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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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    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

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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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    Jessica 06-06-12
    Jessica 06-06-12 Member Since 2012

    Female, Military Background, Mother, Wife. Enjoys Science, Medicine (in particular viruses and diseases).

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    "Superb Character Development"
    What made the experience of listening to Bag of Bones the most enjoyable?

    I find that having the author (Stephen King) reading a book that he created brought about a completely different element to the audio book experience. It feels like a more complete experience hearing his voice reading to me the words he created into a story that I truly felt connected to. Like a good friend that I know and trust relaying an intimate story that means something to him about somebody else he has known since birth. The connection is that deep and that strong, and you can feel it. The fact that I can hear the words out loud exactly as Stephen King intended (I presume) his story to be told made it that much more special for me, as one of his many fans out there in the world.


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

    The most satisfying part of this novel, as with any novel, is when the pieces come together after hours of 'foreplay' in which we are trying to understand the motives of the different characters. For me, finally understanding Sarah as a character towards the end of the book tied up all of the loose ends for me in a very satisfying way. My favourite antagonists are the ones that aren't clearly evil or clearly unhuman but the ones that you can relate to and identify with and understand. Especially the ones you can empathize with through the creative narration given to you.


    What three words best describe Stephen King’s performance?

    Engaging, Comforting, Intimate


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I believe there is already a film for this book.


    Any additional comments?

    I listen to many audio-books because I live in southern california, and that means traffic. With that in mind, it took me a few minutes to adjust from the professional orators and their polished recordings for a more intimate version of audio-book story telling. I didn't grade him very well on performance due to the fact that it was a hard adjustment from what I've come to expect from audio books, and his oration wasn't very good, but also added to the comforting feeling of the book. Like a beloved relative (I'm picturing my father) reading to you before you go to bed. It's not perfect, but it's Dad, which makes it that much more special. Same instance here, Stephen King's accent was a bit hard for me to adjust to, but after I adjusted somewhere in chapter 3, his voice became familiar and I began to appreciate the sound of his voice for what it really was: the voice of the creator of the story I was being told.

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    Martin Treglown Dallas, Oregon United States 05-30-12
    Martin Treglown Dallas, Oregon United States 05-30-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Not Unabridged"
    What disappointed you about Bag of Bones?

    Great chunks of the story have been left out, I have the book on tape and in paperback


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story ruined by missing bits


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn???t experience if you just read the book?

    A book read by the author is usually best


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