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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King can drag out a short story but Bag of Bones is sublime I feel like these characters were my neighbours and I have lived with them all my life
"My most favorite Stephen King book!!!"
The characters were so believable. It is read by Mr King himself, which makes the story so real. The details in this story are vividly brought to life by Mr King's writing & narration.
Mike. You laughed & cried with him.
When Mike has those spooky nightmares.
When Mike went back to Sarah Laughs for the first time and his memories of Jo came flooding back.
I have read the book several times and also have the Audio CDs which I have listened to around four times, before buying this as my very first audio book. Listened to it coming back from the USA.
"Read by the Author"
Audiobooks are excellent for driving and walking, activities that you cannot perform while reading a book. The author reads this version and there are nuances you simply do not pick up while reading. For example, certain words that the author says using local dialects. This adds enormous colour and depth to the characters. Very much enjoyed both the pace and the development of the plot.
As with most of Stephen Kings books, there is a depth to the characters and their interplay that keeps you attention from start to finish.
I liked all the characters, each was interesting in their own way. Without giving away the plot, the villains and heroes of the story are all favourites.
This is already a mini-series. I'll watch that once I've read the book and see how it translates to film. Sadly, most of Stephen Kings books translate badly to film.
Gripping, Evil, Love
Mike is the protagonist who is faced with an unfolding mystery and various moral battles, I almost wanted to see how those would play out either way...
I like his voice and characterization of Mike
This book made me reflect, Mikes reactions and responses are interesting in different situations
"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.
"A lenghtly saga"
Sometime I feel that Stephen King gets paid by the page! This book has a slow start, but eventually gets going into a reasonably absorbing tale. The listener who stays the course will enjoy the final development of the storyline as the pace picks up. I've recently finished (reading) Lisey's Story, to which similar criticism applies. If you can get past the first couple of hundred pages of seemingly waffle, you get to a story. This book is better than Lisey's Story!
Gotta love SK!!!!! I'm a huge fan, However I think I prefer his books when they stay away from the ghost story type theme. I would still recommend this though, its funny how much the little girl, who is only three, can express herself, perhaps she could have been a little older like they made her in the film - which stars Pierce Brosnan (avoid the film at all costs, they completely changed the story!)
I loved the story but it was spoilt by the annoying music that made it very hard to hear some parts! keep music to in-between chapters please!
"Could not keep awake"
Stephen Kings voice droning on and on, doesn't allow you to get into a very slow start !
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