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
This is classic Stephen King. I have read the majority of his novels and really loved most of them. I couldn't stop with this one -- it held my attention throughout. I don't understand the problems others had with the narrator -- in my opinion he was fabulous. I love his voice, and especially his rendition of Big Jim. He was great in my opinion and give him major kudos. The only problem I had with the book was the ending..I think it could have been more of a 'boom' if you will. Given what the towns people endured with Big Jim what he and his cohorts put them through.I like when the author wraps things up more than this, but hey, it's his story and he can do with it what he wishes. I would definitely recommend this book. It was awesome!
I have to admit that often when choosing which book to spend my 1 monthly Audible Book credit on, I try and find books longer in length. In this case, I regret it.
The first 10 hours of the book kept a good pace and I was thrilled to think that I had another 24 hours to go. It slowed down a good bit unfortunately. I guess I am also a traditionalist when it comes to books and movies. I want all the good guys to live and the bad guys to get what they have coming to them, hopefully at the hands of the good guys.
This book sways far from that. Another reviewer made comment on how the narrator made it difficult to distinguish between characters. This book has so many characters that I think it would be difficult for anyone to tackle the feat. If I could have given this book 3.5 stars I would have. It just drug on at times which kept it from getting 4 stars. I could see this easily becoming a movie, under 2 hours long.
A story told as only Steve could tell it, although I hoped for a different fate for big Jim.
I've read all of Stephen King's books, but this is the first I've listened to. I couldn't get past the first hour because I couldn't handle the narrator. This was like watching a bad actor.
If you like the timing and pace to David Sederis's readings, you will like Raul Esparza. If you like to listen to "This American Life," you will like Raul Esparza. If you enjoy Stephen King's silly points (as in all his novels), Raul Esparza does a great job making them funnier. He is not the best narrator out there. He certainly needs to work on his accents. However, those things are excusable for his ability to properly voice all the lighter parts of King's books, and with perfect delivery, heave us outside of the horror.
Unrelenting horror, without humor or perspective is not enjoyable.
I started to listen to this book at bedtime. I woke my husband up before dawn, quivering with laughter over the conversation the fundamentalist preacher has with God.
What I liked the most about this book was the way it sparked conversations about morality, environmentalism, responsibility, religion, military pragmatism, and politics in my home. My husband was always ready for a new discussion or debate when I set aside my headphones and said, "You wanna hear what just happened in Chester's Mill?" (I can't just play the book aloud with a five-year-old around).
If you love living in a small mind, with fundamentalist religion as your beacon of infallibility, and drive a SUV, perhaps another book will be to your liking.
As for the swearing... What does one expect from Stephen King?
I feel kind of foolish reviewing a Stephen King novel. Very foolish. But, I've got to say that King has his characters do unbelievable things in an obvious attempt to drive the plot. Now, Stephen King has a lot of characters do unbelievable things, but they tend to stay in character. However, I felt nothing but contempt for the clergywoman whose blank stupidity drove her to the confrontation that got her dog killed.
The crowd scene at the grocery was pretty convincing. The blank wall stupidity of a character who is supposed to be a nurse with a bit of sense slaps two thugs whose brutality she has seen in their rape victim. The woman seemed unaware of current events. That was a definite Darwin moment that I wouldn't want any practicing nurse to fail.
Now, Brenda is on her death walk to confront the bad guy. Her Mama said bitter medicine was best swallowed quickly, so off she goes to bare her jugular. It almost gets silly.
I think it's the best Stephen King I've read in long time. Had no problem with the narrator. Yes some of the characters had irritating voices, but jeez, they were irritating characters. I also enjoyed the politics as I have a sister that lives in Maine and some of the characters seem to be pulled right out of her town. The down side to this was I got to a point where I just couldn't stop and got down right antisocial. Upside, I organized my closets while listening.
King shows once again he is a master storyteller. He keeps the reader in suspense not so much through a clever plot as with how he assembles the narrative and pulls it all together. His attention to detail is once again at work in this book, and he succeeds in creating an entire world inside the dome that most of us could never imagine and probably wouldn't want to even if we could. Fortunately, he allows the drama to unfold without a lot of supernatural gimmickry. The dome itself was really the only trick he needed.
For those readers disappointed in the ending I suggest it is the ride that counts, not the destination.
Raul Esparza is acceptable as the narrator. even though some of his accents are somewhat off geographically.
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