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Bag of Bones | [Stephen King]

Bag of Bones

When bestselling crime writer Mike Noonan's wife dies, he suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn from Derry to his lakeside retreat, Sara Laughs, a house once inhabited by a famous singer. It's a community run by rich, tyrannical, wheelchair-bound Devore and his terrifying, skeletal, female bookkeeper. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his grandchild. Three-year-old Kyra and her young mother, Mattie, turn to Mike for help, and Mike, besotted by Mattie, is powerless to resist.
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Publisher's Summary

When bestselling crime writer Mike Noonan's wife dies, he suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn from Derry to his lakeside retreat, Sara Laughs, a house once inhabited by a famous singer. It's a community run by rich, tyrannical, wheelchair-bound Devore and his terrifying, skeletal, female bookkeeper. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his grandchild. Three-year-old Kyra and her young mother, Mattie, turn to Mike for help, and Mike, besotted by Mattie, is powerless to resist. But there are others at Sara Laughs determined to prevent Mike's success and Kyra can feel them too.

© Stephen King; Recording © and (P) Simon & Schuster Inc.

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    Nigel Auckland, New Zealand 10-19-09
    Nigel Auckland, New Zealand 10-19-09 Member Since 2009
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    "Great audio book"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David P Toohey 03-10-11 Listener Since 2009
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    "Excellent, spooky, keeps you hooked"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Samantha 06-04-14
    Samantha 06-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fabulous! Nobody tells it like the author!"
    What did you love best about Bag of Bones?

    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!


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    Yes


    Which scene was your favorite?

    OMG! So many to mention but it would have to be the one where his late wife comes to save him.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Thomas Dunedin, New Zealand 01-07-14
    Thomas Dunedin, New Zealand 01-07-14 Member Since 2012

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    "If you haven't had this one-GET IT!!!!!!"
    What made the experience of listening to Bag of Bones the most enjoyable?

    Read by Stephen King-subtle but full of emotions. Time just flew, never any boredom even when he describes things in meticulous detail.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The meaning of love and the connection between 2 people.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Mike overcoming the urge to drown the girl with Joes help


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 03-26-13
    Wanda Pretoria, South Africa 03-26-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Brilliant book"

    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!
    WaAr

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Pamela Bedfordview, South Africa 09-19-12
    Pamela Bedfordview, South Africa 09-19-12 Member Since 2009
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    "Phantastical Ghost Story"
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    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


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    The accents he gives the different characters. It feels like I've watched the movie..


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It was intense. I see a different meaning to the shadows now.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking for the next Stephen King to add to the collection.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Terri-Anne Harcourt, Australia 05-13-10
    Terri-Anne Harcourt, Australia 05-13-10 Listener Since 2010
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    "Terrific reading of a great book"

    '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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Todd Orange, Australia 03-31-14
    Todd Orange, Australia 03-31-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Unfortunately not what was expected"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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  • Ragen
    Salisbury, United Kingdom
    2/2/08
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    "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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Dawn
    Glasgow, Scotland
    12/1/06
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    "Loved It"

    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.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
    Australia
    7/6/12
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    "A TREAT"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • James
    shrewsbury, shrewsbury, United Kingdom
    1/12/11
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    "VERY enjoyable"

    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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Pamela
    NEWTOWNARDS, United Kingdom
    10/2/10
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    "ENTIRELY BELIEVABLE"

    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!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Ms. C. E. Davies
    Cheshire UK
    4/23/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Barry
    Coventry, United Kingdom
    4/13/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Anthony
    Reading, Berks, United Kingdom
    9/27/10
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    "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!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Patricia
    Neath, Glamorgan, United Kingdom
    6/28/07
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    "Loved it!"

    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • mr
    Ferndown, United Kingdom
    3/11/14
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    "Typical Stephen king book"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by Stephen King?

    I love Stephen king novels plus most of his books I have read before my stroke but Stephen king is no narrator so it spoilt the audiobook it is a pity because it is a very good book


    How could the performance have been better?

    Same tone of voice all through the book it made it boring


    What character would you cut from Bag of Bones?

    Stephen king as narrator find a actor to read bag of bones


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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