yes....great story and great performance...have listened to it 4 times, will listen again
When the doll went into the water filled flashlight
Jack Cantori...he is way cool
I would listen to this story again. The plot moves along like a curvy road...though what is up a head may be visible at times, the ride is fun and interesting.
I really liked the depth of character. Many of the exchanges between characters were easily pictured in my mind as plausible or realistic (creepy stuff aside!)
The character of Jerome Wireman was really brought to life by John Slattery.
This book had just the right mix of creep and realistic characters. His ability to create characters that possess real depth is one of Stephen King's strengths, this book is no exception.
Artist living & working in the SF Bay Area
Clearly inspired by King's own personal physical rehabilitation, there's an unwavering truthful and honesty about the characters' aging and suffering that stands out more clearly than any of his other novels. I find myself returning to this particular book as one of my favorites, and consider this novel one of his underrated classics.
You know how Stephen King has moments of brilliance, and then he comes up with a total dud? This would be the dud. Like Insomnia and Under The Dome, this was a ridiculous story that I just could not give license to. Yeah, yeah, he writes supernatural stuff, sure. I was just never able to get on board with this. As with Under The Dome, I am unsure why I stuck with it til the end. I listened to 11-22-63 right before this, an example of King's very best. This one? Not so much.
The reader was unemotional and flat, and, well, yeah. Pee you.
I am a 34-year old litigator, father of three young sons. I listen to a lot of business books, suspense/thrillers, bios, and history.
This is a difficult review to write. I loved this book. I hated this book. I'm not sure what I think about this book. Confused yet?
For two thirds of the book I thought it may be one of Stephen King's best. Like always, you feel as though you know his characters. As is the case with all of King's best works, his characters are all too human. There is no black and white.
The problem is that, as he often does, King takes a story that is contains the perfect amount of supernatural and goes way off the deep end. I nearly lost interest about three hours before the book finished. It's just horrible! For those of you who don't mind horror the sake of horror, you probably won't share my opinion. But I just don't dig the kind of science fiction/horror into which this story devolves.
Even had I known going into it, I still have read it simply for the characters and the premise that King started out with. I think it's a shame that he didn't finish this book in a way that is more believable. As a long-time skeptic, it is only been the last few years that I have entertained the supernatural in fiction. For example, in 11/22/63, the story was a little far-fetched, sure; but I couldn't swear that something similar could happen. Who am I to say there isn't some time warp that human beings will eventually discover? But I'm not ready to go to the point King reaches in this one.
Narration was very good!
I am not a big fan of horror, but I recently listened to 11-22-63. I loved that book so I listened to The Stand and I loved that book as well. I became a big Stephen King fan so I listened to Duma Key.
It was very good but again since I am not a horror fan it wasn't as good for me as the other two but I still liked it. If you like horror you will love it.
I loved the narrator. If you like John Slattery from Mad Man you have to listen to this book.
"The nature of this flower is to bloom." - A.W.
Intriguing, engaging, hair-raising . . . for real!
The use of painting as a way to heal, and not theraputically . . . actually painting the sight back into a man.
The friend . . . you can take my inability to remember the character;s name as a sign of the story's overwhelming strength or my approaching a certain age, either way, Slattery's performance of the sincere man waiting on the beach with a pitcher of iced green tea who peppers his language with Spanish expressions makes the character all the more endearing.
I have not read the print version just because of time. I absolutely loved the audio book. It had a great story line without being too graphic, it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Edgar went from being a real jerk to actually being a good guy. The only bad part was all the bad language, especially in the beginning. it did begin to simmer down some toward the middle and end of the book. I can't wait to watch the movie.
Most memorable parts of the book were his painting became reality.
John Slattery did a great job narrating the audio book. He brought a masculine interpretation to the audio that I would not have had if I had read the book myself. It was as if he were reading for a script for a part in a production. He was flawless in his reading. Again, great job, Mr. Slattery.
neither, it brought wonder and curiosity
if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!
the way SK takes you through the events on duma key is amazing! slattery's voice separated the characters perfectly.. but by far his rendition of Wireman was the best i've heard for any character in any audiobook... by the end, even i thought wireman was the coolest guy ever just like edgar did!!! all thanks to slattery.
the constant sense of mystery kept my earbuds glued on. always wanting to know more or find out SOMETHING!!!
never heard him before...
S. J. Swan
The characters were well developed.
The characters and their relationship to each other.
I've not listened to John Slattery before, but I am a stickler on narration and I enjoyed his narration.
You never know what you'll get with a commercial writer like Stephen King. Sometimes his books are great, other's you wonder what he was thinking. This book was not hyped like many of his other books and honestly, I didn't know about it. It was a very good book with great characters and it didn't flop at the end like so many of Mr. King's books do.