Stephen King – Under the Dome Audiobook read by Raul Esparza 2009
Stephen King – Under the Dome Audiobook
What to say? What to say in front of such perfection? “Dôme” (“Under The Dome” in the original version) is Stephen King‘s latest novel. Released on March 2, 2011, it is the first novel by King, since “Ca” in 1986, to be marketed, in large format, in two volumes, one of 630 pages and one of 570. Or 1200 pages in all (the visual of the chronicle is that of volume 1 – volume 2 has a similar cover, which also forms the missing part of the illustration, and which is also on the back of volume 1). It is a novel, therefore, which is one of King’s longest with “Ca” and the definitive 1990 version of “The Scourge”. One of the longest, one of the best too, and even one of the very best, on the same level as the two river novels I have just mentioned, but different from them.Stephen King – Under the Dome Audiobook.
The action takes place entirely in the small (fictional) town of Chester’s Mill, Maine, not far from two other fictitious towns created by King in other novels, Tarker’s Mill (“Blue Fear”) and Castle Rock (between others, “Cujo” and “Bazaar”). Overnight, without being explained, a sort of invisible but very solid magnetic field settled around the city limits. No one can get out of it or enter it. A total blockage, a dome, the Dome as the inhabitants will call it. In the city surrounded by this strange force coming from who knows where and for who knows what reason, everything will happen: Jim Rennie, alias Big Jim, second counselor of the city, will take power, and establish a real dictatorship of terror, helped by his son Junior, a true psychopath and several of his relations just as crazy as him. But in front of them, several people will dare to resist: Dale “Barbie” Barbara, former soldier converted into a bar cook; Julia Shumway, journalist; Eric “Rusty” Everett, nurse. They will do everything to counter the madness of Jim Rennie while trying to learn more about this Dome and try to destroy it. In a city of fire and blood …
“Dôme” is extremely Manichean, with the good guys being very nice and the bad guys being very bastard. A bit like “The Scourge”, in which there was the camp of the Man in Black and the camp of the kind and pious Mother Abigaël. The novel is long but fascinating, and King will have matured its gestation since the 70s (he will have started to write it in 1976, but only the first and very short chapter has survived and is in the final novel). The novel was originally to be called “The Cannibals”.
With its sometimes long chapters (some reach 70 or 80 pages, all divided into sub-chapters – note however that the first 6 or 7 chapters are very very short, it is even surprising), “Dôme” is a total success, never boring despite the 1200 pages. The only criticism, commercial this one: buying the two volumes, at the price that a book in large format costs, is expensive, 40 $. You have to be a Stephen King fan – those who are not necessarily fans will probably wait for the release in their pocket or visit their favorite library …
Otherwise, nothing to say, the best King since … well, since “Duma Key” in my opinion, but if you think it’s the best since “Ca”, you won’t be wrong, and I won’t contradict you. not. HUGE!