For about three quarters of this book, I was in awe: I cared deeply about the characters and their torments and was intrigued by the hint of something ominous. This is the King that I like the best; I have never been a fan of over-the-top horror.
When moving to the final quarter of the book, things became more predictable and far less believable. Maybe I shouldn't expect any level of subtlety from King, but I have to admit that I was ultimately disappointed.
If I had stopped listening after 3/4 completion (which, by the way, would have been impossible!), I might have given it 5 stars.
Despite my final disappointment, I was consistently impressed by the narration.
This was a great story, but there were many areas where he just kinda dragged the story out. I almost didn't make it half way through the book because all the dragging was getting boring. Finally the story started to pick up and was quite exciting. I think he could have left out much of the fluff and made this book 1/3 shorter and it would have been a 5 star book.
Duma Key was one of those books you just couldn't stop reading. It has a wonderful mix of tragedy, friendship, endurance, mystery, love, and of course, the supernatural.
This is a must read for all King fans and the kind of book that will draw in all avid readers.
I completely enjoyed this new Stephen King novel. With every major work there is always some new psychological, imaginative, and frightening twist to reality that is so well written that you almost believe it is possible. It was the kind of story that made it difficult for me to get out of my car when I reached my destination. You just have to find out what will happen next. This is particularly true of the last 1/3 of the download. As usual he mixes humor into the story, and his use of language had me laughing at times. Higly recommended.
This book was good right from the start. The intriguing way that the conversation is completely disoriented and quite profuse in the use of profanity was almost over the top, almost.
The main story was beyond comprehensive, almost eerie as you could think the next thoughts of the main character. The infrequent suspence of ghosts and supernatural kept the story from getting dry. The possibility that you never were sure if the main character was going to fight or flight was always the main factor keeping me up in the middle of the night.
In the end it was a very satisfying read, even the ending was satisfying in some demented way. Hoping that it wasnt the way it was never quite caught up with you even if suspected it as you ended the book. I kept waiting for something to change and the ending to turn.
Do not read this if you plan on sleeping at night.
This is classic SK with an added attraction...the influence of the serious accident Mr. King experienced is as interwoven as the ink to the page. The pain, the doubts, the fears, even the mysteries of healing, all of these echo what must have been some of the most personal thoughts and sentiments of Mr. King. Knowing that there is a very real sense of empathy only intensifies the reality of a serious accident.... that many can only imagine. And in truth, don't we all enjoy any sense of identifying with the author on a personal level? The "gonna get you in the dark" horror is certainly there, combined with my favorite element of SK novels..it could happen to you. Or to your neighbor. The characters are well developed as is the background, allowing one the ability to mentally visualize the scenery and action. This talent to convey the feel, smell and sights of the novel is the very thing that upgrades a novel from good to excellent for me.
Having read the majority of King's novels, I believe this to be his very best. The characters and plot are skillfully developed. He captures one's attention from start to finish and the narrator does an exceptional job as well. This is truly the best novel I've read in quite some time!
I am an old time Steven King reader and have to tell you this was one of his best. It goes back along the same lines as his early books where everyday people get into horrible nightmare situations. I loved the characters, the narrator and can just close my eyes and see "Big Pink". Mr King - please continue to rock!!!....
Now I remember why I read so much Stephen King in my earlier years. Well written, good characters and a real page turner. Small details you wouldn't notice piece together to enhance a complex story of love, friendship, loyalty, loss and survival(and let's not forget oh so scary at times!). I was both relieved and sorry to see it end. Well done.
Probably will be remembered as one of King's best books, with any luck. John Slattery's laconic narrative style brought the book to life.