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Duma Key | [Stephen King]

Duma Key

A man discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm. He moves to a "new life" in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast - a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled reef, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Here, Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous.
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Publisher's Summary

Duma Key combines the appeal of Cell and Lisey's Story - two of Stephen King's most successful novels of all time - to take the legendary author to a whole new level. Read by John Slattery.

Duma Key is the engaging, fascinating story of a man who discovers an incredible talent for painting after a freak accident in which he loses an arm.

He moves to a "new life" in Duma Key, off Florida's West Coast - a deserted strip, part beach, part weed-tangled reef, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Duma Key is where out-of-season hurricanes tear lives apart and a powerful undertow lures lost and tormented souls.

Here, Freemantle is inspired to paint the amazing sunsets. But soon the paintings become predictive, even dangerous. Freemantle knows the only way forward is to discover what happened to the twin sisters and uncover the secret of the strange old lady who holds the key.

The story is about friendship, about the bond between a father and his daughter, and about memory, truth and art. It is also is a metaphor for the life and inspiration of a writer, and an exploration of the nature, power, and influence of fiction.

©2007 Stephen King; (P)2007 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

"Written by the man who once memorably called himself 'the literary equivalent of a Big Mac with fries' - this is supreme, page-turning storytelling; the sort of popular fiction that comes along only rarely and only from a writer at the top of his game."(Daily Mail)

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    Graham Downer, Australia 11-05-08
    Graham Downer, Australia 11-05-08 Listener Since 2008

    I love stories! Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, Mystery and more. Life without stories is not a life. Steven King, Awesome! Audible, Sweet

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    "King back to best!"

    I have been a Stephen King fan for I guess two decades. Duma Key is a fresh novel from King. This is the first audio book I have listened to by Stephen King and I was impressed. John Slattery does an excellent job of bringing the book to life, he makes you feel like you know the characters personaly.
    If you like mystery/horror/drama/murder novels, then this is one you will be more than happy with.

    The storyline starts out strong and never takes a backward step. At times if I closed my eyes, I could almost smell the salt air and see Wyerman and Muchacho sitting under the umbrella drinking iced green tea.
    Loved it! Will listen to it again and will probably read the book as well.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Martin BrightonUnited Kingdom 05-28-10
    Martin BrightonUnited Kingdom 05-28-10
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    "Consummate King"

    What a pleasure it is when you come across a book like this. Characters you really care about, humanity and humour, tragedy and nightmare within a narrative which flows with huge confidence and power. In addition, it is superbly read. Although you might not want all of the things that happen to happen, you cannot deny the fact that this is a master at work.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sonja charlwood, Australia 09-14-13
    Sonja charlwood, Australia 09-14-13 Member Since 2012

    Im an Artist, in every sense of the word....

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    "Awesome book based on art and suspense"
    What made the experience of listening to Duma Key the most enjoyable?

    within the first 2 chapters i was hooked. i became the main character in my mind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the art and family secrets. listening to the mystery unfolding...


    What does John Slattery bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    i wouldnt read the book if it wasnt audio. But the narrator did a good job.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    yes but i couldnt... it certainly didnt put me to sleep, if anything it kept me up til late because i didnt want to stop listening.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Orange, Australia 08-16-12
    Todd Orange, Australia 08-16-12 Member Since 2011
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    "An errie descent into the surreal"
    If you could sum up Duma Key in three words, what would they be?

    Surreal, Eerie, Friendship


    What did you like best about this story?

    For me, the single most enjoyable aspect of the story was the idea of the main character re-inventing himself and learning to live again in this beautiful relaxing paradise. The entire first half of the book pulled me into the world of Duma Key and I felt as if I was learning to see life in a new way as Edgar found his bliss in painting. The whole feeling of it was truly inspiring. I also enjoyed the mysterious and disturbing nature of Perse, patricularly her ship and all that it is hinted at representing. The fact that it is never quite fully explained who or what Perse is only added to the enjoyment factor. The scariest demons are the ones that are revealed only a little, while the majority of their background and history are shrouded in mystery.


    Which character – as performed by John Slattery – was your favorite?

    It's a tie between Edgar and Wyerman. The two of them together make a great team and have a great friendship. Slattery performs each of them in a different way and thoroughly convinces the reader they are two distinct people. I loved Slattery's narration on this. He WAS Edgar. His performance really immersed me in the story.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I can't think of anything catchy. It would sound too much like a cheesy horror flick, and to do that would be to take away from this great story.


    Any additional comments?

    Whenever I come back to a King novel after being away for a while, it's always like stepping into an old comfortable pair of shoes. It just feels so right and away you go. I LOVE King's first-person narratives. They are made to be audiobooks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Chris Sydney 04-10-12
    Chris Sydney 04-10-12

    Tell us about yourself! I love to escape into a good book.

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    "King the Master of the Dark Side"
    Would you listen to Duma Key again? Why?

    Yes I would, I like to revisit the unique dark worlds of Stephen King.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Duma Key?

    I particularly enjoyed the build up to the final melee.


    Have you listened to any of John Slattery’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is my first encounter with John Slattery, but will seek out other works read by him.
    He did a fantastic job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    An incident involving one of his daughters, without giving the plot away.


    Any additional comments?

    I have loved Stephen King for a long time now, and have not read a book of his that has disappointed me in anyway. Any one who thinks he is just a writer of horror fiction is mistaken, he weaves a rich tapestry of story telling that will grip you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Len 04-30-11
    Len 04-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "He has found his passion for writing again"

    After many years of writing rubbish, after many wonderful EARLY books, this is almost as good as his very early books. I almost didnt bother as he has been boring, and seemed as though he was just going through the motions to ontinue earning money to support his lifestyle, since his horrific motor accident, which he refers to in this books character, it is as though Stephen has COME BACK to his passion for writing. He could do better, but its worth a listen if you like his writing. Not bad at all.

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    Terri-Anne 09-11-10
    Terri-Anne 09-11-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Very enjoyable"

    I really enjoyed this; it's one of my favourites of King's, in both print and audiobook format. It took me a little bit to get into the swing of John Slattery's reading but, when I did, it was great. My one quibble is some dodgy audio quality at times during the recording - some extraneous noise. A little annoying, but nowhere near enough to make me quit listening.

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    Lisa North NarrabeenAustralia 03-05-09
    Lisa North NarrabeenAustralia 03-05-09 Member Since 2007
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    "Brilliant"

    This is one of the best books I have ever listened to. Perfectly narrated and gripping story. Thoroughly recommend to listeners, not just Steven King fans

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    Marti Pretoria, South Africa 11-20-09
    Marti Pretoria, South Africa 11-20-09 Member Since 2006
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    "Not bad!"

    I am not a Stephen King fan and not really into sci-fi, but I really liked this one. The narrator did a good job and the story is interesting and clean enough for children to listen to too.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • J. Freeman
    HULL, United Kingdom
    4/27/12
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    "Not the best"

    I am a massive fan of Stephen King and driving 700 miles a week means I quite enjoy the longer of his books. However this one just misses the mark, I think the problem is the central character is pretty unlikeable. Long winded and uneventful.

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  • Keith
    Peacehaven, East Sussex, United Kingdom
    11/8/09
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    "A sense of growing menace"

    Duma Key is quite a slow burner, with most of the action taking place in the final quarter of the book. in the mean time the back ground and characters are developed, making you care about them, and thus of course more vunerable to what happens later. The audio version is superb, with the narrator brilliantly conveying the characterisations, Wireman particularly stands out for me. It is a good horror story, but does leave a few loose ends, recommended listening though.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Martin
    Shaftesbury, Dorset, United Kingdom
    8/5/09
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    "Another enjoyable King tale"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The story changes direction several times, but it's all great.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr Paul Johnson
    7/1/09
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    "It worked for me!"

    I really liked this book - the characters came alive & you found yourself shouting for them when things got tough.

    A long slow entry into the story though, fortunately I was on a long journey so was a captured audience but hey ho - it was worth while in the end. I'm sure I'll go back to it again at some point too.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Susan Buttress
    6/20/09
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    "Duma Key"

    This was a great book - it had me enthralled from the first minute. It has just the right balance of reality and supernatural elements to really draw you in. The story is, in my opinion, one of Stephen King's best, and John Slattery is perfect at bringing the characters to life. Give it a listen. If you like good stories with a touch of spine-tingling ghostly goings-on, this is for you!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Yaa
    Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, United Kingdom
    6/2/09
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    "Duma Key"

    This book resonates so beautifully it was a joy too listen to even when it became obvious that it was a very dark tale - you just want to keep listening and find out what happens next - a truly riveting listen that I would wholly recommend to someone who enjoys a good well constructed story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stuart
    melton mowbray, United Kingdom
    11/30/08
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    "Stephen King is supernatural"

    I mean he must be mustn't he? How else can he keep coming up with such highly original plots- and characterisations of which Dickens would be proud?
    If you are new to King then read this, you won't be disapointed. If you are familiar with the great mans work you don't need me or this review,just dive in.
    On the audio side John Slattery reads with a real feeling for the work.
    Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kathy
    Sittingbourne, United Kingdom
    11/4/08
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    "SUPERB SUSPENSE FROM A TRUE MASTER"

    An excellent listen, it is a long book, but from the very begining you are drawn into its web. I have to admit bedtimes were getting ealier and earlier, just so I would have the excuse to find our what happened next

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Basin
    1/19/10
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    "My First Stephen King Book"

    It's about time I got round to reading a Stephen King book. But I get the impression this wasn't one of his best. Don't get me wrong, it wasn't bad. I quite enjoyed a lot of it. I thought the characters were great and the setting was good, but, i found it quite long winded, especially the first half. It could have had a hundred or so pages taken out of it in my view.

    This won't put me off reading any more Stephen King book. I just think I chose the wrong one to start reading out his collection.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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