What I liked about this book is how King took me down the road of dealing with a physical trauma. He delved successfully into the concept of starting that second life after the first one tragically ends. The relationships in this book are solid and well developed. The fear factor at a nice sizzle. A well narrated ride!
I am a great fan of Stephen King. This was not a good book. I used my credit for this audiobook on the glowing reviews of readers and am now wondering if "the ballot box was stuffed". This has to be one of the most boring, uninspiring books written by Stephen King. It took me 3 weeks to get through the first 2 hours because I did not look forward to the next chapters. Purchase at your own risk!
I really enjoyed getting to know the main character in this novel. The first half was all about getting to know this man as he recovered from a critical injury. This was absolutely fascinating. The second part takes us into King supernatural land. That was the more exciting part but, it is supernatural, paranormal stuff... like the Shining etc.. You spend the novel in the mind of the main character so the only minor gripe I have is the very short scene near the end where the reader is misled to think one thing is happening when another really is. This is made possible by not knowing what the main character was thinking...but it was incongruous because ther reader was in the main character's head for the entire novel to that point... it was a cheap plot/suspense point that was out of place. It didn't spoil the book in any way. King's writing style was enjoyable and informed from beginning to end. There was a nice ongoing narrative on appreciating art. The writing was definitely carefully constructed with interesting phrases etc.
The narration was excellent. His different voices were well done..not distracting and his tone of voice made it more interesting.
The first half of the book started with a main character and supporting characters that intrigued me. I was really enjoying the build up until it started to unravel in the second half of the book. I felt as though I was being given a canned, reprocessed, manufactured ending. I felt King just gave up on this book or was forced to finish the book to meet a deadline.
I enjoy sci-fi, fantasy, non-fiction, historical fiction genres. Liked Stormlight, Mistborn, GoT. Last read: Shadows of Self
This was my Stephen King book after 7 years. I had stopped reading his novels because of his repetitive horror stories. I picked Duma Key 'coz my friend reccommended it to me and it was really good until the climax. The book develops a really good story and the listener would feel great about the protaginist's rehabilitation but then it goes back to stephen king's mediocre horror style. Maybe it would be one of the better books of King but definitely I would not reccommend it to anyone.
This was my first audiobook. Being a Stephen King fan, I thought I'd download Duma Key and give it a try. Loved the narrator and I had a hard time going to bed at night! I just wanted to keep listening.