rich players, deep story line, full circle. three of my favorite things to say about a book. i can say all three about this one. i recommend this book to everyone. i cant call it a slow starter, and i cant call it horror. plenty of time to get to know these"friends". a few spooky moments ( it is King after all ) and over all one of the best book i have "read" . experienced in the most enjoyable and convenient ways ever. oh, and dont let me forget, the narrator, greatness! im no writer, this review will show u that. i will say that i love a good story, and this is a great one.
I normally like a Stephen King book read by Stephen King, but John Slattery, who narrated here was wonderful. The story was good, that built in intensity and was a mix of humor, sadness and horror. The narration really brought the book to life.
I was surprised at how much I loevd Duma Key. I have read many King books, not all, and thought I still enjoy them emensely, I have found I've become accustomed to his level of experties at writing. I have always loed his characters, his descriptions and the down to earth reality mixed with his unreality. Thos book, though, was the best I've read since The Stand. It blew me out of the water all over again. It made me appreciate King's writing once again. The setting of Duma Key in Florida was great. I've never been there, but after reading this book, I feel like I have. I read some reviews that felt the unreality in this book was over the top disbelievable. but for another writer, it might have fallen flat and made me cringe with embarassement for the writer. Hot so with Duma Key. The writing, setting and plot were so strong they carried everything, including me, on a great big tidal wave. Loved it. What a ride!
This has turned out to be one of my favorite King novels, probably in part because of John Slattery's excellent narration. His "Wireman" was especially well done.
It's a strange tale, with some heart-breaking moments, the kind that you hope won't happen when you listen THIS time... but it always does.
I've just finished my second listen to the book, and it's as good as it was the first time.
This book is in my opinion, one of Kings best. The story flows wonderfully all the way through. Constant suspense, drama, and terror, with a little humor mixed in. It reached a point that seemed to be the end, where everything seems to be coming together and the excitment is at a climax, and I realized there was still five hours to go. It was a pleasant discovery as I didn't want it to end. I was on the edge of my seat until the very end.
John Slattery is wonderful. This is one of those books where the narrator really brings it from a C+/B- to an A.
The story itself was good, though I wanted a bit more from it. The obvious solution to Edgar's problem would make for a much shorter book. We'll imagine his mind was clouded by the goings-on around him. Loved anything and all that pertained to Elizabeth. She and Wireman stole the show.
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!