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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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  • Lee
  • Ponte Vedra Beach, FL, United States
  • 03-04-10

Good till the last two hours

Wish I hadn't read it. HORRIBLE ending. What a disappointment!

3 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Great Potential, Falls Short

The premise is riveting- a small town cut off from civilization by an inexplicable force and the aftermath that follows. The storyline delivers, but King decided to inject his extreme left political bias into the tale. The villains and fools in the book basically echoed the Keith Olbermanns' and the Michael Moores' of the world, with a vitriolic view of those even slightly right of center. The story was pretty good though. Until the ending. Really? Did I just dedicate that many hours of listening and.... Another gripe is the reader- surfer dude does a southern accent(why the lifelong local Maine bad guy has a southern accent is another issue. Lefty stereotyping again)? And all the children have a cold. Buy the audiobook and see for yourself. The story had huge potential.

4 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Joseph
  • Deferiet, NM, United States
  • 03-02-10

One word... AMAZING

This is by far one my fav King novels to date! I loved it! It kept me focused and almost obsessed with the story and characters. It had me picturing every movement and every characters face. It was amazing!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great book!

Great book pure and simple. This was my first Stephen King book and I loved it. I couldn't wait to go to work so I could listen to it. I would actually work extra so I could listen! Raul Esparza was a fabulous choice to read it. He was funny and very easy to listen to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Sandra
  • ft. washington, MD, USA
  • 02-26-10


This was a little long but I listened at every opportunity. Scenes and events were discribed so graphically you can visualize them and feel rith there. The characters came across so clearly you feel the emotions and craziness of each. I will listen to this book again.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Read!

I thought this was a very good book. Lots of characters....lots of plots and you really didn't know the answer to the "dome" until late in the book. Listened to it over a couple of weeks and became very engrossed. Thanks for another great book Mr. King!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Plain and Simple

I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! If it were possible I'd have listened to it straight thru.

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  • Stacey
  • Minneapolis, MN, USA
  • 02-21-10

Too long!

It was a very interesting story and I wanted to get into the book. But no matter if it is an audio book or a hard copy, this book is TOO long to enjoy.

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More than a book

This is a very good story brought to life by a great narrator. It becomes more than a book with the life the Mr. Esparza breathes into each characters voice. It's more than a book, and more than a movie. Incredible.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dion
  • 02-19-10


I was spell bound from the first to the last minute.And I have A.D.D