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Bag of Bones Audiobook

Bag of Bones

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Steve Delmar, NY USA 02-23-15
    Steve Delmar, NY USA 02-23-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Don't let the narrator reviews put you off"

    This is a great story, and many of the reviews already delve into that. As someone who has avoided certain King audio books in the past due to his being the narrator, I thought I'd write a quick note to say that his narration here is not at all distracting from the story. It's actually pretty good, which I know is a position somewhat contrary to that of others who reviewed this book. King is no professional when it comes to performance, but don't let that put you off this listen!

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    Josh 02-21-15
    Josh 02-21-15
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    "Constant Reader Disappointed"

    This enthusiastic King reader was not overly impressed with this slow paced ghostly tale. I wanted a hauntingly good time but despite a few creepy moments I will instead be haunted by the twenty-plus hours that were unfortunately misplaced with this underwhelming storyline. Sorry SK.

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    G. Warren Glassboro, NJ 02-11-15
    G. Warren Glassboro, NJ 02-11-15 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story as you'd expect from Stephen King!"

    This audio book was extra good seeing as King read it himself. The story was very good as much as you'd expect from Stephen King. The overall story turned out quite differently than I obyriginally thought it would be about. He kind of went in a different direction than I originally thought which is great do as not to be too predictable. And the relationship that the main character Mike has with the baby girl Kyra was adorable. Reminds me of my baby girl. Overall the story was classic King!!! Very good listen!

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    Ra's AL ghul 02-05-15 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing story"

    loved it and it was even more enjoyable with Stephen King narrating and telling it the way it was meant to be.

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    Lolo 01-30-15
    Lolo 01-30-15 Member Since 2013
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    "A solid ghost story"
    Any additional comments?

    This book was so long and made such thorough effort to be rooted in reality that I almost lost interest and quit listening around 6 hours in, but it picked up quickly after that. If anyone with less skill than King had written this story it would probably have just sucked. In the end I felt like even though I didn't love it, it was still a worthwhile read.

    There was lots of...we'll call it "penis-centric" stuff, which seemed very realistic and personal as it came through the first person perspective of a man who hadn't been with a woman in four years. I found that kind of jarring, but some would say that's a mark of meaningful art (that it's emotionally jarring, not that it involves penises, though I'm sure there are some people who think penis art is the height of taste).

    The one awful rape scene was really difficult to listen to, though it was necessary to the story and not terribly drawn out.

    The dream sequences seemed a little much to me at times also. They got so crazy that they stretched things in all directions at once, then the guy would wake up and it'd be back to the comparatively sober story line. The contrast seemed so abrupt that I had a little trouble suspending my disbelief during those parts and it made me get a little impatient with those more sober stretches of real life drama.

    All in all though, this guy is just a great writer. He can do wrong, sure, but he's been at it so long that he just knocks it out of the park these days, even if his chosen subject matter isn't your personal favorite every time. I wasn't looking for a ghosty possession story. When they stop making the "Paranormal" movies my taste for ghosts may return. But Bag Of Bones has such a firm root in reality that the ghosty stuff, while not totally satisfying for me, was still pretty awesome as a result.

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    Lady Pamela New Mexico 01-28-15
    Lady Pamela New Mexico 01-28-15
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    "Supernatural Listen"

    Bag of Bones is a ghost story, a love story, and a whodunit murder mystery. It is also a story that leaves the listener in doubt about the characters right through to the end. Complemented by sound and music, with lyrics by the author, it was well produced. Initally, it was somewhat slow paced, but picked up as the very long novel led on. Supernatural suspense added to the plot.

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    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 01-27-15
    Julie la vernia, TX, United States 01-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Thoroughly Enjoyable Experience"

    I bought the hardback version of this book off the clearance shelf in a used bookstore last summer, and try as I may, I fell asleep within minutes of reading. It on my nightstand for months collecting dust, so I gave up and bought the audio version.

    For me, hands down, Bag of Bones is Stephen King's best story, and his narration along with the music brought the story to life. There are pregnant pauses in the narration- sometimes between paragraphs, sometimes between chapters- that just potentiate the tension of the story.

    I was sorry when the story ended, but delighted in the interview between the producer and Mr. King that followed. If I could give more than 5 stars, I certainly would!!

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    Edward 01-24-15
    Edward 01-24-15
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    "Worst Stephen King Book"
    Has Bag of Bones turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I loved other Stephen King Book audiobooks such as The Stand, It, and 11-22-63.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    I thought having the author read his his own book would b great, but it was a disappointment. Stephen King read the whole story in a monotone,


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

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The audiobook has music after a few chapters that I assume were meant to set the mood, but were only distracting.

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    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 01-23-15
    Pattie Powhatan Point, OH, United States 01-23-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Second best King novel!"
    Where does Bag of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I always rank Shantaram by Gregory David Roberts as #1, then Stephen King's 11-22-63 as #2. I would put Bag of Bones as #3.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Johanna, his wife, because of her fighting to save her husband and Kira.


    Which character – as performed by Stephen King – was your favorite?

    Of course, Michael Noonan.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I listened to it quickly because I needed to know what happened next.


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    Lisa 01-17-15
    Lisa 01-17-15
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    "GREAT audio book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I don't think I would have liked this book if someone other than the author narrated it. So good...a must read for all King lovers.


    What does Stephen King bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents...it added to the story.


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