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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

Critic Reviews

"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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couldn't even finish it

What disappointed you about Bag of Bones?

The reader

What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

I do not think Stephen king should narrate books even if he did write them

How could the performance have been better?

To have Stephen king not narrate

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment

Any additional comments?

Make a different person narrate

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So scary and so good

I am pretty new to the Stephen King library. I really like how he turns a phrase, to borrow a line. The suspense he builds between what is actually occurring and what is being perceived as occurring makes it hard to listen to in long shots, but I couldn't stay away from the story for long. It was truly scary in some parts. The "dream" Mike and Kyra share is so close to dreams I had as a kid and still do as an adult that it put a little extra oomph to the emotions that came from the story.

I also liked how much was included from Mike's perspective as an author--little tidbits behind the process and the life of that kind of person.

I enjoyed how there were good characters, bad characters, and grey characters--ones that you didn't know how to view until in some cases, it was almost too late. The setting was really well described and I could picture the TR pretty well after a short while, although by the end the scenery had changed.

I'd recommend this story to any lover of Stephen King books. The story references gothic novels, like "Rebecca" so fans of that genre would probably enjoy it as well.

For those wondering about Stephen King's ability as a narrator--I liked his work. He didn't distinguish a lot between male and female voices, but I didn't think that took away from the production at all. His accents for a couple of the characters were pretty good I thought, though I'm from the Midwest so I don't really have the ability to say how accurate they were.

All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this story.

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Great job!

Great book, awesome storyline. The mixing of past, present and future were a little hard to keep track of but once you get the "just" of the story in your mind it's really amazing and takes a ton of talent to be able to keep track of all that as a writer. King's narration took a little bit to get used to because he's not as animated as some other narrators, but it's really great that they got him to read his own book, it's sort of like being able to experience exactly what was running through his mind as he was writing.

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Disappointed

I have been a huge fan of Stephen Kings books. It has been several years since I have read one. I travel a lot and love listenIng to audio books. This was the first one I ordered and was excited to listen. The main story was good but it went on and on and on with unnecessary words, pages and even chapters that added nothing to the overall book. I found myself just wanting it to be over.

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Glad I gave it another shot

I tried to listen to this a while ago but found King's narration off putting so I stopped about 30min in. I've listened to a few other things narrated by him and he's grown on me so I came back to this and I'm glad I did!

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bag of bones

I really loved this story. I especially enjoyed listening to it with the author reading it. I'm from Maine, lived here since the day I was born and there are things about being a Mainer that this story touches on all of the way through. Sometimes about the combination of this story and Stephen King reading it made me feel "at home" The Maine slang that is used are sayings I heard my dad, and others as well say throughout my life. I don't know if that could even be captured by anyone other than a local.
I don't at all want to sound as though I only enjoyed this story because of its local relation. I do believe Stephen King is my favorite writer, but certainly not because he is from Maine. I started listening to Bag of bones in my car on short trips to town and within 2 trips I was hooked and continued listening every spare moment i had till the end. I think no matter where you might be from this story is likely to touch you on a personal level. 5 stars across the board, if you considering listening to Bag of Bones...stop thinking and start listening. ..oh and enjoy it will be time we'll spent

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Loved it!

Very good book, kept me listening. Kind of wish it had a few more chapters.

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medium story told in Stephen King's Whiney Voice

What would have made Bag of Bones better?

Not Stephen King's nasally, East coast, voice. It was beyond awful.

Would you recommend Bag of Bones to your friends? Why or why not?

No

How did the narrator detract from the book?

Chalk on a chalkboard

What character would you cut from Bag of Bones?

Um... the old neighbor guy

Any additional comments?

I love Stephen King books, I was doubly disappointed in both the story line and the narration.

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It must be me...a lot of people liked this book.

What disappointed you about Bag of Bones?

Silly contrived story line full of cliches. Evil old man, sweet inncocent girl, skinny wicked old lady and hapless author--you name it, this had it. Add to that a racist murder and a haunted house and you've got a reall mess. I found it so overworked and tedious that it took me months to listen to it--I really wish Audible had abridged versions as this could have been cut in half. I listened to this while reading Mr. Mercedes and 11-22-63 which were so wonderful it's hard to beleive they're from the same author.

Has Bag of Bones turned you off from other books in this genre?

For a while

What three words best describe Stephen King’s performance?

His performance was really very good.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Bag of Bones?

There were so many, and I'm so glad to be finished, that it's not worth my time to list them all--and I'm a big fan of Stephen King. The only other book that bored me this much was 'It".

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the music took it over the moon!

we all know King likes using a lot of words and uses them over and over. his cadence is a bit slow for me sometimes but all is forgiven because the story is good and being able to hear the music was phenomenal.