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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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    Saundra Williams 03-02-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Not Kings best"

    King spent too much time with superfulous information on characters that were just arbitrarily killed off. There were big buildups to dicovery or confrontation that never came through. I would not recommend this book.

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    Jackie Lithonia, GA, United States 03-01-10
    Jackie Lithonia, GA, United States 03-01-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Stephen did it again!"

    Okay I am a Stephen King Fan...his stories always keeps me on the edge and wanting more. Just as he turns the corner with you POP the unexpected happens...you thought you were ready for it and you knew what was going to happened...you missed it just by a hair. Under the Dome hit the target bullseye!!! Keep them coming, Stephen.

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    Linda Dalals, TX, USA 02-27-10
    Linda Dalals, TX, USA 02-27-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Wonderful"

    Stephen King as done it again. It was fantastic!

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    carynification Florida 02-24-10
    carynification Florida 02-24-10 Member Since 2007
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    "It's a small town, and we all support the team"

    I finished listening to "Under the Dome" by Stephen King, and I think it was his best book yet. Highly recommended.

    The one downside is that King's growing hostility toward religion in general, Christianity in particular, is pretty evident. Also, and I don't know if the text contains these errors, or whether they exist in the written book (I would be VERY curious to know) but there are multiple places where the dreaded "S" is placed at the end of Revelation which is as bad as a huge "Kick Me, I Know Enough About the Bible to be Stupid"sign on one's back, but it is omitted in others. At first, I thought it was intentionally done to show the redneckish error of people who painted the verses on the side of the building, but the dreaded "s"is also present in the "narrator's" point of view at times, and absent at others, and absent in the spoken words of the very redneckish guy who put the verses on the wall. So... perhaps the guy who did the reading for the audible book slipped up and added a "s" where none was present in the book in those places. I would be VERY curious to know. This is near the end of the book.

    If these errors are in the book, it is unforgiveable for someone of King's stature and long history of working with Biblical themes. Further, in the author's end notes, he stated that he had a fact-checker working with him to insure accuracy in the fact-based areas of the story. If this is just an Audible voice actor's error, King WIN and Audible FAIL, but if it is in the book, inexcusable King FAIL.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Anne Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-02-10
    Anne Pittsburgh, PA, United States 02-02-10 Member Since 2009

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    "loved it!"

    Am a King junkie, love the imagination, the characters, the detail...though they all tend to peak about halfway through....so half a King is better than most.

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    Linda DeSoto, TX, United States 01-29-10
    Linda DeSoto, TX, United States 01-29-10 Member Since 2007
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    "The King is Back"

    I was disappointed in the last couple of novels that King wrote, but one, Under the Dome, has put him back in my all-star list. It is reminescent of The Stand and It. The characters are unique and intriguing, and the plot unfolds magically. The narration is the best I've heard anywhere -- Raul Esparza is a genius with voices.

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    Julio aurora, IL, USA 01-26-10
    Julio aurora, IL, USA 01-26-10
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    "it was a very good book"

    it a book that you jus dont want to stop reading the caracters were well developed in a way it gives us a look into the human mind showing us how far humans can go when they are put into something they know nothing about

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    Sarah Summerville, SC, USA 01-18-10
    Sarah Summerville, SC, USA 01-18-10
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    "Stephen King is back!"

    After waiting many years for Mr. King to get back on track...our waiting has finally come to an end! Under the Dome was fantastically written with King's usual plots that have you gasping in horror and surprise. Combined with Esparza's fantastic narrating this book was a wonderful read or listen. Esparza brought each character to life better than my own imagination could have. I'll have nightmare's of Jr. Rennie's taunting voice...Baaaaarbie....

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    Connie Echols 01-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Stephen King at his best"

    This is a must read. My husband and I are team truck drivers and we could not stop listening to this one. We drive in shifts so one of us would be ahead of the other and we could not wait to talk about it. WOW what a story!

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    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 01-13-10
    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 01-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Five Stars even with the right wing slant"

    This was a tremendous book. I wasn't really happy with the lightly veiled right wing slant (the heroine was an unabashed republican who opposed the Bill Clinton cartoon of a villian - the voice even sounded like him). But trust me, even the Frank Carvell's and Sean Hannity's of the world could forget about politics with this tremendous book. I have never rated a fiction book with political commentary at 5 stars before. I don't care if it's my side or not (which as a moderate I change sides with the issue). I use these books to escape. But in this small town dome book, I suppose it's impossible to stay away from it.

    1 of 6 people found this review helpful
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