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 read to my children each night before they go to bed. After 10 minutes I start getting tired, so hats off to the narrator for doing a great job on such a lengthy book! I found Raul's vocal characterizations very helpful in keeping the many characters straight. As for the story itself, I was hoping for something on par with Salem's Lot or The Stand and I wasn't disappointed. If you are a fan of Stephen King you will likely enjoy this. The last King book I read was Stephen King on Writing, so there was an extra layer of fun for me in paying close attention to the mechanics of the writing.
I have been reading King ever since I can remember. The characters, the story line and even the narration is superb. Definitely worth the listen you will not be disappointed!
It was a little difficult to keep up with so many characters, but that that is a small point as far as I am concerned. I thought the story was well done and the narrator added to the telling rather than detracted .
One of Kings best in a long time in my view!
I enjoyed the first 30 hours of this book but the ending was awful.I am amazed that an author of this reputation couldn't come up with a better ending. It was downright silly. I felt like the author got tired of writing or bored with the project before he finished it. It was also unbelievable that the supposedly intelligent characters made only one feeble attempt to eliminate the problem that threatened to destroy them. Not realistic. Still, I enjoyed the first 90% of the book.
retired litigation lawyer; I read history; historical fiction; literary fiction. Narrator ++ important. Story equally so
I "was" a fan of King's earlier works, one time reading them all in a row. My favoritte was "It". Then I found myself giving up on him. I couldn't get through ( either book or audiobook) either Duma Key or Lisey's story ( although I did enjoy his short story collection "Just After Sunset"). I therefore took a chance on "Under the Dome" and, similar to others, was hooked after 45 minutes. This is the longest audiobook I have ever bought ( my average is @ 20 hours) but I did not lose interest, at all, ever. The images, colors, sounds, smells are vivid, the characters ( King's speciality) well defined - he painted pictues in my mind that stayed with me, and left me interested to return while washing the dishes, return while driving to work, etc . It was the SK of old that I had enjoyed so much. I also thought the narration was perfect - I did not understand the critical comments expressed by other reviews. So I highly recommend it.
The book was epic,..Mr. Esparza is a very talented actor but I feel he tried a bit too hard to differentiate the characters by varying the accents. Well worth the time!!!!
I recently purchased "Under the Dome" hoping the long book wouldn't drag on and on like some seem to and was plesantly surprised. It is a great book that is easy to become enthralled in after just a short listen. The Narrator brings the charactors to life and each one is easily identifyable, something I really appreiciate. The story is captivating and moves along smoothly. I paid full price for it and it's worth every penny! Stephen King has done it again - you just can't beat "The King"!! Thanks Audible, you keep me coming back for more....
I never would have thought I'd ever recommend a Stephen King book (I'm not a horror fan), but this was worth all 30 plus hours. Duma Key was my first King novel and this was every bit as good. I was expecting a little different of an ending but it does not dampen my strong recommendation!!! Would definitely recommend!!!
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