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"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)
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.
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.
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.
king always pick surprising turns in the story - this activate all sorts of feelings - and when THAT happen, it is a fanstastic story.
Duma Key and that story was fantastic too. This is my second but far from my last book from his hand.
That King was the reader - made the story real in a great way.
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!
Absolutely. Suspensful, performed by the master himself, and with its usual pathos and attention to detail (without boring you).
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.
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.
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!
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).
Yes, it showed what those who have little should deal with those who have too much!
The Death of the Old Man!
The Girl, Because She seemed So Sweet and deserved some Good Life & Times!
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!
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.
I will never look at alphabet refrigerator magnets the same way again.
Not favorite, but the rock throwing in the lake was painful and agonizing.
Mr. King, please read more of your own books!!
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
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...
Better story. Don't get me wrong, I love King. But, I have a hard time reading and listening to his newer material.
The language King ises does turn me off his books.
Not sure buf not King.
Guess I'm going to have to go back and read only his early writtings.
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