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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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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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    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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    Philip Birmingham, AL, United States 07-30-12
    Philip Birmingham, AL, United States 07-30-12 Member Since 2012

    Hi all . . . I'm a music professor in Birmingham, AL.

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    "Solid. A great story"

    I have loved Stephen King since my youth. This is a mature story that has sprinklings of all the other SK books I've loved for many years. He does a great job reading the work as well.

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    Hobbit Taz 07-23-12
    Hobbit Taz 07-23-12 Member Since 2012

    GeoCacher

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    "Another hard to pause listening by Stephen king"
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    I am likely to re-listen to this book in order to pick out the little items hinted at towards the beginning that played a larger part in the end. (to see what I overlooked).


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    As always listening to the Author who knows the tone, style, and what to bring to the story they have written is preferred by me. I know Stephen king isn't the "Actor" some readers are, He seems to get the story across Very Well!.

    I rated the performance a 4 basically because compared to some 5 star readers he probably rates about a 3, but the extra quality he brings to reading his own works to me brings it back to a 5, so i averaged it out.


    Any additional comments?

    Although, the flow was normal for Stephen King, Slow build up then everything flys at the end. I felt the End was stretched well beyond the story in order to "explain" some of the items that just didn't come out in the story on its own. In this case it may have just been wrong (slowing or disrupting the flow of the story) if it was forced in elsewhere. This is why i discounted to a 4 rating.

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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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