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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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    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 10-26-10
    Emiko Grannis, AR, United States 10-26-10
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    "Not His Best"

    I generally really enjoy Stephen King's novels. This was the first of his books that I suffered through. I only finished it because I had already invested so much time into it. I listened for all that time just for the majority of people to die in horrible ways and the way everything was resolved was a let-down. I'll continue to read/listen to Stephen King but this wasn't worth my credits.

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    Root Dorn 10-20-10
    Root Dorn 10-20-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Just like a good meal!"

    Some crazy thing happens and lots of characters die right out of the gate. Great build up of characters and suspense but like many of SK's stories, the ending or "answer" leaves something to be desired. Kinda the same feeling when IT turned out to be a spider. Suspenseful but not that "Sixth Sense" ending that makes you go WOW! Like a really good meal and a little fart at the end.

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    Holly Abery-Wetstone West Hartford, CT USA 10-17-10
    Holly Abery-Wetstone West Hartford, CT USA 10-17-10 Member Since 2005
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    "Too Much Violence"

    The premise of this story is great but the body count is way too high for my taste, I cringed as each person befell a bloody death. Many were not necessary to carry the plot of the book which is very interesting. A good read if you have the stomach for it.

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    Amazon Customer 10-16-10

    so little time...so many books

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    "his politics. his book. his perogative. Love it!"

    King has been spinning yarns for years. He's never hidden who he is or what kind of politics he espouses or how comfortable he is with colorful language. It's simply not a secret. So I have to wonder about all of hurmphing, finger wagging and tongue clucking at his "preaching" and "foul language". If you're even a moderate Stephen King fan who has read more than four of five novels over the course of his prolific career, you know what I'm saying is true. If you have given up on King in recent years because you feel his writing has become a bit lack luster, then this book will definitely get you excited about picking up another King novel. The book was looooong but never, I MEAN NEVER, boring. I was fully engaged in the characters and invested in each one of them. I cared what happened to them, even the ones I hated. I couldn't wait to find an excuse to drive long distances so that I could listen and enjoy. I think I even hooked a teenage kid onto King for the first time because of this book.

    Congratulations King! This is destined to be a classic. I only hope they don't try to make it into a movie, which is what usually happens with your more interesting reads.

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    Erin Grace 10-16-10
    Erin Grace 10-16-10 Member Since 2016
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    "needed editing!"

    It had been a long time since I read Stephen King and I know he can be either hit or miss depending. The man is a fantastic writer when he's on but since he is so popular many of his books and/or stories get published that would not even be looked at if they were written by an unknown author. My husband talked me into reading this one because of some of the memorable characters, and I must admit The Chef was memorable! I could easily see him and several of the others in my mind's eye. I love a long book but I honestly think this one would have been better with several hours edited out of it.
    **note: the reader did a great job with a enormous cast of characters!***

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    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 10-13-10
    Rick BRISTOW, VA, United States 10-13-10 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent effort by SK"

    Another excellent "read" that will keep you in the car, sitting the driveway after you get home.

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    Joseph Palos Hills, IL, United States 10-12-10
    Joseph Palos Hills, IL, United States 10-12-10
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    "Great story development, but NO payoff."

    I really liked the premise for this book and the intricate story development involving a large cast of characters. I like it until the end. It seemed to me that Stephen King got a little lazy and the story just ended with this unreasonably vague climax that was incredibly unsatisfying and stupid. Love his other work! Gonna go watch "It".

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    linda Cedar Park, TX, United States 10-10-10
    linda Cedar Park, TX, United States 10-10-10
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    "King is returning"

    I enjoyed the book immensely, storyline and descriptive style was great... seems Stephen finally realized his pre-accident form of writing was his best. HOWEVER; I really don't understand why King has to be so damned descriptive in his sex scenes. In fact, I don't understand the need for them at all. They did not enhance the storyline, or I should say, the storyline could have been written without those "scenes". I felt like I was hearing pornography for the ears much of the time. I don't know if King has a perverted sex addiction or if he's just frustrated in his own bedroom.

    This book would have received a 4 star rating from me (it did have a strong underlying "the Stand" flavor to it) had the ear pornography not been so rampant.

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    DeVoiDAnGeL Naples, fl, United States 10-07-10
    DeVoiDAnGeL Naples, fl, United States 10-07-10
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    "The Simpsons"

    I have yet to listen to it, but each time i look at the cover, or read the title I think of the episode of the Simpsons where they have a dome put over their town, to stop the hazadous waste from escaping (pig poop homer dumped into the lake)..

    So I hope it wont spoil the book thinking of that all the time.

    Also, i hop im not distracted by one review I read, where SK keep throwing political cheap shots out there, as a fiction writer and the author of some strange subjects SK should know better, especially as he is known for his writing and not a political career!

    anyway, here goes.

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    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-04-10
    Nathan Wakarusa, KS, United States 10-04-10 Member Since 2008
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    "Good Story"

    I honestly didn't know if I would like this or not but it turned out really well. It all came together and flowed real well.

    The only complaint I have is the main character in the book. He is a former lieutenant in the army I believe it was. He seemed to be the most intuitive, educated, and sometimes downright psychic guy that has ever roamed the earth. Him not knowing everything that was going to go down would have been a little better.

    Everything else was great. Get passed my little complaint and get this one. It keeps you listening.

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