I found Lisey's Story mostly weird, but Duma Key was King back in form. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional; the suspense is well-crafted to build as the story proceeds. It's tricky for a writer to deliver the payoff of a supernatural thriller without descending into the ridiculous, more so as readers become more and more sophisticated and inured to elaborate special effects horrors. How do you describe the baddie without creating the literary equivalent of a foam rubber monster? (We're talking zombies, and scary china dolls and yard jockeys come to life in this book.) Nevertheless, for the most part, Duma Key delivers the goods with only a few moments that had me more amused that savoring the thrill of apprehension. There's a heavy use of foreshadowing, that I liked at first, but ultimately found annoying because it detracted from the suspense. All in all, a fun listen that I had trouble turning off.
I have yet to be disappointed by any of this master of terror's books and this is no exception.
Only, you don't even know you are about to get the wits scared out of you when it happens! He's done that to me before and he can still fool me everytime!!! Love ya Mr. King!!!
Duma Key is one of Stephen Kings best. He too often gets pigeon-holed as just a Horror writer when what he really is a Great writer. I listen to his books not because they make me want to look under the bed for monsters, as another reviewer mentioned, but because they are great stories.
Although they usually deal with the super-natural, it's the everyday, blue collar people, places, and dialog in his stories that I find so believable. That's what allows me to visualize what's happening and escape into the story.
Listening to Duma Key gave me 21 of the most enjoyable hours I've spent in quite some time.
Stephen King has created a masterpiece with Duma Key. That being said it is NOT your average King novel... Its not in my opinion a Horror novel more like a suspense novel. its long and that may not be for everyone, But its perfect for me because I love my books to be worth every penny or credit, and I was never bored.
I found the narrator to be very good and the characters and their development throughout the story to be very enjoyable, I found myself getting very attached to the characters and was concerned for them and their well being which makes for one heck of a fun book.
The story is uniquely king and it does take its time getting into the supernatural, it just slowly builds up to it, and the suspense slowly builds up as well.
If you are looking for an action packed book then you should probably pass, but it was perfect for me.
Overall my favorite book of the year so far.
I'm a long time fan of Stephen King but I was getting a little tired of the "darkness" of Castle Rock. Duma Key brought a needed change of venue and three of the most likable characters I've ever encountered in a book. Combine Edgar, Wireman, and Jack with a great reader and you've got one super listen.
The story is an throwback to a much earlier Stephen King while the writing is in realm of his mosre recent books. In short, perfection. On top of that, the narrator is superb! I would probably purchase a recording of his reading the phone book.
Vintage Stephen King. Great character development. Also, I love how he manages to show how two male characters can feel love in a close friendship without feeling threatened. It did take a while to develop, as others have noted, but John Slattery's narration made the wait enjoyable. His subtle changes in accent, tone, and pace made the characters come alive.
I listened to this during my horrible daily commute, and at night, I found myself sitting in my car with the engine off, listening to just a bit more before going inside the house.
I listened twice! Not only is the story perfectly Stephen King at his best, but the narrator nailed the interpretation and kept me interested. Loved it.
Like other reviewers, I, too, could not stop listening to this book. I both cared about and LIKED the characters. Much like The Green Mile and The Stand, there were elements of the supernatural, but the book was just as much about what makes us tick as it was about the journey (both literally and figuratively) taken by Edgar. The narrator was outstanding, and never got in the way of the book.
I was struck by King's repetition of the surname "Freemantle." The name is unique, and I can't figure out why Mr. King used it again. There's probably no deep, dark reason; however, I am probably going to wonder about it for a while...
Mr. King, thank you for a wonderful read.
As other reviewers mentioned already, this is one audiobook that completely gets you hooked - great reading by John Slattery!
I liked both the rather introspective first part of the book with the protagonist´s slow recovery after a horrible accident (quite autobiographical), the second part as the supernatural threats slowly creep in and the furious final part with lots of action and violence.
A brilliant book, an excellent audio experience - a masterful combination!