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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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    Allan Whitesburg, TN, United States 11-22-09
    Allan Whitesburg, TN, United States 11-22-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Disapointed"

    SK is one of my favorite writers but his books just keep getting more foul mouthed and perverted to the extent of having to fast forward through all the penthouse scenes and turning the volume down on most of the characters. Great story but could have been much better without the GD this and GD that and Fu@# this and that and his political views.

    5 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    DAB 11-21-09
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    "King at his best!"

    Great listen!

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    TexasLady 11-13-09
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    "Lacking"

    I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, and I LOVED Duma Key. I guess I thought this book would be just as good, but it was disappointing. Yes, it DOES hold your attention and is worth listening to, but be prepared for a rather sucky ending...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Nomad 12-15-09
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    "Dome of Boredom"

    I have like much of Kings work in the past but unfortunately the Dome is not worthy to share the book shelf or in this case the hard drive with the others. First and foremost the reader is an armature that has little command of what it take to hold a listeners interest. His attempt at giving the characters life and to create accents that fit the location of the story is poor at best. One of the main characters "Renee", a Selectman from a small town in Maine, sounds like he is from South Carolina. His attempt to create children's voices is laughable and painful at the same time. If I hear the name "Barbie" spoken in that sing-song sarcastic way I think I'll scream. As for the story itself, It really fell flat for me. I know King is all about the supernatural but this story is so ridiculous and lacks any reason for the event itself that I wanted it to end. And speaking about ending, this story could be 5 hours shorter and you wouldn't miss anything. Kings attempts at humor by interjecting stupid one liners at the most inopportune moments is frustrating. I found myself telling the character "shout up and answer the question", it more important than your joking". So you see I didn't really care for this story. King can and has done much better. But to each his own. P.S. Raul, look for another line of work!

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jay Dee Nampa, ID, USA 02-24-10
    Jay Dee Nampa, ID, USA 02-24-10
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    "Be Prepared"

    After the 1st hour of listening I got fustrated with the frequency if the M....F word and violent acts of sexual aggression towards women. I never finished the book.

    4 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 11-23-09
    Derek B. A strange midwestern city, United States 11-23-09 Member Since 2014

    It's simple really, I am just a guy looking to enjoy the writing and reading talents of others while raising my family the best I can, just Like most everyone else!!!

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    "Bad language Warning"

    A wonderful book that had Me finishing probably quicker than I would of normaly done to a book half the size! Addictively great! But the warning is if You are offended by Heavenly fathers name being used in vain 30+ times then beware!!!! I am some what saddend (in My self) to say that I looked past that (while cringing) just to finish an incredible book! I tried to tune it out for the sake of an otherwise special book!!!!

    6 of 22 people found this review helpful
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    Perry pascagoula, FL, United States 02-20-10
    Perry pascagoula, FL, United States 02-20-10 Member Since 2012
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    "under the dome"

    worthless and a waste of time

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    Clark Stevenson Mesquite, TX United States 01-24-10
    Clark Stevenson Mesquite, TX United States 01-24-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Bad Reader"

    The reader was not very good. His voice for the villain is almost a cartoonish Southern accent. Tried to stay with it for King's sake, but the reader just kept getting under my skin and the reader makes or breaks the audiobook.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan Clark 12-22-09 Member Since 2012
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    "hampered by its delivery"

    I have heard some fantastic audiobook narrators -- Patrick Tull (Aubrey-Maturin series), Mirron E. Willis (Last King of Scotland), and Dion Graham (What is the What) come first to mind as examples. Unfortunately, Raul Esparza's delivery manages to keep pulling me out of the story. He's perfectly fine when speaking as the narrator; his standard enunciation is clear, his pacing is appropriate, and his emphases make sense almost always. But woe to the hearer when he ventures at regional dialect! At the risk of unkindness, he doesn't know Down East from Down South. He can't sound like Maine for more than a few words in a row, and the same character keeps sliding like pedal steel, if not all the way to Hattie McDaniel, then at least to somewhere near Foghorn Leghorn, and then back, sometimes with a quick flyover past Long Gisland. He also sounds, unfortunately, like everybody's kid nephew.

    This is not a reflection on King's book, at all; I'm only two hours into it so far.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Sheri Monroe, WA, USA 12-02-09
    Sheri Monroe, WA, USA 12-02-09
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    "Enjoyable, however..."

    wish King had not found it necessary to swear quite so much. This story, like so many others of King's, shows just how disturbing humans might become when faced with just the right(wrong) situations.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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