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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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    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 11-19-09
    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2012
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    "Ahhhh, What else can I say!!!"

    It is a must read!!!
    First of all I have to say it is a wonderful story, and think you again Mr. King for doing what you do to bring entertainment and sometimes a little enlightenment to "Constant Reader" Life.
    This was a story, not only of the nature of man but the nature of the word and how somethings are just bigger than we are. There are bad people in the world and there always will be. No matter how much "Right Teaching" and Religion we try to fix it with. It is the way of things.
    As far as the reader goes, I think he did an OK job, although he did get his voices mixed up from time to time. I think there was a time when Barbie was talking in the voice of a little girl. That was weird.
    There was a few mistakes, mostly cosmetic, and probably not very noticeable. Like in the first of the book when Barbie tells the guy he is walking the wall with to call the Colonel and tell him "Captain Barbra called" and a few other times he was referred to as CAPTAIN, Until he was promoted to Colonel, the rest of the book it was said that he was Promoted from Lieutenant to Colonel. He refers to himself as former Lieutenant Barbra. Kind of an over sight I think.
    Also, sometimes I wonder of Stephen King needs to do more research on guns or maybe he messes things up on intently. I have heard similar things to this in other King books. But there is no such thing as a Beretta 92 Taurus. That is like saying someone has a Ford Mustang, Chevrolet. They are two different brands.
    Oh well like I said they are cosmetic mistakes and really take nothing away from the fact that this is a wonderful story with a GREAT message that makes you think a lot!!!

    4 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Jackson, MO, United States 11-16-09
    Jason Jackson, MO, United States 11-16-09 Member Since 2002
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    "Another Stephen King Hit!"

    If you like Stephen King you'll like this. Maybe not as good as The Stand but written along those lines. Great book that I would love to see on the big screen.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Catrina Carrollton, TX, USA 11-16-09
    Catrina Carrollton, TX, USA 11-16-09
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    "Wonderful listen"

    This book was wonderful! Couldn't stop listening. There's sure to be a movie.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 11-19-09
    BookReader Chicago, IL, United States 11-19-09 Member Since 2001
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    "Under the Democrats"

    This book would be MUCH better if the author had kept is political sniping to himself. I'm only through the first two segments and find this horribly distracting from the story. Unnecessary jabs, not providing value, author obviously using his fame to express a viewpoint. Wrong forum.

    46 of 94 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie D. Reynolds Midlothian, TX United States 01-08-10
    Bonnie D. Reynolds Midlothian, TX United States 01-08-10 Member Since 2011
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    "Interesting plot, but where can it go?"

    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.

    19 of 39 people found this review helpful
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    Eric Alabaster, AL, USA 03-11-10
    Eric Alabaster, AL, USA 03-11-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Never Ending and Christian Bashing"

    This book does nothing but mock Christianity. It drags on in meaningless banter about characters that have no bearing on the story while mocking Christians. Avoid this book unless you want to waste hours of your time.

    9 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Brian Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 01-11-10
    Brian Cedar Rapids, IA, USA 01-11-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Jump the Shark"

    I have been a big Stephen King fan, especially his Dark Tower series but I will never read another one of his books again. The book doesn't have characters it has bad stereotypes. The political and antireligious angles are nauseating. The main bad guy has a signed Sarah Palin picture and there is a jab at Bush every other page. You lost a reader with your extremism Mr. King.

    31 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    Sara Niceville, FL, USA 12-17-09
    Sara Niceville, FL, USA 12-17-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Evil under the dome, blamed on Talk Radio"

    Although this is a well written book, Stephen King spoils it by showing his political hand. Perhaps his need to preach the Gospel of liberalism is more important than satisfying all of his readers with his usual breath taking suspense. The major villain is a right-wing, Christian hypocrite who displays a signed photo of Sarah Palin on the wall of his study and murder room.
    This was very heavy handed and stood out in a very awkward way. If you are a conservative reader it may make you uncomfortable waiting for the next insult to show up.

    5 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Ann Stow, OH, United States 11-20-09
    Ann Stow, OH, United States 11-20-09 Member Since 2012
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    "I like Stephen King .... but not this book"

    This book was a chore to finish. A thriller? I think not. The only thing this book has going for it is the narrator, who is excellent.

    4 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Paul Marsh 03-09-10
    Paul Marsh 03-09-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Sucks you in"

    First off Raul the narrator was awesome. He tackled and conquered the vast array of characters in this King novel.

    The character, Big Jim's voice will forever be etched in my memory of this book. Man I hate him.

    This was the first fictional audio book I listened to and like any good book I found it impossible to put down.

    If you can set aside the 30 something hours it is well worth it.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful

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