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 am a Stephen King fan so this was a natural for me. What was not a natural was the length, this is a long book but worth every second. I loved the character development. It felt like walking tall (movie) meets the twilight zone. An excellent read worth the time. I have quite a large library of books from audible being a member since 2005 and listening to 2 to 3 books per month. This is the first time I have written a review.
This is classic Stephen King. He takes a nightmare that seems so far-fetched and makes you think "OMG! What if this really happened?!" The characters are well developed so you care about them and what happens to them. I found myself staying up into the wee hours so I could find out what happened next. After my first listen, I decided to listen a couple of more times and haven't gotten tired of it yet.
Raul Esparza does a fantastic job. He's so easy to listen to- he tells the story with feeling and becomes each character, he doesn't just read it to you. I love that he gave Jim Rennie a southern accent because no other accent could have captured Rennie's essence and unique nature better.
I've been a King fan since 7th grade (I'm approaching middle-age)and have read just about every novel and short story published. Under the Dome is one of my favorites.
A great ride from beginning to end. If you liked Dreamcatcher, you'll love under the Dome. Of the same caliber as the Green Mile and The Stand. You will not be disappointed.
I was a little concerned about the length of the book, but it was worth every minute. One of Stephen King's best in recent years. The story is engaging, the characters are real, and the reader is good, although sometimes women and children are a little whinier then they should be. I liked it so much I'm considering listening again because I will miss the company of this town on my commute each morning.
for the constant reader, this book is a real treat. I've been a huge fan of King for decades and have NEVER been disappointed. Raul Esparza was absolutely amazing. No one beats Frank Muller though :'(
I don't mind long books especially when they are good. This book has a lot of dark sides but what else do you expect from SK? It's great and I like dark parts in a book. It's a little cheesy with some of the lines and the characters are kinda predictable but overall I really like this book! enjoy it!!
The best episodes of the old Twilight Zone series would explore the effect of a supernatural event on human nature (with, of course, a twist at the end). That is precisely what Stephen King has done in this book. Although the premise is extraordinary, the cascading series of tragedies are driven by ordinary human failings such as the desire for power, fear and uncertainty, mental illness, grief, paranoia and drug abuse. While the remarkable chain of events makes this a "page turner" (I could not wait to get back to my ipod to hear what happened next), the characters are equally interesting, memorable and engaging. I agree with the other reviewers that the narrator may not have been the best match for this book, but the book itself makes this a must listen!
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