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 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 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.
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.
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.
I did not feel good at the end. Too many unclear dreams and partial psychic visions. Underneath this was a good story and would have been a good novella. But I felt like the author threw in filler to make it novel length. The story begins with Mike losing his wife due to a brain aneurism (or something internal). The first 3 ½ hours are about Mike’s grief and writer’s block. I was tired of it. For me, the story finally begins when Mike meets three-year-old Kyra and her mother Mattie. Mattie’s husband died in an accident. Her wealthy evil father-in-law is suing for custody of Kyra. Mike becomes a friend to Kyra and Mattie and hires a lawyer to help them. The rest of the story has too much vaguery. Mike has several dreams and nightmares. He has many partial psychic visions. Ghosts are doing things, not fully explained. The local townspeople don’t like Mattie and later don’t like Mike. Their reasons and actions were not explained. Finally at the end there is a tell-all where someone asks Mike questions and Mike explains: back in 1901 this happened, then later these other things happened, and recently this happened and why. Tell-alls at the end are not a good vehicle for me. I prefer learning bits and pieces as one journeys through the story. So this disappointed me.
At the end of the book I was not clear about things, for example why certain local townspeople did what they did. I wanted to know more about Max and Rogette. Max tried to kill someone, but it didn’t work. So why didn’t Max hire someone to do it? He hired someone to kill another. Why didn’t the shooter’s buddies help the shooter when the shooter was in trouble? A good guy tries to help a drowning bad guy. The bad guy bites the hand trying to help and ends up dying. Why bite?
FOR SENSITIVE READERS:
There was a horrible-violent-rape-murder scene. It was depressing and stayed in my thoughts too much afterwards. A short part of the story has depressing and sad content about prejudice and violence against blacks. Language includes racial slurs.
Stephen King narrated. I believe he did the local Maine accent well. I love him as an author but not as a narrator. He says Mondeey, Tuesdeey, and a few other things which are unpleasant for me. I prefer actors with generic accents.
Genre: paranormal mystery suspense.
Ending: Good for some good guys, not all.
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!!
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.