I began listening with my daughter on a long drive to NH. After several hours, we agreed it was a well-written slow starter. King's imagery is stunningly vivid, memorable, but why go on in seeming pointless detail about the daily life of a recently widowed writer? And where was the horror? But it becomes so clear later and all those slow life details have a point. It is a quiet horror story about the hidden life of locals in a small Maine town. Be sure and catch the interview with King at the end (but DON'T jump ahead to it!).
And, of course, what better narrator than King himself? I am not a big King fan and I was quite disappointed with his latest, "Cell," so that was the deciding factor when I purchased this one.
I got this book just to see if I would like it. I read no reviews and knew nothing about it before I started listening. I was very skeptical about King reading his own work, but decided to give it a try anyway. I am glad I did.
Bag of Bones is now one of my favorite books. King's narration is nothing short of brilliant. The book is written in first person and you get the feeling that King actually lived this tale.
What I really like is that Bag of Bones is not just a ghost story. It is a book about a writer attempting to deal with the death of his wife, writer's block, and his dawning realization that there are things more important and more fulfilling in his life that simply writing his mystery novels.
This book has all the elements that I love in a good story - real characters that you care about, suspense, a great plot that does not reveal itself fully until the end, and great insight into the human condition.
A fascinating story, beautiful writing, and well performed by the author. This book kept me utterly distracted at the office and made me march extra blocks on my evening walks so I could just hear one more chapter. Definitely a must for a King fan.
Lawyer in Nelson BC. Love historical fiction like World without End or Up Country. Google Plex was so intriguing.
What a joy to listen to. You get the book and an interview with King at the end where he talks about his views of this book - Both were excellent.
The story unfolds is such an upredictable style. I listened to it while driving long distances. It makes hours seem like minutes.
I was very pleasantly surprised. King shows a different range in this book. The depth of characters and complex storylines demonstrate King's matrurity and mastery as a writer. This is a long story, with many plotlines and characters, but the characters remained interesting throughout. You really care about what happens to them, and that is what good fiction writing is all about.
What a great book! Spooky and interesting. Makes me wonder where Mr. King gets his ideas. Just when you think you know where this story is going...
Great writing, with a deeply moving storyline. Psychological terror as it progresses -I held my breath at times hoping the inevitable would not happen with people I cared about. Everything works here- the narration by Stephen King is amazing.
Every once in awhile I come across a story that stays with me long after I read (listen) to it. In this case- if you don't listen- you will miss so much! I had listened to this one a long time ago, and for some reason failed to write a review. I re-listened last week, and enjoyed it just as much, if not more, the second time around.
The ghosts are terrifying, the cabin is spooky, the lake scared me, and some of the people too. Pretty amazing for a story that starts out with a tragic and sad storyline. King can send chills up my spine with the most innocent of events, no gore or slashing required.
I've listened to a great deal of Stephen King via audiobook - It, Dark Tower series, Dreamcatchers, etc. This was comparable to my previous experiences. Probably a 7 out of 10 compared to other audiobooks.
The writers ability to encourage the reader to look over the precipice of life and into the gaping darkness of being left behind when your loved one’s pass, was personally emotionally taxing, but well done.
As Mike Noonan inadvertantely goes for a swim, a fact dawns on him about the length to which those who oppose him, will go.
Being that it's a lengthy book, that's not practical; but Stephen King has a way of riveting your attention to his stories, only allowing you to let go when you're exhausted and need sleep.
Being young and recently married, the concept of losing my beloved is heart rending. The story was able to connect and stoke my imagination; hopes, dreams, fears and all.
Having listened to the Dark Tower series, many of the tie-ins were fondly remembered.
Don't know what I was doing back in 1998 that made me miss this Stephen King book, but I'm rather glad to have the chance to listen to it now in 2012. Hearing King read the book was both intimate and chilling. Although the plot is supernatural (which I can't quite believe in), the characters are credible and I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.