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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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    Jennie 04-25-03
    Jennie 04-25-03 Member Since 2001
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    "Hail to the King"

    I can't recommend this book strongly enough. The characters are so full and full of life. King's narration was incredible; especially the personality and voice of Kyra. The addition of the music by "Sarah" was amazing, and I would certainly like to see more credit to King for the lyrics and the woman who performed it....wonderful.
    For long-time King fans, I would share that this book reminds me more of The Stand than any other I have read/heard. Not because of the theme, but because of the way I loved the characters so.... I think I have a new King Favorite....

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 07-12-03
    Nicholas Winn CA, USA 07-12-03 Member Since 2002

    E-Bike Enthusiast

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    "Too long and dragging.Great narrative job."

    Pros: Stephen King does a great narrative job. He was great. It was great to hear an author read a book in the vein it was intended.

    Negative: Like all Stephen Kings recent work he's just too long and dragging. He needs an editor to cut his work down and make it more interesting. Story drags

    Final: It'll be the last Stephen King novel that I listen to or read. The novelty of hearing him read the book made it worthwhile.

    Hard core Stephen King fans will love this book and should ignore this review. Anyone who's ever picked up one of his books and left it in the middle because it was too long and boring will agree with this review. Fascinating to hear Author as Narrator.

    6 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Andrea Bellevue, WA, USA 04-04-05
    Andrea Bellevue, WA, USA 04-04-05
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    "Maybe a good read, but not a good listen..."

    This book took almost five hours before the ghost even started to show up. It was sooooo slow going and there were about four different plot lines to keep straight. I was also bored to death by SK's narration. His voice just got to me after a while. He tries his best not be monotone, but he didn't pull it off. I was quite disappointed.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 06-01-12
    greg Yonkers, NY, United States 06-01-12 Member Since 2006

    Geek, Gamer who hates wasting credits.

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    "Please read this before buying"

    OK for the record I love King, but this is not one of his best. That said the issue I think is more about the audiobook then the novel. Novels like this may be best read than listen to. Why there are a lot interlocked characters and this is sometime hard to follow in this audiobook.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Nancy San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 01-10-12
    Nancy San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 01-10-12 Member Since 2010

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    "Great writer and Narrator"
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    I might, just to hear Stephen Kings voice. It was spot on and I really feel it made this book more interesting. I usually pass on books that are narrated by the author because most of them come off as dull and flat. Not Mr. King. He really is good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I don't care for this question because I feel in a good book all the characters should be favorites. They should all add to the ebb and flow.


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

    I have both listened and read other Stephen King books. This is a good one. For whatever reason it did not frighten me as much as Duma Key (one of my favorites) but that's not to say it didn't have some intense parts. It did!


    Any additional comments?

    This book moves along at a good pace. Not to fast and not to slow. Great twist and turns. I will admit that I did not listen to it before I went to sleep but it was not so scary as to make me stop listening. Again I loved Mr. Kings narration. Hope he has plans to read more of his work. He is that good.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert Colona, IL, United States 10-20-11
    Robert Colona, IL, United States 10-20-11 Listener Since 2010

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    "Scary at parts...but Stephen hire a narrator."

    I love this book. I love the creepy isolation of the locale in which Mike Noonan goes to try to figure out his writers block following the death of his beloved wife, Jo. But I could not give Stephen King a pass when it came to the narration. He was monotone and annoying, and he couldn't even say "ayuh" right. coming from Maine he should hear that 50 times a day. Aside from this definitely one of his scariest books, check it out.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa LUTZ, FL, United States 10-15-11
    Lisa LUTZ, FL, United States 10-15-11 Member Since 2011
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    "boring"

    OMG talk about a story dragging, I dont remember ever disliking a King book ,but I have not read anything of his in the last 10 years or so. He is not the best narrator either.Save your money wish I had.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 05-18-09
    Guillermo Rochester Hills, MI, United States 05-18-09 Member Since 2007
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    "The Music Is Killing Me"

    Of audio books written by Stephen King I've now listened to The Cell, Dark Tower, Duma Key, Apt Pupil and a few others. All have been wonderfully written and narrated. So when I started listening to Bag of Bones and noted it was narrated by Stephen King I was curious to hear what one of his books would be when acted by the person who wrote it.

    While the narration of Bag of Bones by the author wasn't as perfect as Neverwhere's narration by its author, Stephen King did a fine job. This would be a good audio book--if it didn't have gosh darned background music pipe in every time the author thinks it's a spooky scene.

    Every single "spooky" scene gets "pseudo-spooky" music put in the background, and it's frankly killing this story for me. I'm around 3/4 way through with the audio book and am wishing it would be over because it's really not enjoyable.

    The story is good, the narration is fine, but the audio presentation is lousy.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Russell Houston, TX, United States 04-11-09
    Russell Houston, TX, United States 04-11-09 Member Since 2007
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    "OK but too slow and not that interesting"

    title pretty much sums it up

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    John Greeley, CO, USA 08-03-08
    John Greeley, CO, USA 08-03-08 Member Since 2008
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    "One of King's best"

    Great listen. This is one of his best books. His character development is amazing. The story draws you in and keeps you there.

    King's reading seems a little slow at first, but he does a great job, especially with the Maine accents.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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