What a wonderful story! I found a new side to this multi-faceted author--romance! And who could possibly have read this better, with all the right inflections, pauses, and emphasis, than Stephen King himself.
This masterpiece would make a fabulous unabridged screen-play if Mr. King himself converts it from book to movie.
I am forever amazed at Mr. King's ability to cast the reader into the psyche of each character, and to stimulate the mind's eye to see every detail of the story.
Nerdy analyst, Tory Episcopalian and former Marine
Not much. The theme was weak, characters mediocre, several long sequences that added nothing to the book and finally King is an awful narrator
Used a professional to read the book
King is one of my favorite authors, but this is one of his forgettable works.
I know his wife died and he has writers block, but after 3 hours of listening, that's all I know. Can't believe Stephen King wrote and read this trash.
The Path Between the Seas to The Great Bridge ~ Kagan's Peloponnesian War to Gaddis' Cold One ~ Mornings on Horseback to a River of Doubt ~ Tom to Huck ~ Lennie to Charley ~ Cadfael to Cross ~ Rhyme to Reacher ~ Blomkvist and Salander to Wallander and Wallander ~ Moving Cheese or Eating Frogs ~ On the Road and Into Thin Air ~ The End of History to A Short History of Everything to ... well ... everything else.
Steven King says he loves this book, and you can see why. Interesting, even compelling plot that peaks and resolves itself fully (which is not always the case with this writer). Even the ending, often a King weakness, is pretty strong. Bag of Bones is certainly worth a read.
It is a little less worth a listen. King decided to narrate this book himself. He is a MUCH better writer than he is a narrator. He isn't awful, but the most that can be said (except by fanboys, of course) is that his narration is passable. Perhaps he should remember that the ability to read aloud is only ONE of the skills required of a great narrator, just as the ability to put pen to paper is just ONE of the skills required of a great author. King has the full range of skills demanded of an author but lacks many of those demanded of a narrator.
Finally, skip the last 30 minutes. Not of the novel, but of the recording. It is a tedious interview with Steven King that (1) reveals little new and (2) seems only to serve as a platform for the questioner to try to appear bright, educated and literate. She may be all those things, but you would never know it from the interview. There, she is merely a know-it-all who tries too hard.
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.
I rate as follows: 5 Stars = Loved it. 4 Stars = Really liked it. 3 Stars = Liked it. 2 Stars = Didn't like it. 1 Star = Hated it.
This was a great read. It's not my favorite Stephen King novel (that title belongs to Duma Key) but it was extremely enjoyable.
Like any story, there are little things I could pick at; these items however are small questions regarding plot turns that would give away aspects of the novel to reveal, and did not impinge on my enjoyment of the story overall. My only real complaint is the depiction of a physical assault towards the end that was far more graphic than I needed.
I always enjoy Stephen King as a narrator as well, and his reading definitely added to the experience.
Will this book end up on my top 10 list? Nope. But I enjoyed the time I spent "On the TR" and if you typically enjoy Stephen King, I think you will too.
I used to read every book he wrote when they came out. Life changed, other things got in the way and I wasn't reading as much. Reading/listening to this took me back to why I enjoyed him so much. And hearing him read it was an added bonus. Loved it!!
I'm trying to figure out how none of the other reviews mention that it sounds as though SK's tongue is constantly getting stuck in the back of his throat. Not a good characteristic for a narrator to have such a distracting speech issue, I felt as though I was choking until I had to finally turn it off. Too bad, I would have liked to find out what happens in the story, but couldn't stand listening anymore!
Aficionados know that a narrator can add or detract from one's enjoyment of an audiobook, and one might expect that the author of a book couldn't help but be the obvious best choice for its narrator. However, in this instance, it just isn't true. The story is very good and King fans won't be disappointed with it, I believe, but they might be disappointed, as was I, with the narration. It just didn't gel for me. Four stars for a well-written though, in my opinion, not-so-well-read yarn.
I found this to be a very good audio book. Stephen King, the man himself, reads you one of his personal favorites. The production is excellent, and King does a great job on the reading. He gives the characters different voices and accents, and they are all well done. The mood music was effective and definately added to the suspense and scary feel.
The story itself is chillingly scary in some parts. My favorite portion of the book was the first three quarters. King's pace is quite slow to begin with, but instead of dragging I found it let me get into the characters and the small-town setting. Plus, there were enough scary "beats" to keep things interesting.
After the slow build-up, the story seemed to rush to a conclusion and I hated the ending. Still, overall a good listen, especially for King's performance.