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Bag of Bones Audiobook

Bag of Bones

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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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    Drew Kemptville, ON, Canada 01-23-14
    Drew Kemptville, ON, Canada 01-23-14

    Radio host who loves photography, his family and films.

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    "This Book Cost Me Extra Gas Money"

    Interestingly enough, this was my first ever audiobook purchase. I was listening to this a few years ago while also reading The Dome from Stephen King. For whatever reason, it didn't completely hook me that time. Maybe it's because I had difficulty going between a book and an audiobook. What's really interesting though, is that after I started to fall in love with audiobooks giving it a chance recently, I decided to give this book another try and I'm glad I did. In fact, it's one of my favourite Stephen King stories because there's so much meat to the story.

    Is it super scary, not necessarily but I was able to invest some time in this book because of my interest in the characters. The story, as it always seems with Stephen King, didn't finish exactly the way I wanted. I would suggest that it was bittersweet but there was still something nice about the ending... as if it wasn't a total loss for the characters.

    I would suggest you give this book a try. I can promise that if you like good stories, you'll like this one. It was good enough that I would drive the long way to work or take detours to get home just so that I could fit in an extra 30 to 45 minutes while I listened to the reading of this book by Stephen. By the way, when you start, you may not find Stephen's performance fantastic but he does shine when you get into the book because he knows his story better than anyone and how to read it.

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    Irene Marietta, Gabon 12-19-13
    Irene Marietta, Gabon 12-19-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Stephen King can narrate, I know!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bag of Bones the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King evidently loves this book, and his tempo, emphasis and mix of music, sound effects, really brought this to life. As the author his insight to the story elements made his standard delivery that much more exciting.


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    Daniel Lloydminster, SK, Canada 11-26-13
    Daniel Lloydminster, SK, Canada 11-26-13 Member Since 2016
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    "The Music makes it"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, most definitely. Because I know so few people who listen to audiobooks, and I think this one would be a great place to start. The music brings it to life. King's voice is gentle and relatable, and the story is one that keeps your attention wrapped.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Noonan. And to a certain extent, Sarah Tidwell. No, I don't approve of her child murdering habits, but the character which is created in the historical digging that Mike does is thrilling. The way she tumbles and laughs through a song, the way she understands life as a black woman in a dangerous time, yet still loves the music enough to laugh through it, and how she has a disarming friendliness about her, it all makes for an excellent villain.


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

    King, being the author himself has the unique insight into his own novel that no one else can have. While writing a certain line, he might have imagined it being spoken in a certain way, and can communicate that to his listeners. I know that a lot of frequent listeners are skeptical of an author performing his own work, but I think King's ability is practiced enough, and to be honest, I'd like to hear him do a lot more of his own books. I listened to Under the Dome last week, and found that the performance didn't hold my interest very well. Maybe if King had done it himself I might have enjoyed it more.


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

    Not possible. I think it took me 4 days, with an average of about 5 or 6 hours per day. I definitely listened as much and as often as I could, but I couldn't imagine attempting this one in a single sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of my favorite audiobooks to date. Stephen King's performance of his own work is excited and captivating. The music - not just the fantastic blues, but also the eery music that accompanied suspenseful moments... well, it had the potential to be incredibly cheesy, but it never was. The Sarah Tidwell tunes were terrific. If more blues sounded like that, I would listen to more blues. In general, I loved the effort and imagination that went into this audiobook. Thank you, Mr. King.

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    David Andrew Levy 11-18-13

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    "Stephen King Narrates!"
    What did you love best about Bag of Bones?

    I love it when the author is the one narrating the book. That is especially true when that author is Stephen King! He has a great voice to begin with, but when you put these characters from Maine into his mouth, they come alive in a way that you can really count on someone who's spent most of his life in Maine to do it. As with most Stephen King stories, there's a point where a person is smarter than I think the details of the story should allow, but all in all, this is an interesting book with a nice supernatural tie-in as well as (as always) new insights into the writer's world that King has managed to avoid including in any of his many, earlier novels that include writers. Unlike some of his better novels, however, when all is said and done, a year later, I have vivid images of many of the scenes of the novel, but cannot remember certain key elements of the story. There's a certain amount of complexity to this story that goes beyond stories like "The Cell" and even tomes like "The Stand". I always love what King does or tries to do, however, because he's so unafraid to try anything he dreams up. In this story, he touches on single parenthood and race relations with deftness and sensitivity.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    I simply love his voice and the Maine accents!


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    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 10-25-13
    Glenda Jeffers Indiana, USA 10-25-13 Member Since 2016

    For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.

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    "Didn't Work For Me"

    I'm a Stephen King fan, but this one didn't work for me. As someone who numbers many of his books as some of my top 50 favs (ie, Desperation, The Stand), I couldn't imagine how I missed this earlier book so I bought it, and was so excited. Over 21 hrs. with one of my favorite authors, and to top it off, HE narrates...how wonderful! To my dismay, it wasn't wonderful. And it came to me a couple of hours into it how I'd missed it in the first place. I'd tried to read it years ago and finally gave up out of boredom. It doesn't go anywhere forever, and when it finally does get moving, it's not worth the journey.

    As for the narration, if you can stand 21-1/2 hrs. of Stephen King's congested adenoids ("please" comes out puhl-neeze, for example) AND mediocre story, then you're more patient than I, and more power to you. Personally, I'd rather have the 21 hrs. back of my life I gave up for this book.

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    William 10-13-13
    William 10-13-13
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    "a real bell ringer!"
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    I do plan on listening to this book again. I enjoyed how the interwoven threads made for an interesting tapestry of a book. It kept my attention.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jo because she shows the power of love doesn't end with death, but lives on.


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

    I enjoyed King narrating as the author he can place the emphasis on the words/scenes he felt were most important.


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

    I was disappointed that it seems he has sold out to add gratuitously explicit sex scenes in the book. I don't see how his graphic descriptions of his dreams of Mattie added to the story line and felt it was a lessening of his style.


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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 10-08-13
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 10-08-13 Member Since 2015

    54 yrs, ,memb 12yrs,library -75%nonfic 10% fiction,15% classics. History, all sciences, bio, classics,diverse other interests.

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    "BAG OF CRAP"

    I can't believe how many positive reviews this book has. It's one thing for a book to drag.. but this was criminal! How can this get by an editor? All I could do is fantasize on having king in front of me listening as I read through the endless, interminable "top of the driveway segment- watching his face turn red with shame and embarrassment as the hours rolled by. I wonder what was going on with him when he was writing this, drugs?, booze?, I've read alot of king and enjoyed much of his stuff immensely, but this book makes me wary of blindly putting down time and credits for his work. Now kings writing scares the hell out of me for a different reason. He is a remarkably talented writer but he's inconsistent and I often wonder how much he really cares about the end product beyond sales. 11/22/63 was a revelation and I hoped it signaled a new matured era for his writing (not to imply he goes all falkonery) but it seems quantity over quality is still his focus. Joyland was a big disappointment for me. The same old (very old) done to death storyline- like something thrown out there to fulfill his contract... Doctor sleep on the other hand at least seemed to be a book he put his back into, even so I don't think he has yet to exercise all his powers/ talent and I know there are alot of readers like me who wait and wonder when or if he will ever really strive to write something that utilizes his untapped full potential.

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    Jessica ewa, HI, United States 08-22-13
    Jessica ewa, HI, United States 08-22-13
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    "there was nothing I didn't love about this book!!!"
    If you could sum up Bag of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    addicting! addicting! addicting!


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

    honestly The Shining comes to mind. mainly because the house is alive in both and the way the characters relate and experience the ghosts.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    everything! bravo Mr. King! your narration brought the story to life! plus I loved the background music that helped you feel the moment.


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

    I think most will say when madie (not sure if that's how it's spelled in the book) dies. which is very moving, but for me it was when Joe's true intentions where revealed. when he realized every move he made his entire life hasn't really been his own. I felt that.


    Any additional comments?

    omg! LOVED! LOVED! LOVED! this book! this will definitely be a re-read! as always Stephen King delivers!

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    Jeff Abbeville, AL, United States 08-21-13
    Jeff Abbeville, AL, United States 08-21-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Babaling book"

    I know his wife died and he has writers block, but after 3 hours of listening, that's all I know. Can't believe Stephen King wrote and read this trash.

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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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