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 don't usually write reviews because I am a reader not a writer. That being said I truly enjoyed this book. I thought the narrator did the accents pretty well. I was freaked when he drew out the name Barbie, I will never hear that word again with out thinking of this novel. 2nd selectman Rennie was delightfully evil and seemed to me to sound southern somehow, hmmm. Loved the large cast of characters, lucky for me I was out sick two days from work so I got to wallow in the length of a good book. Thank you Mr. King, carry on.
I had quit reading Stephen King for several years because his novels were coming out so fast and the quality of his writing seemed to decline instead of getting better. I felt that the publishers were pulling everything he'd ever written from dusty old closets just to get one more book on the market to cash in on his name. I decided to take a chance on "Under the dome" and was so glad I did! This is classic King and I've loved every minute of it. I had a pleasant surprise when I heard references to one of my favorite characters by an entirely different author, and used accurately! I stopped my ipod and thought "did he really say ____" (don't want to kill the surprise for you!). I am in the 5th download and do not want the story to end. Will it be too far out there for some people? Probably, but I read for pure entertainment and don't get my knickers in a knot when plot lines seem implausible. Is it good entertainment? Yes! Would I recommend it? Absolutely!
Suggest that Robert listen to the book again- his "plot flaw" is specifically addressed early in the book. Sorry Robert. I am half way through the book and think it is great. However there appears to be a problems with the downloads being mis- numbered. I am sure that Audible will correct this once notified.
Well, I didn't want the audiobook to end, but felt so bad for the Chester's Mill folks that I needed some resolution! This was a great Stephen King work -- it is even better than The Stand and as good as The Dark Tower series. And though other reviewers disagree, I thought the narrator was very good. This is well worth the listen, especially as it's a delightfully LONG yet entertaining audiobook.
And that's how the fight started.
The narrator had a heck of job to do and he did we.. King really did well with this one. This was better than his last one. Well worth the credit.
First, let me compliment Raul Esparza for an excellent job in presenting this long and complicated novel. He handled the characters masterfully.
If you ever want to experience impotence in the presence of bullies, this book can certinly take you to the heart of it. It was infuriating to see and feel how the "bad guy" politician of the story was able to manipulate almost everyone around him to fabricate cover-up for his own evil deeds. As usualy with SK books, I knew that none of the characters was sacred, and it was good to be prepred for loss.
While I don't think this is SK's best novel, it does demonstrate his ability to wrench your insides in frustration and concern for the real people he creates, and it certainly gives "cause to pause" over our cavalier dismissial of the lives of animals and other life forms that we consider less important than we are.
I just finished "Under the Dome" a few minutes ago. What a great novel! Don't let the length of this audiobook dissuade you from buying it. Stephen King needs every minute to develop the characters and to weave his plot. I can't think of a single word he could remove without damaging the storyline. I agree with King's assertion in the book, the herd can be a heartless, cruel bunch. We agree to do things, sometimes bad things, all because we're part of a group.
I struggled with the beginning but the huge number of characters and simultaeous events creates a rich listening (reading) environment. I cannot put myself in the catagory of a Steven King fan but I am now ... also Raul Esparza is a brilliant reader and I thank him for bringing this book to life for me.
Loved it! Especially the "spanking" to Bush & Cheney, or should I say Cheney & Bush! Had to chuckle when Jack Reacher appeared. If you are a right-winged Christian, you might want to pass on this one.
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