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 had a lot of trouble with my suspension of disbelief. As soon as the dome is in place way to many characters begin to act as if there will be no consequences to their actions when the dome is gone. Outside the dome the US government acts in as ineffective a manner as they can. Despite the fact that cell phone calls can still be made into the dome neither the Governor of Maine of the President of the US bother to call any of the town leaders. In fact, there is almost no communication into or out the dome at all. To top everything off the ending is poor at best. Overall, I would not recommend this book. This is one of the few times I feel like the author owes me an apology.
I have loved Stephen King's novels since I read 'Carrie' in the seventies. And I have read everything he has written with the exception of 'The Gunslinger' series. He is and has always been a brilliant writer, in my opinion, drawing out the darkest scary things imaginable. Reading one of his books, with adrenaline flowing, heart in throat, is a memorable experience. This book was just painful. I wanted to give up on it several times. The reader did an excellent job. It was the story itself. Listening to this book was like being in the presence of someone who is so negative and evil you know you should run and yet you keep hoping there is something redeeming just around the corner. I actually thought 'Thank God' at the ending when the moral of the story was reveled! Maybe I am just getting old, but I don't want my books to have the same gratuitous violence that fills TV and movie screens today. Even after the 'moral' was revealed, I was left with a feeling of dismay and emptiness. The ending did not make up for the negativity that weighed on my thoughts and soul every time I turned my player off or turned it on. At the end, I am just left with stale air in my nostrils and soot in my mouth.
Anyone surprised by King's language hasn't read him before. The comments about the reader are puzzling as he does an excellent job and I often find myself lingering in my car to see what happens. After reading the comments about his political slant I was attuned to it and found he was quite tame and, for this reader, there were many opportunities he missed.
Ever read a book you wish wouldn't end? Well it wasn't this one. I thought it would never end. Looking at other reviews I'm wondering if I've listened to the same book. Too many characters, slow plot, kind of dumb. Hey, the narrator was okay but it's going to be a while before I go back to King again.
I'm glad I finally rediscovered King. It's been a while but I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. Interesting and terrifying premise. Wish King would produce more of this genre.
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.
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