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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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    Patricia Perris, CA, United States 09-05-14
    Patricia Perris, CA, United States 09-05-14 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I love Shephen King but...A narrator he is not"

    Stephen King should really stick to writing and leave the narration to the professionals. His voice is very nasal and distracting but the story is good. Sorry SK :(

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    Peter and Katherine 08-27-14 Member Since 2012

    Adventure and suspense please!

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    "Can't finish it"
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    I like about half of the Stephen King books I read or listen to. This one has completely failed to capture me and I just have no interest in what happens next. I am several hours into it. Also, Stephen Kin himself narrates the story and his voice is quite monotone and inspires daydreaming. Maybe if I read instead of listened and could skim to the good parts... .

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    Orit 06-19-14
    Orit 06-19-14 Member Since 2017
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    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Stephen King?

    i've heard Stephen King novel 11-22-63 and enjoyed it a lot, which is why i took a second book by him. Unfortunately, n the first ~5 hours (which is what i listened to), the plot did not mature.. i kept going as i hoped something will happen but eventually decided that a quarter of the book is enough.
    sorry


    Has Bag of Bones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


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

    Yes.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    yes


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    robin bloomington, in, United States 06-06-14
    robin bloomington, in, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Woof!

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    "I love when King reads his own work!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this book. I love the Maine characters he creates. And he know how to read these characters with the Maine accent.

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    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 04-22-14
    Stacy INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States 04-22-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Real beeping scary..."

    It will be awhile before I take another bath...

    I am a "constant reader" and often get on Stephen King kicks- I can't believe I hadn't visited this book yet. Really scary-and in a way that you think- man, that could happen maybe- could that happen? Are there ghosts like that? I loved the characters and will miss them and I even loved SK reading- and sometimes I don't :)

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    Nathan O'Hara 03-30-14
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    "Tragic and Beautiful"
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    Stephen King is a master of the written word, and Bag of Bones is one of my favorites in his portfolio. I love how Mr. King uses the horror genre to speak to the deep human issues. Bag of Bones, like most of his novels, has both depth and suspense, and I always end up "haunted" by the scenes and ideas he transmits, thinking about them for a long time after I finish the book. The only problem is that, once I pick up a SK novel, I am unable to put it down until the end. That's why I love SK in the audio format - it allows me to keep reading no matter what else I'm doing.

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    Kindle Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14
    Kindle Customer DENVER, COLORADO, United States 03-29-14 Member Since 2017

    monnie1976

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    "Slow starter but worth the investment of time!"
    What did you like about this audiobook?

    Yeah, I probably would have struggled if I was reading it because the beginning definitely starts a little slow. I tried to read it awhile back and ended up putting it down. King's narration brings it to life.


    How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

    When the main character is swimming in the lake and the bad guys are throwing rocks at him!


    Does the author present information in a way that is interesting and insightful, and if so, how does he achieve this?

    He does a good job tying the back story of the town, his own life and the present together and I felt like everything felt plausible in the world he set up.


    What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

    This was a perfect book for King to narrate out of his catalog because the character is fairly similar to him and it was plausible.


    Do you have any additional comments?

    This is a great Stephen King book but definitely time consuming. I didn't regret the time I spent on this one!

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    Steve 03-11-14
    Steve 03-11-14
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    "Disappointing!"
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    I've listened to many of King's books, some more than once. This is the only one that I found to be slow, predictable--even boring. I've got about 2 hours left in the book and I have no desire to finish it.

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    KRAMER New York, NY USA 03-03-14
    KRAMER New York, NY USA 03-03-14 Member Since 2014

    KRAMER

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    "Good book"
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    definitely entertaining, but the story seemed to lull at times. King does an admirable job narrating and drastically improves as he goes, but for some reason I didn't care for his voice. Good book...Not Great

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    Drew Kemptville, ON, Canada 01-23-14
    Drew Kemptville, ON, Canada 01-23-14 Member Since 2017

    Radio host who loves photography, his family and films.

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    "This Book Cost Me Extra Gas Money"

    Interestingly enough, this was my first ever audiobook purchase. I was listening to this a few years ago while also reading The Dome from Stephen King. For whatever reason, it didn't completely hook me that time. Maybe it's because I had difficulty going between a book and an audiobook. What's really interesting though, is that after I started to fall in love with audiobooks giving it a chance recently, I decided to give this book another try and I'm glad I did. In fact, it's one of my favourite Stephen King stories because there's so much meat to the story.

    Is it super scary, not necessarily but I was able to invest some time in this book because of my interest in the characters. The story, as it always seems with Stephen King, didn't finish exactly the way I wanted. I would suggest that it was bittersweet but there was still something nice about the ending... as if it wasn't a total loss for the characters.

    I would suggest you give this book a try. I can promise that if you like good stories, you'll like this one. It was good enough that I would drive the long way to work or take detours to get home just so that I could fit in an extra 30 to 45 minutes while I listened to the reading of this book by Stephen. By the way, when you start, you may not find Stephen's performance fantastic but he does shine when you get into the book because he knows his story better than anyone and how to read it.

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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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