I read a lot, but never Stephen King. Yet I found Duma Key to be a perfect long audio book. Dosen't have many characters and the story itself is single faceted, both factors needed for a long long book.
I've been a King fan almost since he was first published. I've read all of his books, but I have to say this is probably his best work yet. While listening to it, I actually had chills run up and down my spine! AWESOME.
This isn't our favorite genre, but Stephen King himself, as well his fictional Duma Key are seasonal neighbors of ours, so we couldn't wait to spot references to local spots and personalities. Our ears were offended by potty mouths of all characters, and the "F" word often used repeatedly in the same sentence, even in affectionate exchanges between father and college age daughter. She's engaged to a divinity student. Give me a break!
Also, the protagonist's lengthy descriptions of his pain, symptoms, treatment, and medications following a grievous accident could have been greatly condensed. Yes, his injuries are key. But too much belly-aching puts off the trademark King creepiness and horror way too long. Perhaps an abridged version would remedy this problem.
I guess true fans will love this one. But I think the movie will at least be more scenic, because this place really is paradise, even with Stepen King's house on the secluded north end of one of our islands.
I rely on the point of view of others,but in this case, I am in the minority. I found the first half of the book at least interesting,the rest incomprehensible.
If you skip the first half it is a great book. Stephen King was always a slow starter but in this book I was not able to concentrate for long hours. The second half is King in his best.
Unfortunately, I purchased AND listened to the entire book. I really can't believe all the great reviews this received.
Half of the book was quotes from various people and personalities, a quarter was horrible cliches, and the other quarter was Wireman calling Edgar "Muchacho". I swear, that word...Muchacho...makes you want to pull your hair out when you've heard it several hundred times.
Don't waste your money or credits on this one.
Well im in the 3rd section of the down load and it's good but as of yet i havent found the horror i got from other King works.
Maybe it will all be tied up on the 6th burned disc.
Non the less a good listen, a nice way to spend time stuck in traffic.
I don't know what happened to Stephen King, perhaps a bitter divorce. But whatever it was, I hope he got it out of his system now and his next work will be worth the time it takes to get through it. This is the first of King's many novels that I have been thoroughly disappointed in.