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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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  • Samantha
  • sacramento, CA, United States
  • 04-02-10

Fabulous!

This was a wonderful book. I was engrossed the entire time, which is saying a lot given it is 34 hours. Get it for sure!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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A little long

I wanted to love it.
I love the author.
Since his epic story "The Stand"
Nothing has made that big a stand.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book great reader

Steven King is up to his usual tricks here. Great character development, lots of them too. There are lots of gruesome details only King could thinnk of. But what really made this a 5 star experience was reader Raul Esparza's fantastic command of character voices, accents and genders. His detailed portrayal of more than ten characters was stunning to say the least and really lent to the reality of the story. Well done!

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Good book, better narrator

Had trouble turning it off at times although there were parts of the story I could have done without. The narrator's character voices kept running through my head long after I had finished the story. I also kept casting the movie version while listening. Wouldn't Matt Frewer make a great Phil Bushey?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • Dobbs Ferry, NY, USA
  • 03-25-10

Not so typical King, but worth it.

I read many of the reviews trying to decide whether I wanted to invest the time on this massive book. I decided to give it a go and although it was not one of my King favorites, I was not disappointed. Like other King novels, the more I listened, the more I realized that I was hooked. I began to admire his skill in creating a town with all the complex relationships of the townspeople. The portrayal of the darker side of human beings has always been a King trademark, though it is not always comfortable. He is talking about you and me, isn't he?

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelli
  • Meridian, ID, United States
  • 03-24-10

It's Steven King

If you are a Stephen King fan you won't be disappointed by this one. It is one of the best, and also has an apt message for our times. I don't mind listening to a bit of a sermon on the way we treat one another and our planet in the context of such a solid story from an author who could make a soup label engrossing. Yep, it's long, so plan on maybe getting to the gym or something with a portable player and enjoy it. Character development is excellent, so take the time to really get to know and love or hate each character and their little town, then watch the carnage unfold. There may be a very little fowl language, oh, and plenty of gruesome death, gore, evil incarnate. Horror is what King is known for and once again the scariest bits are the ones that we see within our own nature.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Jay
  • Saugus, MA, United States
  • 03-19-10

Imagine Lord of the Flies, by Stephen King

I was blown away by this book. The length was daunting, but after reading it I have no idea what I would have cut. Every scene is important and the story moves at a rather brisk pace. I loved Lord of the Flies when I first read it. Having just finished UtD I no longer have to imagine what Stephen would have done with the same material.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Daniel
  • Bowling Green, KY, United States
  • 03-19-10

It's Not "The Stand"

First, I must disagree with many reviewers who liken this King offering to "The Stand." It's not. And if you believe it is, I suggest that you go back, like I did, and listen to "The Stand" again. However, it is Stephen King and that is enough to guarantee a good story with compelling characters. My major complaints are that the narrator gives a southern accent to the antagonist, a Maine used car salesman, and the author's new found penchant for using his novels as platforms to espouse his political beliefs. All that said, it's a Stephen King novel, which means it is a credit well-spent.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Gail
  • Chicago, IL, USA
  • 03-18-10

Under the Dome

It may have been my mood, but the book was way too long. I couldn't wait until it was over. I even had to skip some of it.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Narrator

The Narrator does a GREAT job. The book keeps you listening even though it is very long.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful