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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)
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.
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.
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.)
<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!!
Great writing, with a deeply moving storyline. Psychological terror as it progresses -I held my breath at times hoping the inevitable would not happen with people I cared about. Everything works here- the narration by Stephen King is amazing.
Every once in awhile I come across a story that stays with me long after I read (listen) to it. In this case- if you don't listen- you will miss so much! I had listened to this one a long time ago, and for some reason failed to write a review. I re-listened last week, and enjoyed it just as much, if not more, the second time around.
The ghosts are terrifying, the cabin is spooky, the lake scared me, and some of the people too. Pretty amazing for a story that starts out with a tragic and sad storyline. King can send chills up my spine with the most innocent of events, no gore or slashing required.
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!
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.
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!
I do not usually write reviews because of time restraints, lack of vanity etc. BUT Thank God for King writing this one (and reading it,bonus)Spellbinding, gripping, thought provoking;easily one of his best works! GREAT!
I was dubious of this story from the summary but the fact that it is narrated by Steven King himself caused me to take a punt. I am glad I did as this book, in my opinion, is possibly the best book Steven King has written. Confusing and strange at first but immensely compelling and delightfully involving. Although Steven King doesn't have the voice presence of some of the more popular reading artists, the fact that it is his own work he is reading adds to the overall effect and makes this one of the most enjoyable audible books and stories I have listened to.
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