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Duma Key Audiobook

Duma Key: A Novel

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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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    Michael Altadena, CA, USA 01-26-09
    Michael Altadena, CA, USA 01-26-09
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    "Enjoyable"

    This book had its moments, and was entertaining however I was expecting more from the author.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mg1 01-22-09
    Mg1 01-22-09 Listener Since 2008
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    "Dark Tower addicts will love this"

    I loved this book. Stephen King at his very best. The characters are well developed and a truly creepy storeline.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bill S. 01-22-09
    Bill S. 01-22-09

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    "Good King, not great"

    Not his best by any stretch. Some interesting ideas, but left me wondering why...

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    Greg Chapman 11-29-08 Member Since 2013
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    "Best yet"

    In my opinion, this book was King's best yet from both a literary and pleasure-reading perspective.

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    John Northville, MI, United States 11-24-08
    John Northville, MI, United States 11-24-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Good start"

    The first two/thirds of the book was very good. I could buy the story and the characters were great. Then it degenerated into a silly, unbelievable ghost story. Everyone I know who has listened to it has had the reaction. To bad.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 09-28-08
    Eva Gannon Chicago, Illinois, US 09-28-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Bland Fare for King"

    Overall, this book held my attention and I'm glad I read it. There were few surprises; King employs the full arsenal of his standard plot devices. It wasn't particularly scary; other of his books, The Shining for example, were more frightening.

    The book didn't really get going until about the second half of part two. The story was interesting and the characters good, but it really wasn't a horror or thriller until that point.

    The opening sequence involving the little dog kept me away from the book for several months. If you're an animal lover, you may find this scene particularly disturbing. A friend recommended that I simply skip that scene. I don't usually do that, but I did with this book. It made absolutely no difference at all in my reading of the book, and, true to his style, King dropped enough references to it throughout the book that I knew what had happened anyway.

    There was a lack of real dramatic tension for a thriller type of book. No real surprises. That churning feeling in the gut that comes from a really good frightening read was totally absent here.

    The narrator did an excellent job. The characters were well drawn, and many of them were quite sympathetic.

    I'd recommend this book, but don't expect to be looking under the bed for monsters after listening to it.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 09-12-08
    Winghove OAK PARK, IL, US 09-12-08 Member Since 2017
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    "Classic King"

    What more is there to say!

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    Joe H Falls Chuch, VA United States 09-08-08
    Joe H Falls Chuch, VA United States 09-08-08 Member Since 2001
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    "Classic King"

    I've listened to a lot of King's books and Duma Key is among the best. I've even had a couple freaky dreams because of it. You know its good if that happens.

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    M. Parks Far Woods, North Carloina 09-06-08
    M. Parks Far Woods, North Carloina 09-06-08 Member Since 2008

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    "Better every time"

    I've read this book twice and now have listened to the audio. I was very impressed by the narrator's "Edgar voice"...and also the others... not over done, just well done. I was not disappointed once again because listening to it on my long drives to and from work was something I looked forward to. King is my favorite and maybe that makes it easy for me to praise the book- but I have no shame in that- can't wait to listen to Insomnia next!

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    Amazon Customer 08-25-08 Member Since 2003
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    "Didn't want to stop listening!"

    I enjoyed the story, the narration, the imagery so much so that I didn't want to stop listening! I go way back with Mr. King and though I don't always enjoy the story, I always appreciate the genius of his talent.

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