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
Stephen King has a strength in building characters and settings. I loved "returning" to Chestersmill. There were a lot of characters to keep track of at first, but amazingly each one had something unique that made them memorable. Some sexual content but was over quick enough. Great book, glad he dug it out of the archives and rewrote it!
I love this book. I am a fan of Stephen, Dean, and John. I like science fiction and that type of genre, and the way he put this together was awesome. I found myself loving the characters and wanting to know what they would do next. People at my job thought I was crazy because I would find myself laughing out loud. The narrator Raul Esparza is wonderful in giving the characters in the book life. Now don't get me wrong it is long, but I find myself needing the next minute. I could go on for a long time about the things I love about this book. I recommend it to everyone.
Though Stephen King has covered this ground before, it is still a great read. The premise of small town folks being thrust together by an outside force, and then devolving into 'Lord of the Flies', is an oldie but a goodie.
The characters are fantastic and you'll find yourself quickly drawn in and asking yourself how you would fit in to this town. Would you hide in your home? Fight 'The Man'? Join the resistance? It helps that the reader is really good.
For me, audio books fall into three categories: those I abandon before finishing, those I look forward to making my 1 hour commute with, and those that I bring in to the office and pretend to work because I just have to hear what happens. This one made it in to the office.
This book was great entertainment as it kept me interested on what would happen next. While long it never "dragged on" this in part was due to the talents of the narrator.
I have been reading Stephen King since Carrie was published and Under the Dome is one of his novels to date, right up there with The Stand!! What make this novel so out standing is the character development and lush plots that long after the story was over you could name and describe all of the citizens of Chester's Mill and felt that you were "under the dome" along side them! I was awestruck by this novel!
I have read Under the Dome and have bought and listened to the CD's and I have to say this story grabs you and pulls you in. You almost feel as though you are there. Under the Dome is both exciting and riveting and well worth the read or listen.
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.
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