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 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 was reluctant at first to download a 21 hour book first narrarated by steven king but also because I had just read the "the gunslinger" and had not enjoyed it that much. Don't know why. Anyway, I wasn't going to read the rest of the dark tower series if I didn't like the first book. So, I read the comments and ratings for bag of bones, which were very good, and decided I'd give it a try.
Boy! Was I glad I did! This has got to be one of King's best. I really enjoyed the story and he slowly walks you down a path where reality and fantasy and horror all come togehter in the end but at just the right speed.
At first I didn't like King's funny voice. I had just listened to "the company--excellent!!--with scott brick as narrator (he's great)so Steven's voice was a "switch". At first it sounded kind of on the unpolished, droning side. But once I got use to it and his inflection and maybe he too got warmed up as the book progressed, I got to really like it. I couldn't imagine anybody else reading this book.
If you're teetering on this one, DON'T. Download this one. It's well worth the listen. It has all the elements, wife loved, lost, new girl, bad guy(s), kids, comedy, and scary parts. He did great. They need to make a movie out of this one too.
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!
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.
This was my first Stephen King book ever. I had always been afraid to read his books but this one just looked interesting. I was VERY glad I listened to it, it had just the right amount of scare and no gore. The fact that he reads the story himself is great. It had me interested from the start and kept me interested the entire way through. I found myself wishing my commute was longer some days. I thouroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. If you've never listed to (or read) Stephen King before this is the one to try. I recommended it to a friend and she is enjoying it now just as much as I did. Oh, and the bonus interview with him at the end is interesting too.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
So, I have a love/hate relationship with Stephen King. I love his ability to whip the reader/listener into a frenzy of excitement and anticipation but some of his works have horrifically disappointing endings. For example, Under the Dome was one of the most addicting audiobooks I've ever encountered but the ending fell flat for me (and lots of other people if you read the reviews). I've found that King FREQUENTLY leaves me feeling dissatisfied with his endings. Sometimes he just lets the plot fizzle out instead of culminating in a satisfying climax and in a few books, I felt like he must have written right up to the deadline and just stopped writing. Endings like that are torture for me. I can report that I had no dissatisfaction at the ending of this book. King did a masterful job of catching my attention, building the suspense, creating a beautifully metered-out build up to a climax, and he wrapped it up in a cohesive ending. I enjoyed the book (not as much as Under the Dome, but this one was a much more satisfying read overall since there wasn't a disappointing ending to get over). If you're like me and frequently frustrated by King's occasional tendency to fizzle out, you'll be in good hands reading Bag of Bones.
King narrates this one and I've heard several unfavorable critiques from fans that don't feel King does an adequate job of narrating his own audiobooks. This is the first time I've heard King as a narrator and I thought he did a very admirable job of it. His narration didn't bother me at all. Because the main character is a novelist residing in Maine (much like Mr. King), I felt like he was the natural choice to read this book and his narration was believable. If you've disliked King's narration in the past, I encourage you to give him another chance with Bag of Bones. I don't think you'll be disappointed.
Now, while I did enjoy the book, I didn't have the insane rapt attention I've had during some of his other works. I can't blame King for that, the story was a little difficult for me to read in places. There are several instances in the book that would be triggers for anyone that has suffered a violent crime or sexual assault. So, be warned that some of the action requires a strong stomach. And there is a custody battle over a small child and she becomes embroiled in some of the violence and for me as a new mom, imagining losing my child or my child in physical danger like the child in the story was a lot harder to stomach than I'd ever imagined. There were passages I found really hard to get through and even though they were exciting and climactic, I just wanted them to be over so I could rest easy that the child was okay. I don't think these passages would have affected me the same way before having my daughter but part of the beauty of good writing is the author giving us the ability to empathize with the characters and their situations. So, even though I found it extremely uncomfortable to listen to some of the passages, I recognize the brilliance in King's writing that made them so difficult for me in concert with all those new-mommy hormones. But I would definitely warn those sensitive or triggered by descriptions of violence and rape to stay away from this one.
The one critique I have isn't about the story or the narration, but a production choice to use music in the audiobook. The clips of songs used to usher us out of and into different chapters annoyed me. I understood why they did it and chose the songs they did, but I found it distracting and wished they had left it out.
Overall, this is one of the better King stories I've listened to. If you like "ghost stories" then this one will send some pleasant chills down your spine. If you're not into the ideas of ghosts or can't stomach violence then keep moving along to find something better suited to your sensibilities.
the fact that he writes about a writer, almost an autobiography except for it is fiction of course...
Finders Keepers sort of...
Yes. I don't miss any unabridged King novels that are 6 hours or more. This is one of my favorites.
I would have if possible
Truth be told, I didn't think I would like this recording. While I love Stephen King's books, I didn't think I'd like his voice portraying all the characters. I didn't think he had the ability to pull off what other talented readers have been doing for years. How wrong I was. After a few chapters I realized he was the perfect person to do so. Who else should speak the voice of a famous Maine novelist than a famous Maine novelist? It added another layer of spookiness that I just loved.
The story itself was superb. It may now be my favorite King novel. I couldn't stop listening. It had just the right amount of eeriness to keep me enthralled. I love a story where every little detail turns out to mean something important at the end. While other authors may try to use this trick occasionally in their novels, King was able to bring almost every tiny detail back circle.
Now I have to find yet another one of his books to keep me captivated. I know it won't be hard.
This is one of the finest audio book productions I've ever heard. Stephen King tells us in the interview at the end that he was an early adopter of what were then (early 1980s) called "books on tape." And he loves them. In this production, he not only reads his novel, he wrote songs that are professionally performed to enhance the atmosphere of the book. Readers of the print version will miss that.
On the surface Bag of Bones is a ghost story. But it is also a meditation on the writer's craft. The decisions a writer makes for his characters interact with the choices all humans make in living their imperfect real lives. One ghost that may haunt King is the ghost in the machine of every novel he has ever written. And intriguingly, every novel he has ever read.
In the end, Bag of Bones is the story of a novelist who knows too much and too little at the same time. In that, he is not unlike his readers.