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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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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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    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!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TCatz 12-27-12
    TCatz 12-27-12 Member Since 2016

    TCatz

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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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    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 09-02-12
    Peter Collegeville, PA, United States 09-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "A Worthwhile Ghost Story"

    This story is narrated by Stephen King and I think it adds to the presentation. The main character is a novelist who is telling a first-person narrative. So, having King read his own book makes sense. He's not an actor, but his voice makes sense in the context of the audio production. Music is mixed in appropriately to add to the atmosphere.

    There are ghosts, murders and suspense - all of the things one enjoys in a novel.

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    BC Floridam, USA 08-16-12
    BC Floridam, USA 08-16-12
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    "Awesome Story!"
    If you could sum up Bag of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Oh. My. God.


    What other book might you compare Bag of Bones to and why?

    I don't really think any other books compare to Bag of Bones. I really think this book is unique. I wasn't really reminded of any other books when I was reading this, because Stephen King writes so uniquely. It wouldn't be a good Stephen King book if it reminded me of another book I'd recently read. So, in short, there are no other comparison books.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Stephen King does some pretty awesome accents that I really enjoyed, ones that helped me get "into" the characters.
    He gave me a certain feel for the characters I wouldn't have got if I was reading the book on my own.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    YES!!!! This book starts out rather predictably, I'll admit that the ending had a lot of different twists that made me feel very emotional. Some parts made me laugh hysterically, while others made me cry uncontrollably for a while.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed spending time with Mike Noonan, and the story really held me from start to finish. If you're a fan of classic ghost stories, this one is great for you!

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    Ann-Charlott Rungsted Kyst, Denmark 08-11-12
    Ann-Charlott Rungsted Kyst, Denmark 08-11-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Great story"

    I love Stephen King. I don't know any other writer who manages to deliver such a vast array of story genres, and each of them so well. This is a "Green Mile" type story with a ghost twist to it - and a love story in there as well. Not quite as well rounded as other stories but definitely worth a "read". Stephen King narrates it himself and although that is an interesting add-on, he is not an actor and it shows. But definitely worth a go!

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    Vicki Rochelle, GA, United States 08-08-12
    Vicki Rochelle, GA, United States 08-08-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Only Stephen King can make a scary story enjoyable"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bag of Bones to be better than the print version?

    Yes, I do and mainly because many of King's books are so long! I read The Stand and It so I'm comfortable reading a lengthy novel but a friend of mine who had the CD version of Bag of Bones said she really enjoyed that version. Bag of Bones was the first book I purchased via audible and I cannot describe the experience of listening to Stephen King with his unique voice tell this story. To steal what King said in the Q&A at the end, I feel I fully experienced this book via audible as you are forced to 'read' the book at the narrator's speed as opposed to that 'skimming' we sometimes tend to do and with the actual author of the book narrating, well, he knows which passages he wants to emphasize or highlight, pause etc.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Its really hard to pick but I'll go with Mike; cheating, I know, since he is the main character but he is flawed and likable at the same time. You feel his pain as he grieves for Jo and you see how his feelings grow for both Kyra and Mattie.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Gosh, I listened to this book in Dec 2011/Jan 2012 and I enjoyed many of the scenes which are now running together but strangely enough I have to say I really liked the scene(s) where Mike communicated with the 'refrigerator people' that so creeped me out as I listened to King describe it not to mention the scene where Mike set up the recorder at night to see what he might capture audibly. I don't like scary movies per se but something about the 'scary' scenes in Bag of Bones, being read to me by Stephen King, just gave me an enjoyable shiver. I really can't narrow it down anymore than that!


    Who was the most memorable character of Bag of Bones and why?

    Again, really hard, but I really admired Mattie, she had is so hard but maintained her honesty and freshness and though I won't spoil it for someone who has not read the book, I had to take a break right after that pivotal scene, I just could not believe it! And actually, I really enjoyed the story of Sara, too, hearing her story unfold and how it all related to what was happening in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    If you get a chance to listen to Bag of Bones, take it; you will not be sorry!

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    Amazon Customer Norman, OK 07-31-12
    Amazon Customer Norman, OK 07-31-12 Member Since 2012

    Audible is Awesome. Like to 'read' when I am driving. The Sooners will win big in 2015

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    "Not Good"

    I was so underwhelmed with this title that I have not even bothered to watch the movie on Netflix.

    I am so done with with this type of story. And I love the King.

    Not a Storm Seal of Approval winner.

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