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
"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)
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.....
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.
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.
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.
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....
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!
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.
King at his very best!
Author, reviewer, publisher @SilverWoodBooks.
I bought this audiobook on the strength of the other reviewers who said it was a good book for fans of King's THE STAND. This gave me certain expectations that weren't born out by the first 6-7 hours. It is not an ensemble cast book like THE STAND, but more of a one-man show in a similar vein to the dreadful LISEY'S STORY (which is the only King I've actively disliked and been bored by, even though I stuck with it to the bitter end).
A good editor would have offered some guidance on the turgid and introspective opening to the book - which goes on and on and on...and on. Yes, we get it. Edgar Freemantle's had an accident. He's a changed man. Now get on with the story. And so passes 6 hours. I nearly gave up several times - but I'm glad I didn't!
6-7 hours in, and it stops being a one-man show with the arrival of other characters for Edgar to interact with in an interesting way. Elizabeth and Wireman are fascinating, with complex personal histories. Both have had accidents similar to Edgar's...have they been affected in a strange and supernatural way too? The book really gets into its stride at this point and I began to feel spellbound and was soon utterly hooked.
There are unsettling moments, tension, drama, and a compelling atmosphere that keeps you listening at every available moment. One to come back to for a repeat listen, I think! (Although I'll probably skip the opening.)
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.
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.
His American accent brings a great deal of authenticity to the narrative and he is a pleasure to listen to.
It gave me insomnia.
Keep an open mind
Not since The Picture of Dorien Grey has there been such a brilliant work on magical artistry.
Edgar Freemantle suffers a desperate loss of his arm after a catastrophic accident. After the surgery he was unable to continue in his work, which made him angry with everyone and everything. His amputated right arm continued to give him terrible pain, and even worse itching. He swore at his wife, and demanded that she took care of him totally, eventually she divorces him. He could not cope with the loss of his marriage, so he moves to Duma Key and takes up painting. The artist's world is rocked by his unparallelled talent, and galleries all over the world want to show his work.
Friends and family stampede to buy the paintings, wanting to show off their friends work. It soon becomes clear that there is something very wrong with the paintings, and the people who have bought certain paintings start to die - including his beloved daughter. Could he get the remaining paintings back, before their curse could kill anyone else?
"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.
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.
"Awesome book based on art and suspense"
within the first 2 chapters i was hooked. i became the main character in my mind.
the art and family secrets. listening to the mystery unfolding...
i wouldnt read the book if it wasnt audio. But the narrator did a good job.
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.
"An errie descent into the surreal"
Surreal, Eerie, Friendship
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.
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.
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.
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.
"King the Master of the Dark Side"
Yes I would, I like to revisit the unique dark worlds of Stephen King.
I particularly enjoyed the build up to the final melee.
This is my first encounter with John Slattery, but will seek out other works read by him.
He did a fantastic job.
An incident involving one of his daughters, without giving the plot away.
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.
"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.
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.
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
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.
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