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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

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"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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    Jerome 02-07-06
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    "A joy to hear it in his own voice"

    King has been my favourite author for many years, but this is the first time I have heard him reading his own book. I could hardly stop listening. He may not be the best reader, but he *knows* when to go fast or slow, or when to emphasie a phrase. That is worth a great deal to me. I have heard too many books where the reader does not 'look ahead' and sentences sometime come in slightly jagged lumps (it's hard to explain). Not this one - smooth as silk all the way.

    The story is superb (if you like King) and I really did enjoy finaly finding out how 'Ayuh!' actualy sounds!

    It's almost as if he dropped by to read it to me himself (me being his 'number 1 fan' and all). When I am old and tired, I'll still be listening to this one, I reckon.

    Thanks, Steve.

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    Jason ManchesterUnited Kingdom 12-10-05
    Jason ManchesterUnited Kingdom 12-10-05
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    "Engrossing"

    A great story deftly told, which is only to be expected from Mr King. If I do have one note of criticism, it's that authors do not necessarily give the best audiobook delivery - perhaps with another reader I'd have given it the full five stars. But don't let this minor point put you off!

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    Txjack Central Texas 12-04-05
    Txjack Central Texas 12-04-05 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Read"

    I feel this King read is a bit different from many of his other books. For one, it has a real love story thread throughout and that was nice. King still keeps supernatural elements thoughout, too.

    If you like the longer reads, this is for you. What I enjoyed most was that Stephen King reads it, so you get a better feel of the characters.

    BONUS: after the conclusion, there is a nice interview with King with a discussion of this book.

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    Jason Fraker 11-04-05
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    "A captivating reading for a captivating novel."

    This is a haunting, touching, funny, scary book that will dazzle an entertain you for the duration. King has been hit and miss in his earlier work, but he has truly ripened in the last 6 or 7 years into a writer who can tell a story like no other. The reading is superb, with all those lovely Maine accents so well delivered. A fantastic audiobook! King in his top form!

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    Andrea GrasseFrance 09-22-05
    Andrea GrasseFrance 09-22-05
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    "This time, definitely a 5 stars!"

    After "It", I think this is the best book I have read so far by Stephen King. It is a wonderful and unpredictable ghost story, the characters are so real you could almost "touch" them, and the storyline evolves really swiftly.

    This would have been a 4 stars (great book, but not a masterpiece), the 5th star is coming from the narration (the value of having the book read by the Author is out of doubt: whilst not a trained actor, he is clearly the one in the best position to catch and transmit all the nuances of the story) and from the interview at the end of the book, which is really interesting and helpful in getting into the story even more. Great job, mister King!

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    jbx2usa 08-22-05
    jbx2usa 08-22-05

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    "One of King's Best"

    This title is one of Stephen King's best newer titles. I found this book interesting and the author's narrative was an excellent touch. This is a must-read for King fans and those who want an introduction to the man's recent works.

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    TNTSparks 06-04-05
    TNTSparks 06-04-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Bag of Bones is not dead"

    Although the story gets off to an extremely slow start, the pay-off is well worth the effort. King is brilliant, after the first two CDs I found it very difficult to stop listening.

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    Irene Sanford, NC, USA 05-22-05
    Irene Sanford, NC, USA 05-22-05 Member Since 2002
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    "Slow starting but a Good Ghost Story"

    Ghost Story? Mystery? Love Story? Judging people by the cover? This book covers it all. Bag of Bones is a good book but for me it started off slow - once I got mid point it truly grabbed my interest and held me. Detailed writing and Ifound it interesting that the author read the book. He gave the story life by denoting through tone what was important and what the characters felt.

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    Joanne 05-13-05
    Joanne 05-13-05

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    "The best ghost story"

    This ghost story starts off a bit slow but steadily draws you in. You're wondering, how do these pieces come together? Meanwhile you are becoming more and more involved until finally at the end you cannot go to sleep until you reach the final revelation.

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    Janet new glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-07-05
    Janet new glasgow, Nova Scotia, Canada 04-07-05 Member Since 2004
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    "really enoyed this"

    This is my favorite Stephen King. Well read and well written.

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