Duma Key, Stephen King
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Duma Key

Author: Stephen King

Narrator: John Slattery

Unabridged: 21 hr 1 min

Format: Digital Audiobook

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Published: 01/22/2008

Genre: Fiction - Suspense

Synopsis

NO MORE THAN A DARK PENCIL LINE ON A BLANK PAGE. A HORIZON LINE, MAYBE. BUT ALSO A SLOT FOR BLACKNESS TO POUR THROUGH... 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.

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About the Author

Stephen Edwin King was born in 1947 in the city of Portland, Maine. He attended the University of Maine, where he received a B.A. degree in English in 1970. He married his present wife, Tabitha, in 1971, and they have three children. King is an American author of contemporary horror, supernatural fiction, suspense, science fiction, and fantasy. His novels have sold more than 350 million copies. Many have been made into films, television movies, and comics. He has published 54 novels using a pen name (Richard Bachman) for a few of them. Many of his stories take place in his home state of Maine.

He has won about every possible literary award beginning with his 1980 novella, The Way Station. His most notable literary award was in 2007 for the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.King has had the common human weaknesses including alcoholism and drug addiction. His health during that period was so bad that he barely remembered writing the novel, Cujo. The first novel written after he quit all dependent drugs and alcohol was Needful Things.Stephen King's wife, Tabitha, has published nine of her own novels along with both sons being published writers. His daughter is a Unitarian Universalism Church minister with her same sex partner.

A life altering happening beset King in June of 1999. King was walking on the shoulder of Route 5, in Lovell, Maine, when a driver, who was distracted by an unrestrained dog, struck him from behind. His severe injuries kept him in the hospital until July 9. His lawyer purchased the van that hit him to prevent it from being sold on eBay. It was crushed at a junkyard. King thought that he would not write again, but did resume writing with this caveat, "I'm writing, but I'm writing at a slower pace".

His most notable novels are: Carrie, The Shining, The Stand, Misery, It, The Dark Tower, Under the Dome, and The Shawshank Redemption.

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AudiobooksNow review by Bonnie on 2008-02-20 15:17:27

I've long been a fan of Stephen King, but some of his more recent novels have not been as enjoyable to me as his older stuff. The Stand has always stood out as a clear favorite. Until now. Now I'd have to say that Duma Key is very close to being on par with that classic. The characters are wonderfully drawn, the location is outstanding, the suspense keeps you guessing what is going on, and you never know what's going to happen next. I just loved this book. And even moreso listening to it being read, as it built its magic around me. A must listen.

AudiobooksNow review by Kathy on 2008-04-07 14:08:46

I usually only listen to audio books during my comute to and from work - about an hour. I started out that way with Duma Key, but fininsed it up in my bedroom - listening to one disc after the other until it was through. I thought the book was extaordinaily well written and spellbinding. The narrator did an excellent job as well.

AudiobooksNow review by Alexander on 2009-01-15 14:15:48

This is the best writing that I've read or listened to from King. Especially the first 3/4 of the book. I would have given this 5 stars had it not been for an ending that doesn't do the rest of the book any justice. This is also one of those cases where I'm glad that I listened to the book rather than read it because the narrator does such a fantastic job. I just don't think that the unique dialog would have come across as well from reading it. Very cool book.

AudiobooksNow review by Arlene on 2009-03-27 17:18:00

If you like Stephen King, then this is a must read. It has all his usual wordiness, without quite as much gory stuff. You can see the influence of HIS severe injuries and his recoveries in the way he pours himself into this book. The rehabilitation of the main character seems so real-it must have been similiar to his own. I love the setting of the fantasy Florida Key he must have spent some time there in the Keys to make his descriptions so vivid. However, give yourself plenty of time to read this, it is a really thick book. He can really take you into his world.

AudiobooksNow review by Teresa on 2011-01-05 04:40:11

We can often see a lot of ol' Uncle Steve in his characters. Being a fan of his, I usually like that. Not so much this time. The main character in this book appears to BE Stephen King aside from certain details. I love you, Mr. King, but your politics are a little annoying, and do you really have to include your personal opinions about everything, including the taste and texture of ranch dressing? And for goodness' sake, can we please get on with it?! Duma Key is a great story his always are, but I was frustrated with how slowly things moved. Also, I didn't believe some of the characters especially his daughters and the relationship with his Duma Key BFFs was completely unbelievable and utterly, eye-rollingly dorky. Like, can you please not say man-law?! This novel was just hard to get through, period. I found it relentlessly self-indulgent. I'm going to reread the entire Dark Tower series to remind myself why I so adore him.

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