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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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    Denise Van Ryzin Honolulu, HI United States 02-03-10
    Denise Van Ryzin Honolulu, HI United States 02-03-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Violent and disgusting."

    Every writer has bad books and this is one of King's. I do not look at Stephen King as a writer of violent, sick, twisted and perverse content. And while I know he has done this in the past - it was the core of the story line (Misery for example).
    This book has such an opportunity to go somewhere interesting, fascinating, suspenseful, nail-biting. His point is interesting and I hoped he would expand upon the religious BS in an intelligent way. However, King goes off on this sexual-violence that disgusts me to no end. (possible spoiler alert:) Do I really need to read about a fat man beating someone to death? Do I need to read about a sick kid and his sexual escapades with dead bodies? Sorry, but there is enough of this as non-fiction in the world. Why add to it with fiction?
    Stick to the supernatural/monster/mind tales - it's what you do best. (The Cell, The Road Virus Moves West, Bag of Bones) Leave the sexual violence and murder for FOX news.
    This book left a very bad taste in my mouth and was not enjoyable at all.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 02-03-10
    Mike 02-03-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Time well spent"

    Enjoyed the book. After 1 month I find myself looking back at it more fondly than at first.

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    Mioly 02-03-10
    Mioly 02-03-10
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    "Wonderful Book - Amazing Narrator"

    This is the claustrophobic version of the Stand. If you enjoyed the Stand and liked Duma Key, then I think you will very much like this one. It has the Stand's variety of characters and grand sweeping plot. It has Duma Key's mystery and humanity.

    The narration is nothing short of amazing. Many many accents and personalities handled incredibly well and without any annoying tics or overacting. This might be my first Esparza book but it won't be my last.

    This is a very long book and you get your monies worth even though it is one of the more expensive books on Audible. The story moves very very quickly and I never became disinterested.

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    Shelby Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 02-02-10
    Shelby Terrace, British Columbia, Canada 02-02-10 Member Since 2016
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    "not the best...but good enough"

    The narrator does a good job, except for the "French" accent. He wasn't even close to French, but for everyone else he nailed it. The story itself is good, not King's best and about 3 chapters too long. By the fourth installment, I was thinking he really dragged it out for too long. He closed off all of the story lines, but it took FOREVER and the conclusion was too tidy.

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    Stacy R 02-02-10
    Stacy R 02-02-10
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    "Really stupid people, very unbelievable"

    If you're going to read, wait for the abridged version. This was really, really, really long!

    I almost didn't finish the book; actually stopped listening for several days.

    Several of the key people in this book were really very stupid. It was hard to read many parts because of that. This book had a lot going for it, actually very intriguing about unknown entities and what they could do to us, as humans. I really liked that part. However, it could have been portrayed much better. I was pretty frustrated after reading the book, and should have listened to the other reviews and not wasted my time.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    L S 01-31-10
    L S 01-31-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book!"

    The narration was excellent and the book was very exciting and convincingly written. I haven't enjoyed a Stephen King novel this much since "The Stand."

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    Fred Boyles La Verne, Calif. 01-31-10
    Fred Boyles La Verne, Calif. 01-31-10 Member Since 2017
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    "Under the dome/ Twilite Zone/ Days of your life."

    I listened to it for many weeks off and on and it been several weeks since I finished listening to it. I felt like some of the characters were right out of Kings novel "Needful things", How could you not discribe evil people doing bad things in a similar way. Its as if two episodes of the Twilight Zone were combined with a soap about a sick town. I love reading Kings stories, he's my favorite author, but this is not one of his best even thou its well worth the read. I've become spoiled.

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    Steve Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 01-31-10
    Steve Floyds Knobs, IN, United States 01-31-10 Listener Since 2003

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    "Excellent characters"

    Intriguing and engaging.
    Will keep you entertained for days on end, because this thing is like 48 hours long.
    Nice job, King...

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Delarg Oceanside, CA 01-30-10
    Delarg Oceanside, CA 01-30-10 Member Since 2017

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    "Under the Dome"

    As a "Maina" by birth I loved this book! Lots of local humor and a thrilling storyline. I did not like the interpretive voice of Jim Reny though - he sounded like a southerner. Thank you Steven!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Cecilia Des Moines, IA, United States 01-29-10
    Cecilia Des Moines, IA, United States 01-29-10

    I listen to audio books every day. I am hooked!

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    "Better Than I Expected"

    Very good. I had almost sworn off S. King.
    There are a lot of characters in this book, but don't let this stop you, as many do not survive.
    As always, King has a way with words that bring scenes to life.
    A very good value for just one credit!

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