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.
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.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Yes, one because the story is half decent, secondly and the real reason is because King reads this himself.
The ending was semi predictable but still semi satisfying, the ending isnt happy per say but it was a realistic ending.
He adds another dimension to the story that only the author of a book can do.
There was a certain death that left me in tears and saying why not just one time, one time someone can have a happy ending.