"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.
This book is what I used to expect from a Stephan King novel. The last bunch he has written have been disappointing, but this one is King back at his best! I listened to this book on Holidays in Mexico, laying by the pool. What a perfect setting to listen to this book, with it's wonderful narrator! He was absolutely fantastic, and kept the players real. Loved it.
King is at his best here. The narrator is new to me but dose a 5 star reading. He molds the players in the story to life. A colorful, and well paced story with likable characters.
I wish it was longer. King really shows off his skills of story writing. Long Live the KING!
-Great Story Great Narrator
This was one of the best books I have ever listened to. I love Stephen King, and this book was one of his best. I absolutely fell in love with the narrator's voice. I loved hearing him use the Spanish words in the conversations (I don't know Spanish, but now I know a few new words).
I'm a huge Stephen King fan - but I've been so disappointed in the last few books he's written. Duma Key is back to his great writing. There are no unrealistic alien monsters in this one - just enough of the supernatural edge to keep me on the edge of my seat. The narrator really does an excellent job - so much so that I went to see what else he has narrarated. Definitely a must listen!!
I have been a huge fan of SK audiobooks for several years now. There have been several that I have regretted purchasing, but with this book I can honestly say that he (Mr. King) still has the gift that has made him so famous. This is one of my all time favorites of his. Highly recommended.
This started out with promise and had a decent conclusion, but about 200 middle pages that don't move the plot or develop the characters beyond what you knew about them in the first 150 pages. King is best with the psychological and his conversations with a recently divorced couple. The internal dialogue that is holding back the external is painfully funny and real if you have ever attempted to have a peaceful conversation with an ex.
I would like to see King take three years on a book and tighten it up a bit.
Narration is very good. Smooth and keeps the book going even in the slow spots.
This is the first Stephen King book I have ever read, I usually just watch the movies, and I can say this is the a great book. This story will suck you in and make you feel that you are in the story and when you stop you have to switch to back reality.
I would recommend this book. Great story, but the language can get rough at times.
I Loved This Book! Stephen King is Back! As usual the characters had depth and were likeable. The setting was inviting and of course the paranormal twist was an adventure. The narration of this book was engaging. Unlike some of King's books which were too gorey for my taste; this book was pure enjoyment. As a fan,I want more books like this from King! Stephen King,YOU ROCK!
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.
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