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Duma Key Audiobook

Duma Key: A Novel

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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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    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!!!

    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

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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 08-26-08
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 08-26-08 Member Since 2011
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    "First King novel I've really liked in a while."

    Honestly, I just bought this audio because I needed something long for a trip. I don't like horror, and haven't liked anything I've read of King since "The Shining."

    But this was excellent. King takes his time developing characters that you actually care about, rather than just setting up mannequins for some baddie to slash. At times I forgot it was supposed to be genre fiction, and got so caught up in the human portrayals and situations that when something brutal or shocking did happen, I was even more horrified. The reason I dislike horror novels is because most are empty slasher tales, with only the method of the demise of the monster being at issue, along with which stock character would get it next. I enjoy horror stories that transcend the stereotype, and this one did.

    King shows he has grown with this novel. His characters are real, and their lives are intriguing even without some supernatural beastie coming after them. His insights are refreshing. Almost makes me wish King would venture out of his horror/fantasy genres more.

    But this is still a horror book, and it works as one, with a creepy beastie and some originality--although many of King's stock techniques are still apparent.

    And the narrator is very good. His style is relaxed but engaged, and he doesn't rush through scenes. Well done. He's now on a short list of narrators who will coax me into buying audios I otherwise wouldn't have. Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and have listened to it twice.

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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.

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    Doug Golden, CO, United States 04-21-09
    Doug Golden, CO, United States 04-21-09
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    "King is back as on of my favorites after Duma Key"

    I'm back now as a fan of Stephen King after listening to Duma Key.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Ryan Longmont, CO, USA 01-06-09
    Ryan Longmont, CO, USA 01-06-09
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    "One of my favorite books!"

    I have only read a few Stephen King books (Bag of Bones and The Talisman) but this is by far my favorite. I would say this is one of my top 3 books I have listened to since joining Audible 4 years ago. I loved the book and the story of Edgar Freemantle sucked me in from the start. I do admit the end wasn't as creepy/scary as it could have been, but the overall I loved the book.

    4 of 4 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
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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.

    87 of 105 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.

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    Patricia Simi Valley, CA, USA 03-17-09
    Patricia Simi Valley, CA, USA 03-17-09
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    "Great Listen"

    I really liked the reading of this book. This is typical Stephen King at his best. I have always liked his story telling ability and how descriptive he is in his character development and the location descriptions.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    R. Traylor Virginia 01-06-09
    R. Traylor Virginia 01-06-09 Listener Since 2005

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    "One of my favorite books!"

    I have only read a few Stephen King books (Bag of Bones and The Talisman) but this is by far my favorite. I would say this is one of my top 3 books I have listened to since joining Audible 4 years ago. I loved the book and the story of Edgar Freemantle sucked me in from the start. I do admit the end wasn't as creepy/scary as it could have been, but the overall I loved the book.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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