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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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    Connie Echols 01-17-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Stephen King at his best"

    This is a must read. My husband and I are team truck drivers and we could not stop listening to this one. We drive in shifts so one of us would be ahead of the other and we could not wait to talk about it. WOW what a story!

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    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 01-13-10
    Christian Vienna, IL, USA 01-13-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Five Stars even with the right wing slant"

    This was a tremendous book. I wasn't really happy with the lightly veiled right wing slant (the heroine was an unabashed republican who opposed the Bill Clinton cartoon of a villian - the voice even sounded like him). But trust me, even the Frank Carvell's and Sean Hannity's of the world could forget about politics with this tremendous book. I have never rated a fiction book with political commentary at 5 stars before. I don't care if it's my side or not (which as a moderate I change sides with the issue). I use these books to escape. But in this small town dome book, I suppose it's impossible to stay away from it.

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    JVRK Long Beach, CA United States 01-11-10
    JVRK Long Beach, CA United States 01-11-10 Member Since 2007

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    "Good listen, but a bit long"

    I liked the overall story. Didn't love the narrator and found some of the scenes too long and detailed. In the end, I was finding excuses to listen an find out what happened next. Great fun, but a bit tiring for my patient family.

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    Patricia Red Lion, PA, USA 01-10-10
    Patricia Red Lion, PA, USA 01-10-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Fantastic... not just for fans of horror"

    I was a little hesitant to download this book, becauseI thought of Stephen King as just a horror writer. I haven't read anything from him since The Shining. This is not only great scifi; it's great social commentary. Narrator did a great job. I realize that many people were offended by the language and the graphic violence, so it's not for listening to while traveling with your children. But it's a great way to keep yourself enthralled on several long road trips. Very well-written. Great plot and lots of surprises.

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    Amy Fortville, IN, USA 01-02-10
    Amy Fortville, IN, USA 01-02-10
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    "Best Book I've Listened to in a Long Time"

    I'm more of one to read a review than write one but I wanted to share about this book. I really enjoyed it. I didn't want it to end. Highly recommend!!

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    David M. Bullard Atlanta, GA United States 12-28-09
    David M. Bullard Atlanta, GA United States 12-28-09 Member Since 2001

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    "Captivating Listen"

    I can't add much more than what others have already said. It's a very captivating book to listen to. King has written a hefty book full of interesting characters and a compelling plot. I'm about half way through the story. And big kudos go to Raul Esparza for his excellent narration. He does a wonderful job of keeping the characters as distinct as possible. He's got a natural voice for narration and that can make all the difference in the world. I look forward to more from Raul. Between King's prose and Esparza's narration, it's a thrilling listen.

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    Mary Littleton, CO, USA 12-27-09
    Mary Littleton, CO, USA 12-27-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Listened for hours on end . . . . ."

    Haven't read a SK novel in a long time, thought this one sounded interesting. Kept my interest the whole time. Although some listeners didn't agree, I thought the narrator was fine, he switched characters and I could tell who was talking by his change in tone. There is a character in the book that you loathe so much, you can't wait for his demise. As I was reading, I even cast the roles with actors that I could imagine doing each part!

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    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 12-21-09
    Deb Columbus, Ohio, United States 12-21-09 Member Since 2003

    I've been a member since 2003. Can't live without it! I actually have 2 accounts! Awesome that they will return books you don't like!

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    "The old Steven King is back!"

    his book is as good as any of Steve's best stuff. Finally! A bit reminicent of The Stand but no where near a copy. Good Stuff! You won't be dissapointed!

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    Jean Hanahan, SC, USA 12-17-09
    Jean Hanahan, SC, USA 12-17-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Best King ever!"

    This novel kept me spellbound from beginning to end. I was making homemade chocolates for Christmas (long tradition of 35 years) and I barely knew I was working! There was such a reality I would come up for air and wonder if the grocery store would still have a certain item. I would recommend this book to any King fan although it is quite different from the norm.

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    Amazon Customer Milwaukee 12-17-09
    Amazon Customer Milwaukee 12-17-09 Member Since 2003

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    "King's Dome"

    A great Audiobook. Don't let the length deter you. It has great pace all the way through!

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