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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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    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 11-30-09
    Barbara Buzzards Bay, MA, United States 11-30-09
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    "King at his best!"

    Wow! This book is the best yet. A story with a lesson. I am impressed.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 11-29-09
    PG Pug Pacific Grove California 11-29-09

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    "LOVED IT!!! It's vintage King!!!"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 11-28-09
    Allan Futrell Louisville, KY USA 11-28-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Supporting the team"

    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.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lorna Cave Creek, AZ, USA 11-26-09
    Lorna Cave Creek, AZ, USA 11-26-09
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    "The Stand 2009"

    As great as "The Stand". Couldn't turn it off. Great hero's. Even better bad guy's. Good ending.I'll listen to it again soon.

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    David Waller 11-17-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Favorite King book in years"

    Great long, complex story with plenty of characters and plot. For some reason, I also really enjoyed the narrator. The way Esparza said "Barbie" in the psycho voice was pretty creepy.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer USA 11-15-09
    Amazon Customer USA 11-15-09

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    "One great book!"

    Absolutely captivating. I have never despised characters more than I have the antagonists in this novel, and in the end... Great story, so-so narrator (exactly as the previous review says). Put it this way, I don't do long road trips, have work, school, 3 kids, and I still finished this book in 3.5 days.

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    James Gilbert, SC, United States 12-15-09
    James Gilbert, SC, United States 12-15-09
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    "Enjoyable"

    Great story until the end. I feel let down that justice was never served. Big Jim should have gotten his come uppance at the hands of the people he abused, but oh well.

    Raul Esparza does a great job with all the different voices.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    W Marina, CA, United States 11-22-09
    W Marina, CA, United States 11-22-09
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    "I got to the scene with the necrophilia"

    This was an okay book, until I got to the scene with necrophilia and then I just could listen to no more. There are some things that even King shouldn't touch.

    3 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    11-21-09
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    "Do Not Bother"

    This is not the young S. King, it is the old one. This book shows how boring some of the very best writers of my time get, dull and sloppy with age. The premise of the book has a lot of wasted potential. Too much filthy language repeated to excess and to much of the same blood and gore is told over and over just to lengthen the book. BORING!! If you can't do the job you used to, retire.

    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Vigen 03-28-10
    Vigen 03-28-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Slowwww"

    This was my first and last book I read from Stephen King. The first 8 hours was extremely slow paste and very little to do with the Dome phenomenon, luckily I fast forward my iPod, before pulling the plug on this story. There is so much deviation from the main theme of the story, specially when introducing a new character.
    But on 2-nd 8 hours the story picked up in slow paste. At the end there were a few loose ends, but I think Stephen King did that on purpose and left it to the readers imagination, which makes the story less entertaining to my opinion.

    This story is for people that have very little to do and will not get bored with slow paste stories.

    I was hoping for more adventure or suspense, but the plot lacked it. However the narrator was excellent.

    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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