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Duma Key: A Novel

by Stephen King
Read by John Slattery

Simon & Schuster Audio | January 22, 2008 | Audio Book (CD)

Duma Key: A Novel is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 14.
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 construction site 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. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn''t survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests 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 Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. 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.

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.88 × 5 × 1.7 in

Published: January 22, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743569741

ISBN - 13: 9780743569743

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Disappointing After a terrible construction site accident, a multi-millionaire contractor, Edgar Freemantle, loses an arm, his wife and gains a whole lot of rage. On his psychiatrist’s advice, he decides to leave his home in Minnesota for a beach house on Duma Key, Florida, a small stretch of sand that seems oddly underdeveloped. Once there, he starts to paint pictures that not only become an obsession but his canvases seem to tell a story, one that has to do with the family that lived on Duma in the 1920’s and involved the mysterious drowning of two very young twin sisters. As the story unfolds and he gets caught up in the events that happened over 80 years before, Edgar soon discovers that whatever evil lurked back then never died, just went dormant for a while. As he frantically paints, he discovers he is not just able to make things happen by drawing them….but by erasing them as well. The story had such potential that I was eagerly waiting for the story to take off, but it, unfortunately, never did. When giant frogs with teeth and lawn jockeys coming to life were introduced as the malevolent entities of the novel, I started seriously questioning myself as to whether I had just maybe outgrown Stephen King novels. I would like to think that this is just not one of his best and that he hasn’t lost the magic that is Stephen King.
Date published: 2012-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Written for those who enjoy a great Ghost story!! I absolutely LOVED this novel. I found myself reading it very slowly because I didn't want it to end... I was savouring every juicy morsel of the story and I enjoyed every minute of it. If you like a good ghost story, read this book!! Tragic accident, slow and painful recovery, relationships gone bad, isolation and bumps in the night are the ingredients to this tale...
Date published: 2011-02-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mysterious At first this book doesn't really seem like the kind of novel you would get from Stephen King, but as usual you won't be able to put it down. The character, Edgar Freemantle seems a lot like King himself if you know about the author's own tragic accident and long road to recovery. As the story unfolds we read about the struggles that Edgar encounters as he tries to piece his life back togerther in this sleepy little community. Eventually we learn as always, everygthing isn't what it appears to be and the usual darkness and macabre that made King famous starts to shine through. Just as the character seems to turn his life around we see it all begin to unravel and the more Edgar does to fix things, the deeper his troubles grow. This story is one that touches on the joys and tragedies of the lives of ordinary people. To a point. Read on King fans, read on!!
Date published: 2010-02-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Duma Key, something different from Stephen King Stephen King has built his career by putting ordinary people into the most unusual of situations, slipping horror into many of his stories as naturally as you and I go through our days. "Duma Key," although set in the Florida Keys with a less than ordinary King protagonist, does not disappoint. Edgar Freemantle —the millionaire contractor who’s lost an arm, suffered some serious brain trauma, wrecked one leg and lost his wife—has found himself recuperating on a sparsely inhabited Florida Key with a handfull of interesting characters. Turning to an old skill, Edgar begins sketching and painting as a kind of therapy. But instead a peaceful return to some semblance of normality, he finds himself painting a series of disturbing works, some of which he barely remembers painting. This being a King story, we automatically look for the fright factor. Is it Edgar’s strange paintings, his new friend with the bullet in his head or the strange old woman that lives in a mansion up the road? Bringing us slowly, almost leisurely, into the lives of these people, we begin to sense something is very wrong on Duma Key. Centering on the theme of creativity unleashed by injury to mind and body (something King has worked into several novels since his near death experience in 1999), the maturing author gives us a frightening look at the cost of second chances. A welcome read after his disappointing novel, “Cell,” King returns to the unusual character creation he gave us in “Lisey’s Story,” and once more takes us masterfully to the edge of our imaginations. “Duma Key” brings us sea shells that talk, paintings that kill, giant frogs with “teef” and birds that fly upside down. Only King could write a book like this. I’m glad he decided not to retire. Copyright © 2009 by Clayton Bye
Date published: 2009-05-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A Touch of Supernatural Edgar Freemantle a building contractor who had a job site accident; his skull was fractured, his hip shattered, he lost an arm and almost his sanity. He is in constant pain and prone to fits of rage, to make matters worse his wife decides to leave him and demands a divorce and all the fringe benefits. After pondering suicide, he relocates to Duma Key, Florida where he rents Big Pink, a house built partially over the water. A place where the waves at high tides stir the seashells under the house creating an eerie sound, tennis balls appear unexpectedly and a heron flies by upside-down. Inspired by these activities, he decides to create his ideas on canvas, which leads to all sorts of supernatural developments. His pictures reflect not only his past but future horrors, will his art save him or kill him and those he loves……can ghosts come alive on canvas? Duma Key is a terrifying delight, a slow and intense story about friendship, family and events of a mind under extraordinary stressful times. The protagonists are intensely well characterized as they make their way through the nitty-gritty of the day-to-day adventures; they add depth and are the focus of the story. Not only is Mr King a master in describing chilling horrors and creating vivid images; you can imagine and hear the crashing waves, smell the musty air and feel the creepy crawlies, a touch of supernatural creating a wonderful novel. The strong devotional care given to Elizabeth and the tenacity of Edgar to regain his mobility is possibly derived from Mr King’s own life experience.
Date published: 2008-10-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read Another Stephen King home run. Difficult to put down and the only disappointment was when I reached the last page.
Date published: 2008-09-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best King I've ever read!! I am a long time Stephen King addict; that being said, this is by far one of my favorites!!! I LOVED EVERY MINUTE!!!
Date published: 2008-07-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Edgar says "Two thumbs up!" Duma Key is by far the best book Stephen King has written. Like the under-tow he describes in the book, he'll pull you in until the last page, only then will you be able to put it down. A must read! Two thumbs up!! Sorry Edgar.
Date published: 2008-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of Stephen King's best. Keeps you reading until you get to the end. Not an ending you'd expect either. Stephen King at his best.
Date published: 2008-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book is addictive, I couldn't put it down and was sorry when I finally reached the end.. I wanted more. Very entertaining, very suspenseful, it creeped me out enough that I didn't want to read it before bed (that hasn't happened since his Christine book). The characters are very rich and full. I don't know where the idea for this book came from, it's very original and kudos to King for this one!
Date published: 2008-03-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from King's best in recent history I am an avid fan of Stephen King books and I can say that even some of his lesser novels are still better than many authors best works. This being said Duma Key is not one of these lesser books, it is one of his best in my opinion. Not since Bag of Bones have I devoured a King book so fast and enjoyably. The story revolves around Edgar Freemantle, a man who has lost his arm in an accident and moves to Florida to find some peace and heal. There he begins to create art that is more than it seems and meets some interesting friends along the way. The book is interesting even when the creepy things aren't occuring (and there are some chilling events and characters) and I found both the characters and plot to be engaging. This one goes onto my list of favorites, holding it's own against other King novels like The Stand, Salem's Lot and Bag of Bones.
Date published: 2008-02-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Key to Duma Stephen King, long a staple of 21st century pulp-horror, has finally written a book which reaches the literary level of traditional "serious" writers. Ostensibly, the horrors of nightmares both sleeping and awake, occupy the mind of Edgar Freemantle. He has left his home and family to spend a year in solitary rehabilitation following an accident which cost him his arm and much physical damage. While there he starts painting surreal landscapes revealing future possibilities. What makes the book so mujch better than the average King fare is his exploration of the nature of creativity. there are, most obvious parallels between Fremantle's struggles out of his physical pain and the author's own struggles following a near fatal accident some years ago. Make no mistake, King is at his 'horrible' best but the personal insights about suffering and the artistic process lifts "Duma Key" out of the ordinary and into the extraordinary. Buy it. Read it. It's worth it.
Date published: 2008-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Duma Key - Original! Great read. A very different book by one of my all time favorites, the master, Stephen King. A combination of mainstream, paranormal, and psychological thriller. A construction site takes Edgar Freemantle's arm and messes up his memory and leaves him with a lot of rage, and alas, minus a wife. His psychiatrist suggests he get away to some remote place, and he ends up in Duma Key Having abandoned the building business he begins to sketch again. And strange things begin to happen. Stephen King takes you there - lets you experience all the beauty and horror that is Duma Key as only Stephen King can. Great characters, vivid description, believable dialogue. You won't be able to put this one down- despite the fact that it's 607 pages long. This one should make a darned good movie.
Date published: 2008-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A nail bitter From what I have read so far,this book promises to keep me up reading all night long.You know that you are going to be very satisified when you can't stop reading even when you can't find your glasses.Thank-you Mr King for another nail bitter.
Date published: 2008-01-24

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Duma Key: A Novel

by Stephen King
Read by John Slattery

Format: Audio Book (CD)

Dimensions: 5.88 × 5 × 1.7 in

Published: January 22, 2008

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0743569741

ISBN - 13: 9780743569743

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1 -- My Other Life i My name is Edgar Freemantle. I used to be a big deal in the building and contracting business. This was in Minnesota, in my other life. I learned that my-other-life thing from Wireman. I want to tell you about Wireman, but first let''s get through the Minnesota part. Gotta say it: I was a genuine American-boy success there. Worked my way up in the company where I started, and when I couldn''t work my way any higher there, I went out and started my own. The boss of the company I left laughed at me, said I''d be broke in a year. I think that''s what most bosses say when some hot young pocket-rocket goes off on his own. For me, everything worked out. When Minneapolis-St. Paul boomed, The Freemantle Company boomed. When things tightened up, I never tried to play big. But I did play my hunches, and most played out well. By the time I was fifty, Pam and I were worth forty million dollars. And we were still tight. We had two girls, and at the end of our particular Golden Age, Ilse was at Brown and Melinda was teaching in France, as part of a foreign exchange program. At the time things went wrong, my wife and I were planning to go and visit her. I had an accident at a job site. It was pretty simple; when a pickup truck, even a Dodge Ram with all the bells and whistles, argues with a twelve-story crane, the pickup is going to lose every time. The right side of my skull only cracked. The left side was slammed so hard against the Ram''s doorpost that it fractured i
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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 construction site 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. A marriage that produced two lovely daughters suddenly ends, and Edgar begins to wish he hadn''t survived the injuries that could have killed him. He wants out. His psychologist, Dr. Kamen, suggests a "geographic cure," a new life distant from the Twin Cities and the building business Edgar grew from scratch. And Kamen suggests 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 Minnesota for a rented house on Duma Key, a stunningly beautiful, eerily undeveloped splinter of the Florida coast. The sun setting into the Gulf of Mexico and the tidal rattling of shells on the beach call out to him, and Edgar draws. A visit from Ilse, the daughter he dotes on, starts his movement out of solitude. He meets a kindred spirit in Wireman, a man reluctant to reveal his own wounds, and then Elizabeth Eastlake, a sick old woman whose roots are tangled deep in Duma Key. Now Edgar paints, sometimes feverishly, his exploding talent both a wonder and a weapon. 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.

About the Author

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine, on September 21, 1947. After graduating with a Bachelor's degree in English from the University of Maine at Orono in 1970, he became a teacher. His spare time was spent writing short stories and novels. King's first novel would never have been published if not for his wife. She removed the first few chapters from the garbage after King had thrown them away in frustration. Three months later, he received a $2,500 advance from Doubleday Publishing for the book that went on to sell a modest 13,000 hardcover copies. That book, Carrie, was about a girl with telekinetic powers who is tormented by bullies at school. She uses her power, in turn, to torment and eventually destroy her mean-spirited classmates. When United Artists released the film version in 1976, it was a critical and commercial success. The paperback version of the book, released after the movie, went on to sell more than two-and-a-half million copies. Many of King's other horror novels have been adapted into movies, including The Shining, Firestarter, Pet Semetary, Cujo, Misery, The Stand, and The Tommyknockers. Under the pseudonym Richard Bachman, King has written the books The Running Man, The Regulators, Thinner, The Long Walk, Roadwork, and Rage. King is one of the world's most successful writers, with more than 100 million copies of his works in print. Many of his books have been translated into foreign languages, and he writes new books at a rate of about one per year.
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