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.
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"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)
"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.
"I loved everything right down to the narrator"
Stephen King's unique insight into human relationships. Never ceases to wow me.
I don't want to give the story away :) But I have a clear memorable moment. High emotional impact.
Jerome Wireman, I found John Slattery's performance smooth and pleasant. And the characters were clearly identifiable .
Jerome Wireman. By the end of the book I felt as though I knew Wireman. Another one of King's unique talents. Wireman felt like someone that I would like as a friend. Caring and warm, and slightly damaged just like the rest of us.
I think for people that want to start reading Stephen King books, this is a good one to start with. The characters are richly detailed, and it's just creepy and strange enough. When it comes to Mr King you should always be prepared for the unexpected. P.S. This is a long book, but don't let the length put you off, it's worth it!
I knew nothing about this book. I'm a King fan of old, but there have been too great a number of misses in my view (Dreamcatcher, Rose Madder; I'm looking at you among others), and I stopped reading to his stuff because of that. I recently revisited King in audiobook format, and found some more recent books are not only back on form, but are even better than the King I remember from the eighties. I bought this primarily as it's long - the synopsis sounded OK at best but it did have good reviews. Well, it blew me away. John Slattery is, without doubt, the best narrator in my 200+ book library, the story is beautifully crafted and it clips along at the perfect pace, drawing the listener in. The characters, particularly Edgar and Wireman are fantastically developed. It's up there with King's best.
"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
"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.....
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.
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.
"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.
"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!
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!
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.
"King at his most scary"
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
"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....
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.
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