cover image Duma Key

Duma Key

Stephen King, , read by John Slattery. . Simon & Schuster Audio, $49.95 (0pp) ISBN 978-0-7435-6974-3

King's latest novel is a fantastically eerie tale in line with his best psychological thrillers. John Slattery offers a triumphal performance—his firm, gripping tone perfectly suits this story of the darker side of human memory and creativity. The characters are each so different and complicated, creating a challenge for even the most seasoned narrator. But Slattery does the near-impossible and physically becomes Edgar Freemantle. In fact, the two become so inseparable the listener almost feels guilty listening to his heartfelt confessions. King's vision of Freemantle's fictional personal memoir demands a narrator so believable and solid in his delivery that it seems almost impossible. But Slattery creates a truly moving experience, commanding and truthful. Simultaneous release with the Scribner hardcover (Reviews, Dec., 10). (Feb.)