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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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    Lowell Manitowoc, WI, USA 05-20-07
    Lowell Manitowoc, WI, USA 05-20-07
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    "king reading is excellent"

    This is my first King audiobook and the fact is I chose the book because King was reading it. I was not disappointed. King is Mike Noonan. At times I felt as if I were in the same room having a conversation with him. Truly an amazing performace by King. As for the book it doesn't disappoint....my only reason for 4 stars is because I think King spends a little too much time in some of the dream sequences. He could have cut 2 hours off the book without ruining a thing. Amazing book with an amazing reading by King. It's worth every penny.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Enterprise OR 07-16-04
    Jonathan Enterprise OR 07-16-04
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    "WOW"

    I loved this book. I listen to alot of audio books and this one was by far the best. There were several instances were shivers ran up my spine as I was listening to this book. On more then one occasion I would get home and sit in my car listening to this book because I didn't want to turn it off. I would give it more then 5 stars if I could.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Swad 01-30-09
    Swad 01-30-09

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    "Good King"

    I've been reading Stephen King since the 70s and have never stopped except for missing a few of the 90s tomes such as this one and 'Gerald's Game' so I've been catching up via Audible.

    I liked this story, though I never get used to King's penchant for killing off people we like and to whom I get attached (not really a spoiler, he pretty much does this in every book!)

    The 90s King is very long-winded. I think he had too much time on his hands. 'Bag of Bones' could be shorter, but it never reaches tedium as in the aforementioned 'Gerald's Game'.

    King does a fine job of narrating, but this is the third King novel that insists on including music during or in between transitions. 'Lisey's Story' and 'Gerald's Game' also had this affect and I don't recall ever hearing such in any other audiobook by any other author, which, given his participation on this one, makes me suspect that the author is responsible for this distraction. PLEASE STOP IT IF YOU HAVEN'T ALREADY! I DON'T PLAY MUSIC IN MY HEAD WHEN I READ AND I'D PREFER THAT YOU DIDN'T EITHER! (Thanks, I needed that.)

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    David rockvale, TN, USA 10-23-03
    David rockvale, TN, USA 10-23-03
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    "One of his best"

    I was reluctant at first to download a 21 hour book first narrarated by steven king but also because I had just read the "the gunslinger" and had not enjoyed it that much. Don't know why. Anyway, I wasn't going to read the rest of the dark tower series if I didn't like the first book. So, I read the comments and ratings for bag of bones, which were very good, and decided I'd give it a try.

    Boy! Was I glad I did! This has got to be one of King's best. I really enjoyed the story and he slowly walks you down a path where reality and fantasy and horror all come togehter in the end but at just the right speed.

    At first I didn't like King's funny voice. I had just listened to "the company--excellent!!--with scott brick as narrator (he's great)so Steven's voice was a "switch". At first it sounded kind of on the unpolished, droning side. But once I got use to it and his inflection and maybe he too got warmed up as the book progressed, I got to really like it. I couldn't imagine anybody else reading this book.

    If you're teetering on this one, DON'T. Download this one. It's well worth the listen. It has all the elements, wife loved, lost, new girl, bad guy(s), kids, comedy, and scary parts. He did great. They need to make a movie out of this one too.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jerel Carpinteria, CA, USA 06-22-03
    Jerel Carpinteria, CA, USA 06-22-03 Member Since 2007
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    "First Audible and First King!!"

    <u>Bag of Bones</u> is my first Stephen King book, as well as my first Audible book, and I am thoroughly pleased with it. Stephen King's narration was fabulous, though clearly "unprofessional." It only took me a few minutes before the story pulled me in and I became accustomed to his narrative style. Unlike another book I've gotten, his inflection and tone were PERFECT, as you might expect from the author himself. His voice characterizations were not over-done and the music complemented the story perfectly. As for the story, it was truly great and memorable. I am not likely to ever forget this story. It is indeed a haunting, sometimes spooky, love story, and the ending is just as strong as the rest of the book. I would whole-heartedly recommend this book to anybody as a "first Audible book" and I would recommend it to anyone who is open to some spookiness in their fiction. I would recommend it to anybody except those who can't stand ANY violence in their books. There is a little, which is crucial to the story, but it is not overdone. All in all, FANTASTIC!!

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Rick Garland, TX, USA 03-23-03
    Rick Garland, TX, USA 03-23-03 Member Since 2002
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    "Very Spooky"

    What a great book! Spooky and interesting. Makes me wonder where Mr. King gets his ideas. Just when you think you know where this story is going...

    16 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Betsy 03-15-11
    Betsy 03-15-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Couldn't Get Through the Narration to Finish!"

    I'm trying to figure out how none of the other reviews mention that it sounds as though SK's tongue is constantly getting stuck in the back of his throat. Not a good characteristic for a narrator to have such a distracting speech issue, I felt as though I was choking until I had to finally turn it off. Too bad, I would have liked to find out what happens in the story, but couldn't stand listening anymore!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 05-08-10 Member Since 2014
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    "BEAUTIFUL STORY!! GREAT NARRATION!!"

    I LOVE Stephen King. This book went above and way beyond my expectations. I don't have too much to say, other than I'm a huge fan of King, and this is one of my top favorites from him. It scared the *@#! out of me! i drive for my job, out in the middle of nowhere, and in the middle of the night, to boot. i often listen to Mr.King while driving, and "give me back my dust cover!" gave me the CREEPS so bad it nearly made me quit my job. don't take this wrong, as with most of his books, this isn't really just a ghost story; and the story behind the story stole my mind and heart, and i gladly fell in love with it. this book definately gets a RARE five stars!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dawn Taylorsville, NC, USA 02-24-10
    Dawn Taylorsville, NC, USA 02-24-10
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    "Excellent"

    I have always loved Stephen KIng, and yes it is a treat when he reads his own material.This book is one of my very favorites, and it's wonderful to be able to listen to it read to me while I drive to my jobs on the road. Excellent story and excellent humor as well...love it. Recommend to all.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Westmoreland 10-07-09 Member Since 2014
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    "Classic Stephen King"

    I am a fan of Stephen King and this book did not disappoint! It kept me on the edge of my seat trying to figure out how the story would unfold. I always enjoy a book that keeps me guessing and "Bag of Bones" did just that. I also thought that Stephen did a great job on the narration! Classic Stephen King!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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