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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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    Leighda henryville, IN, USA 01-20-10
    Leighda henryville, IN, USA 01-20-10
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    "Great so far"

    I am a huga fan of Mr. King I have read all his books, this is my first audio book. Its a bit different than reading, but I like it.
    This book is going to be another great classic of his. I am enjoying the listen very much!

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    Angela Deringer 01-18-10 Listener Since 2007
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    "Awesome listen"

    This is old school Stephen King! Glad to have him back. He weaves a tale as if sitting next to you telling you a story. LOVED IT. The narrator was Awesome with the narration - I loved his narration style, but others are correct - there were actually only about one, maybe two characters that could have been from Maine. Good story and interesting look into societal norms.

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    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 01-17-10
    Kathy Titusville, FL, United States 01-17-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent"

    I am so glad to have Stephen King back. Wonderful to listen to and keeps you on the edge. Well written and well spoken.

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    Jane Bel Air, MD, USA 01-14-10
    Jane Bel Air, MD, USA 01-14-10
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    "Very entertaining"

    This was only my second audio book, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. There definitely was a political slant to it, and depending on your leanings, you might find it highly offensive or highly amusing. I thought Raul Esparza did a wonderful job doing such a huge variety of characters, although Jim Renney did indeed sound geographically out of place. Like others, I found the ending a little bit of a let-down. There was room for more.

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    CH 01-14-10
    CH 01-14-10
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    "great...til the end"

    great novel, I couldn't stop listening. The character development was terrific.
    BUT, the narrator did terrible accents. Big Jim sounded like a theatrical gay from Alabama. Remy sounded like a Jamaican.
    The cause of the dome didn't fit with the rest of the story. I felt like the story kind of fell off the cliff at the end.

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    Tara El Segundo, CA, United States 01-10-10
    Tara El Segundo, CA, United States 01-10-10 Member Since 2015
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    "I'm a younger King fan"

    I started reading King books in college (I'm now 29). I feel like I've stuck with him through the good and the bad, but through them all, I've never read one twice. I'm just not that kind of girl. With books, I normally pass them on and with audiobooks I even delete them from my library (bad.. I know).
    BUT, I've already listened to this book twice. I'm quite certain it's my favorite SK book. It's long, but not long enough. The character development is typical King you jump right into their lives and feel like it's right where you belong.
    The narrator was not the best for this book, I found that sometimes he'd interchange the characters voices. But his voice does have a pretty even tone (not too high, not too low), which makes it easy to listen to.
    I'd recommend this book to anyone. King fan or not. It's a great story.

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    Randel Elmore, AL, USA 01-09-10
    Randel Elmore, AL, USA 01-09-10
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    "Can't wait for part 2"

    This is an interesting concept and one that would make an excellent mini-series. Small town, drifter, good ole boy running the town, catastrophic event ... what could be better? I listen during my 3 hour daily commute and quite often sit in the car not wanting to stop and get out of the car. Can't wait to get into Part 2.

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    Elizabeth New London, WI, USA 01-09-10
    Elizabeth New London, WI, USA 01-09-10 Member Since 2013
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    "WOW Very real!!!"

    If something like this happened I can see things going in the same direction. Very good story. Not sure if I was thrilled with the Dome creator in the book but all in all a good read (or listen!).

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    Nils heber, UT, United States 01-03-10
    Nils heber, UT, United States 01-03-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not quite as good as The Dark Tower series"

    but definitely has the flavor of his older writing. I am an old school avid SK fan who stopped reading his new work around the time he starting love stories and other such drivel. I took a chance on this one, and haven't been disappointed. A good listen. Raul Esparza does a GREAT job.

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    Robert Parishville, NY, USA 01-03-10
    Robert Parishville, NY, USA 01-03-10
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    "Good and bad"

    If there's one thing Stepehn King can do it's make villians which makes you want to jump in the book and strangle yourself. In this book, the main villian is the worst - And I truly loathed Big Jim.

    The overall story is good, no Gunslinger, but good, and worth the read/listen. The only critique I had was the timeframe was entirely too short. But that's really a personal thing, I can't see people going that crazy in the span of a week.

    Those which say facets of the story were implausable - let's not forget we're enjoying Stephen King here! If you're the kind of person who nit picks all actions for realism, skip over this book. If you want to enjoy a good fictional story, It's worth it.

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