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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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    03-18-10
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    "Under The Glass"

    As a "Constant Reader" Under The Dome starts as good as SK can be! Then slows to the IQ level of those who run that town. Only to end with a twist that SK Loves to surprise us "Constant Readers" with, So if you Love SK it is worth your time and credit. You Hear Me Junior?

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    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-13-10
    Peregrine Los Angeles, CA, United States 03-13-10 Member Since 2015

    If it weren't for Audible I'd never get any reading done.

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    "Best Stephen King in years"

    If you're like me and loved Salem's Lot and It, but gave up on Stephen King after his books became mechanical and confused, give this one a shot. Familiar setting and themes--small town corruption in Maine,decent people behaving like heroes or cowards--come together very nicely in what's more a sci-fi story than a horror one. The story is probably an allegory for what happened to America after 9-11.
    Reader Raul Esparza took some getting used to at first, but does a fine job with character voices.

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    brian kaminskas 03-10-10 Member Since 2010
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    "King at his finest"

    A story expertly woven and narrated, gripping story which is constantly escalating

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    Michelle 03-03-10
    Michelle 03-03-10
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    "Captivating Until the Last Second"

    I am not a Stephen King fan. Truthfully, I got this book because the cover reminded me of the Simpson's Movie. I was engrossed immediately and never expected such excellent writing and character development. I will admit that I was disappointed in the ending, however the rest of the book was fabulous. I highly recommend this listen for anyone!

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    B. Gallagher 03-02-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Good but not Great"

    I really enjoy Stephen King books... This book was good but not one of his best works.

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    Linda C. Watson USA 02-22-10
    Linda C. Watson USA 02-22-10 Listener Since 2007

    Linda in Arizona

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    "Boring"

    No up to par for Mr King

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    "Disappointed Canadian"

    An amazing idea for a story. It's to bad that the author used a a great story theme to paint Christians as hypocritical bigots. In a story with so many characters it is odd that a God fearing righteous man or woman could not be found is this town.

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    Joseph Radziszewski Gray, ME USA 02-18-10
    Joseph Radziszewski Gray, ME USA 02-18-10 Member Since 2015

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    "Engaging book, well read, but no Maine accents."

    Under the Dome is pretty great. Gruesome as usual for King. He can't help himself. But the imagery is stunning. Hope to see an interpretation of it in 3D on an Imax screen someday. The reader read well, but my only beef is the accents. Theya wernt no Maine in it. So those of us who live here, while we recognize the landscape, we don't recognize the people. They all sound like they're from away, which blows the premise a bit.

    On the other hand, the characters are all discernible, and I didn't hear any character breaks. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Its nice to see Stephen King fail so miserably at retirement.

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    Happymom 02-17-10
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    "Electricifying"

    This was the first Stephen King novel I've read/listened to in over 20yrs and it was amazing. As the story unfolded, I became more and more engrossed. This is definately a sit on the edge, nail biting thriller.

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    Sarah Kanata, Ontario, Canada 02-16-10
    Sarah Kanata, Ontario, Canada 02-16-10 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent Narration of an Instant Classic"

    I have enjoyed King books for decades. But not until Under the Dome I have felt that he has hit the pinnacle of his career. An instant classic King book, but the narration really brought it to life. Exceptional narration...many would have succumbed to the urge to take a densely populated book like Under the Dome and put on a cast of characters...or accept a simple read through. Whomever made the decision to choose this narrator...thank you. Brilliant work. Best narration I have ever heard (well except for Neil Gaiman....but this one wins for most characters). A book I will happily listen to again. Thank you King for a great story. Thank you Raul Esparza. Brilliant.

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