Perhaps King's most personal and powerful story ever, Lisey's Story is about the wellsprings of creativity, the temptations of madness, and the secret language of love....
Even 4 years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving...
Located off a desolate stretch of Interstate 50, Desperation, Nevada, has few connections with the rest of the world....
In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories....
Rosie Daniels leaves her husband, Norman, after 14 years in an abusive marriage. She is determined to lose herself in a place where he won't find her. She'll worry about all the rest later....
On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester's Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field....
Duma Key, une île de Floride à la troublante beauté, hantée par des forces mystérieuses...
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance....
Leland Gaunt opens a new shop in Castle Rock called Needful Things. Anyone who enters his store finds the object of his or her lifelong dreams and desires....
A dark and sweeping adventure, Dreamcatcher is set in the haunted city of Derry - the site of Stephen King's It and Insomnia....
Writer Bobbi Anderson becomes obsessed with digging up something she's found buried in the woods near her home. With the help of her friend, Jim Gardener, she uncovers an alien spaceship....
On a brisk autumn day, a 13-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park....
Each of these five interconnected, sequential narratives, set in the years from 1960 to 1999, are deeply rooted...
Peaceful suburbia on Poplar Street in Wentworth, Ohio, takes a turn for the ugly when four vans containing armed "regulators" terrorize the street's residents....
Clay and the few desperate survivors who join him suddenly find themselves in the pitch-black night of civilization's darkest age....
Since his wife died, Ralph Roberts has been having trouble sleeping. Each night he wakes up a bit earlier until he's barely sleeping at all....
"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.
Some strengths of Duma Key:
Chararacters that became, at least to me, more real as friends than some people I know.
Hard-won insight into what makes us human, how we deal with time, loss, fear of loss (Since when have you taken the chance to make friends with an 86 year old woman?), the mysterious tangle of creativity.... This all makes me want to, rather than a dead sort of word like "literary," apply to King what someone, if I remember rightly, said about Ellington, "He knew what music was for." King knows what a novel is for. Get involved. Come along.
And finally, it includes a supernatural element that rather than making the story less powerful, merely paints it in King's chosen palette: vivid, disturbing, painful, tender, and essentially real where it matters most, and where perhaps it looms the most dangerous.
John Slattery, the reading was brilliant. Your voice stood up, offered me a cool drink, and became Wireman to me. I'll miss you, my friend. Highest honors.
***Humble Response to a Few Reviews**
It's been mentioned in some of these reviews that 1) the language was unnecessarily coarse and 2) that it started slow.
First, the language is entirely appropriate to an adult novel where organic brain trauma is involved. The protagonist's verbal outbursts can be, unfortunately, all too accurate, and are intended (I believe) to frighten the reader as it does the characters involved--to offend one's sense of how things ought to be.
In response to the second, I found the pace of his development added to my involvement in the story, and helped to add the kind of inevitablity, depth, and increasing momentum so present in the best of some of King's work. Also, I believe for the novel to work as well as it does, that we must see, really see, what happens there, and in that order.
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Full disclosure; I'm definitely a fan of Stephen King. That said, I felt there was something special about this book. The story seemed more personal, the relationships more genuine. The narration is exquisite. Also, this book has a more satisfying ending than you normally get from SK; I don't think endings have ever been his forte (for me SK has always been more about the journey than the destination), but this one was done really well.
Written after his own car accident, this story about a man recovering from serious injury perfectly described the phenomenon of living with ever present pain - something I've rarely found described accurately.
All in all, a fantastic, thoughtful, spooky story told perfectly. I hope you enjoy it even half as much as I did.
55 of 59 people found this review helpful
I gave this weekend to
Stephen King. Nothing accomplished except very long walks with dog and MP3 player. I would vote that this is his best book ever. The Florida Keys will never be the same, and I won't be buying any artwork soon!!!!You need to read/listen to this book. PS I really enjoyed the reader also.
36 of 39 people found this review helpful
Hard to believe that I've been reading Stephen King for twenty-five years, but there it is. I started with "Pet Sematary" and have read 90% of what he's written since. Does that make me a King "expert"? A dubious distinction . . .
Characterization is King's strong suit. Horror or fantasy or straight fiction -- it doesn't matter. His characters stick with you. King's ability to make us identify with his stock every-day-sort-of-guy main character represents his greatest strength as a writer. You'll like Freemantle and Wireman. You could have a beer with them. (You'll recognize Freemantle from Mike Noonan in "Bag of bones." Twins separated at birth, maybe?)
You'll also recognize King's typical build-up. Normal guy in unusual circumstances finds himself confronted with ambiguous monster out to get him (and his family) for unknown reasons. The foreplay is always more exciting that the actual act. Just like in "Dreamcatcher", King has trouble in this book moving from the heavily foreshadowed bogeyman to the real-life campaign to kill it. (Where do his monsters ever come from anyway? Do they ever have a history?) The exposition is quality, like something out of "The Stand" or "Hearts in Atlantis", but the ending melts into cheesiness, like a chapter from "Salem's Lot."
As an English teacher, I have a running row with my colleagues about whether or not King writes literature or trash. My argument has always been that he writes both. Most people don't realize that he's behind "The Shawshank Redemption" or "Stand by Me", or that his story "The Man in Black" won 1st place a few years back in "The Best American Short Story." (Ok, maybe that was a marketing ploy. But any guy who churns out a book a year, at least, is using the "win sometimes lose sometimes" strategy.) In this book he wins and loses. Great characterization and build up, unsatisfying hackneyed ending.
40 of 44 people found this review helpful
I can't say enough good things about this book. I love the story (of course - Stephen King is the best) but John Slattery's narration is excellent - great voice and subtle but distinctive character differences. Very memorable. I've probably listened to 40 audio books in the last couple of years and this is the best. I've listened to it twice. I'll listen to anything with John Slattery.
27 of 30 people found this review helpful
I loved this book. Great plot with just enough of the surreal to know its King yet totally believeable character action and developement. I have read almost every King book and this one is on the top of the list. I have listened to some 200 books in the past three years and this narrator, John Slattery, is one I will seek out in the future! Seems like I liked it. You will too!
40 of 45 people found this review helpful
"Duma Key" is a great book. Its the kind of book that makes the next book you read,(listen to), hard to live up to. The narrator, John Slattery, does an excellent job seemlessly slipping into each character without forcing it to the point of absurdity the way some narrators can. Stephen King writes the story in first person which gives the listener a more intimate insight into the main character, Edgar Freemantle. The other people in Edgar's life and especially the ones he encounters on Duma Key are all interesting and fit well into the story,And then there's the "Stephen King" touch. 5 stars
25 of 28 people found this review helpful
Duma Key is one of Stephen Kings best. He too often gets pigeon-holed as just a Horror writer when what he really is a Great writer. I listen to his books not because they make me want to look under the bed for monsters, as another reviewer mentioned, but because they are great stories.
Although they usually deal with the super-natural, it's the everyday, blue collar people, places, and dialog in his stories that I find so believable. That's what allows me to visualize what's happening and escape into the story.
Listening to Duma Key gave me 21 of the most enjoyable hours I've spent in quite some time.
24 of 27 people found this review helpful
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The characters were well developed, the story gripping, and the scifi in keeping with King's other greats. I see that some complained about the story getting off to a "slow start." Not only is the first third to half of the book about character development and building suspense, it is also a drama that is a great read even if the book never moved to the supernatural thriller that ensues. The narrative is high quality and not at all distracting, with multiple true characters done well. The only reason I give this 4 rather than 5 stars is that Steven King is a guilty pleasure rather than a great novelist. He relies heavily on the ingredients found in so many of his previous works, so this is in part a formula horror/scifi book of his. Well worth the listen and the price!
16 of 18 people found this review helpful
I found Lisey's Story mostly weird, but Duma Key was King back in form. The characters are believable and multi-dimensional; the suspense is well-crafted to build as the story proceeds. It's tricky for a writer to deliver the payoff of a supernatural thriller without descending into the ridiculous, more so as readers become more and more sophisticated and inured to elaborate special effects horrors. How do you describe the baddie without creating the literary equivalent of a foam rubber monster? (We're talking zombies, and scary china dolls and yard jockeys come to life in this book.) Nevertheless, for the most part, Duma Key delivers the goods with only a few moments that had me more amused that savoring the thrill of apprehension. There's a heavy use of foreshadowing, that I liked at first, but ultimately found annoying because it detracted from the suspense. All in all, a fun listen that I had trouble turning off.
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