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.
I read, I write; I listen
Stephens King's book "Bag Of Bones" is a good piece of writing. The story is rich and well developed, about a successful writer, perhaps somewhat autobiographic, but Stephen King as the narrator was about as entertaining as a highschool history teacher. At first the idea of having Stephen King narrate was exciting, but trying to listen to his monitone rendition and even stumbling over some parts made it hard to concentrate on the story . King can write but leave the narrating to the Professionals. the writing would get five stars but since this is an audio book, 2 stars.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.