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Under the Dome

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Raul Esparza

34 Hours 29 Minutes

Simon & Schuster

November 2009

Audio Book 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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  • Ronbo

    Having strayed from the Stephen King genre for many years, I was intrigued by the premise of this novel: an entire town is held captive within its geographic boundaries by an impenetrable dome of unknown origin. After taking its time to establish the main characters, the story unfolds rapidly and the conclusion is somewhat satisfying. I have no complaints about this book. I was truly entertained. As an audio book listener for the better part of 20 years, I must give the highest compliment to Raul Esparza, the broadway actor who narrated this book for 30 CDs of material. An impressive Herculean effort. Esparza's characterizations were great, and his entire performance was flawless.

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  • Tom

    I have rented a lot of his books, but this is a flat out masterpiece. It is by far the longest at 30 discs but do not let that deter you. His prose is commanding and engaging. The book is 10% sci fi and the rest social interaction of the townspeople leading up to their demise.....and can this man paint a picture with his words to detail how this happens. Do yourself a huge favor and rent this one !

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  • Jeff

    Stephen King delivers time and time again. I clung to every word. I can't wait for the conclusion!

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  • Anonymous

    Stick with it! It is incredibly long but so is all Stephen King! Good story and very entertaining!

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  • lorin

    The book comes in two deliveries.There was a month and a half between the two half's. By the time I got the second half I had forgotten the character history and there was no way to refer back. The book is LONG. I felt like King was being paid by the word. Something I see more and more these days is the black and white of characters. Everyone is all bad or all good. Well, maybe it worked in The Stand, but in the Dome it is getting a little old. Life and people, are just not all good or all bad. King seems to be getting in his delving into character development. Now, the reader, Esparza. He is just awful. He is ok with the male adult characters, but his attempts at children and young woman is hysterical. They sound like the voices that came out of my Chatty Cathy doll. And why in the WORLD would he give Renny a deep southern accent. The man was born and raised in New England. Bottom line, better use of your time is to listen to The Shinning or The Stand.

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  • Anonymous

    This was just like Stephen King - I really enjoyed listening to the set and wanted more once it was complete. I don't think I've ever loathe some of the characters as much in this book. It makes you want to get in there and save the people yourself!

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  • Anonymous

    So this book has the potential to be great, but it falls to almost good for one reason, and that reason is Jim Rennie. In my opinion the story line and characters were fully fleshed and didn't need the revenge story gimmick. So a novel that was unique and interesting ended up feeling more like Yet Another Revenge story and I had a difficult time making it through to the good parts.

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  • KathyB

    This book had an interesting premise and I enjoyed seeing how it played out. Uncle Stevie was true to form with his detail, his good vs evil square-off, his atypical hero and villains you just love to hate. It would make an excellent television mini-series. The only reason I gave 4 stars vs. 5 was the length, which was about 3 discs too long. I confess I skipped through a few discs in the middle to move to the last few discs. Great narrator as well!

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  • Anonymous

    Hard to understand & didn't like it drawn out--returned unfinished read.

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  • Kirk Dunneman

    I have long been an avid King fan, from "The Lot" to "The Tower", from the "Wolfs" in the Territories to the insane evil clown, but never has one of his tails made me feel so angry, so desperate for hope and, perhaps, revenge as "Under the Dome." Countless times he designs a scenario for the "good guys" to score, only to yank the rug out from under us. Too many good people fall in battle and, in the end, our reward for persevereing is weak and hollow. If this is the direction King's writing is taking, I will not be donating my hard earned money to further the cause.

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