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4.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 54.21 out of 5 4.21 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: John Slattery Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2008 ISBN: 9780743569750
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The plot of Duma Key, ghastly in itself but certain to bring horrified pleasure to King’s enormous readership, could have been sketched on the reverse side of Wilde's Picture of Dorian Gray, a grisly examination of the magic of art.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • Duma Key is a tale of conflict between the forces of horror and the redemptive power of creativity…King may be meditating on the diverse powers of the creative soul, but he has in no way lost his unmatched gift for ensnaring and chilling his readers.”

    Washington Post

  • Duma Key…[is]Stephen King’s most brilliant novel to date…rich and rewarding…and as truly scary as anything King has written…King at the top of his game.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A major psychological thriller from the master of scream.”

    Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2008Bram Stoker Award
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2009Audie Award
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

Listener Opinions

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Niclas | 2/17/2014

    " This is a really boring book. The first 2-300 pages are pretty good, but after a while you realize that you will grow tired of all these passages where nothing happens. I think I had 100 pages left to read when i stopped. I'm not sure why I actually bothered to read more than 300 pages; I guess i WANTED to like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nicole Neira | 2/15/2014

    " At first glance this book seems like a slow, almost boring, first-person narrative, like reading someone's journal. But with a little patience (and imagination) we start getting into the mind of Freemantle, painting with him under the sunsets and feeling our arms itch with him. It was worth the wait. The thought of a cursed Florida Key is exciting, but the thought of bringing life and death to your paintings is even better. Stephen King, you've done it again old chap! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lenard Hogue | 2/8/2014

    " One of the best suspense books I have ever read. Couldn't put it down! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jhelisa | 1/28/2014

    " Loved, loved, loved this book! It was not at all what I was expecting (although Stephen King rarely is I suppose) Probably one of my all time favorite books! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Magda Tokarczyk | 1/10/2014

    " Stephen King is a genius! This book is amazing and spooky. Really gets in your head. Can't wait to read other books by this great author. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Morgan | 1/9/2014

    " A great read - it sucks you in and then gets creepier and creepier! King's descriptive and compelling style has always appealed to me and no more so than in this story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lola | 1/9/2014

    " Long ago read, but parts are still so vivid.... I think I would like to read it again. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dani | 11/19/2013

    " too much swearing. Didn't get through the first chapter "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 11/19/2013

    " As always I enjoy Stephen King's storytelling ability. He does have a certain number of writer's tics and habits, but the story is good - an enjoyable read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Karen McGuirl | 11/7/2013

    " Pretty good scary story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shanti | 10/11/2013

    " It has been some time since I read King, and he came through with an excellent book. A superb blending of head trauma and the resultant stresses and recovery with the supernatural. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 10/10/2013

    " I heard him read part of this at an appearance here in Tally. Then to read it on the page, very moving. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chuck Buckner | 8/31/2013

    " Enjoyable story. All artists should read this book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dmhowie | 1/23/2013

    " Just didn't care too much for it. The writing, as usual with King was good, but I didn't like most of the story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Germelle Dickenson | 12/10/2012

    " Slow start, but once it get's going you can't keep your hands off it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Terri | 10/6/2012

    " I have always been a King fan. This book is up there with some of his best. Although not as frightening as some, the story evolves with great fluidity. I really enjoy the character development and twists and turns as the story moved along. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mandy Handley | 8/21/2012

    " Of the several Stephen King books Ray's had me read, I think this one was the best. The exposition is nicely done, and the characters are very realistic. (Wireman is my favorite.) The setting works well, and the suspense and mystery King builds up about the island and the little girls is wonderful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jade Bergeron | 2/1/2012

    " I loved it! Defiantly one of my new favorites! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeymei | 11/16/2011

    " Typical Stephen King...Great book but leaves you feeling kinda depressed "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danielle Baldwin | 8/6/2011

    " I absolutely love this book! I've read it a couple of times and each time I had to make some "egg salad" lol. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 5/18/2011

    " One of my favorite King books! It is a must read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donald | 5/15/2011

    " I'm not really a fan of horror but I love the way King writes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jennifer | 5/15/2011

    " I was so in love with this book, by the time I was done reading it I read it again right after. Great book! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jenny | 5/12/2011

    " Fabulous. The King is back on form. I was gripped al the way through. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tiffany | 5/12/2011

    " An awesome read! It is not as intense as some of his others but I still loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 5/9/2011

    " stoopid web site ate my comments.

    ggrrrrrrr.

    --Brian. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 'lisa | 5/1/2011

    " My favorite King book, different on many levels from his other works, But i was totally engrossed at every turn! Suspense not horror. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Steven | 4/24/2011

    " Beautiful story, but kept me on the edge of my seat the whole time. "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.