I love Stephen King. I don't know any other writer who manages to deliver such a vast array of story genres, and each of them so well. This is a "Green Mile" type story with a ghost twist to it - and a love story in there as well. Not quite as well rounded as other stories but definitely worth a "read". Stephen King narrates it himself and although that is an interesting add-on, he is not an actor and it shows. But definitely worth a go!
Yes, I do and mainly because many of King's books are so long! I read The Stand and It so I'm comfortable reading a lengthy novel but a friend of mine who had the CD version of Bag of Bones said she really enjoyed that version. Bag of Bones was the first book I purchased via audible and I cannot describe the experience of listening to Stephen King with his unique voice tell this story. To steal what King said in the Q&A at the end, I feel I fully experienced this book via audible as you are forced to 'read' the book at the narrator's speed as opposed to that 'skimming' we sometimes tend to do and with the actual author of the book narrating, well, he knows which passages he wants to emphasize or highlight, pause etc.
Its really hard to pick but I'll go with Mike; cheating, I know, since he is the main character but he is flawed and likable at the same time. You feel his pain as he grieves for Jo and you see how his feelings grow for both Kyra and Mattie.
Gosh, I listened to this book in Dec 2011/Jan 2012 and I enjoyed many of the scenes which are now running together but strangely enough I have to say I really liked the scene(s) where Mike communicated with the 'refrigerator people' that so creeped me out as I listened to King describe it not to mention the scene where Mike set up the recorder at night to see what he might capture audibly. I don't like scary movies per se but something about the 'scary' scenes in Bag of Bones, being read to me by Stephen King, just gave me an enjoyable shiver. I really can't narrow it down anymore than that!
Again, really hard, but I really admired Mattie, she had is so hard but maintained her honesty and freshness and though I won't spoil it for someone who has not read the book, I had to take a break right after that pivotal scene, I just could not believe it! And actually, I really enjoyed the story of Sara, too, hearing her story unfold and how it all related to what was happening in the book.
If you get a chance to listen to Bag of Bones, take it; you will not be sorry!
I was so underwhelmed with this title that I have not even bothered to watch the movie on Netflix.
I am so done with with this type of story. And I love the King.
Not a Storm Seal of Approval winner.
Hi all . . . I'm a music professor in Birmingham, AL.
I have loved Stephen King since my youth. This is a mature story that has sprinklings of all the other SK books I've loved for many years. He does a great job reading the work as well.
I am likely to re-listen to this book in order to pick out the little items hinted at towards the beginning that played a larger part in the end. (to see what I overlooked).
As always listening to the Author who knows the tone, style, and what to bring to the story they have written is preferred by me. I know Stephen king isn't the "Actor" some readers are, He seems to get the story across Very Well!.
I rated the performance a 4 basically because compared to some 5 star readers he probably rates about a 3, but the extra quality he brings to reading his own works to me brings it back to a 5, so i averaged it out.
Although, the flow was normal for Stephen King, Slow build up then everything flys at the end. I felt the End was stretched well beyond the story in order to "explain" some of the items that just didn't come out in the story on its own. In this case it may have just been wrong (slowing or disrupting the flow of the story) if it was forced in elsewhere. This is why i discounted to a 4 rating.
It reminds me a little of Duma Key with all of its super natural components.
Mike, of course.
Loved this book...just sucks you in and doesn't let you go. I also loved that King narrated this one himself. I'm new to Stephen King books (my mom read them all, but I was always afraid that they would frighten me!). Now that I've started, I simply can't stop. Love this man's mind!
No, it was the longest book I wish I had never read
Something good by King
King should stick to writing
No, please, no!
Very disappointing to a long-time fan
Female, Military Background, Mother, Wife. Enjoys Science, Medicine (in particular viruses and diseases).
I find that having the author (Stephen King) reading a book that he created brought about a completely different element to the audio book experience. It feels like a more complete experience hearing his voice reading to me the words he created into a story that I truly felt connected to. Like a good friend that I know and trust relaying an intimate story that means something to him about somebody else he has known since birth. The connection is that deep and that strong, and you can feel it. The fact that I can hear the words out loud exactly as Stephen King intended (I presume) his story to be told made it that much more special for me, as one of his many fans out there in the world.
The most satisfying part of this novel, as with any novel, is when the pieces come together after hours of 'foreplay' in which we are trying to understand the motives of the different characters. For me, finally understanding Sarah as a character towards the end of the book tied up all of the loose ends for me in a very satisfying way. My favourite antagonists are the ones that aren't clearly evil or clearly unhuman but the ones that you can relate to and identify with and understand. Especially the ones you can empathize with through the creative narration given to you.
Engaging, Comforting, Intimate
I believe there is already a film for this book.
I listen to many audio-books because I live in southern california, and that means traffic. With that in mind, it took me a few minutes to adjust from the professional orators and their polished recordings for a more intimate version of audio-book story telling. I didn't grade him very well on performance due to the fact that it was a hard adjustment from what I've come to expect from audio books, and his oration wasn't very good, but also added to the comforting feeling of the book. Like a beloved relative (I'm picturing my father) reading to you before you go to bed. It's not perfect, but it's Dad, which makes it that much more special. Same instance here, Stephen King's accent was a bit hard for me to adjust to, but after I adjusted somewhere in chapter 3, his voice became familiar and I began to appreciate the sound of his voice for what it really was: the voice of the creator of the story I was being told.
Great chunks of the story have been left out, I have the book on tape and in paperback
Great story ruined by missing bits
A book read by the author is usually best