We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.co.uk/access.
Duma Key Audiobook

Duma Key

Regular Price:£19.99
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • £7.99/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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.

Click here to see all the titles in our Stephen King collection.

©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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.3 (658 )
5 star
 (338)
4 star
 (214)
3 star
 (84)
2 star
 (19)
1 star
 (3)
Overall
4.3 (436 )
5 star
 (219)
4 star
 (139)
3 star
 (56)
2 star
 (16)
1 star
 (6)
Story
4.5 (435 )
5 star
 (293)
4 star
 (103)
3 star
 (27)
2 star
 (9)
1 star
 (3)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Tim leighton buzzard, BDF, United Kingdom 27/07/2008
    Tim leighton buzzard, BDF, United Kingdom 27/07/2008 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    74
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    399
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    2
    0
    Overall
    "Another brilliant audiobook from a master"

    The weekend has disappeared under the spell of another terrific audiobook from Stepen King. Great novel, excellent narrator. But be warned - I was immediately drawn in so tightly that I couldn't concentrate on anything else until I finished. Guaranteed to cheer up a wet weekend - or maybe to put a shiver down the spine even if you are enjoying the sun by the pool.....

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Seamus Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom 15/10/2008
    Seamus Stockport, Cheshire, United Kingdom 15/10/2008 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    9
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    34
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Duma"

    Easily the best audiobook I have ever listened to. As I listen in the car, I was taking the long way home just so that I didn't have to turn it off.

    9 of 9 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Valerie 14/12/2008
    Valerie 14/12/2008
    HELPFUL VOTES
    33
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    16
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Absolutely Superb!"

    Being an avid Stephen King fan I have to say this did not disappoint. Like the other reviewers, this hooked me from the start and was very difficult to pull away from. I'm still haven't got over having finished it. A fantastic tale and brilliantly read.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Dawn Falmouth, United Kingdom 15/03/2012
    Dawn Falmouth, United Kingdom 15/03/2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    27
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    5
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Brilliant - Fantastic - Weird - Wonderful"

    Duma Key has replaced The Stand as my favorite KING novel. I just LOVE Edgar and Wireman. Listen to John Slattery beautifully narrate this tale of woe. This book is simply delightful and tragic in equal measure. Really don't want to give any spoilers - but read this and weep and smile and be delighted and terrified in equal measure. Well written and developed characters, you really feel that you get to know so many, so well. I love the way that Wireman has 'special phrases' and how he and Edgar develop a close understanding and relationship. I find this so easy to listen to and have used it almost as a relaxation tool.
    11/10 from me.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Colin Merstham, Surrey, United Kingdom 13/01/2010
    Colin Merstham, Surrey, United Kingdom 13/01/2010
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Absolutely at his best"

    This really is my favourite King novel. It's a great story, but with some real depth to it as well. Oh, to be able to write as well as Stephen King in top form...Hugely recommended!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    alex_holmes_367 14/10/2013 Member Since 2009
    HELPFUL VOTES
    22
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    45
    14
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Gripping tale!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Stephen King is a master in his trade and this book is a fabulous example of how he can transport you into the tale that he is weaving and grip you close to the last line.


    Any additional comments?

    King at his very best!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 30/11/2010
    Tom West Wickham, United Kingdom 30/11/2010 Member Since 2011
    HELPFUL VOTES
    929
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    288
    144
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    657
    0
    Overall
    "Superb audiobook"

    Stephen King is just such a good storyteller, and Duma Key is right up to his high standard. The friendship between the two main characters is so brilliantly drawn, and the way he blends fantasy and the real world is just amazing. This is a thrilling book and and emotional roller coaster at the same time.

    Narration is just perfect.

    What more can I say? five stars and strongly recommended.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Gery Lynch GLASGOW, United Kingdom 19/06/2013
    Gery Lynch GLASGOW, United Kingdom 19/06/2013 Member Since 2011

    Gery

    HELPFUL VOTES
    19
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    151
    20
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    1
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "King at his most scary"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I usually read King's epics like "The Stand" and " The Dome" however this one is a more scary offering. I have read Susan Hill's short scary tales which can effect your sleep, but "Duma Key" is a more troubling book. Especially when I paint and draw for amusement, I haven't done a lot of that since listening to the story. If you want a good fright listen to this audio.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jerome Wireman aka Wireman was my favourite even though Freemantle is the hero, something about Freemantle could not raise any empathy from me. Wireman had a raw deal.


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

    His American accent brings a great deal of authenticity to the narrative and he is a pleasure to listen to.


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

    It gave me insomnia.


    Any additional comments?

    Keep an open mind

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Simon Cannock, United Kingdom 19/02/2012
    Simon Cannock, United Kingdom 19/02/2012
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    8
    3
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    "Long but worthwhile"

    Overall I enjoyed this one. I think it could have been shortened substantially as a lot of the filler didn't really do much to push the story along.

    Quite enjoyed it but glad to move onto something else....

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  •  
    jon livingston scotland 23/03/2016
    jon livingston scotland 23/03/2016 Member Since 2014
    HELPFUL VOTES
    5
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    96
    5
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Disappointing"

    I've never been a massive Steven King fan but I loved 11.22.63 and liked Under the Dome. I found this actively dull. Great chunks of words seemed to wash over me. In particular I found it difficult to figure out if certain parts were real or dream sequences, which may have been the intention to add an air of suspense and mystery but just irritated me. If I'd been reading I could have gone back and reread but not easy in this format. I'm now 3 hours from the end and uncertain whether to continue or stop. Listening to this has even made me wonder if I should take a break from audiobooks as I feel kind of jaded.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.