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Under the Dome

A Novel
Narrated by: Raul Esparza
Length: 34 hrs and 24 mins
Categories: Fiction, Horror
4.5 out of 5 stars (20,554 ratings)

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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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This story should stay under the dome...

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A more believable ending and reason for the dome. I was disappointed in the alien theme.

What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

There could have been much less cursing; much less senseless, useless sexual situations; and a more believable ending.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the comradery of the Barbara supporters

What character would you cut from Under the Dome?

unsure - maybe the Appleton kids.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing

The beginning was promising. The middle made a lot of promises. And the ending didn't follow through with those promises.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Slow story and rushed ending

I spent over 30 hours with this book that honestly could have been an 8-hour book. It was very lengthy and slow, especially the first half of the book. The hero's bad luck was almost annoying, you could pretty much guess that any stroke of luck would be immediately followed by a horrific failure. It was frustrating and predictable. I almost couldn't pinpoint the climax of the book because when the dome was finally "figured out" it was pretty casual. It made me think "okay, now what" and the end was so anti-climatic. This is my first Steven King book but not my last. Hopefully, my next pick will be a lot better than this one.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Meh

kept me interested enough to finish it, but wow...some of those accents and sayings are annoying. i know you're not supposed to like the bad guy, but i was about ready to punch my self in the face if i heard "cotton-picking" or "rhymes with witch" many more times. also, i'd have liked a little more expansion on the ending. not giving anything away...but it was just a little disappointing.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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I am a huge King fan, but this is his worst

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Raul Esparza?

Yes of course. I love Stephen King

What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It was far too long, and some of the subplots didn't feel meaningful. The book lacked the compelling characters, surprising and thrilling plot, and overall enjoyment of his other books.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Raul Esparza?

Yes, the performance was perfectly fine.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

It's still very interesting to read about all these people living under the dome, but the plot just didn't do it for me.

Any additional comments?

Skip this book and read one of King's better books.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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The worse Stephen king novel I've ever heard

What disappointed you about Under the Dome?

He put characters in unbelievable situations with unbelievable outcomes.

Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

Probably. But not anytime soon

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

Narrator was versatile in giving characters different voices but their voices were irritating

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment and I heard 3/4ths before I gave up.

Any additional comments?

Not worth the money and definitely not worth the time from my precious life... Can't get that back now

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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Is Stephen King paid by the word?

Definitely a return of the King of old and the need of a forceful editor, someone not afraid to tell King to tighten things up. This one reminded me of "It" and "The Tommyknockers": too much verbiage. "The Stand" was long and wonderful, "Under the Dome" is just long. I loved listening to all of "The Gunslinger" stories, but I almost wore the fast forward button out on this novel. Sometimes shorter is better.

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Mr King is getting lazy

As a fan of King for years, I'm finding that much of his newer work is becoming repetitive. Not so much in the stories, but in characters and themes. He appears to keep falling back on cliched character traits and tired plot devices.
I remember back in the 70's and 80's television and movies, in a desire to not offend, kept using Nazis as villains. It became laughable at how they would try to explain the Nazi connection decades after the fall of Nazi Germany. It seemed that every program or movie used this crutch. Well, it seems Mr King has been leaning on his own crutches for a while.
The following might contain spoilers!
In "Under The Dome" the author uses contrived, cliched characters to fill his need for villains and townsfolk. The main villian is a Republican selectman who spouts scripture at every turn, hide and justify his insidious inner evil. A secondary villain is a hard core, Christian Fundamentalist, who is over the top crazy. A third is a born again meth lab operator. It seems that Mr King is not overly fond of religion, as is his right, but I think it is beneath his ability to keep falling back on this theme. Shoot, it goes all the way back to "Carrie" and her bible thumping mother. Based on what I have been reading by King, it's ok to be Christian, as long as you really don't believe, or follow any dogma. If the character kind of believes in God, but is not really sure, but feels the need for a higher power to talk to, then they can be a generally good person. Otherwise, in King's writing, if you are religious, you have to be hiding an inner evil of some foul sort.
A similar thing occurs with King's use of the military. A soldier is either a dumb as a rock, order following sheep, or a hard nosed, order giving meanie. Unless of course, he needs someone with a military background, and experience to be the hero. Then his soldier is a FORMER military man, with an axe to grind with the government, who gained insight against the government and left the military to cleanse his soul.
The way King wears his politics on his sleeve is tiresome as well. He is clearly a liberal Democrat, and there is nothing wrong with that, but he comes across as a freshman liberal arts student who can't help but pound the reader to death with his new found political insights, in his first attempt at being provocative in his creative writing class. King should be beyond this self serving, indulgence by now. Twice in this story, he takes shots at Fox News, and twice he points out that the female lead character, who he describes as a Republican, only really shows insight and intelligence, when she starts "sounding more like a Democrat" as he puts it. Not very subtle.
My criticism is not with King's politics or religion, but rather with the amateurish way in which he keeps falling back on these characters and themes. He is no longer even attempting to be original, and instead of presenting engrossing, well thought out characters, he is handing the reader a slew of caricatures instead.
I expect more from King, but I didn't get more in this novel.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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King drops the Ball

I really didn't enjoy this book at all. Perhaps the narrator spoils it because I felt myself cringing at some of his character attempts. It just wasn't up to my Stephen King expectations. If you presented this book to me without telling me about the author I would have to guess that some stoned kid made the whole thing up and got lucky with a publisher. If that description makes no sense buy the book and see for yourself.

14 of 15 people found this review helpful

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wow.<br />

good performance, but what an awful story. love his work, but this one was the worst. not believable characters. yeesh.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful