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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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    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 02-05-05
    Jerret Crockett, VA, USA 02-05-05 Member Since 2004
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    "4 stars"

    Good novel. A little long winded but that's SK for you. As an audiobook reader, SK is a little lacking but gives a great effort. I don't know where he found the time to perform this audiobook as he was busy finishing the Dark Tower books around this time frame. He must be involved in a heck of a time management program. Neat mini-interview at the end of the book.

    This book is quite long but it held my attention. I recommend it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jamie 10-16-03
    jamie 10-16-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Bag of Bones (Unabridged)"

    Bag of Bones is the one of my top three favorite books of all times. Read by Steven King himself, your our brought into the mind of a fiction writer who is griving his wife. If you are a fiction fan you need to give this book a try, you've never regret it.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Matthew New Orleans, LA, USA 03-07-03
    Matthew New Orleans, LA, USA 03-07-03
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    "My favorite!"

    One of my favorite books from King. Only halfway through the audio, but I love it! Stephen King is reading to me!

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Stephen North Miami Beach, FL, USA 05-25-04
    Stephen North Miami Beach, FL, USA 05-25-04
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    "I feel like a Bag o' Bones"

    It has taken me 3 weeks to listen to the first part of this story. I have never been so uninterested and bored with any book I've ever read than I am with this one. I don't care about any of the characters or the story line and since when did Stephen King start to curse so much? With his talk of a woman's monthly cycle and other vulgarities in this book, I've lost all interest and wish I could exchange this title for something more interesting, perhaps the yellow pages or the new tax laws.

    2 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Helen Tarzana, CA, USA 09-07-04
    Helen Tarzana, CA, USA 09-07-04
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    "what a waste of time"

    I was looking forward to listening to B of Bones on my vacation. I lasted through 9 hours and then threw in the towel.
    And I really resent the time I devoted to the book...hoping and hoping that the storyline and character development would pick up. Bag of Bones is repetitive, boring, and uninvolving. I don't recall when I have cared so little for the main character in a novel. The insertion of supernatural events was completely unsuspenseful. I wish I hadn't wasted my book credit on this one. Ugh.

    1 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 12-03-09
    Neva Clinton, TN, United States 12-03-09 Member Since 2008

    Avid reader! Want fast paced, energetic thrillers. King/Koontz are favorites but finding more authors that are starting to rise to the top

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    "Love the Author - The Book Not So Much"

    I couldn't get into this one. SK is one of my favorites but there wasn't anything in the beginning that made me want to keep turning the page (or turning up the volume.) Have to admit I didn't finish it.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-03-07
    Mark Brewster, NY, United States 04-03-07 Member Since 2007
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    "ZZZZZZZZZZZ"

    This is without a doubt the worst audio book.

    Sound quality is like Mr. King is talking through a pillow.

    I couldnt listen to more that 4 hours before I dreamed of cutting my wrists to provide some excitment.

    Just dragged and dragged and dragged..

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Clarks, LA, USA 12-08-05
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    "Bag of Bones"

    Did not like very much. Too slow moving for an audible book.

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    Alexander fillmore, CA, USA 09-11-04
    Alexander fillmore, CA, USA 09-11-04
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    "Boring, verbose, ponderous & not scary."

    What a ponderous behemoth of a work. Page by page I went through this epic of a novel, with excess character descriptions and mountains of useless dialogue, only to find out that the end was totally anti-climatic. What a waste of time, I could have read a harlequin novel and got more entertainment effect out of it. This unfortunately is what his novels have succumbed to lately. I swore that I wouldn?t read his works after I suffered through ? Needful Things? but I took a chance and lost. If you are looking for a good scary story, skip this book.

    1 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    reni 12-31-02
    reni 12-31-02 Member Since 2002
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    Great listen

    0 of 7 people found this review helpful
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