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Duma KeyA Novel

Stephen King

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Duma Key

By: Stephen King

Narrarated by: John Slattery

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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New York Times Best Seller

Total File Size: 577 MB (18 files) Total Length: 20 Hours, 59 Minutes

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06.18.08
Stephen King, Duma Key
2008 | Label: Audioworks

Classic King that will sate the diehards and intrigue newcomers
After construction worker Edgar Freemantle loses his right arm in a crane accident, he relocates to an island in Florida where he rents a house he refers to as “Big Pink.” The house rests on stilts, and at night when the tide rushes in, Edgar can hear the rustle of shells crunching below and quickly finds solace in the house’s confines. It is here on Duma Key that Edgar discovers an urge to draw pictures — etchings of the stunning sunset just outside his window. As he soon discovers, these paintings hold clues to future events — they might even inspire such events to occur.

Also living on Duma Key is a former lawyer who has his own secret powers, and who is taking care of an eccentric old woman named Elizabeth Eastlake. Although she suffers from the early stages of Alzheimer’s, she appears to hold the answers to everything freaky and unexplained. When Edgar begins painting friends and family being murdered, it’s clear that all three inhabitants of Duma Key possess creepy, otherworldly abilities.

Duma Key is classic Stephen King, full of horror and supernatural thrills, but it also has a more personal touch. The book begins with a jolting accident, which has traces of the author’s own roadside accident in 1999. This is not the first time King has touched on his car accident in Maine, but it is perhaps his finest attempt at conveying the terror of an impending rehabilitation, one that is sure to be both lengthy and arduous.

Duma Key captivates from its terrifying beginning, when Freemantle is recovering in Minnesota, and then first sets foot upon the key. And while the two lead characters may not be quite as dazzling as, say, Paul Sheldon or Annie Wilkes of Misery, Duma Key remains a terrifically fun ride for veteran King fans and new ones alike.

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Senrab21

Fantastic story. The narration was exceptional on this one. He really captured the story for me.

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knikknits

too bad tracks 12 thru 18 will not download. story is very good and wish i could hear the end of story

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diannebelle

All I have to say is "WOW". I couldn't stop listening, and couldn't wait until I could listen again. As usual, Stephen King has brought you into his world of suspense and imagery. I felt like I was watching a movie in my mind. The ending was not at all disappointing, I was just a interested in the ending as I was in the beginning.

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