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Duma Key

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: John Slattery
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Winner of the 2009 Audie Award for Fiction

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.

©2008 Stephen King (P)2008 Simon and Schuster, Inc.

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I absolutely LOVED this!

I've been reading Stephen King since Carrie came out in paperback. Many years. Some were great reads, and some were clunkers, though most were great with the exception of perhaps The Tommyknockers. The Stand being my absolute favourite book of all time, of any genres. I read everything Stephen King put out until I lost my sight, and now have most of his audiobooks. Now that I'm older and non sighted, audiobooks have become my way of connecting with my love of reading. Everything that featured the wonderful Frank Muller, is still in my audio library forever. From most authors, I loved his voice and can't believe he was long in his grave before I got to know him! :( RIP Frank.(injured in 2001, he died in 2008 from injuries from that accident) He left big shoes to fill.

Upon embarking on the formidable Dark Tower series (which I didn't read when it came out) I had to get used to a new narrator, and that was George Guidall. (Honestly, I love Stephen King and admire him so much, but I cannot listen to him read a full book. So one book is not in my library, that's the one in that DT series which he narrated.
Audiobooks may be for busy people at the gym, for me they are a lifeline to a world I lost. To be a good writer of audiobooks, you have to have 2 things, a great, descriptive story by a talented author, and a great narrator. If one's missing, the other will not keep our interes, or worse, cause us to not finsh the book. Personally I love Science Fiction amf high fantasy like ASOIAF, but cringe listening to the dear departed Roy Dotrice (The pyromancer in early season of GOT) do Missandei's voice. It's just all over wrong. Otherwise he was stellar and will be missed if the Winds of Winter ever come out.

Now, here is another great narrator, I really enjoyed his voice. He brought this story to life, did pretty decent voices in my opinion, and just did a great job. He made this book a success, like some of the narrator greats do to some of the best, and worst books out there.
I loved this book for many reasons. Primarily it being non horror, a bit creepy story but also just a lovey visual read. The beach, the Big Pink, the art, the characters-- he was able to paint a picture with words so I could literally "see" the story. Loved it. Not going to spoiler it a bit, this is a story about a wounded man and his recovery with some cool, sad and creepy stuff thrown in to make it a Stephen King book. It was really enjoyable. I'll be doing further books if the internet behaves and let's me stay online longer that 2 seconds.

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Amazing

Another masterpiece by our beloved King. Long days and pleasant nights to you, fellow listeners.

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Cool summer breeze/ midnight thunder

A character story that actually has believable characters,What a concept. With clear connection to the dark tower. Very easy read with a setting that you will want to find.

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One of the best King stories

Loved it start to finish, one of my favorite King stories. Not the usual story, but it catches you right from the beginning.

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One of my favorites by King so far!

A wonderful story filled with struggle, hope, triumph and fear. You really get to know the characters and feel for their struggles. It definitely has King's supernatural flair but differently then other works by him. The narrator was also very strong and kept me it the whole time.

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Very good story

I thoroughly enjoyed this story. A classic Stephen King. What brought it to life for me was the narrative..! Excellent story teller!

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Drives deep into the story pool!

I have been on a King marathon and Duma Key didn’t disappoint! Love the characters and how the story keeps pulling you deeper and deeper into their lives. Narrations was awesome. Thanks for the journey!

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A truly amazing read/listen

What an amazing story and performance. Truly enthralling. Brava to both Stephen King and John Slattery. I highly recommend this book - one that has now topped my list of King favourites.

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Mission to read all of Stephen King's books

Love Stephen King, another great strange novel. I can't get enough on to the next book

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John Slattery is exceptional

I am a huge Stephen King fan and have read the majority of his books. Duma I read when it first was published. I enjoyed it although not my favourite. The reading of this book by John Slattery absolutely brings this book to life. Slattery is incredible throughout.

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