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Under the Dome Audiobook

Under the Dome: A Novel

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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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    Suzanne 05-02-10
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    "The scare is in the human nature under stress."

    There have been so many really scary stories from King where the fear comes from the external environment. Great scares! This story studies that the real scare comes from within human nature. Under unreasonable, undeniable external stress, humans can act unnaturally scary. This story studies how a core of rotten characters added to a crew of extremely susceptiple folks; can twist a normal community into a terrifying place to be. And, isn't the most real of tangible of fears those that come from inside?

    - Suzanne

    38 of 50 people found this review helpful
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    V. Allen Il, USA 12-21-09
    V. Allen Il, USA 12-21-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Decent but a lot of preaching."

    This is my first review, but after listening to this book and reading some of the reviews I thought I would add my two-cents.
    First,Raul Esparza is amazing bringing these characters to life. He had me hating and loving characters entirely based on his performance and I believe he stayed true to SK's intent. Amazingly done.
    Second, the book itself is an extremely veiled sermon on the terrors and horrors of conservatives and religious people of any ilk. I spent a good bit of time just wondering why he didn't just publish an essay on the true subject he wanted to talk about, "How me the conservative reader and all those I know are ignorant and evil."
    I have the ability to separate the sermon from the book and did like the overall story and conclusion. But if you can't you may want to skip this one.

    23 of 30 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Eisele 12-12-09 Listener Since 2004
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    "Under the Dome"

    Don't waste your credit, even for the long hours....AWFUL !!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Rosemary hingham, MA, United States 12-07-09
    Rosemary hingham, MA, United States 12-07-09
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    "Vintage King"

    Great to read a Stephen King novel again that harkens back to some of his tried and true charactors and personalities. Many times I felt like I had meant these people before, just in a different place. Pace was good and the narration was spot on. A little on the long side, sometimes felt like the story was repeating itself, but really worth the listen.

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    Kyle SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 12-07-09
    Kyle SOUTH JORDAN, UT, United States 12-07-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Classic King!"

    I was beginning to think Stephen King had lost it. But this was great! Not too bizarre, but classic King. One of his better books in the past ten years. Maybe not as good as Green Mile, but still good enough to keep me listening for hours at a time. Great characters.

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    Arthur Rochester, NY, USA 12-04-09
    Arthur Rochester, NY, USA 12-04-09
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    "Great book...horrible narration"

    A great novel with some amazing character development. I really felt myself hating the "bad guys" and would find myself getting mad when something went their way. Overall i would give the story 5 stars and the narrator one star. I have just started listening to audiobooks this year so I have maybe gone through about ten so far and this was by far the worst narration I have heard yet. Some characters seemed to pick up an accent part way through the telling and I would cringe any time a child or female had a piece of dialogue. If you are deciding between getting this as an audiobook or in print then definitely pick it up in print. If for you it is audio or nothing at all then pick this up since the story is worth the bad narration. Besides one credit is a pretty good deal for a novel this long.

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    MoxyIdeas 12-01-09
    MoxyIdeas 12-01-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Credit Worthy!"

    Wow - I am not generally a Stephen King fan, but I loved every bit of this one. I kept imagining a dome coming down as I was driving on the highway. Totally crazy to imagine - and King does it in full detail. This is a long one, but it holds your attention throughout. Narration is superb - distinctive voices for all of the huge cast.

    Although King does go for full detail on some gore and depravity, this isn't a horror novel at all. I'd say it will appeal to anyone who likes a good small-town story, where the characters rule the roost. Human nature under a magnifying glass. With a little science fiction thrown in for good measure. Highly recommended!

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    JEFF FT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 11-24-09
    JEFF FT LAUDERDALE, FL, United States 11-24-09 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Stephen King!"

    34 hours and I didn't want it to end. Better than "The Stand".

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    Templeton C. Peck Wellfleet, MA USA 11-18-09
    Templeton C. Peck Wellfleet, MA USA 11-18-09 Listener Since 2006
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    I couldn't stop listening to this book. The story is wonderful and I thought the reader was exceptional. I had no trouble keeping this huge cast of characters straight. The main characters, both the evil and the good, were so vivid and so real. I loved the political angle of the story, too. I would recommend this to anyone, even people who think they wouldn't like anything by Stephen King.

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    Rob Gifford, IL, United States 11-13-09
    Rob Gifford, IL, United States 11-13-09 Member Since 2017
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    "Great writing!"

    This audio moves from the start and does not slow down. It kept me captivated because there was always something happening. I could not stop listening to it because there was never a slow minute. The Stand was always my favorite Stephen King book but this one has now replaced it. You will not be disappointed.

    46 of 61 people found this review helpful

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