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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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    Barry Alamo, CA, United States 03-21-08
    Barry Alamo, CA, United States 03-21-08 Member Since 2015
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    "great ghost story"

    steven king is not the best voice for story telling but the story was cativating!

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    C. Glupker Michigan 02-06-08
    C. Glupker Michigan 02-06-08
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    "Boring"

    I kept waiting and waiting for something to happen only to reach the end of the book wondering why I wasted my time with it.

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    Debora Vaughnsville, OH, USA 01-24-08
    Debora Vaughnsville, OH, USA 01-24-08
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    "Surprising Plot"

    This story started out slow, I wasn't sure what the plot was supposed to be but after a few chapters it slowly unraveled to become a mysterious supernatural story. Well worth a listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Robin Douglaston, NY, United States 02-19-07
    Robin Douglaston, NY, United States 02-19-07 Member Since 2015
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    "Scare Me"

    If you enjoy being scared, especially by mundane occurances, ie, a trip into the basement, then you will love this story. No understands the simple things that can freighten like Stephen King. If there exists an achetype for fear in the collective unconscious of humanity, then King has tapped into those forces. His narration of this story is perfection. I have listened to many of his audiobooks and thus far this is my favorite.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jesse Newport, NC, USA 01-25-07
    Jesse Newport, NC, USA 01-25-07
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    "DO NOT USE WHILE OPERATING A MOTOR VEHICLE"

    This book was so boring it was putting me to sleep while driving.

    I can't speak for the second half of the book cause I could only stand to listen to the first half. Close to the worst book I've read or listened to.

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    Michael Littlestown, PA, USA 01-12-07
    Michael Littlestown, PA, USA 01-12-07
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    "Fantastic story"

    I read this book years ago and loved it. Listening to it read by Steven King makes it even better. It's many stories in one; revenge, ghost, mystery and love.

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    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 12-13-06
    DMHVetSurveyor Western Wisconsin 12-13-06 Member Since 2007
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    "King at his best!"

    This was a very good story, classic King. Lots of plot twists and surprises. Be forewarned there is a little more foul language than I care for or feel is really needed. King's getting more foul mouthed and Koontz is cleaning his up. For example read the Odd Thomas series.

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    S. Marie Honolulu, HI United States 11-18-06
    S. Marie Honolulu, HI United States 11-18-06 Listener Since 2003

    S. Marie

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    "Weird, strangely offensive"

    I like SK, especially his science fiction and fantasy. I adored The Stand and rather liked the Dark Tower series. This story didn't do much for me. I downloaded it based on the great reviews, managed to get through the whole thing and was a bit disgusted in the end. I suggest you pass on this one, there is better SK out there.

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    Alan Oviatt In the West 10-25-06
    Alan Oviatt In the West 10-25-06 Member Since 2011
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    "Entertaining"

    Stephen King does a very credible job narrating his own story, which of course, is oustanding.

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    krista New Orleans, LA, United States 08-27-06
    krista New Orleans, LA, United States 08-27-06 Member Since 2006
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    "LOVED IT!"

    I loved listening to this book about as much as King clearly loved writing it. Don't miss the "bonus" interview with King at the end. There seems to be a little something extra added when King reads his own work, the dialect, the inflections, the "yankee" accents. My only complaint is that Audible does not carry the entire King library of work as I would dearly love to listen to "Misery" in English, rather than the offered Spanish. The possiblity of hearing King vocalizing "Dirty Birdy" would be worth the cost alone. But I digress....

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  • V. S.
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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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