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 is a very good story brought to life by a great narrator. It becomes more than a book with the life the Mr. Esparza breathes into each characters voice. It's more than a book, and more than a movie. Incredible.
I love Stephen King and think he is a master of both plot and language. However, this was such a disappointment in terms of language and character development. It started with an interesting premise and then seems like Mr. King wrote it without his usual passion and skills. I can't wait for his next novel and will consider this an anomoly.
It is long, but you will not put it down, it ranks up there with the Shining and Bag of Bones. You will get so mad at the characters and want to jump in the "dome" yourself.
This is a prime example of an author so famous and so marketable that editors are terrified of even suggesting a red pencil to him. There is simply no reason this narrative needs to be told in--essentially--real-time. It is ponderous and plodding and generally very predictable with few exceptions. The characters are off-the-shelf for the most part, and if you've seen this book in print, you'd have to say it better be good to rival a cinder block in bulk, and it's just not. And definitely not to take way more than an entire (real) day to listen to.
It quickly starts to sound like a New England "Lord of the Flies" and quickly tries to "out-Fly" the "Flies". The ending/resolution (no spoiler here) is simply way too lame to justify everything before it. I love long, great novels and Stephen King, but this is way too boring and derivative. And it should have been over a lot sooner.
The style reminded me of The Stand: lots of characters, an overarching dilemma, and an enjoyable ride to the inevitable conclusion. You do sort of know how it will end, but it really doesn't matter because most of the fun is in admiring how King weaves the lives and conflicts together. There are memorable phrases, clever twists, and that typical realistic dialog that King brings to his characters.
I would not have chosen a Southern accent used for the primary villain in this audio version. I haven't checked with the book to see if that was intended. It was out of place. The other New England accents were done well. The dome's explanation was too abstract given all the concrete descriptions for it. It doesn't harm the story overall, but it made the ending too abrupt. Overall, it's a very good story and recording.
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