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Duma Key Audiobook

Duma Key: A Novel

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Cherie Frederica, DE, USA 04-29-08
    Cherie Frederica, DE, USA 04-29-08 Member Since 2007
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    "Riviting"

    This is a great story and is very well-written. It's told in first-person, which really draws the listener into Edgar's world. This is one of those stories that you can't stop listening to because you want to know what happens next. I've read many of Stephen King's books, and I feel this is his best!

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    Lisa Winter Haven, FL, United States 04-29-08
    Lisa Winter Haven, FL, United States 04-29-08

    I enjoy reading!

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    "Great book!"

    I am new to reading Stephen King books. Duma Key is the fourth book of his that I have read. I must say this is a excellent book. Once I started the book I just couldn't stop. I recommend this book to everyone. I especially like the setting of the story. It begins as beautiful beach Duma Key, and then things change. You will not be disappointed with this book.

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    Sonya Brownfield, TX, USA 04-24-08
    Sonya Brownfield, TX, USA 04-24-08
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    "Wished it didn't have to end!"

    I have read Stephen King novels since about 1980. This is the first audiobook of his I've listened to and found it every bit, if not more, entertaining. The style of writing Stephen King uses puts the listener right there with the characters and builds the storyline in such a way that you feel a great sense of empathy with them. The narrator was fabulous! I enjoyed his reading of the story so much that I have looked up other readings he has done, regardless of the author or storyline! Like I said earlier, I wished it didn't have to end!

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    Jessica Avenue, MD, USA 04-24-08
    Jessica Avenue, MD, USA 04-24-08

    I'm Jessica. I love to read but find that I love to listen more. So many good books on audio now. :)

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    "Chilling.."

    Once again he's done it. I loved this book. It gave me chills and made me think of my life and how I have lived etc.. It's a must listen, I loved The Mist and other works of his. But this one is my favorite. Thank you Stephen King!

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    Mary 04-22-08
    Mary 04-22-08 Member Since 2015
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    "Gr8 Book"

    I have to be honest, I had to listen to the first part of the book a few times before I thought I knew what was going on. After I finished the book, I went back to the beginning and it then made all the sense in the world. So after that statement - the book was a great read, and I was sorry when it ended.

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    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-20-08
    MARCIA Lake Forest, CA, United States 04-20-08 Member Since 2011
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    "He's done it again!"

    I'm a big fan of Stephen King and he and I have spent many hours together over the years. I consider him a literary genius and a true American treasure; "Duma Key" proves that I'm right. This book has it all: engaging characters, beautifully drawn locations, great timing, a masterful story that unpeels like an onion and like that onion, even made me cry! Get this book and travel with Stephen King to Duma Key. It's a trip of a lifetime!

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    Phil 04-18-08
    Phil 04-18-08 Listener Since 2004
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    "What can I say - It's a King book"

    I've never been a "super-fan" of King's books but have always enjoyed them. He is certainly a master of creating characters you can totally relate to and come to love - in fact they often seem to come alive. For me, a story is nothing if I don't care about the characters. He then takes those characters and puts them into a torrent of bizarre/supernatural activity.

    This book is no different. In fact, for me it has a lot of similarities to "Bag of Bones" which I completely loved. While I don't think this one was quite as good overall, it's right up there.

    Definitely get it and give it a listen.

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    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 04-17-08
    Robert Champaign, IL, United States 04-17-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Good to the last drop!"

    Excellent story that again shows what a superb writer Stephen King is. Enjoyed to the last page.

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    Melvin Palmdale, CA, USA 04-17-08
    Melvin Palmdale, CA, USA 04-17-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding"

    An outstanding read! Once you start listening you become enthralled with the characters and the imagination of the author. Best listen since the Dark Tower series.

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    J. McMillen Danville, IL USA 04-16-08
    J. McMillen Danville, IL USA 04-16-08 Listener Since 2001
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    "King is still the King!"

    After he gets you to know and really like the characters, Mr. King then begins the fun! At first we thought this was a new turn for the great Mr. King but his true colors soon began to show! Relax and enjoy as the two stories become one!

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