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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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    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

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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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.

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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.

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    Jack san francisco, CA, USA 01-12-10
    Jack san francisco, CA, USA 01-12-10
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    "Once read, will be hard pressed to ever top"

    I hadn't had much exposure to Stephen King, and I had only listened to a handful of audiobooks; but this was an extrodinary book, read beautifully by Raul Esparza - he did such great voice work, really brought this book to life. The story itself was gripping, compelling, and really hit home. You'd have to be a complete fool to not see the social/political/environmental commentary.

    WELL DONE

    0 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Music Beach Dad El Cajon, CA USA 12-29-09
    Music Beach Dad El Cajon, CA USA 12-29-09 Member Since 2004

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    "Very good with a plot flaw"

    Pacing was good, plot was interesting, and as always with King, very good character development. I gave it three stars because of what I see as a serious logic flaw with the dome. Why was there never any mention of trying to dig or tunnel under the dome? It's the first thing a dog would try, and certainly even the dullest witted human would think of it in short order. It should have been the first rescue attempt tried -- certainly before bombs or acid. But the book did hold my attention throughout the 34 plus hours of listening which is a tall order for such a lengthy tale.

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    Herbert N. Louisville, KY, USA 01-15-10
    Herbert N. Louisville, KY, USA 01-15-10
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    "Under the dome"

    Normally I like Steven King books but this one turn me off because of the sex words(F K) use and to wordy of the book to get the story across.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Sarasota, FL, USA 11-20-09
    Kathleen Sarasota, FL, USA 11-20-09
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    "Under The Dome"

    Just started listening to the book - I have not had any trouble with the narrator but I do take issue with Mr. King. Even though I do not consider this the proper forum I have to ask these questions. Why does he have such disdain towards Christians? Why do we tolerant this type of disdain? Isn't this bigotry? Mr. King your job is to entertain not to indoctrinate with your belief system. Unlike you sir, I have an open mind and I will finish your book because if I overlook the bigortry it is an interesting book and I am willing to see where this story is going.

    2 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-01-09
    Radish Bliss STANSBURY PK, UT, United States 12-01-09 Member Since 2008
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    "sick"

    I kinda feel sorry for Stephen King at this point. He lives in a world where everyday people are capable of extraordinarily discussing things.
    I should have gotten a different book. Sick.

    4 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Jean Calery 01-24-10
    Jean Calery 01-24-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Dear Mr. King: I WISH WE WERE RELATED!"

    Well I am so sorry there were critics who didn't appreciate the story. I LOVED IT. I LOVE STEPHEN KING. He is intuitive, and is in touch with his EVIL SIDE, but I don't think he owns it. And he is hilarious at times. You can call me any time, Steve. You sick-o you. P.S. I was relieved that you survived your near-death experience some years back. So never never die, okay? Or maybe you can buy a mansion somewhere so your fans can come & pay to visit after you leave earth, and swear you did not die. Instead of THE KING LIVES, we'll just revise it a bit. Jean

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Bobby West Monroe, LA, USA 12-01-09
    Bobby West Monroe, LA, USA 12-01-09
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    "Multi-leveled"

    Encompasses more than just the horror of our worst natures, but is also an eccological warning.
    We are all under the dome.

    0 of 5 people found this review helpful
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