"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.
I was completely, totally caught up, sucked in, taken up with this book. I listened at every possible opportunity ~ made excuses to wash dishes, do laundry; any mindless activity where I could rationalize putting on my iPod. I loved the characters, loved the story, loved the narration, just loved everything about this book. If you're a Stephen King fan ~ or even if you're not ~ get this book. You won't regret it.
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.
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.
I read, I write; I listen
"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
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!!!
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.
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
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.
Don't miss the Bino Phillips series by AW Gray. They are largely unknown, but as good as any ive read!
While its true many of King's novels fizzle towards the end, its just as true he is the modern day master of character development. I loved the hero, loved all the characters while dreading the conclusion.
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.
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.
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