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Duma Key: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Duma Key: A Novel

A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else.
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A terrible accident takes Edgar Freemantle's right arm and scrambles his memory and his mind, leaving him with little but rage as he begins the ordeal of rehabilitation. When his marriage suddenly ends, Edgar begins to wish he hadn't survived his injuries. He wants out. His psychologist suggests a new life distant from the Twin Cities, along with something else:

"Edgar, does anything make you happy?"
"I used to sketch."
"Take it up again. You need hedges...hedges against the night."

Edgar leaves for Duma Key, an eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico calls out to him, and Edgar draws. Once he meets Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman with roots tangled deep in Duma Key, Edgar begins to paint, sometimes feverishly; many of his paintings have a power that cannot be controlled. When Elizabeth's past unfolds and the ghosts of her childhood begin to appear, the damage of which they are capable is truly devastating.

The tenacity of love, the perils of creativity, the mysteries of memory, and the nature of the supernatural: Stephen King gives us a novel as fascinating as it is gripping and terrifying.

©2008 Stephen King; (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-01-08
    Donna Lakeland, FL, United States 02-01-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Yes"

    I just finished this book. Thought it was great. A real treat for me because I havent read a King book in a long time, now I am going to check back on previous books. I thought the narrator did a great job. I recomend this book.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 05-14-09
    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 05-14-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Thank you, Stephen King"

    I want to whole heartedly thank Stephen King for writing Duma Key and Audible.com for picking, as they so well do with SK books, a great narrator for it. Having listened to SK books like The Cell and now Duma Key I'm becoming an even greater fan of SK than I was before (and that's saying a lot since I've read so many of his books over the decades). Duma Key is quite simply a wonderful tale.

    The story is a balanced blend of loss and appreciation, brokeness and fresh starts, of life and memories, sadness and success, suspense and character development, horror and beauty.

    10 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    D corona, ca United States 02-15-08
    D corona, ca United States 02-15-08 Member Since 2015

    I read, I write; I listen

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    "Duma Key"

    "Duma Key" is a great book. Its the kind of book that makes the next book you read,(listen to), hard to live up to. The narrator, John Slattery, does an excellent job seemlessly slipping into each character without forcing it to the point of absurdity the way some narrators can. Stephen King writes the story in first person which gives the listener a more intimate insight into the main character, Edgar Freemantle. The other people in Edgar's life and especially the ones he encounters on Duma Key are all interesting and fit well into the story,And then there's the "Stephen King" touch. 5 stars

    14 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Tamara Dallas, TX, United States 02-15-08
    Tamara Dallas, TX, United States 02-15-08 Member Since 2002
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    "classic King"

    I found Lisey's Story mostly weird, but Duma Key was King back in form. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional; the suspense is well-crafted to build as the story proceeds. It's tricky for a writer to deliver the payoff of a supernatural thriller without descending into the ridiculous, more so as readers become more and more sophisticated and inured to elaborate special effects horrors. How do you describe the baddie without creating the literary equivalent of a foam rubber monster? (We're talking zombies, and scary china dolls and yard jockeys come to life in this book.) Nevertheless, for the most part, Duma Key delivers the goods with only a few moments that had me more amused that savoring the thrill of apprehension. There's a heavy use of foreshadowing, that I liked at first, but ultimately found annoying because it detracted from the suspense. All in all, a fun listen that I had trouble turning off.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Sari East Windsor, NJ, USA 02-05-08
    Sari East Windsor, NJ, USA 02-05-08
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    "Stephen Rocks!"

    I have yet to be disappointed by any of this master of terror's books and this is no exception.
    Only, you don't even know you are about to get the wits scared out of you when it happens! He's done that to me before and he can still fool me everytime!!! Love ya Mr. King!!!

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 01-24-08
    Stephen Lutz, FL, United States 01-24-08 Member Since 2012
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    "Perfect"

    I am a huge Stephen King fan and this book is no exception. Living on the West coast of Florida myself and being married to someone from Minnesota, This book was a lot of fun because it talked about a lot of stuff I knew. The production of the audio was great and the storey was perfect Stephen King.

    84 of 102 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 03-03-12
    Kim Spokane, WA, United States 03-03-12 Member Since 2009

    Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit

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    "No buyer's remorse on this one"

    This one sat on my wishlist for quite awhile before I finally decided it was time to quit window shopping and just get it. I can't say I was knocked out by the story, the plot, the characters, or the narration - but I also can't say I didn't enjoy this book. The language and writing style are fantastic - something about the way Stephen King writes really clicks home for me - possibly because I was a superfan who bought and read every one of his books from the time I was 10 until just a few years ago when I decided to broaden my horizons a bit - or maybe it's because the man just really knows what he's doing. I would definitely call this one credit-worthy and recommend that anyone looking for a good spooky story to give it a shot.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 11-09-10
    Jeffrey Dame Scottsdale, Az 11-09-10 Member Since 2014
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    "Very nice and tasty"

    Just the right balance between everyday life and the supernatural, as always with SK, A rich infusion that is a pleasure to return to and characters that will be fondly missed. I sometimes find myself under-appreciating a particular SK story while in its midst - usually comparing it to another of his own works, but then I'll go out and read other authors and realize just how wonderful, nuanced and enjoyable his work is. Great narration here, good sound...wonderful story. Duma Key. Recommended.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Dan Sandy Springs, GA, United States 04-22-10
    Dan Sandy Springs, GA, United States 04-22-10 Member Since 2013
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    "A story with great relationships"

    I loved this book. After reading Under the Dome which was a noisy, fairly grim story...it was nice to follow it up with a quieter tale that is much more human. In fact, Duma Key is very literary in the way it is written.

    What I loved is that there is no bad guy in this book. Edgar Freemantle actually is blessed with loving friends and family. These relationships are developed throughout the story. I cared about them so much, I wasn't looking forward to the part of the book where you know the inevitable shoe is going to drop.

    The ending is perfect and restrained. I was actually sad when it ended. There are clues sprinkled throughout the book that click together at the end and everything pretty much makes sense, with enough left open to keep you thinking days later. Its very haunting...

    John Slattery (Mad Men) does an awesome job. This story is told in first person, and he really did become Edgar Freemantle.

    If you're looking for a King book that doesn't have buckets of gore or violence, yet has enough chills to make you want to sleep with the lights on. If you're looking for a book with characters you will care about. I recommend this book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Charmaine 11-04-09
    Charmaine 11-04-09
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    "Duma Key"

    A most excellent listen! Personally speaking I don't think the foul language added one jot to the story and would not have detracted one jot from it had it not been used! I thoroughly enjoyed John Slattery's rendition of this interesting and riviting story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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