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
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.
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.
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.
It was a long book, but it was a pleasure the whole time. I loved the narrator-- he handled a huge cast of characters with aplomb.
I thought "Oh boy" when I saw the length but I could not stop listening. The plot moves fast, the concept of a technical dome was fascinating, and I laughed more than I expected to. I have two notes. First, you really have to pay attention to the characters and names as the characters come in to the story because there is not much reintroduction when they reappear. (I think the book has a list to help the reader). Second, there are some violent and sad parts so this book is not for everyone. Unfortunately, the narrator moved the story along but does not have a good handle on the accents or different voices. He was somewhere in the middle - not enough accents or voices to add to the story and separate the characters with his voice. I would have prefered that he would skip all the voices and accents and just read the story.
If this book is a model of what the author writes in the future, it will be my last. Laced with almost pornographic language, I had to turn the volume down when someone walked within hearing distance. I made it through the 3rd volume and finally deleted it from my player. Even without the bad language, it reads like it was written by someone who is paid by the word.
My first Stephen King novel. I feel like it just went on and on. I kept waiting for something to really happen. Too many characters to keep track of. Very sorry I wasted a credit on it.
I am a die hard King fan and have read everything he's written ... including the disappointing last 8 years of stuff. This book is excellent, classic King at his best!!! What makes this audio book so excellent is the narrator. Esparza is simply fabulous. He maintains all the characters, and damn there is alot, with distinct and believable voices. I especially love how he's got Big Jim's drawl and sanctimonius tone to a tee. If you've never heard an audio book this is the one for you. If you aren't a King fan, you will be. If you are a King fan you'll be thrilled!
The subject sums it up quite nicely. I would say this book comes quite close to "The Stand" in regard to how it pulls you in and won't let go. The narrator does a great job with distinguishing between the characters tones and personalities; however, his voice and reading style are quite bland. All-in-all, the story was magnificent, and I would recommend it to anyone who is a die hard fan of Stephen King.
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