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
This book was so good. King never fails to amaze me. I've just finished listening to this for the 2nd time. really keeps you on your toes. The narration was A+ all the way around. I live in a small town and kept asking myself how this event would play out in my town. i'd love to find out hehe. Thanks Mr. King. You are the best. you keep writing and I'll keep listening
Good story although "we all support the team" became tiresome.
What carried me through the 29 hours was Raul Esparza's voice work. I believed him as bunches of men, several woman including a cranky elderly gal, a crew of teenagers, and a couple of female children. What a talent!
I have listened to this book many times and always find more interesting things about the characters. Great reader too!
This is the worst book I've bought from Audible.com in all the years I've been a member. So sorry I wasted one of my precious credits on it. Not only is the story awful but the narrator is not good either. I would prefer to give it 1/2 of a credit at the most.
A great story and well narrated, but this book seriously needed an edit. The pointlessly ornate details of every character's life and thoughts were just tedious and boring. It did nothing to help the plot move along and I still felt like most of the characters were, well... characters, not people. The main players were great though and the first 80% of the tale is riveting, then it fades. Esparza's reading of Renny should get some kind of award, pure genius.
I love King's writing. I couldn't quit listening! Huge kudos to Raul Esparza! He's one of the best readers I've heard...and I listen to a lot of books. King's great writing hooked me in and Esparza kept me totally engrossed. I hope to hear more narration from him in the future.
This book really took me by surprise. I was hooked and could not stop listening to it. I have my Ipod speakers in the kitchen and I actually found myself cooking and cleaning in order to get more listening time in!
I found myself either loving the charachters or realy hating a couple of them. I became so attached to the charachter of Ollie the little boy, I was in tears! The ending is unusual and you will find it strange at first but if you think about this ending and discuss it with others you will find that it was truly fitting.
I enjoyed this for the most part. I've been an avid King fan for years. I agree with the comments about the narrator and, as a woman, found myself wishing he wouldn't try to do a woman's voice. I did feel as if I was left hanging at the end. I would have liked to see just a bit more of a wrap-up after all of those hours on the edge, so to speak.
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