lengthy book! I found Raul's vocal characterizations very helpful in keeping the many characters straight. As for the story itself, I was hoping for something on par with Salem's Lot or The Stand and I wasn't disappointed. If you are a fan of Stephen King you will likely enjoy this. The last King book I read was Stephen King on Writing, so there was an extra layer of fun for me in paying close attention to the mechanics of the writing.

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    Richelle H Anderson 12-01-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Outstanding!! Old, Classic King"

    I have been reading King ever since I can remember. The characters, the story line and even the narration is superb. Definitely worth the listen you will not be disappointed!

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    Ct Atlanta, GA, USA 11-30-09
    Ct Atlanta, GA, USA 11-30-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Both Book and Narration are Outstanding"

    It was a little difficult to keep up with so many characters, but that that is a small point as far as I am concerned. I thought the story was well done and the narrator added to the telling rather than detracted .

    One of Kings best in a long time in my view!

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