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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)
I've heard a few books read by the authors, and in every case it was a disappointment - until Bag of Bones. Stephen King may not be a professional reader, but this is his book and it's so special hearing the tale from the master story teller himself. His characterizations were not overdone - in fact, King is so good when writing character dialogue that you don't really even need a change in voice to tell who is talking - but he did do the changes well, surprisingly so. He knows these people after all. I loved the little girls voice, because he didn't overdo it, and again, her dialect was so perfect for her age, it just seemed natural.
The story itself, (and that's what's the most important) defies being put into a genre. There is a gothic like element, and romance, and just outright human nature at both its best and its worst, and its most human. Something I love about King's books - I always care what happens to the characters. They have their flaws as do we all, and that is what makes us identify with them. There are twists and turns and surprises, and enough suspence to keep you listening much longer than you intended.
The one thing that I have as a critique is the music that played in between many of the chapters, and occasionally during moments of tension. I do "get it" that this particular music was in a sense very much part of the theme of the book. But I am partially deaf in one ear and sounds that blend in with voices tend to muffle out the voices.Suspense doesn't need music to be suspenseful, and bleeding the music into the first or last few lines of each chapter was a distraction for me because I had to listen carefully to hear what was being said. Still, I enjoyed Stephen's reading so much I still gave it a 5 in performance in spite of the music - just wanted to mention it for publishers, please, go light on music in audiobooks.
king always pick surprising turns in the story - this activate all sorts of feelings - and when THAT happen, it is a fanstastic story.
Duma Key and that story was fantastic too. This is my second but far from my last book from his hand.
That King was the reader - made the story real in a great way.
This "ghost story" is truly a work of art. It is read by King, who does an excellent job of adding dimension to the characters. There is music included (with lyrics written by King, no less) that I believe provides some cohesion to the narrative--some may find it distracting but I really liked it (much better than the music that is a part of the mini-series).
The story is truly chilling. I was quite literally scared at times, and turned it off. For fans of King, this is a must read/listen!
Absolutely. Suspensful, performed by the master himself, and with its usual pathos and attention to detail (without boring you).
The scene when all hell breaks out in the house/kitchen, tearing everything, including him, apart. That, and his memories and concerns about his wife, very touching and real.
His voice, his inflections, and the fact that he knew what he wanted to say to his Constant Reader, and loves the story so tells it magnificently.
Hmmm, they've already been there, done that, and it was pretty good. Directors seem to sometimes have a difficult time with King, thinking they can do it better -- word to the wise, NO ONE DOES IT BETTER, EVER!
LOVE Stephen King and just wish he could put out, oh, about one book a week to keep me in King, the bigger the better (slightly unreasonable, of course, but a wish IS a wish, after all).
Yes, it showed what those who have little should deal with those who have too much!
The Death of the Old Man!
The Girl, Because She seemed So Sweet and deserved some Good Life & Times!
The Writer should have sprouted a Pair and Pushed the Old Man in his Wheelchair in the Lake along with the Wicked Witch of the Dollar!
I love listening to Stephen King narrate his own stories. He's so close to his material, it's like being inside his head as the story is taking place. Couldn't be more real.
I will never look at alphabet refrigerator magnets the same way again.
Not favorite, but the rock throwing in the lake was painful and agonizing.
Mr. King, please read more of your own books!!
Audible is the best thing since sliced bread..
What a story this is.. the movie was a joke but that's comment if your a reader..
The book tells you with wonderful detail about what was going on in the minds of the characters.
Hard to put down once you get going...
Better story. Don't get me wrong, I love King. But, I have a hard time reading and listening to his newer material.
The language King ises does turn me off his books.
Not sure buf not King.
Guess I'm going to have to go back and read only his early writtings.
This is an excellent story told by a true master. King's voice is certainly not the best for narration, but you will forget all about that not far into this book.
I especially appreciate the musical interjections. It really gives a deeper dimension to the Sarah character and makes it easier to feel immersed in the world of the story.
I will read this book again. I lost sleep on this book. I couldn't put it down. I am thankful I had vacation scheduled so I could get through it so quickly the first time. I suspect I will get even more out of it when I listen to it again. I loved the eerie feelings that came over me when Mike was in the zone towards the end of the story. That was one of several places in the book that gave me chills. The fact that I enjoy that feeling is a bit disconcerting...
I loved the local history depth Mr King included in this story.
I have not listened to Stephen King read prior to this book I have read/listened to most of his books. I was very pleased with his narration and hope to hear him again. In this book he truly became the protagonist.
Nothing. Mr King gave an excellent performance. I did like most of the music, especially the singing.
"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.
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.
"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.
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