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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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    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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Sherri Grants Pass, Oregon, United States 03-09-12
    Sherri Grants Pass, Oregon, United States 03-09-12
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    "As usual, King kills it!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Suspensful, performed by the master himself, and with its usual pathos and attention to detail (without boring you).


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

    The scene when all hell breaks out in the house/kitchen, tearing everything, including him, apart. That, and his memories and concerns about his wife, very touching and real.


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

    His voice, his inflections, and the fact that he knew what he wanted to say to his Constant Reader, and loves the story so tells it magnificently.


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

    Hmmm, they've already been there, done that, and it was pretty good. Directors seem to sometimes have a difficult time with King, thinking they can do it better -- word to the wise, NO ONE DOES IT BETTER, EVER!


    Any additional comments?

    LOVE Stephen King and just wish he could put out, oh, about one book a week to keep me in King, the bigger the better (slightly unreasonable, of course, but a wish IS a wish, after all).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "Poor Girl!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, it showed what those who have little should deal with those who have too much!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Death of the Old Man!


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

    His Feelings!


    If you could take any character from Bag of Bones out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    The Girl, Because She seemed So Sweet and deserved some Good Life & Times!


    Any additional comments?

    The Writer should have sprouted a Pair and Pushed the Old Man in his Wheelchair in the Lake along with the Wicked Witch of the Dollar!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jennifer 02-16-12
    Jennifer 02-16-12
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    "No one could have read it better"
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    I love listening to Stephen King narrate his own stories. He's so close to his material, it's like being inside his head as the story is taking place. Couldn't be more real.


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

    I will never look at alphabet refrigerator magnets the same way again.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Not favorite, but the rock throwing in the lake was painful and agonizing.


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

    Definitely


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. King, please read more of your own books!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    leighda 01-28-12
    leighda 01-28-12 Member Since 2011

    Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..

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    "Heart pounding thriller"

    What a story this is.. the movie was a joke but that's comment if your a reader..
    The book tells you with wonderful detail about what was going on in the minds of the characters.
    Hard to put down once you get going...

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    Terri Waco, TX, United States 01-03-12
    Terri Waco, TX, United States 01-03-12
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    "Difficult listening."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Better story. Don't get me wrong, I love King. But, I have a hard time reading and listening to his newer material.


    Has Bag of Bones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    The language King ises does turn me off his books.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Stephen King?

    Not sure buf not King.


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    Guess I'm going to have to go back and read only his early writtings.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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