The number one best seller: King at the peak of his powers - at once a first-rate suspense novel, a legal thriller, a haunted house story and a love story.
When Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly, the best-selling author suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs.
Here Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his deceased son's daughter and is twisting the fabric of the community to this purpose.
Three year old Kyra and her young mother turn to Mike for help. And Mike finds them increasingly irresistible.
But there are other more sinister forces at Sara Laughs - and Kyra can feel them too....
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Even if you have read this before, listen to Stephen King read what he rates as one of his favorite books. As the author there are parts of the journey he takes you on that I think only he could do. The characters are great, the way you build up a strong set of images from the story line, just great. My favorite of his and I have read about 10 of his books.
The interview at the end is also very interesting, he lets you into his head regarding making a great book.
If you like Steven King you'll love this. I read a lot of his books when I was young and had much more time than I do now. More than 15 years later this is the first of his audiobooks I've listened to, and was a great re-introduction.
The story builds up really well, with Mike Noonan (the protagonist and narrator of the story) gradually discovering more and more about his dead wife's activities and the history of the "the TR" and its "Martians" (i.e. residents).
The music and sounds added into the production were very good. The music gave you a break from the voice and the sound effects heightened the suspense at only the very important moments.
To me there was also an interesting sub-text with Steven King being the author and narrator, and the main character who was also an author was also narrating the story in the first person. And then an interview with Steven afterwards was a very worthwhile addition.
It was just so real, the fact that Stephen reads it really brings the story to life. I definitely enjoyed this book as a audio book simply due to it been read by Stephen as he really know how to draw you into his character. This has become my favorite. I must admit it was a little slow to start but I have come to expect that from Stephen King books either audio or print but by the end I couldn't stop listening!
OMG! So many to mention but it would have to be the one where his late wife comes to save him.
Read by Stephen King-subtle but full of emotions. Time just flew, never any boredom even when he describes things in meticulous detail.
The meaning of love and the connection between 2 people.
Mike overcoming the urge to drown the girl with Joes help
The production was that - a production which served to add nuances to an already loaded story! I loved this as I am sure all who have read and loved the early King books would!
Absolutely. I'll bet there is so much I could get out of the story if I listened to it again. And to have it read by Stephen King himself makes it really pop. I
The accents he gives the different characters. It feels like I've watched the movie..
It was intense. I see a different meaning to the shadows now.
Looking for the next Stephen King to add to the collection.
'Bag of Bones' has always been the Stephen King book that I give to people who think Stephen King's a hack horror writer: it's a great ghost story, probably my favourite King book. The characters are engaging, and the depiction of a small town - those invisible cables, unseen but felt, that run under the surface - is solid.
It's a great surprise to discover that King does a pretty good turn as a reader as well as a writer. I've really enjoyed the reading, not just the story.
I bought this book under the impression that it was about a troubled widower with writer's block who moves to his lakeside retreat, only to find it haunted by malicious ghosts. While this is partly true, the story focuses more on the main character's interaction with a single mother trying to protect her daughter from her evil custody-seeking father-in-law. The ghost stuff takes more of a backseat to this other storyline. Eventually the two parts unite to show that they were all part of the same story anyway, but it still felt like a cop out.
I wasn't looking forward to Stephen King's narration. After listening to him speak in the afterword of his other books, he sounded too much like he was reading from the page. Not natural enough. However I enjoyed his reading of this book more than I expected to. While he is not as good as other readers (I think anyone could have done a better job), I found I wasn't as distracted as I thought I would be. He lends good nuances to some of the characters and isn't too bad.
The book is a mediocre read in the grand scheme of King's other work. If you're planning to listen, make sure you know what you're getting into.
"Thoroughly Enjoyed It"
I didn't love this book quite as much as Lisey's Story, but I did really enjoy it.
Stephen, even though he's not an actor, read the book superbly and probably gave the book more character than if you read it yourself.
I found it a little slow to start, but after an hour I was hooked. And the last 3 hours I had to listen to continuously!!
If you love Stephen King, you'll love this.
This is a good story- not the usual horror- more of a haunted house spooky story, but very effective. The best part is that it's read my Mr King himself, who is just superb at it. And after the book, there's an interview with him too. I haven't read that many books by Stephen King, but I really enjoyed this one. Highly recommended.
I loved this book. The fact that it is narrated by the author added to the enjoyment. A really sad story, full of suspense and twists.
Just to reinforce what has been written so far. I would say you need to give it a couple of hours to really get going (the only reason it isnt at 5* and i would give it 4.5 if i could). After that though it is all good, great even, and has a good ending which can sometimes be Kings' self-confessed failing. Worth it by a long chalk.
An involving tale which hits so hard as it is an adaption of a fear that many of us have. Well narrated and, as usual Stephen King's characters, well the nice ones anyway, become your friends for the duration!!
"Reading without ruining the bag of bones - perfect"
Read by King himself, it's a real treat to hear his voice give life to his own words. I find it intensely irritating when readers 'act out' dialogue. King never does this and there's no need - he makes it perfectly clear.
There's some interesting interpretation of Sara Tidwell's music (don't think it's the Rockbottom Remainders but . . even so, it's good!)
After some of the liberties taken with his work, ruining it, it's wonderful to hear the way _he_ wrote the tale And a beautiful work of love, loss, grief and redemption it is.
"Up close and personal with Mr King"
I love immersing myself in a good SK yarn with characters I am going to like and a worldview that is surprisingly compassionate even to its villians. Stephen King’s reading is not a surprise to me as I have listened to several narrations of his before. If you have not heard him reading his own work before you are in for a pleasant surprise. He makes you feel like he wrote it just for you, and in a way he did.
I really enjoyed this audio book, a bonus that it was read by Stephen King himself, he really brought the characters to life.
As soon as i finished it, I downloaded another Stephen King novel, and thats fab too.
"Perfect! Well read and a great story."
I would listen again as the book has such a lot to offer.
When Mike first returns to Sara Laughs.
Depth and true understanding of the characters and story.
Yes but its a long listen so it wasn't possible but it gave me something to look forward to each day.
I have listened to many audio books, this one is my favourite. Narration was perfect and the story held me from start to finish.
I really enjoyed this story, I wanted to know what happened next all the way through. King is one of those rare writers that can write and narrate with excellence. Highly recommended.
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