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Publisher's Summary

In Stephen King's mesmerizing new masterpiece - his biggest, most riveting novel since The Stand - a Maine town and its inhabitants are isolated from the world by an invisible, impenetrable dome.

Celebrated storyteller Stephen King returns to his roots in this tour de force, featuring more than 100 characters - some heroic, some diabolical - and a supernatural element as baffling and chilling as any he's ever conjured.

On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mills, 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 selectwoman, 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.

With some of the most spectacularly sinister characters King has ever imagined and a driving plot, Under the Dome is Stephen King at his epic best. This book will thrill every listener who's ever loved a novel by King.

©2009 Stephen King (P)2009 Simon & Schuster Audio division

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What a book!!!

Love this book. So much better than that stupid series on TV. Why didn't the screen play follow the book ?? Anyway I loved it it's well worth the time to read or listen too. Kept me awake on my long nightshifts thanks Mr King

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So well written and read...

I don't know what the equivalent of a page turner is in an audio book, but whatever it is, this has it! And if all the audio books I've listened to, this has to be the best performance by a narrator. So many characters and yet Raul managed to make each unique enough so each could be identified by their voice. Loved it!

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Under The Dome

In my early years I read as much Stephen King as I could lay my hands on, Tommy Knockers, Misery and Needful Things being three of my favourites. Now, I’m a bit of a scaredy-cat and can’t read anything really scary, it’s not big and it’s not clever to have to wake up your teenage daughter to take you to the loo and wait until you are back in bed to turn out the lights! I am so happy to have come across this book, it is a great suspense novel with a little scare hear and there, believe it or not there were some laugh out loud moments and some tearful moments.
I just loved this book and highly recommend it to anyone reading this 🤓

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Almost like in his good old days.<br />

Great characters and storyline. One of those one could just listen to for weeks and weeks.
Wouldn't be surprised to see it become a mini series.

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Riveted the entire time!

Probably King's best work with a massive ensemble of characters, Under the Dome is lengthy but doesn't feel it, I remained riveted the whole time. Raul Esparza is a wonderful narrator who manages unique voices for the characters, really bringing them to life. Don't bother with the crappy television series, treat yourself to this instead!

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Amazing narrator!

Would you listen to Under the Dome again? Why?

Under the Dome was equivalent to King's best, namely The Stand and IT. The way the narrator brought all the characters to life with his amazing accents and ability to capture the personalities was a true talent. I would listen again just to hear Raul and his art bring the story to life.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Definitely Barbie

Which character – as performed by Raul Esparza – was your favourite?

You couldn't go past Raul's interpretation of Jim Rennie. The smug southern drawl that became Rennie truly made you dislike the character with a passion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes! I will listen to it again!

Any additional comments?

I had difficulty reading the book and lost interest early on, never finishing it, but after listening to the audiobook version I regret not completing it. I truly had no idea how good it was! Highly recommended.

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brilliant

loved it
deep and suspenseful I wish there were more books this great. it had me holding on to the end he of the chair the whole tike

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King is the best

A fantastic story with brilliant character development. The voice talent is top notch. Love it!

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Entertaining...

Darker and more depraved than earlier works by King. Some things are hard to unread.

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Outstanding narration

Raul Esparza did an outstanding job bringing King's characters to life.
I could have sworn there were at least 10 actors in that recording studio.
King's descriptive prose is even better when read .. makes you listen to the intent of every word. He's still a genius!

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  • Robert
  • 01-01-2010

Typical Stephen King

Most reviews of this book say it's a return to the style of 'The Stand' - which is true - and no bad thing in itself!
Characters - (of which there are dozens) are well rounded and believable.
Plot - Entertaining throughout and frightening in parts.
Interest is maintained throughout the book - although it may have been a slightly better book for being just a little shorter.
Generally - well worth a listen - and well read.
Recommended - try and make the time to listen to this book.

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  • Robyn
  • 19-04-2016

It gave me a nightmare!

Typically Stephen King; at times disturbing with its graphic and quite brutal imagery, but no denying the skilfulness of the storytelling.

Despite knowing where things were headed, and what was bound to happen, it was still a gripping ride.

I did enjoy this – although it gave me a nightmare about being trapped a few days after finishing it (fortunately, only the one nightmare). This is another of those books which I will probably recall for many years to come.

I couldn't quite decide between 4 or 5 stars. 4 because it was both so unlikely and yet predictable (and it gave me a nightmare!!), but settled on 5 because despite the above, it is well written and the concept itself was thought provoking. In a previous review on a different book, I commented "good idea, poorly executed". This is the opposite: "Simple idea, very well executed".

The narration is solid – good character definition with distinctly identifiable voices.

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  • William Clements
  • 11-01-2012

Another Stephen King...

Is this book good? Yes. If you have read many Stephen King books to date, will this book given anything new to the reader? Not really...
Not to make it sound like the book is unoriginal, it's just the characters and psychoses developed are so similar to those in countless other situation by King. It is thoroughly readable/listenable, and I recommend this book if you like Stephen King, or just a decent thriller! But don't expect something new from the King of horror/thriller writing. People being trapped under a dome? Okay, that's not exactly unoriginal, but that's really only a small part of the book. The framework on which rests the character development and the good and evil elements of the heroes and villains of the piece.
It is a roller coaster ride for sure, and i don't doubt anyone would enjoy this book, if they are considering it, or reading this.
However, if you are new to King I recommend Needful Things, IT, Christine, Cujo, Carrie and even Dreamcatcher as original and exciting stories.

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  • Ben
  • 21-08-2010

Among King's best

I've struggled with some of King's recent stuff - for me his early works have a sharper edge, but this, I'm happy to say, is back to form. This feels like Stand-era King, in scale and style, and I love it. Raul Esparza voices dozens of characters uniquely - men, women, toddlers, grandparents... how does he *do* that? - but town official Jim Rennie steals the show. Where Cell was oversaturated with the supernatural, here the appearance of the dome on page one is enough to drive the very human chain of events that form the bulk of this long, but utterly engaging story.

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  • Mike
  • 15-02-2010

King back on a roll

With this gargantuan book, King returns to the broad canvas approach of works like The Stand, as opposed to the more focused character pieces seen more recently in the excellent Duma Key. For all the scope and size of cast, it's still the character work that King excels at. Threading the story of a down at heel washer-up in a small town diner, the bitter small minded machinations of a local politico, the earnest idealism of the town's newspaper editor -idealism untested til now- and dozens more, he creates an evocative picture of how close to the edge of chaos we always live. In a way that TV's recent revival of Survivors could only gaze enviously at, he maps the collapse of order, celebrating the small victories for justice and the petty point scoring for venality. Several times while I was out walking or on a train listening to this I had to stop my self from shouting out in alarm for the fate of one or more characters.
An absorbing listen, the narrator coming as close as I've heard to King's own inflections (as heard on Bag of Bones) giving it an authentic feel. It's a long book -it takes up five downloads- but it's a fabulous wallow, like a glass of malt whiskey on a cold winder night. Recommended.

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  • Alison
  • 26-09-2010

Fantastic!

This was my first Stephen King novel and i loved every minute of it. Raul Esparza was a wonderful narrator (if only there where a lot more books to choose from with his narration). I recommend this to anyone. My next download has a lot to live up to.

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  • Bob
  • 29-11-2016

King the political commentator

I read this wonderful novel a week after the election of Donald Trump; it is eerily appropriate in its characterisation of the populist forces which have led to this dreadful outcome, both in Chester Mills and in the USA. A brilliant book.

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  • oAjCo
  • 28-02-2016

Absolutely Incredible Writing

I have listened to this audio book five times and shall probably listen indefinately. An amazing piece of work, one of King's best, the character list is immense and yet you get to know them all in detail, you can feel the sun on your face and the dust in your eyes, you can feel pain and happiness in chapters like you are actually experiencing it, you can eagerly and bitterly resent characters yet feel love and safety in others.
The story is incredible and keeps you totally drawn in without allowing yourself to miss a single second. This truly is a masterpiece and wish I could erase it from memory so I can listen afresh over and over.

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  • critical friend
  • 26-07-2014

Caution this product can interrupt your life

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes if they haven't read the book or seen the TV series, but if hooked still worth the listen to get the extra dimension and nuances. One of Stephen KIng's blockbusters so the story is long and has several twists. Also an allegory for USA and the values of indviduals and the human condition.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Under the Dome?

Don't want to spoil the story, but the dome coming down at the beginning is very vividly described and hints at rather than heavily or clumsily tells of the menace it represents.

Have you listened to any of Raul Esparza’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, but very impressed in the consistency over more than 34 hours and the different voices and accents conveying the characters and their emotions and backgrounds. Makes it easy to immediately grasp the location and personae involved in this complex story with a large cast of characters and locations.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

YES! But this is impossible as >34 hours long so impossible as daily functions necessary. I was on holiday and it lasted over four days and drew complaints from my wife that I was ignoring her.

Any additional comments?

Very good value for money and the audible version may enhance the story experience as the relevance of Yankee versus others was illustrated.

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  • Colin
  • 26-05-2014

An intruiging story

I've spent the past few months catching up with the works of Stephen King and this title did not disappoint, until right at the end. The story kicks into gear from the very first chapter and never falters or drags. The story twists and turns as the various power plays within the town develop and then start to run out of control.

The narration by Paul Esparza was excellent throught, creating living breathing characters.

For me the only let down was the ending (which I'm not going to reveal) which I found too far off the radar to be believable. It's almost as if Mr King ran out of ideas, which is a shame as the book up to that point had been absolutely first-class

3 of 4 people found this review helpful