On October 21st in an unknown year, a small town in Maine suddenly finds itself trapped Under the Dome.
Chester's Mill is a relatively small town, where it's typical that not much ever happens. Or at least that's how the town's officials would like it to appear. Under its peaceful surface, Chester's Mill is actually awash with corruption. Government officials double as drug dealers, and fight one another for control of both the town and the local meth operation.
In the midst of this hotbed of corruption lives former Army Captain Dale "Barbie" Barbara, who wants nothing more than to leave Chester's Mill behind him for good. As a local dispute grows into a larger problem, Barbie makes his plans to exit the town. Unfortunately for him, he has waited too long to do so. A barrier of unknown origin and substance suddenly forms around the small town, separating it from the outside world and killing many in the process, including the local police chief. Barbie is trapped in the one place he doesn't want to be.
Separated from the rest of civilization, Chester's Mill soon finds itself in chaos. Local care salesman, selectman, and meth dealer Big Jim sets himself up as the boss of the town, and expands the local police force into his personal militia. Meanwhile, the President reinstates Barbie to the Army and attempts to place him in charge of Chester's Mill until such time as The Dome (as it has come to be called) can be removed.
As competing authorities and interests clash, the fate of Chester's Mill hangs in the balance. Will the source of The Dome be discovered? Can Barbie win control of the town? Or will the corrupt dictatorship of Big Jim carry the day? Listen to Under the Dome and find out!
Stephen King is a bestselling American horror novelist. A resident of Maine (the setting for many of his books), King has penned such classics as Cujo, The Green Mile, and Salem's Lot. King has won nearly every award that an author can win. His books have sold more than 350 Million copies, and several have been adapted into award-winning films and television serials.
"OH My! This is a whooper of a story. The book is over 1000 pages, the narrative is over 30 hours! Talk about getting your money's worth. Narrator Raul Esparza was just right for the voice of "Under the Dome," and that's important when you'll be listening to the story for weeks.
The important thing to consider with this book/audiobook, is that King introduces many, many characters, and you'll have to refresh your memory from time to time about who is who, so remember to associate each character with their family and job, that helps. If you're a King fan, you'll love this. If your just getting started with Stephen King, remember to give it time, it takes a while to develop such a long story!"
Rolland Kling (4 out of 5 stars)