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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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    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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    Vicki United States 06-02-13
    Vicki United States 06-02-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Loved the narration"

    I enjoyed this story a lot. Stephen King does an excellent job of narrating. I like the fact that he didn't try to overact the story or go crazy with a lot of different voices.. He knows his characters, how they feel, what they think. He did a great job.

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    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-08-13
    Linda Y. Irvine, CA, US 05-08-13 Member Since 2014
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    "My First Book From Mr. King"

    This is my first Stephen King novel, I got it because it's recommended by my cousin. I enjoyed most of it, the sound effects are kinda distracting, I didn't enjoy the singing so much. I can see why Mr. King is a best seller, his writing has a lot of depth and it makes you think. But it's not a memorable one, it's the kind of book that's purely for entertaining, it's not something that sticks with you, keep you thinking months afterward. As the matter of fact, I had forgotten that I read it until I came across it to review. I haven't read any of his other books so I can't compare. But I can imagine that someone will enjoy this one very much if you like his other ones. He does a good job narrating it too, while not a professional, he captures the essence of the book very well.

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    kathy United States 03-15-13
    kathy United States 03-15-13 Member Since 2014

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    "Mr. King is the Maestro and a great Narrator!"
    Where does Bag of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    TOP 3 for sure.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The Maine landscape and social aspect of the story is very believable. Its sexy in all the right places!


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

    This is the first King Narrated book I have listened to.


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

    No, it was fun to take it a piece at a time. Its way too much story to get all in one sitting. "Living with the characters" for several days was enjoyable.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks Steve (King) for supporting audio books. The work and production effort is well worth it! You are the Maestro for all aspiring writers to study.

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    Clare B. Gerber Penfield, NY 03-04-13
    Clare B. Gerber Penfield, NY 03-04-13 Member Since 2015

    cbg

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    "Poor listening!"
    What disappointed you about Bag of Bones?

    Title did not match story. Read poorly.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Accomplished reader and less vulgarity.


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

    Anger that I waisted a credit and disappointment with the book as a whole.


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    Athena Johnson, VT, United States 01-10-13
    Athena Johnson, VT, United States 01-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "One of King's best"
    If you could sum up Bag of Bones in three words, what would they be?

    Writer's block sucks


    What did you like best about this story?

    I've listened to this book through twice now since I bought it a year ago and I seem to notice a lot of great little details about the audio each time. The first time I was (obviously) more focused on the story, second time around though I took the time to notice some of ther other details. In addition to the narration, music is also added, including a female singer (with a wonderful jazz voice) singing the lyrics for Sara Tidwell as well, I hadn't picked up on this the first time and nearly jumped out of my skin when I heard it, one of the characters needs an oxygen mask and the sound of his breathing is even added in the background when he enters the scene. It scared the hell out of me when I noticed it. It was a great touch and really pulled you into the story.


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

    I think his performance as Mike Noonan the narrator of the story was sensational, he's obviously very in touch with this character and is able to make all his thoughts and intentions understood perfectly.


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

    Anytime Noonan is talking about his wife or forshadowing some of the events to the book's climax. His tone of voice was both ominous and emotional.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Stephen King's works - or horror novels about writers and haunted lakes - this is a book for you!

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