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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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    Alex Broken Arrow, OK, USA 11-28-09
    Alex Broken Arrow, OK, USA 11-28-09
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    "Classic King and Best Narrator"

    This book is a classic Stiphen King creation. Don't be deceived by the cover of the book that looks like a poster from "Simpsons the Movie". The narrator is absolutely great, he makes every character from the book sound different.

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    Nancy Orofino, ID, USA 11-27-09
    Nancy Orofino, ID, USA 11-27-09 Member Since 2015
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    "King's best book"

    Wow! This was one of those can't stop listening books. The fast story line, the character development were signature King at his best. I didn't want it to end. I believe it was his best book . King is a master story teller and he never lets you down and and he never lets you go.

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    Ronnie fair lawn, NJ, USA 11-27-09
    Ronnie fair lawn, NJ, USA 11-27-09
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    "Reminds Me of Early King Novels"

    I agree with Kathy from CA - it's the best King in a while. In it spins a Dickensian tale for our times, with rich characters, heroes, super-villain and every thing in between.
    Loved Raul Esparza. Loved being charged only one credit.
    What I would like now is to find audio recordings of early books like It, Tommyknockers and the full short stories.
    drora.

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    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 11-27-09
    Louis North Wales, PA, United States 11-27-09 Member Since 2012
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    "My first King Book"

    I must admit that the only reason I chose this book is that after listening to 50 books this year, there were few new books that interested me. I was more than surprised. King is possibly the best author I have read. I am not a science fiction reader but I will admit that I loved this book. Great story, the reader was terrific and for a long book, the story moved well. King has a way with words and his character development was incredible. One of the 5 best I read this year.

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    Melissa 11-25-09
    Melissa 11-25-09
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    "my first Stephen King book"

    This book was a major thriller right from the beginning. It is very graphic and not for everyone but I enjoyed it. I could have done without all the GD words but will probably listen to it again soon. The narrator was awesome. I will have to check out his other works!

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    Vickie Woodbridge, VA, USA 11-24-09
    Vickie Woodbridge, VA, USA 11-24-09
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    "He's Back!!!"

    I love Stephen King and have read everything he has written. Been a fan since reading Carrie in 1976. After his accident, his writing changed, it became darker and more bitter (understandably so) but now he's back!!! This is Stephen King as I have grown to love him, well written, detail oriented, and left at the end with a shred of hope for mankind. BRAVO from one Maineak to another!!!

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    stephen muncie, IN, United States 11-22-09
    stephen muncie, IN, United States 11-22-09 Member Since 2013
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    "Most Important Novel Of The Year!"

    This is truly an amazing novel. If books have the power to change the world, I hope this gets read by millions. You don't think of Stephen King as being that type of author. But, this book is that good.

    I would love to see it made into a mini-series.

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    Allan Whitesburg, TN, United States 11-22-09
    Allan Whitesburg, TN, United States 11-22-09
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    "Disapointed"

    SK is one of my favorite writers but his books just keep getting more foul mouthed and perverted to the extent of having to fast forward through all the penthouse scenes and turning the volume down on most of the characters. Great story but could have been much better without the GD this and GD that and Fu@# this and that and his political views.

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    DAB 11-21-09
    DAB 11-21-09 Member Since 2006
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    "King at his best!"

    Great listen!

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    TexasLady 11-13-09
    TexasLady 11-13-09
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    I'm a HUGE Stephen King fan, and I LOVED Duma Key. I guess I thought this book would be just as good, but it was disappointing. Yes, it DOES hold your attention and is worth listening to, but be prepared for a rather sucky ending...

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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