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Bag of Bones | [Stephen King]

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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    mary 06-25-12
    mary 06-25-12
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    "Hooked on Stephen King"
    What other book might you compare Bag of Bones to and why?

    It reminds me a little of Duma Key with all of its super natural components.


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

    Mike, of course.


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

    Sarah.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved this book...just sucks you in and doesn't let you go. I also loved that King narrated this one himself. I'm new to Stephen King books (my mom read them all, but I was always afraid that they would frighten me!). Now that I've started, I simply can't stop. Love this man's mind!

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    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12
    Lysa Garcia 06-12-12 Listener Since 2008
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    "A long uninspired story"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, it was the longest book I wish I had never read


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Something good by King


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

    King should stick to writing


    Do you think Bag of Bones needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    No, please, no!


    Any additional comments?

    Very disappointing to a long-time fan

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    Jessica Oudbier 06-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Female, Military Background, Mother, Wife. Enjoys Science, Medicine (in particular viruses and diseases).

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    "Superb Character Development"
    What made the experience of listening to Bag of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I find that having the author (Stephen King) reading a book that he created brought about a completely different element to the audio book experience. It feels like a more complete experience hearing his voice reading to me the words he created into a story that I truly felt connected to. Like a good friend that I know and trust relaying an intimate story that means something to him about somebody else he has known since birth. The connection is that deep and that strong, and you can feel it. The fact that I can hear the words out loud exactly as Stephen King intended (I presume) his story to be told made it that much more special for me, as one of his many fans out there in the world.


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

    The most satisfying part of this novel, as with any novel, is when the pieces come together after hours of 'foreplay' in which we are trying to understand the motives of the different characters. For me, finally understanding Sarah as a character towards the end of the book tied up all of the loose ends for me in a very satisfying way. My favourite antagonists are the ones that aren't clearly evil or clearly unhuman but the ones that you can relate to and identify with and understand. Especially the ones you can empathize with through the creative narration given to you.


    What three words best describe Stephen King’s performance?

    Engaging, Comforting, Intimate


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

    I believe there is already a film for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to many audio-books because I live in southern california, and that means traffic. With that in mind, it took me a few minutes to adjust from the professional orators and their polished recordings for a more intimate version of audio-book story telling. I didn't grade him very well on performance due to the fact that it was a hard adjustment from what I've come to expect from audio books, and his oration wasn't very good, but also added to the comforting feeling of the book. Like a beloved relative (I'm picturing my father) reading to you before you go to bed. It's not perfect, but it's Dad, which makes it that much more special. Same instance here, Stephen King's accent was a bit hard for me to adjust to, but after I adjusted somewhere in chapter 3, his voice became familiar and I began to appreciate the sound of his voice for what it really was: the voice of the creator of the story I was being told.

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    Martin Treglown Dallas, Oregon United States 05-30-12
    Martin Treglown Dallas, Oregon United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Unabridged"
    What disappointed you about Bag of Bones?

    Great chunks of the story have been left out, I have the book on tape and in paperback


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story ruined by missing bits


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    A book read by the author is usually best


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    susan des plaines, IL, United States 05-21-12
    susan des plaines, IL, United States 05-21-12
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    "STORY DIDNT MATCH THE MOVIE"

    I enjoyed it but it was way different then the movie which prompted me toorder the book.

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    Penny NEPA 05-18-12
    Penny NEPA 05-18-12 Member Since 2009
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    "How did I miss this one?"

    Don't know what I was doing back in 1998 that made me miss this Stephen King book, but I'm rather glad to have the chance to listen to it now in 2012. Hearing King read the book was both intimate and chilling. Although the plot is supernatural (which I can't quite believe in), the characters are credible and I thoroughly enjoyed the listen.

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    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 05-01-12
    BackupGeek brentwood, ca United States 05-01-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Couldn't even finish it"

    Stephen King is a good writer but horrible at reading his own book. The book is full of this annoying audio track of music and sound effects between each chapter that just made the book unreadable to me. Give me a different narrator and no music track and I will try again.

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    Judy Switzerland 04-22-12
    Judy Switzerland 04-22-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Surprisingly pleased with the narration"

    I've heard a few books read by the authors, and in every case it was a disappointment - until Bag of Bones. Stephen King may not be a professional reader, but this is his book and it's so special hearing the tale from the master story teller himself. His characterizations were not overdone - in fact, King is so good when writing character dialogue that you don't really even need a change in voice to tell who is talking - but he did do the changes well, surprisingly so. He knows these people after all. I loved the little girls voice, because he didn't overdo it, and again, her dialect was so perfect for her age, it just seemed natural.

    The story itself, (and that's what's the most important) defies being put into a genre. There is a gothic like element, and romance, and just outright human nature at both its best and its worst, and its most human. Something I love about King's books - I always care what happens to the characters. They have their flaws as do we all, and that is what makes us identify with them. There are twists and turns and surprises, and enough suspence to keep you listening much longer than you intended.

    The one thing that I have as a critique is the music that played in between many of the chapters, and occasionally during moments of tension. I do "get it" that this particular music was in a sense very much part of the theme of the book. But I am partially deaf in one ear and sounds that blend in with voices tend to muffle out the voices.Suspense doesn't need music to be suspenseful, and bleeding the music into the first or last few lines of each chapter was a distraction for me because I had to listen carefully to hear what was being said. Still, I enjoyed Stephen's reading so much I still gave it a 5 in performance in spite of the music - just wanted to mention it for publishers, please, go light on music in audiobooks.

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    Jane Odense, Denmark 03-22-12
    Jane Odense, Denmark 03-22-12
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    "I'm a King fan now!"
    What did you love best about Bag of Bones?

    The athmosphere.


    What did you like best about this story?

    king always pick surprising turns in the story - this activate all sorts of feelings - and when THAT happen, it is a fanstastic story.


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

    Duma Key and that story was fantastic too. This is my second but far from my last book from his hand.


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

    That King was the reader - made the story real in a great way.


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    Chris ATLANTA, GA, United States 03-15-12
    Chris ATLANTA, GA, United States 03-15-12
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    "Best King book I've read (listened to)"

    This "ghost story" is truly a work of art. It is read by King, who does an excellent job of adding dimension to the characters. There is music included (with lyrics written by King, no less) that I believe provides some cohesion to the narrative--some may find it distracting but I really liked it (much better than the music that is a part of the mini-series).

    The story is truly chilling. I was quite literally scared at times, and turned it off. For fans of King, this is a must read/listen!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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