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 like the story, (even if it is a bit too long), but the reader has problems. Some characters he does well, but others not so well. He makes Big Jim sound Southern even though he is from Maine. It's still one of King's best books though.
I found this book rather difficult to get through. Interesting story theme, but it just kept recycling. To me, it was too long and midly weird (as is to be expected)
I am a graduate student and rarely get a chance to read fiction, so I relish the opportunity to take in good stories whenever I can. This novel was very fun. I noticed that many of the complaints about this book center around the use of vulgar language. It is certainly true that this is a grown up book that uses grown up vocabulary. Not only are there vivid descriptions of violence and sex but the vocabulary of many of the characters is colorful to say the least. I personally am not disturbed by this and actually see it as a realistic portrayal of how people might talk in crises.
I am not a King reader and was surprised at how little "horror" there was in this novel (considering the author's reputation). That is not to say that horrible things don't happen in this story, there are actually a multitude of them. However, they are of the more gritty and human variety as opposed to the psycho clown with a butcher knife kind. I enjoy a thoughtful sci-fi book every once in a while and definitely see this book as falling within that genre. The characters were interesting and the plot is gripping. Although not "high art" Under the Dome is extremely entertaining.
The narration is also very good. Esparza doesn't always seem to get the New England accents, his attempts often come out to sound more like a weak British accent. However, this aside, he does create distinct voices for many of the key characters making it easier to differentiate amongst them. I found this very helpful considering the multitude of characters introduced throughout the novel.
All in all this novel is a solid, modern, sci-fi rendition on the Lord of the Flies theme. If that is something that sounds appealing to you, you most certainly will enjoy this audio book.
My ears are sore cause I couldn't quit listening. I love Stephen King and loved this book. I want to meet the characters and hang out with them...yes,... all of them... to get to know them better. Raul Esparza did a great job. I am not a critic, I just want to be entertained and I got my thirty-four hours and twenty-nine minutes of entertainment from this. Thank you once again, Mr. King
I took a long break from Stephen King after some real clunkers.
He's back on form here--great characters--some down home wisdom and funny New England expressions
Mike, New Canaan, CT
Simply a remake of "Lord of the Flies" with the F Bomb and sex thrown in for good measure. Too long and too predictable. Don't bother.
This novel is well done and entertaining as well as a study of humanity under a set of conditions and I would like to call out that Raul Esparza did an amazing job of covering a large cast.
Defiantly credit worthy and was just long enough. I thought the narrator did an exceptional job. I only give it a 4 because the ending was a bit lacking but if you consider who the author is than it fits. Over all I enjoyed it.
I purchased this after reading the publisher's blurb, hoping my older kids(17, 20)might enjoy it also. After listening, I do not plan to recommend the book to them. There is a particularly ugly rape scene at the beginning, and the "bad guy" characters are just nasty. Foul language is used throughout the book. Maybe the author was going for length--cutting out just the F word in all its variations would practically cut the novel in half. Plotwise,I was reminded a little of a modern day Lord of the Flies, with profanity. (Lots of it.) The human race (with a very few exceptions) and particularly Christians, do not fare well in this book. The ending seems contrived and flat.
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