"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 thoroughly enjoyed this book. Easily Stephen King's best book in a long time. The narration could not be better - John Slattory is outstanding in bringing the characters to life. If you're a fan of anything by Stephen King, you owe it to yourself to read this one.
Loved it! Another suspensful and wonderful story by Steven King. The characters come alive and seem so real, I found myself completely invested in their lives. John Slattery, the narrator, read the story beautifully! I enjoyed every minute of the unabridged version. It is a winning combination! I will listen to it again and again!
Like most of King's books, he spends two thirds of the story setting up an ending that feels like it was cut short. That said, Duma is one of King's better works in my opinion. The storyline and setting are interesting and well put together. The characters are real and if you have a daughter of your own, this tale will make you cringe while the main characters daughter becomes a focal point of the story while you weren't looking.
Stopped reading Stephen King after Misery because it was getting just too commercial and predictable. I decided to give it just one more try with Duma. It sounds like he's writing a screenplay. Previously, there was no way you could bring his book to the screen and scare me like the prose - not so now. Sorry to see him go...
Wow! I just now finished listening to this book and I cant belive how great it was. It had me from the very first chapter. I am a big anne rice fan and have all of her vampire books but not even those grabed me like this book did. I so hope it gets turned into a movie!
I enjoyed this volume on several levels. The suspense and character development, but also as an artist. This was an intensly wonderful listen! Will listen again.
I have been a King fan forever. Duma Key is typical King hold your attention wanting to know what is going to happen next. The only disappointment was his ending. It was pretty bland, non King style.
I've been a Stephen King fan from his Richard Bachman days and I belive this is one of his best efforts. You really get to know the characters and the narration is great. His great imagination and intelligence are really on display in this book. Very entertaining.
Duma Key is a memerzing story. I loved every second it took to listen to the entire book. In parts, I didn't want to hear what came next and at the same time couldn't wait to hear what came next. It is worth every second of your time.
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