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 started reading King with Pet Semetary which I considered a morality tail (ie., what would you do if you could bring a loved one back from the dead). That volume really interested me. Later I went through Cujo which was entertaining. I put this current volume in the same group as The Stand which really approaches the human condition. Here King aptly presents ordinary people in an ordinary town facing an extraordinary circumstance and their resulting behavior. If you have not read King in the past you might want to give this volume a listen. If you are a King fan, you will not be disappointed. King written and well read by Raul Esparza.
Short review: I love King's books. I "liked" this one until the end - Stephen, "YOU HAVE GOT TO BE KIDDING!" I may never read a King book again.
It was moving so slow that I got bored with it about 30% into the audio book. I will force myself to finish it, I promised myself, but I cannot say it is one of the more enjoyable audio books I have listened to. There is an awful lot of atmospheric description with a tale that is short on story. I will try to get through it to see what happens with the stupid "dome" and the stupider people under it.
OK...I would normally say holy 'something else.' Raul Esparza has exactly the kind of voice and cadence and differentiation of characters that I needed to absolutely LOVE this book. Steven King's story, as I expected, is brilliant, but this voice! I'll be searching by narrator for the first time since I joined Audible.
Although not Kings absolute best, this novel was engaging with excellent character development and an intriguing plot. Like other listeners, I had a hard time with the narrator at first and almost gave up, but fortunately, I kept listening. The more I listened, the better the narrator became and I ended up really liking his delivery. The book will keep you engaged. The novel contains a great deal of action, weirdness (ala King) and interactions between characters that is fascinating. You will find yourself thinking about this book even when you are not listening.
The reason I gave this book only four stars is the ending. I am not going to spoil it for anybody, but in MHO, the ending was very dissatisfying and simply fell flat. I wanted more closure, but it never came. That said, I do recommend this book. You will be amazed at how fast 34 hours will pass under the dome.
I finished this audiobook today. I had been a little daunted by it's 34+ hours of listening time. But, the book is very fast moving and the hours flew by!
There are an amazing number of characters. I didn't have any problem keeping track, but there's a list on King's website if you want to copy it. I found a map of Chester Mills on Amazon's page for the book and that helped my imagination along.
All in all, I think the narrator did an excellent job. There were a lot of characters to give voice to! I found the voices he game a couple of the female characters a little annoying. But, it didn't really detract from my enjoyment of this book.
It's top notch Stephen King!
I've listed to a few King books, and usually the narrator is entertaining, easy to listen to, but I find myself very distracted, and have a hard time with this one. I'm going to have to buy the hardback and see if it reads better, just very hard to hold in my hands.
It took an hour or two to get used to the narrarator, but once I did, I now cant imagine hearing it any other way. The character voices were wonderfully realized and the cadence was really well done. Loved the book and the reading.
I had a wonderful time with this book--it is classic Stephen King. No one does twisted small town like he does. Even though there were 100 characters, I was never disoriented.
Thanks to Raul Esparza's amazing narration I couldn't have hated the bad guys more feverishly and pulled for heroes more completely. He is remarkable and perfect for this book. I was sorry when it was over. Get it, you won't be sorry!
Report Inappropriate Content
If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.