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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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  • jermaine
  • tyler, TX, United States
  • 04-23-11

Not bad better than most so call horror novels

Hello horror fans this ones pretty descent if you been from one end of the spectrum to the other.It has enough gore,enough story,an not at all boring until the end of the book where its pretty lame and a let down of sorts.If you are a King fan you no this is going to happen anyway so you have to take the good with the bad at least he has some intersting characters and a very good narrator who kept things moving ,long books have to have a narrator who can pull this off.The most important thing I never wanted to stop listening even though I knew the ending would be weak but most horror books I've listen to go down this same path its weird but im use to it.A 5 star horror audio is really hard to come by a great story an a great narrator to pull it off is very rare and very special .My thanks to Stephen King for even attemting this one tough subject to pull off humanity under a microscope not at all envious of the task.

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Great idea, but mediocre development. Too long, too many characters, and unimaginative plot. The Dome idea had such great potential, but, sadly, King failed to pull it off. I could think of so many subplots which could have taken place under "Dome" circumstances that King never considered. Definitely a disappointment, but out of loyalty to King, I gave it three stars. Good narrator.

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  • Phyllis
  • TRACY, CA, United States
  • 04-04-11

Under the Dome...way under!

Don't be mislead by the title. I am a "Constant Reader" and chose to listen to this tome because my wrists got tired holding it in bed. It was slow in spots; in my opinion his books of this length always hits a lag. If you can push past that point he eventually "comes to himself". If my opinion he is really the "King of the Short Story" but I'll read...and have...anything and everything he writes or has written

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All around good story.

King has put together a diverse cast of characters and developes them well. My only complaint was the ending. It really felt as if it were rushed. The narration is excellent and I hope to hear more from Mr. Esparza. All in all it is a worth while listen.

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This is my favorite Stephen King book ever!! It is a very long book but kept me interested every minute. It was truely entertaining!!

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  • Bill
  • Phoenix, AZ, United States
  • 03-13-11

Classic King Destroyed by a Horrible Narrator

This is classic Stephen King. For those who aren't use to him, he always leans on stereotypes and the gritty negative, whinny side of his protagonists, and the smug know it all, self assurance of his heroes. King's stories usually compensate for his lack of profound insight into the many layers of human motivation. OK, that being said, he's still fun to read. But, add this awful narrator who transforms the villain into a whinny New Englander with a slight southern draw and it literally destroys this book. I felt obligated to finish listening just out of respect for King. But as for the reader, from now on, when I see his name, I'm running like a dome's about to drop and trap me in a city with a bunch of boring idiots. P.S. as a Christian I'm not insulated by Kings stereotypical hypocritical villains who are all "Christians". I see the same behavior from TV preachers. But less King start sounding as bigoted as Bill Maher, he should try to include at least one decent Christian with integrity and character.

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Exciting story well narrated

King in "we have met the monster and it is us" mode. A Koch's snowflake of a plot, with some pacing issues at start and end, and a few of the many characters drop, disappointingly, from the narrative as the action ramps up. But this is still up there with King's best. Esparza's narration is brilliant for the most part, at his best in narration the "eye of god" and "animal's eye view" parts, at its weakest in his vocal characterisation for a lot of the female characters, which tend to sound alike at the start until he warms into it.

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  • Hope
  • Broken Arrow, OK, United States
  • 03-09-11

Good story, poor narration

The overall story is good, kinda strange like his new stuff tends to be (however Full Dark No Stars is a newer book and fantastic! Just like the "old King"). I simply could not stand the narration. There are a few characters in particular that made me want to give up and just read the book-however I am very cheap and made myself listen to the rest of the book. If a book I want has this narrator I will simply choose the paper book over the audio.

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  • valarie
  • hollister, ca, United States
  • 03-08-11

Crazy Stephen King Ride!!!

WOW, this book was INTENSE. So many characters and so much going on. It was hard to put down! I have vowed to go back and listen to it again one day, just to catch the things I might have missed. Like all SK books, it was unique and fast paced and had a surprise ending! It is one crazy ride!

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the story itself is great. frustrating towards the end- i'll admit- but still good. the obvious downside to this was the reader.
he gave too many males the same nasally monotone hill-billy voice and the children aswell. most irritating was how all the women in this small town of chesters mill seemed to have some english accent..
i know it sounds petty, knowing that there were alot of different characters in there, but still. he used the SAME 3 voices for everyone.... and i just have to hammer home the point that IT WAS A SMALL TOWN IN MAINE, NO UPPIDY ENGLISH ACCENTS NEEDED!!!!!!!
if the book wasn't soo long, i'd recomend you read it. and as always in SK's books, the end is no-where near as good as the rest of the book.. gets a lil silly compared to how the rest went. also, NO CLOSURE.