Under the Dome

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Raul Esparza
  • 34 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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Yanked From The Yarn

Shut up Barbara and just sing; This quote about Barbara Streisand is very appropriate for Stephen King's Under the Dome. The Book is well written with characters of all types, colorful, pitiful, evil, heroic, smart and dumb. The Story line and plot are very well put together. So what is the problem? Well just about every 5 to 10 minutes there is some oblique or direct derogatory comment against Republicans, George Bush, Dick Cheney, Sarah Palin or Christian Fundamentalists. When this happens I find myself distracted from the story and start thinking about Mr. King's Politics and the various things he has said in the last year or two for instance. "I don't want to sound like an ad, a public service ad on TV, but the fact is if you can read, you can walk into a job later on. If you don't, then you've got, the Army, Iraq". I was not a George Bush Fan either but I find these types of remarks in a novel are just a cheap shot at a political point of view or personality the author disagrees with. Further they feel contrived and distract from the natural flow of the tale. For me it clearly Yanks me from the Yarn. Mr. King Like Barbara S is a huge talent but his political voice is small and angry and using his celebrity and works to spread a biased political viewpoint does not serve his image as great story teller.
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- deb "John L Kelley"

Glad I Listened to 11-22-63 First

The first twenty one hours of this book had lots of moments that felt like listeners torture. It would have been deleted unfinished if I hadn't been so awed by 11-22-63. Fortunately, "Under the Dome" got a lot better in the final twelve hours.

Stephen King in his talk after the book finished (a great feature in both books) indicated that the book originally was larger and was shortened with input from a helper. Thank heavens for that --- because a longer version may have done me in.

More pages isn't always better. This book could have been shortened by about fifteen hours and become a very impressive story.
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- Russell

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-20-2009
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio