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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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    KJ 01-03-12
    KJ 01-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I quickly forgave his voice."
    What made the experience of listening to Bag of Bones the most enjoyable?

    This is an excellent story told by a true master. King's voice is certainly not the best for narration, but you will forget all about that not far into this book.
    I especially appreciate the musical interjections. It really gives a deeper dimension to the Sarah character and makes it easier to feel immersed in the world of the story.


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    elisesays 12-22-11
    elisesays 12-22-11
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    "Excellent storyline and author reading"
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    I will read this book again. I lost sleep on this book. I couldn't put it down. I am thankful I had vacation scheduled so I could get through it so quickly the first time. I suspect I will get even more out of it when I listen to it again. I loved the eerie feelings that came over me when Mike was in the zone towards the end of the story. That was one of several places in the book that gave me chills. The fact that I enjoy that feeling is a bit disconcerting...


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

    I loved the local history depth Mr King included in this story.


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

    I have not listened to Stephen King read prior to this book I have read/listened to most of his books. I was very pleased with his narration and hope to hear him again. In this book he truly became the protagonist.


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

    Nothing. Mr King gave an excellent performance. I did like most of the music, especially the singing.


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    Tim United States 12-20-11
    Tim United States 12-20-11

    Since discovering audible, my life is richer. I live in a small rural KS community, with higher than average IQ which can be a bad combo at times. Audible allows me to be myself.

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    "Bag of nuts"

    This book was only two stars by a fraction. It was sooo boring and was not a great work of King's. This is the fourth book I have listened to of Kings now and I was very disappointed. He still had his incredible gift for detail, it was the story that sucked. A billionaire with grandson living in a trailer house? A writer that should have been haunted but seemed more like he was drunk. I don't know, maybe it was just me but I would avoid this book if I were you.

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    khaghi 12-19-11
    khaghi 12-19-11

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    "One of hes best"

    I read this years ago end enjoyed it, now with the made for tv movie, which I missed and will have to wait for netflix or a rerun, I wanted to get the audio. It didn't disappoint.

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    Susan 12-06-11
    Susan 12-06-11 Member Since 2008
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    "Voice of Stephen King added a log"

    Haven't read a Stephen King novel for a long time - they had gotten pretty gruesome. This story has a lot to recommend it, Good plot, well developed characters, noisy ghosts, traumatized author recovering his mojo and a sweet young single mother. I enjoyed the story and was entertained. That was all I asked!

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    Dana Garland, TX, United States 11-30-11
    Dana Garland, TX, United States 11-30-11 Member Since 2011
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    "The story was just ok."

    The first half of the book just told the story of how much he missed his wife.It picked up a little more after that but never got scary and fell flat on intensity. this was easily one of King's less interesting book's. As far as King's reading gos it was alright at first but began to wear on me.

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    Marla United States 11-22-11
    Marla United States 11-22-11 Member Since 2013
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    "Worth a Credit"

    I was on the fence about downloading this book, but I'm glad I did. While it's not the most riveting story I've ever heard, it was entertaining and worth using an Audible credit for.

    I wouldn't describe it as a romance within a horror book, as others have; it is much better described as a ghost story. As a ghost story, it does well. The characters have depth, are smart, likable, and believable. I enjoyed spending 20 hours with them (fyi: the last 40 minutes or so of the recording are actually an interview with Stephen King). Also, although some things that happen in the book are terrible, I wouldn't describe the story as something in the horror genre. It's definitely a spooky ghost story. Period.

    In a nutshell with no spoilers, a widower goes to his lake house which is haunted by a few ghosts, including his late wife and Sarah Tidwell, a blues singer from the 1900's. The author spends a good amout of time developing the relationships of the people relevant to the story, which is why some reviewers found a romantic touch to the novel. However, the relationship between the characters never detracts from the plot, but rather thickens it. There are no "side plots".

    Stephen King does a very good job of narrating, and I was very pleasantly surprised that the audiobook intermingles excerpts of Sara Tidwell's songs in the narrative.That added a huge boost to the book. Listening to Sarah sing as Stephen King narrated definitely made me feel like I was right in the middle of the scene. It was a fun listen for my daily commute, and I admit I even missed a few exits due to being engrossed in the narrative. Nevertheless, be warned that the book didn't have me looking for excuses to fit in some more listening time, as I've found myself doing with other books. I was happy with 1 hr listening time a day.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Brenda 11-11-11
    Brenda 11-11-11

    I am a retired Court Reporter and I LOVE books. All kinds of books but my favorites are mysteries and period books. I like civil war books and some biographies.

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    "WHAT A GREAT BOOK"

    I've read many of Stephen King's books and this is my favorite. I couldn't stop listening to it and I wish Mr. King would narrate more of his booksd. He's wonderful. I had no idea where the story was going and I was surprised by it. Love it!!!!

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    Diane 10-21-11
    Diane 10-21-11
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    "Great Ghost story!"

    Well, I really enjoyed this Stephen King but... I won't say it's his best. I like others like Misery and Delores Claiborne. This is not of that caliber but it's great. It's interesting, unique and fun. It has an eerie quality to it that I enjoyed very much. Stephen King does an excellent job of reading and he is the one who knows where to place inflection, emotion better than anyone about his books. Really enjoyed it overall!

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    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-17-11
    Laura Yelm, WA, United States 10-17-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Win For Steven King"

    This book was such a great listen. It is an authentic ghost story that sends chills from head to toe. Steven King is not only a great writer but also a wonderful narrator. I can't wait for the mini series of this book to come on in December on A &E. I just hope the movie does the book justice. A really awesome listen.

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  • V. S.
    6/23/05
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    "Brilliant! - King at his best."

    I love this book. Stephen King has a wonderful knack of slowly shifting you from the real world to the surreal in a manner that you don't know it's happening until it's too late. This book does all that and more. Read by the author himself - you hear the story exactly as he wants to tell it - it's an unmissable treat.

    I have been an avid audio book fan for over two years now and for an audio book to be enjoyable it is imperative that the narrator is good. Believe me - Stephen King is a great narrator. When I am reviewing books I don't like to talk much about the plot as I don't like to give the game away, so I just want to say that IMHO this book was just made for audio and comes across in this format much better than it did in print.

    The book is full of snippets of music (which really add to the eerie ambience of the story), and the number of literary references within the tale is stunning.

    The interview with Stephen King at the end of the book is very, very interesting. I note that audible sells this interview. Don't bother buying that - buy this instead and hear the master at work. I only wish Stephen King narrated all his own books.

    Even if you are not a Stephen King fan - (which I was not), this book is well worth anyone's audio credit.

    19 of 20 people found this review helpful
  • sd rogerson
    8/29/05
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    "Astounding"

    1. Amazing quality.
    2. Stephen King is brilliant at narrating his own work
    3. The music that is added is superb in creating atmosphere.

    It is more than an audio book it is an experience.
    Tremendous - you won't regret buying this...........a pity he hasn't narrated all his own books.

    An excellent production.

    8 of 9 people found this review helpful
  • Mike
    Barnsley, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
    5/16/06
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    "Not my normal reading - But excellent"

    I've always had this thing about Stephen King; having never read one of his books and only knowing his work from film. I believed he wasn't my cup of tea but I have to say I really enjoyed this audiobook. I found the music a bit off-putting and the authors voice a little monotone but the story moves along at a fair pace, having a two hour each way commute the time was eaten up and I found myself sitting in the car listening even after reaching home.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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