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Duma Key: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Duma Key: A Novel

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.
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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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    David 02-03-08
    David 02-03-08 Member Since 2004
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    "Smooth writing, but SLOW"

    I just started the 2nd audio file of 3 total. It starts out fast with a main character you can easily like, but quickly slows way down. It's a full 2 hours into it before the first surreal event, but they are far and few in between for the rest of the 1st of 3 files (the reason I only gave it 3 stars). I hope it picks up because I like the character and premise. However, don't expect a fast pace.

    3 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda 05-20-15
    Amanda 05-20-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Booooooring"
    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    It was long, so long. I barely finished it. The beginning felt like it had promise, but then it never really had a climax, it just kept rambling. Worst King book I've read to date.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    thomas 12-14-14
    thomas 12-14-14
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    "Nothing much"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This story was not scary and barely interesting. A lot of nothing


    Would you ever listen to anything by Stephen King again?

    no


    Would you be willing to try another one of John Slattery’s performances?

    no


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Duma Key?

    everything after the first 10 minutes


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    smith 06-22-12
    smith 06-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Started out really good....."

    It was a very good story, but the ending dragged on to such ridiculous stuff, it was very offputting. Don't think I ever bothered getting to the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Duxbury, MA, United States 04-23-11
    Kindle Customer Duxbury, MA, United States 04-23-11
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    "Duma Key - boring"

    The audiobook was extremely boring, not up to King's usual standards of suspense. Skip this one if you can.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen orlando, FL United States 04-05-11
    Stephen orlando, FL United States 04-05-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Battered reader syndrome, muchacho!"

    Wireman is the single most annoying character in any book I've ever read. I can't even venture a guess as to how many times "muchacho" is said; 150 is a safe guess. After about the 100th time, the hair on the back of my neck would stand up until I just couldn't wait until it was over. As for all the rave reviews, I have to attribute it to battered reader syndrome. Over the past 20 or so years, SK has written so much junk that when he finally comes out with something that's halfway readable, his fans are so grateful that they burst forth with undeserved effusive praise. Have these people forgotten Carrie, Misery or Pet Sematary? I had given up on SK for a long time because of garbage like The Dark Half, The Black House and Rose Madder. A friend told me that this was his best book in years, so I gave in and read it. I enjoyed it up until Elizabeth showed up at the art gallery. I was really excited to see the climactic battle where the heroes make their way to the ship and fight Perse face to face. I was hoping to see that Perse (whose daughter killing reach is far flung) actually caused the death of Wireman's daughter, and he was faced with her undead self, but finally used the silver-tipped harpoon on her in a heart-breaking scene. I was dying to see how they were going to defeat Perse! If i had known the whole battle was going to end with a flashlight and Evian water inside a cistern, I'd never have bothered. The most exciting part of the whole thing was whether or not they'd find the cover of the flashlight in the dark. I thought it would all be rescued by the battle royal with Ilsa's sand self, where Edgar would surely have a harrowing battle of wits against Perse's last ditch effort to kill him. She ended up being no more of a struggle than Perse's proxy, a china doll small enough to fit into the barrel of a maglite. Don't fall for the 5 star reviews of BRS victims. This just isn't even close to his best.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Paul 03-14-11
    Paul 03-14-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Really?"

    I simply don't see (hear) the justification for such a good review on this book. I listen to about 2 books a month on my Audible account. I have NEVER not finished a book until this one. I simply just could not get through it, I got so lost that I found I had to go back over and over and re-listen to parts. Not to mention the book DRAGS!!!! OMG this is by far the worst SK book I have ever listened too or read (other than the fantasy book SK wrote by himself). Makes me wonder what people who liked it was smoking.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jeffrey allentown, PA, United States 11-19-10
    jeffrey allentown, PA, United States 11-19-10
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    "whew"

    wow glad thats over was hard to keep up with usually love kings work but this was a tough listen

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Chrallin19 01-14-10
    Chrallin19 01-14-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Typical Stephen King"

    The first 95% of the book keeps you intrigued, only to leave you disappointed at the end.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jean 2685 Red Wing Hastings MN 55033 11-17-09
    Jean 2685 Red Wing Hastings MN 55033 11-17-09 Member Since 2015
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    "Duma Key"

    Steven King is an excellent writer. This book, however, lacked the depth of character I usually expect with his stories. As always, though, he kept me listening straight to the end. I finished it in less than a week and it's a pretty long audible

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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