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Under The Dome: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Raul Esparza

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: November 2009

Duration: 34 hours 29 minutes


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.

*Extended track length may prohibit the ability to burn to a standard CD*


  • 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.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • 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 !

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful.

  • Jeff

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

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

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

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • 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!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • mark w

    Narration was the best I've heard. Very impressed. Read the book a long time ago. This was much more enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Sally M

    It's been two days since I finished this book and I can't stop thinking about it. Intense would be an understatement. Very well written with a great plot, excellent pacing, fantastic character development, and plenty of unexpected happenings. By far the longest book I've ever listened to, it was well worth the time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Karen B

    I have mixed feelings about this book. I listened to the whole thing and had a hard time turning it off but there were some parts I was unsatisfied with. Just the fact that someone can like or dislike a fictional character indicates the talent of the writer but some of the characters in this book are cringingly stupid. Some of the explanations establishing why a character was doing something or why they had become who they were seemed too long and rambling. This is not to say the length of the book was detrimental. I prefer longer books. The narrator was engaging and brought the characters to life, but the voices he used for the young females - not so much. I also felt the ending was a bit rushed, like Mr. King just wanted a way to end it. All in all, this book is worth the time and it is a good tale but not on par with It or The Shining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Edward D

    one of the best. and the narrative was great. so many voices and not a single one the same. sweet job sir.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.