I got this book just to see if I would like it. I read no reviews and knew nothing about it before I started listening. I was very skeptical about King reading his own work, but decided to give it a try anyway. I am glad I did.
Bag of Bones is now one of my favorite books. King's narration is nothing short of brilliant. The book is written in first person and you get the feeling that King actually lived this tale.
What I really like is that Bag of Bones is not just a ghost story. It is a book about a writer attempting to deal with the death of his wife, writer's block, and his dawning realization that there are things more important and more fulfilling in his life that simply writing his mystery novels.
This book has all the elements that I love in a good story - real characters that you care about, suspense, a great plot that does not reveal itself fully until the end, and great insight into the human condition.
Yes, it is a great book, even if it seems childish at parts. It has a lot of interesting mythology mix up in all the shenanigans.
It would have been better if narrated by Joshua Swanson, because he has a very defined set of voices for all of them (the characters) and switches between more smoothly. Although I have no complaints as nick chamian for a narrator, he was still excellent. The other reviews are quite exaggerated about his voice. He is just not the best for this book.
This is the old Anne Rice who wrote the Vampire Chronicles. We have not seen her in a while and it is a true pleasure to have her back.
Everything. He is an amazing narrator.
This is book is similar to the Vampire Chronicles in the ideas it explores, however not so sweeping and spellbinding as to be a good subject for exploration in multiple volumes as were the Chronicles. It suffers form the same misgivings as Blood Canticle because in the end a bunch of characters simply sit down and explain everything. Rather than being shown through plot, story, and characterization, we are sermonized. All the elements are there as they were in the chronicles - immortality, human becoming monster, love, and ancient history and more. But it is distinctly watered down and somewhat unoriginal. Though nowhere near it in richness of character or quality of plot and writing, it is the most enjoyable book she has written since Blackwood Farm.
If you like a book of characters and character interaction, as well as surprise and suspense, you will love this book.
Do not be fooled by the surface situational description of this book as I was. I had owned it for years and never read it because I was not so interested in a book about hostages. However this book only uses the situation as a vehicle to explore human relationships and it is wonderful, gripping, and impossible to stop listening.
I got this book after reading Salem's Lot and Bag of Bones, two really good Stephen King novels. It contains none the elements that make up a good novel, that being character and plot developement. I have a hard time believing that Stephen King would put his name on this book.
Unfortunately I bought Talisman based on reader reviews and paid more attention to the good reviews than the bad ones.
Talisman leads you through a fictional world full of gore and violence with stereotypical characters who are either all bad or all good, with little to no depth or development. If you like action and gore for their sake alone, perhaps you will like Talisman. If you like a book with realistic characters that you care about, and a plot that contains more than just a series of gory action scenes, then like me, you will have trouble finishing Talisman, and you will be dissappointed that you wasted a book credit.
I would not reccommend Talisman to anyone.
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