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Under the Dome Audiobook

Under the Dome: A Novel

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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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    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 01-05-10
    Michael Amsterdam, NY, United States 01-05-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Great audio book"

    It reminds me quite a bit of the Tommyknockers but is much better written. Overall, the book itself is very enjoyable - the ensemble cast of characters (which is quite large) are all interesting, distinct, and instantly identifiable. I'd give the contents of the book 4 out of 5 stars.

    Why is my rating 5 stars then? The narrator. This is the first book I've listened to by Raul Esparza but he's easily one of the best narrators I've ever listened to - he manages to do all kinds of very distinct voices and accents that make the characters (and there are a lot) instantly identifiable. In addition, some of the "voices" he does are perfect (at least for me) for the charcters - Big Jim is absolutely perfect; Junior and Andy Sanders similarly. Great, great stuff.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Katurah Philadelphia, PA, USA 01-04-10
    Katurah Philadelphia, PA, USA 01-04-10
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    "Does Not Follow the Book"

    I like the experience of listening and reading at the same time. Unfortunately, this unabridged version seems like an abridged version. It does not follow the book at all. The actual book starts by introducing the characters and their encounters with the Dome but this audio unabridged version starts way after the Dome is discovered and the chaos that ensues from its arrival. So if you want to read the whole story buy the actual book. But if you like an unabridged version that is still chopped down, listen to this audio version.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Denver, CO, USA 01-03-10
    Mark Denver, CO, USA 01-03-10
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    "I'm glad I gave him another chance..."

    I haven't cared too much for Stephen King's work for some time. He did have several very good books but after a while it seemed that there was nothing very original left in him.

    I wanted to get the hardcover but just couldn't bring myself to buy another book of his that I might hate myself for again.

    I was hooked. I'm half-way thru it and I can say I'm glad...so far. As long as there is no cheesey/slock ending, I can say that this work is sitting well with a past reader of his.

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    Joy L Maple Grove, MN USA 01-02-10
    Joy L Maple Grove, MN USA 01-02-10 Member Since 2016
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    "I loved this book!"

    I thought it would be too long and I was wrong. I found the time flying by. It's pure Stephen King and wonderfully read. It's a perfect match of reader and story.

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    Jaylynn West Milford, NJ, United States 01-01-10
    Jaylynn West Milford, NJ, United States 01-01-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent!"

    Steven King does not disappoint with this novel. The characters are masterfully developed and the plot is exciting from beginning to end. I highly recommend this book.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Vickie Sevierville, TN, United States 01-01-10
    Vickie Sevierville, TN, United States 01-01-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Who knew the word Barbie could be so scary..."

    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.

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    D. Blaskie 12-29-09
    D. Blaskie 12-29-09 Member Since 2012

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    "Awesome Stephen King..."

    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!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    MATTHEW 12-29-09
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    "No plot flaw"

    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.

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    Lissa Marietta, GA, USA 12-28-09
    Lissa Marietta, GA, USA 12-28-09
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    "Didn't want it to end!"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    DaviT Michigan 12-27-09
    DaviT Michigan 12-27-09 Listener Since 2006

    And that's how the fight started.

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    "Another hit!"

    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.

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