Stephen King is a master of the written word, and Bag of Bones is one of my favorites in his portfolio. I love how Mr. King uses the horror genre to speak to the deep human issues. Bag of Bones, like most of his novels, has both depth and suspense, and I always end up "haunted" by the scenes and ideas he transmits, thinking about them for a long time after I finish the book. The only problem is that, once I pick up a SK novel, I am unable to put it down until the end. That's why I love SK in the audio format - it allows me to keep reading no matter what else I'm doing.
Yeah, I probably would have struggled if I was reading it because the beginning definitely starts a little slow. I tried to read it awhile back and ended up putting it down. King's narration brings it to life.
When the main character is swimming in the lake and the bad guys are throwing rocks at him!
He does a good job tying the back story of the town, his own life and the present together and I felt like everything felt plausible in the world he set up.
This was a perfect book for King to narrate out of his catalog because the character is fairly similar to him and it was plausible.
This is a great Stephen King book but definitely time consuming. I didn't regret the time I spent on this one!
I've listened to many of King's books, some more than once. This is the only one that I found to be slow, predictable--even boring. I've got about 2 hours left in the book and I have no desire to finish it.
definitely entertaining, but the story seemed to lull at times. King does an admirable job narrating and drastically improves as he goes, but for some reason I didn't care for his voice. Good book...Not Great
Radio host who loves photography, his family and films.
Interestingly enough, this was my first ever audiobook purchase. I was listening to this a few years ago while also reading The Dome from Stephen King. For whatever reason, it didn't completely hook me that time. Maybe it's because I had difficulty going between a book and an audiobook. What's really interesting though, is that after I started to fall in love with audiobooks giving it a chance recently, I decided to give this book another try and I'm glad I did. In fact, it's one of my favourite Stephen King stories because there's so much meat to the story.
Is it super scary, not necessarily but I was able to invest some time in this book because of my interest in the characters. The story, as it always seems with Stephen King, didn't finish exactly the way I wanted. I would suggest that it was bittersweet but there was still something nice about the ending... as if it wasn't a total loss for the characters.
I would suggest you give this book a try. I can promise that if you like good stories, you'll like this one. It was good enough that I would drive the long way to work or take detours to get home just so that I could fit in an extra 30 to 45 minutes while I listened to the reading of this book by Stephen. By the way, when you start, you may not find Stephen's performance fantastic but he does shine when you get into the book because he knows his story better than anyone and how to read it.
Stephen King evidently loves this book, and his tempo, emphasis and mix of music, sound effects, really brought this to life. As the author his insight to the story elements made his standard delivery that much more exciting.
I love it when the author is the one narrating the book. That is especially true when that author is Stephen King! He has a great voice to begin with, but when you put these characters from Maine into his mouth, they come alive in a way that you can really count on someone who's spent most of his life in Maine to do it. As with most Stephen King stories, there's a point where a person is smarter than I think the details of the story should allow, but all in all, this is an interesting book with a nice supernatural tie-in as well as (as always) new insights into the writer's world that King has managed to avoid including in any of his many, earlier novels that include writers. Unlike some of his better novels, however, when all is said and done, a year later, I have vivid images of many of the scenes of the novel, but cannot remember certain key elements of the story. There's a certain amount of complexity to this story that goes beyond stories like "The Cell" and even tomes like "The Stand". I always love what King does or tries to do, however, because he's so unafraid to try anything he dreams up. In this story, he touches on single parenthood and race relations with deftness and sensitivity.
I simply love his voice and the Maine accents!
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I'm a Stephen King fan, but this one didn't work for me. As someone who numbers many of his books as some of my top 50 favs (ie, Desperation, The Stand), I couldn't imagine how I missed this earlier book so I bought it, and was so excited. Over 21 hrs. with one of my favorite authors, and to top it off, HE narrates...how wonderful! To my dismay, it wasn't wonderful. And it came to me a couple of hours into it how I'd missed it in the first place. I'd tried to read it years ago and finally gave up out of boredom. It doesn't go anywhere forever, and when it finally does get moving, it's not worth the journey.
As for the narration, if you can stand 21-1/2 hrs. of Stephen King's congested adenoids ("please" comes out puhl-neeze, for example) AND mediocre story, then you're more patient than I, and more power to you. Personally, I'd rather have the 21 hrs. back of my life I gave up for this book.
I do plan on listening to this book again. I enjoyed how the interwoven threads made for an interesting tapestry of a book. It kept my attention.
Jo because she shows the power of love doesn't end with death, but lives on.
I enjoyed King narrating as the author he can place the emphasis on the words/scenes he felt were most important.
I was disappointed that it seems he has sold out to add gratuitously explicit sex scenes in the book. I don't see how his graphic descriptions of his dreams of Mattie added to the story line and felt it was a lessening of his style.
54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.
I can't believe how many positive reviews this book has. It's one thing for a book to drag.. but this was criminal! How can this get by an editor? All I could do is fantasize on having king in front of me listening as I read through the endless, interminable "top of the driveway segment- watching his face turn red with shame and embarrassment as the hours rolled by. I wonder what was going on with him when he was writing this, drugs?, booze?, I've read alot of king and enjoyed much of his stuff immensely, but this book makes me wary of blindly putting down time and credits for his work. Now kings writing scares the hell out of me for a different reason. He is a remarkably talented writer but he's inconsistent and I often wonder how much he really cares about the end product beyond sales. 11/22/63 was a revelation and I hoped it signaled a new matured era for his writing (not to imply he goes all falkonery) but it seems quantity over quality is still his focus. Joyland was a big disappointment for me. The same old (very old) done to death storyline- like something thrown out there to fulfill his contract... Doctor sleep on the other hand at least seemed to be a book he put his back into, even so I don't think he has yet to exercise all his powers/ talent and I know there are alot of readers like me who wait and wonder when or if he will ever really strive to write something that utilizes his untapped full potential.