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2009 Stephen King – UR Audiobook read by Holter Graham
Stephen King enjoys his epics. The Stand was his version of Lord of the Rings and it had been already plenty long in 1990 when he included 329 pages to ensure it is his longest sound audio book ever, clocking in at 1,153 pages. It had been his massive epic about childhood and maturity coming in at 1,138 pages. And in 2009 he delivered Beneath the Dome, his third greatest audio audio publication at 1,072 pages. But an epic is about more than simply page count, it is about a writer’s ambitions, and King’s epics deliver as many characters as we could manage, overflowing a town-sized point, battling The Annals of Total Evil in sound audio books like ‘Salem’s Lot, The Tommyknockers, Needful Things, Insomnia, Desperation, and The Regulators. Stephen King – UR Audiobook.
But an interesting thing’s been occurring as King gets old: his audio audio books are shrinking. Starting with 1987’s Misery, but especially with 1992’s Gerald’s Game, he’s restricted himself more and more to a single or two characters in one location (Dolores Claiborne, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon), and when he has given us that epic scale and scope in audio audio books like Mobile, Lisey’s Story, Duma Key, along with 11/22/63 he has seen the action through the point of view of one or two characters. It is something he came to late (King didn’t even publish a first person novel until Dolores Claiborne in 1992) but since Insomnia in 1994 he has approached his epics in a more intimate perspective. Stephen King UR Audiobook Free.
King has occasionally claimed that he initially started Underneath the Dome in 1972, however that I can not find much evidence to back that up besides this 1 statement to the New York Times. Back in 1976 or 1977, King wrote the opening chapter of a audio audio book called Under the Dome, and afterwards lost the webpages. He composed 500 pages (you may download the initial 122 of these on his site) “before hitting a wall.” In 2007, inspired in part by Ken Follett’s massive historic books, he took a third run at the material, and now he composed the whole audio audio publication in 15 months.
Some people have pointed out that King’s book, published in November, 2009 bears a close similarity to 2007’s The Simpsons Film in which Springfield is put under a giant dome, but in addition, it plays with a theory explored in Clifford Simak’s 1965 novel, All Flesh is Grass, about a small town that wakes up one morning to find itself trapped under a dome placed by extraterrestrials who want to examine their responses. UR Audio Book Download.
Then again, The Cannibals was pretty reminiscent of JG Ballard’s 1975 novel, High-Rise, about a luxury high-rise whose residents descend into anarchy and decadence when they seal themselves off from the outside world. It’s also inspired at least in part by Lost, which was compelling peak fame when King was composing Under the Dome, and also the puzzle of the Dome with its rival characters hoping to decode weird clues to escape their plight, felt more than a little like America’s one-time favorite TV show.
I’ve got a complicated relationship with Beneath the Dome, because I recapped all 3 seasons of the TV adaptation and incurred brain damage as a result. Personal injuries aside, Beneath the Dome is a hell of a sound audio book. UR Audiobook Online. Can it strain credulity by having a town of 2,000 descend to open warfare after being cut off by the outside world for just a week? Yes. Is its own political message broadcast in a volume so loud it can cause irreversible hearing loss? YES.
Does this demonstrate once again that there is not any shirt that Stephen King can’t vault over one-handed with a shout of “Geronimo!” on his lips? Absolutely. But it also answers the question of why Stephen King has offered 350 million copies of his audio audio books: the guy can tell a story.
Under the Dome starts with Dale Barbie, a noble drifter, leaving the small town of Chester’s Mill, Maine after becoming jumped from the parking lot of a neighborhood bar by a bunch of thugs, including Junior Rennie, son of local bigshot and used dealership, Big Jim Rennie. This is pretty much how we first met saintly Nick Andros way back into The Stand, and the two characters are virtually identical, save that Barbie could speak. Barbie is a primary character who’s as anonymous as they come, without the personality defects or traits to get in the way of our identification with him because he races through the breakneck plot that kicks off in the very first chapter. Stephen King UR Audiobook Download. We’re not on page ten when an impenetrable dome abruptly surrounds Chester’s Mill, reaching 47,000 feet to the sky and 100 feet underground. It causes a plane crash and bisects a chipmunk, providing the TV display one moment when it awakened the book.
Capitalizing on the city’s unexpected isolation from the rest of the world, Large Jim Rennie (who is, obviously, a Republican) turns himself into a tiny tyrant, deputizing his insane son, also putting the city under this control.
A cardboard cut-out right-winger, Big Jim is not just a large fat hypocrite (the ultimate bad for King) however he bemoans the local pub that he calls a “sinpit”, refuses to use profanity even as he murders his competitors with his bare hands, drives a Hummer, hates President Obama (referring to his middle name “Hussein” as “the terrorist one in the centre”), includes a secret porn stash, also bans liquor sales. His churchy exterior hides the soul of a monster who’s been stealing the town’s propane to power his crystal meth plant hidden inside the Christian radio station he possesses. He’s also gotten the neighborhood hellfire and brimstone preacher, Lester Coggins, to assist him with his meth enterprise. The Rev. Coggins is so twisted and perverse he commits crimes, quivering with an almost-sexual arousal, then flagellates himself because of his sins. These are not subtle characters.
But subtle just isn’t on the menu. We first match Junior Rennie, Big Jim’s son, on page 19, delivering a whiny, self-pitying internal monologue, sunlight offering him a headache. Three pages later, he’s calling his girlfriend vagina her “goddam itchy breeding-farm”, biting through his own tongue, and hammering her brains out on the floor. Eighty pages after he murders Dodee, her very best friend. Two hundred pages later, he is having sex with their corpses, and there’s still 800 pages to go. Stephen King UR Audiobook Free Online.
Barbie, Julia Shumway, the local reporter, and their other allies are dull and colorless in contrast to Junior Rennie, Big Jim, the Rev. Coggins, and the remaining portion of the audio sound book’s bad men, making it apparent that while King may despise these villains and what they signify, they inspire his best writing in ways his personalities don’t. And it’s not just the bad guys that are turned around 11. King’s writing style is currently in full scale “Heeeere’s Johnny!” Jack Nicholson style, as loudly and blaring as an strand beating through a door.
“Suddenly he was caught by horripilation. The goosebumps swept up from his ankles all of the way into the nape of his neck, where the hairs stirred and strove to lift.
Musical balls apart, a number of those ideas were there in the start. And there is a simpering, god-fearing, overweight, overly-religious lady with an “utterly closed head” who seems to be on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Both of these seem marked to develop into villains later from the sound audio book. But despite its profound roots, Beneath the Dome is King’s response to the Bush Administration, much in the exact same way that Cell has been his response to 9/11 and the War in Iraq. UR Stephen King Audiobook.
As they scramble to improve themselves and hide their crimes, the leadership and its enemies both dismiss harmful greenhouse gases building up inside the mantle which threaten to kill them all. Worried that individuals might not receive the clear point, King said, “I want to utilize the Bush-Cheney lively for the people who are the leaders of the town.” Big Jim is obviously Dick Cheney, staying in the shadows, manipulating elected officials with the best of ease, and profoundly dangerous. Politicians are helpless in the face of his iron will, allowing Big Jim to deal drugs, murder, and steal with complete immunity.
But as the political allegory gets, (UR Audiobook) is studded with huge set pieces that bring every character crashing using a satisfying boom. Whether it’s the dome’s arrival over Chester’s Mill, an external rally from the townsfolk that descends into farce after which catastrophe, Junior Rennie and his debauched police buddies gang raping one of their former friends, a food riot in the local supermarket, or the last firestorm that sweeps through town and absorbs all its oxygen, these scenes would be the kind of large Thanksgiving feasts which King creates for his readers, linking napkins around their nostrils, and pushing them up to the groaning table before allowing them dig. UR by Stephen King Audiobook.
They are deeply satisfying and he pulls them off with a great deal of undetectable craftsmanship, juggling numerous characters and extreme action without ever dropping the ball.
Composed in brief, propulsive chapters of about 20 to 30 pages each, with each chapter divided into three or even four subsections that may run as short as one page, UtD leavens its breakneck pace with a mordant sense of black comedy. Following one character dies on his John Deere riding mower which keeps chugging along, King writes, “Nothing, you know, runs like a Deere.” The end feels like a let-down because we find the Dome was put in position by punky small alien children who were goofing around with their parents’ technology. When they learn the ants in their ant are actually getting hurt by their game, they closed it down instantly.
It is a letdown, however after the huge table we’ve gorged ourselves at, anything less than Junior Rennie crater-humping that the Moon until it explodes is going to feel like an anticlimax. Stephen King – UR Audiobook. This is a long audio music book, but maybe not a one, and it rarely spins its wheels. After all, King has to push civic society into the breaking point and outside just seven days. It took the Bush Administration at least a few years to do exactly the same.