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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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    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 05-02-12
    Brian Sutcliffe Poughkeepsie, NY United States 05-02-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Very Good"

    I am not a big fan of horror, but I recently listened to 11-22-63. I loved that book so I listened to The Stand and I loved that book as well. I became a big Stephen King fan so I listened to Duma Key.

    It was very good but again since I am not a horror fan it wasn't as good for me as the other two but I still liked it. If you like horror you will love it.

    I loved the narrator. If you like John Slattery from Mad Man you have to listen to this book.

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    Brenda Wyss Orange County, CA 04-26-12
    Brenda Wyss Orange County, CA 04-26-12

    "The nature of this flower is to bloom." - A.W.

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    "Classic King"
    If you could sum up Duma Key in three words, what would they be?

    Intriguing, engaging, hair-raising . . . for real!


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

    The use of painting as a way to heal, and not theraputically . . . actually painting the sight back into a man.


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

    The friend . . . you can take my inability to remember the character;s name as a sign of the story's overwhelming strength or my approaching a certain age, either way, Slattery's performance of the sincere man waiting on the beach with a pitcher of iced green tea who peppers his language with Spanish expressions makes the character all the more endearing.


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    Tammy Elyria, OH, United States 04-22-12
    Tammy Elyria, OH, United States 04-22-12
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    "looking forward to seeing the movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Duma Key to be better than the print version?

    I have not read the print version just because of time. I absolutely loved the audio book. It had a great story line without being too graphic, it kept me wondering what was going to happen next. Edgar went from being a real jerk to actually being a good guy. The only bad part was all the bad language, especially in the beginning. it did begin to simmer down some toward the middle and end of the book. I can't wait to watch the movie.


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

    Most memorable parts of the book were his painting became reality.


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

    John Slattery did a great job narrating the audio book. He brought a masculine interpretation to the audio that I would not have had if I had read the book myself. It was as if he were reading for a script for a part in a production. He was flawless in his reading. Again, great job, Mr. Slattery.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    neither, it brought wonder and curiosity


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    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 04-17-12
    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 04-17-12

    if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!

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    "SLOW STARTER, BUT LEAVES NOTHING ON THE TABLE"
    What did you love best about Duma Key?

    the way SK takes you through the events on duma key is amazing! slattery's voice separated the characters perfectly.. but by far his rendition of Wireman was the best i've heard for any character in any audiobook... by the end, even i thought wireman was the coolest guy ever just like edgar did!!! all thanks to slattery.


    What did you like best about this story?

    the constant sense of mystery kept my earbuds glued on. always wanting to know more or find out SOMETHING!!!


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

    never heard him before...


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    Shannon United States 03-22-12
    Shannon United States 03-22-12 Member Since 2009

    S. J. Swan

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    "Surprisingly Good"
    What made the experience of listening to Duma Key the most enjoyable?

    The characters were well developed.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters and their relationship to each other.


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

    I've not listened to John Slattery before, but I am a stickler on narration and I enjoyed his narration.


    Any additional comments?

    You never know what you'll get with a commercial writer like Stephen King. Sometimes his books are great, other's you wonder what he was thinking. This book was not hyped like many of his other books and honestly, I didn't know about it. It was a very good book with great characters and it didn't flop at the end like so many of Mr. King's books do.

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    Daniel Salgado 02-08-12
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    "Great stand-out story that keeps moving"

    This is a great suspense/ thriller. It kept us engaged and excited for the next development. We 'read' this during a 13 hour drive and it was wonderful! The story kept me awake and on the edge of my seat. This was also good for mature youth/tweeny who do not scare too easily.
    I would definitely recommend this book for adults all ages and mature youth.

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    samantha arlington, TX, United States 01-13-12
    samantha arlington, TX, United States 01-13-12
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    "Amazing!"
    Would you listen to Duma Key again? Why?

    I have absolutely been enthralled with this book. For one I love King and this is one the most enjoyable stories I have read thus far. For me its the characters, the story, and of course the performance. John Slattery is my new favorite narrator. Definitely creepy, and really absorbing, I have completely lost myself in this story over the last few days. However, Im always like that with King's books.


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    Tina 12-03-11
    Tina 12-03-11 Member Since 2014

    Im a busy Mama, always on the go! Lover of historical fiction and Sci fi horror.

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    "My First listen, and I've been hooked ever since!"
    If you could sum up Duma Key in three words, what would they be?

    Thrilling, fresh and Creepy!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Fun and lovable characters, and fast paced until the end. Classic King with a fresh feel.


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    Clayton W. Montpelier, VT, United States 11-08-11
    Clayton W. Montpelier, VT, United States 11-08-11 Member Since 2012
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    "King is BACK!! Not that he ever went anywhere"

    I totally enjoyed this book. John Slattery is a talented voice actor and his ability to give every character depth and belivability made the book that much more enjoyable. I found that this was a bit different from King's earlier books, but is right in line with The Dome; I look forward to his next book very much. I highly recommend this book for listening.

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    Danielle BARGERSVILLE, IN, United States 10-27-11
    Danielle BARGERSVILLE, IN, United States 10-27-11
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    "Not as scary as some but still a great read!"

    I am one of those people who actually likes books that keep building up to "what actually happened" so this book was perfect for me. I found it slow at some parts but overall it was a great King read. It wasn't as scary or twisted as some of King's other stories but still had some spookiness to it. I liked the setting of the book on this island - Duma Key and I loved the characters. Edgar, Wireman & Elizabeth were my favorite of course! If you're looking for a King novel that isn't full of gore and won't keep you up at night - go for this one. Oh and did I mention the narrator is fabulous? He's probably the best narrator I've heard so far other than the ladies who read for The Help.

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