I was not a big fan of Stephen King's books before I listened to Bag of Bones. I couldn't stop listening! Stephen King does an awesome job of reading, even though he admits he is not a "trained actor." He really brings the book totally to life, and the interview at the end was soooooo interesting! His references to so many real life people, real books, and real authors just made the story so much more alive.
I can't recommend this book strongly enough. The characters are so full and full of life. King's narration was incredible; especially the personality and voice of Kyra. The addition of the music by "Sarah" was amazing, and I would certainly like to see more credit to King for the lyrics and the woman who performed it....wonderful.
For long-time King fans, I would share that this book reminds me more of The Stand than any other I have read/heard. Not because of the theme, but because of the way I loved the characters so.... I think I have a new King Favorite....
Pros: Stephen King does a great narrative job. He was great. It was great to hear an author read a book in the vein it was intended.
Negative: Like all Stephen Kings recent work he's just too long and dragging. He needs an editor to cut his work down and make it more interesting. Story drags
Final: It'll be the last Stephen King novel that I listen to or read. The novelty of hearing him read the book made it worthwhile.
Hard core Stephen King fans will love this book and should ignore this review. Anyone who's ever picked up one of his books and left it in the middle because it was too long and boring will agree with this review. Fascinating to hear Author as Narrator.
This book took almost five hours before the ghost even started to show up. It was sooooo slow going and there were about four different plot lines to keep straight. I was also bored to death by SK's narration. His voice just got to me after a while. He tries his best not be monotone, but he didn't pull it off. I was quite disappointed.
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OK for the record I love King, but this is not one of his best. That said the issue I think is more about the audiobook then the novel. Novels like this may be best read than listen to. Why there are a lot interlocked characters and this is sometime hard to follow in this audiobook.
I might, just to hear Stephen Kings voice. It was spot on and I really feel it made this book more interesting. I usually pass on books that are narrated by the author because most of them come off as dull and flat. Not Mr. King. He really is good.
I don't care for this question because I feel in a good book all the characters should be favorites. They should all add to the ebb and flow.
I have both listened and read other Stephen King books. This is a good one. For whatever reason it did not frighten me as much as Duma Key (one of my favorites) but that's not to say it didn't have some intense parts. It did!
This book moves along at a good pace. Not to fast and not to slow. Great twist and turns. I will admit that I did not listen to it before I went to sleep but it was not so scary as to make me stop listening. Again I loved Mr. Kings narration. Hope he has plans to read more of his work. He is that good.
I love this book. I love the creepy isolation of the locale in which Mike Noonan goes to try to figure out his writers block following the death of his beloved wife, Jo. But I could not give Stephen King a pass when it came to the narration. He was monotone and annoying, and he couldn't even say "ayuh" right. coming from Maine he should hear that 50 times a day. Aside from this definitely one of his scariest books, check it out.
OMG talk about a story dragging, I dont remember ever disliking a King book ,but I have not read anything of his in the last 10 years or so. He is not the best narrator either.Save your money wish I had.
Of audio books written by Stephen King I've now listened to The Cell, Dark Tower, Duma Key, Apt Pupil and a few others. All have been wonderfully written and narrated. So when I started listening to Bag of Bones and noted it was narrated by Stephen King I was curious to hear what one of his books would be when acted by the person who wrote it.
While the narration of Bag of Bones by the author wasn't as perfect as Neverwhere's narration by its author, Stephen King did a fine job. This would be a good audio book--if it didn't have gosh darned background music pipe in every time the author thinks it's a spooky scene.
Every single "spooky" scene gets "pseudo-spooky" music put in the background, and it's frankly killing this story for me. I'm around 3/4 way through with the audio book and am wishing it would be over because it's really not enjoyable.
The story is good, the narration is fine, but the audio presentation is lousy.