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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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    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
    11-21-09 Listener Since 2009
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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 West Hills, CA, United States 03-28-10
    Vigen West Hills, CA, United States 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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    Douglas Springtown, TX, USA 03-23-10
    Douglas Springtown, TX, USA 03-23-10 Member Since 2009
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    "under the dome"

    did not like to much profanity.

    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Brice 02-23-10
    Brice 02-23-10 Member Since 2003
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    "great imagination"

    kept me guessing

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    Casey Metairie, LA, USA 02-16-10
    Casey Metairie, LA, USA 02-16-10
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    "I fell under Stephen King's macabre spell again!"

    Under the Dome was the first Stephen King audiobook I've listened to. I began reading Stephen King when I was 12 years old (I'm 28 now), and, for some reason, I stopped reading his books and expanded the scope of my reading to other genres. However, when I joined Audible, I decided to give King's new book a listen. This audiobook renewed a spark in me that has been lying dormant for the last ten years. Raul Esparza's narration was exceptional and captivating and I found myself being able to identify the characters based on his change in voice. As for the story itself, I enjoyed it and it was difficult for me to put my iPod down. However, I was hoping for an ending that went beyond the brief time after the dome was lifted, just to see how everyone was adjusting due to the physical devastation and psychological trauma all of the characters experienced in Chester's Mill. I was also hoping that Jim Rennie would have died a more gruesome death (terrible, I know, but I hated that guy)! Overall, it was a terrific read and I will be listening to more SK audiobooks. Thanks, Stephen, for helping me rediscover how much I love your writing!

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jill BOSTON, NY, USA 01-29-10
    Jill BOSTON, NY, USA 01-29-10
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    "Great despite narration"

    Some people think the book is too long. I myself love to settle into a good long book, I enjoy getting to know the characters; I want the mundane and the strong emotional content of the characters every day lives. I want to feel myself in their shoes. Too long? Maybe for some but to me it was just right.

    Others think that the portrayal of the characters were unfair and inconsistent. Who's to say what anyone will say or do on any given day? You can't say 'They wouldn't say that' in real life, because somewhere in the world there probably is someone that would. It's like reverse prejudice, you are putting everyone in a certain category in your own head, that all members of the military are exactly the same, all Southerners are portrayed exactly the same, all Christians and so on. Should we discriminate the book because SK uses his own categories? Isn't that why it is a work of fiction?

    I'm not sure about all the 'southern' hick comments either since the book is set in Maine. Unfortunately the narrator did tend to put a southern twist on the accents. The store owner sounded like an Irish/Jamaican, the voices of the women were shrill and the children all sounded as if they had severe sinus conditions. Just softening a voice is adequate when portraying a character of the opposite sex.

    Love the chapters and sections written from the dog's point of view, always entertaining.

    For those that didn't finish or enjoy, try again, give the characters time to develop and don't focus on the portrayal of a character, or political correctness focus on the character itself

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    R. Weaver Minneapolis, MN 01-27-10
    R. Weaver Minneapolis, MN 01-27-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Great book, poor narration"

    I thought this was a great Stephen King book, couldn't wait to get to the end - but the narrator! I think he had a great voice for most of the story, but women's and kid's voices were just awful. They all sounded like they had stuffed up noses. I cringed whenever Sammy spoke.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Marie Venice, FL, United States 01-18-10
    Marie Venice, FL, United States 01-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Interesting idea."

    The book was good. I liked the story line, but didn't really enjoy the narrator. He made the men in the book sound a bit girly.

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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