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Duma Key (Audio CD)

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Author: Stephen King / Genre: Horror

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      21.05.2010 12:44
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      Guaranteed to chill your spine...

      The Story -

      Stephen King's Duma Key is an unsettling tale of a former Construction Yard owner, Edgar Freemantle, who suffers an horrific accident and ends up losing his arm and suffering brain damage. While he recovers, the changes to his personality (brought on by his intermittent memory) effectively end his marriage and on the advice of his psychiatrist, Edgar moves to Duma Key to find solitude and rehabilitation.

      While out at Duma Key, Edgar begins to experience 'phantom limb syndrome', feeling an irritating itch in his missing arm. Then he begins to paint. At first, the paintings are wonderous, but soon they take on a disturbing quality that no one can properly express.

      After a while, Edgar finds out that his new artistic ability holds the key to an extraordinary gift - one that will unlock the tragic history of Duma Key and awaken an evil unlike anything he has ever known.

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      The Audiobook -

      The most difficult thing to get right when producing an Audio Book is the narrator. The wrong person can ruin a good story, and render a classic novel unintelligable. "The right tool for the right job" is what you need, and the producers of this audio book certainly know their audience.

      Read by John Slattery, this presentation of Duma Key is both entrancing and disturbing. Slattery is able to breathe life into each character, varying the personalities and voices perfectly, and bringing a dark sense of foreboding into King's prose.

      The book itself is over 600 pages in length so this audio presentation was always going to be long, clocking in at just over 21 hours. Don't expect to hear it all in couple of sittings unless you're prepared to refrain from eating, sleeping and going to the toilet!

      All in all, this is a great package for fans of Stephen King who travel and do not get time to read. I have found it particularly useful (as I drive almost 4 hours a day) as a way of keeping up to date with Mr King's writings.

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      Availability -

      The Duma Key Audio book is available from all good bookstores and marketplace websites - usually retailing between £25-£40. Secondhand copies are available from Amazon sellers from £20.

      MP3 versions are also available for purchase from Amazon (and I believe the iTunes Store) from about £20.

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  • Product Details

    Stephen King's 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, owned by a patroness of the arts whose twin sisters went missing in the 1920s. Duma Key is where out-of-season hurricanes tears 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 what is 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.