I could not have picked a better first audio book to listen to. The talent of a great author with the reading talant of John Slattery, I dreaded the book to come to an end. I will look for more books read by Mr. Slattery and more written by Stephen King.
The first two/thirds of the book was very good. I could buy the story and the characters were great. Then it degenerated into a silly, unbelievable ghost story. Everyone I know who has listened to it has had the reaction. To bad.
Overall, this book held my attention and I'm glad I read it. There were few surprises; King employs the full arsenal of his standard plot devices. It wasn't particularly scary; other of his books, The Shining for example, were more frightening.
The book didn't really get going until about the second half of part two. The story was interesting and the characters good, but it really wasn't a horror or thriller until that point.
The opening sequence involving the little dog kept me away from the book for several months. If you're an animal lover, you may find this scene particularly disturbing. A friend recommended that I simply skip that scene. I don't usually do that, but I did with this book. It made absolutely no difference at all in my reading of the book, and, true to his style, King dropped enough references to it throughout the book that I knew what had happened anyway.
There was a lack of real dramatic tension for a thriller type of book. No real surprises. That churning feeling in the gut that comes from a really good frightening read was totally absent here.
The narrator did an excellent job. The characters were well drawn, and many of them were quite sympathetic.
I'd recommend this book, but don't expect to be looking under the bed for monsters after listening to it.
I've listened to a lot of King's books and Duma Key is among the best. I've even had a couple freaky dreams because of it. You know its good if that happens.
I've read this book twice and now have listened to the audio. I was very impressed by the narrator's "Edgar voice"...and also the others... not over done, just well done. I was not disappointed once again because listening to it on my long drives to and from work was something I looked forward to. King is my favorite and maybe that makes it easy for me to praise the book- but I have no shame in that- can't wait to listen to Insomnia next!