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Bag of Bones Audiobook

Bag of Bones

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. He moves into his isolated house by the lake, which becomes the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?
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Publisher's Summary

Even four years after the sudden death of his wife, best selling novelist Mike Noonan can't stop grieving, nor can he return to his writing. Now his nights are plagued by vivid nightmares of the house by the lake. Despite these dreams, or perhaps because of them, he decides to return to Sara Laughs, the Noonans' isolated summer home. In his beloved Yankee town, he finds himself falling in love with a widowed young mother, who struggles to keep custody of her 3-year-old daughter. He is also drawn into the mystery of Sara Laughs, now the site of ghostly visitations, ever-escalating nightmares, and the sudden recovery of his writing ability. What are the forces that have been unleashed here - and what do they want of Mike Noonan?

©1998 Stephen King, All Rights Reserved; (P)1998 Simon & Schuster, Inc., All Rights Reserved

What the Critics Say

"The witty and obsessive voice of King's powerful imagination." (Amy Tan)
"What King lacks in professional polish he makes up for with an infectious enthusiasm that will lock in listeners for the long haul." (Publishers Weekly)

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    kymberly 07-15-13
    kymberly 07-15-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bag of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I've never physically read this book. I've seen the movie, but it was like they weren't the same. I remember the movie, but the book for me was better.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    I didn't think King is the best narrator, but I do think that he gave the characters and scenes just the right touch.


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    Vicki United States 06-02-13
    Vicki United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the narration"

    I enjoyed this story a lot. Stephen King does an excellent job of narrating. I like the fact that he didn't try to overact the story or go crazy with a lot of different voices.. He knows his characters, how they feel, what they think. He did a great job.

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    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-08-13
    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "My First Book From Mr. King"

    This is my first Stephen King novel, I got it because it's recommended by my cousin. I enjoyed most of it, the sound effects are kinda distracting, I didn't enjoy the singing so much. I can see why Mr. King is a best seller, his writing has a lot of depth and it makes you think. But it's not a memorable one, it's the kind of book that's purely for entertaining, it's not something that sticks with you, keep you thinking months afterward. As the matter of fact, I had forgotten that I read it until I came across it to review. I haven't read any of his other books so I can't compare. But I can imagine that someone will enjoy this one very much if you like his other ones. He does a good job narrating it too, while not a professional, he captures the essence of the book very well.

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    kathy United States 03-15-13
    kathy United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Mr. King is the Maestro and a great Narrator!"
    Where does Bag of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP 3 for sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Maine landscape and social aspect of the story is very believable. Its sexy in all the right places!


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first King Narrated book I have listened to.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, it was fun to take it a piece at a time. Its way too much story to get all in one sitting. "Living with the characters" for several days was enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Steve (King) for supporting audio books. The work and production effort is well worth it! You are the Maestro for all aspiring writers to study.

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    Clare B. Gerber Penfield, NY 03-04-13
    Clare B. Gerber Penfield, NY 03-04-13

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    "Poor listening!"
    What disappointed you about Bag of Bones?

    Title did not match story. Read poorly.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Accomplished reader and less vulgarity.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Anger that I waisted a credit and disappointment with the book as a whole.


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    Athena Johnson, VT, United States 01-10-13
    Athena Johnson, VT, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of King's best"
    If you could sum up Bag of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Writer's block sucks


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've listened to this book through twice now since I bought it a year ago and I seem to notice a lot of great little details about the audio each time. The first time I was (obviously) more focused on the story, second time around though I took the time to notice some of ther other details. In addition to the narration, music is also added, including a female singer (with a wonderful jazz voice) singing the lyrics for Sara Tidwell as well, I hadn't picked up on this the first time and nearly jumped out of my skin when I heard it, one of the characters needs an oxygen mask and the sound of his breathing is even added in the background when he enters the scene. It scared the hell out of me when I noticed it. It was a great touch and really pulled you into the story.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen King – was your favorite?

    I think his performance as Mike Noonan the narrator of the story was sensational, he's obviously very in touch with this character and is able to make all his thoughts and intentions understood perfectly.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Anytime Noonan is talking about his wife or forshadowing some of the events to the book's climax. His tone of voice was both ominous and emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Stephen King's works - or horror novels about writers and haunted lakes - this is a book for you!

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    TCatz 12-27-12
    TCatz 12-27-12 Member Since 2016

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    "Great Listen"
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    I would as it was a great story even if it was long I enjoyed every moment of it. A little bit something different from Stephen King, a ghostly love story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    They way it played out, it kept you guessing and I could not wait to hear what happened next.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    I liked it everything, he tells it how it should be told.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    They already made a movie I think


    Any additional comments?

    Highly Reccomend.

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    Taylor New York, NY 12-17-12
    Taylor New York, NY 12-17-12 Member Since 2011

    "If 'tis a sin, I don't give a Fiddler's fart!" -Frank McCourt.

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    "Bag Of Boredom."

    What can I say about this book whitout being mean?

    I'm a huge Stephen King fan don't get me wrong, but this book is a MAJOR downer. This one is so boring it couldn't keep me interested. On several accasions I dozed off, which made it even more confusing...
    Also, I strongly think that Stephen King should stick to what he does best which is writing, and leave the narrator business to the professionals.

    The whole thing was just depressing, boring, and dry.

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    Sylvia 12-11-12
    Sylvia 12-11-12
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    "Great Ghost story. Loved it."
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    Absolutely. I loved this book. I am sure there are things I have missed listening to this book, as there are always interruptions, and old faltering brain cells at work.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    He knew the characters and made sure you did as well. Great listen.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I couldn't believe he would leave the child alone in the house and go to the studio. Seemed totally out of character. Ticked me right off.


    Any additional comments?

    Couldn't wait to phone the readers in my family. 2 of them are avid listeners to audio books, and we can have a great chat at Christmas over this book. Loved it.

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    Jessica GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 09-25-12
    Jessica GLEN BURNIE, MD, United States 09-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "More than I expected"
    What made the experience of listening to Bag of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I loved hearing this story as Stephen King tells it. I love it when authors narrate their own works, it gives such soul to the story.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bag of Bones?

    The twist at the end, after the storm.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    The earnest way he told all of it, with making it too dramatic because the story was enough to keep me listening.


    If you could rename Bag of Bones, what would you call it?

    Sarah Laughs


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