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
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.
It's got everything that makes a good book...a villian, a hero, a heroine, romance, suspense, action, joy, sadness, and a cute dog! I could go on and on. It is 34 hours long, but I wish it was even longer. I want to know more about the characters and what's happened to them beyond the book. It's certainly worth your time. In fact, I know I'll listen to it again.
I could not stop listening to this book! I just had to find out where that dome came from and why it was there.The narrator was pretty good with the voices.He lowered his voice well for the women characters and really got into the the "bad" guy's tones as well.I especially liked the way he said,"He's eatin' dinner with the lord tonight...mashed potatoes and peas...etc."The ending was great too.Like something from the Twilight Zone.Beautifully done.
Stephen has written a terrifically enjoyable book!. It's like his books used to be - full of interesting characters along with a great story line. I loved it. It was the Stephen King of old.
The accents used by the narrater did not seem true to Maine. The bad guy, Big Jim, sounded almost southern. He was a native New Englander The Frenchman sounded Jamacian. Otherwise the entire 32 hour listen was great.
I think King's characters and plot are always good. This is one of his best. My wife and I drove from Michigan to Florida listening to it and finished on the way back. We were sad when the book was done.
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