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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I thought this was a very solid effort by King. The basic premise focuses on what would happen if you put a general cross-section of the population in the proverbial fishbowl. While the immediate outcome wasn't particularly surprising, the ending (whatever you think it is, it's not) was completely surreal. I thought it was a definite Deus Ex move, but if we're being honest endings haven't been King's strong suit for a long time. I still love the man's work, but...

At the core, it is a detailed examination of humanity reduced to its raw core. They say your true self comes out in a crisis; this was accurate for the characters in King's work (as it usually is). I'm not really sure why this is listed under horror instead of sci-fi, but I guess it revolves around the author's name more than anything else.

All in all it is well worth a listen and a credit.
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- Charlie

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