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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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    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-22-14
    Honest John Berkeley, CA USA 12-22-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stupid Story !!"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Stephen King?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    The supernatural events were so overblown and unbelievable, they came off as silly A script for a B movie or worse.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    Mr. King reads well and his accent fit the character and setting well.


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

    Disgusted -- a chaotic and ultimately very disappointing book.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't waste your time.

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    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 12-20-14
    Rene Bellis Michigan, USA 12-20-14 Member Since 2016

    Rene

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    "Excellent Story! I love Stephen King's narration."
    Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

    No, because I generally only listen to audio books one time.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that he never stopped loving his wife, even though he was clearly attracted to Maddie Devor.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Mike finally sees his wife near the end and knows she's been with him all along.


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

    Extreme? Not really, but it was a great story and had its funny moments. I especially liked Mike Noonan's inner dialog, which I felt added a lot to the story's movement.


    Any additional comments?

    I would highly recommend this book to any Stephen King fan!

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    marselaine 12-19-14
    marselaine 12-19-14
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    "riveting story"

    I loved this story. I fell in love with the characters. I cried my eyes out.

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    Asheville S. 12-16-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Not his best!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really. It wasn't suspenseful or scary at all. I was interested enough to want to get through it, but not necessarily in a good way. It was more like a chore than a pleasure.


    What three words best describe Stephen King’s performance?

    mediocre, stereotypical, lackluster


    Could you see Bag of Bones being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish Mr. King would have done his research on mask court reporters. He totally misrepresented the trade.

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    Louise E. 12-13-14
    Louise E. 12-13-14
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    "gave me scary dreams!!"
    What did you love best about Bag of Bones?

    I have listened to a number of Stephen King books, but this is the first time I heard him read the story himself. His voice was a bit of a shock initially, then it grew on me and I thoroughly enjoyed the New England accent. The story kept me in suspense the whole way through, I was even thinking about it before I went to sleep at night, which probably led to the scary dreams. It is rare for me to think of characters and why they are behaving in a certain way, this book had me trying to figure out the people. The interview with Mr. King at the end of the book was both funny and satisfying. I understand why the author loves this book, because I do to!


    What other book might you compare Bag of Bones to and why?

    I guess the closest I would be able to come would be Duma Key, because the characters tell you how they are feeling, even when the feelings are awful, scary and disgusting.


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

    Michael Noonan. Believable as a human being, A male human being.


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

    Made me angry at one point, when one of the characters died. I started yelling at the ipod.


    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book so much that I actually contemplated writing a letter to Mr. King to tell him how much pleasure this book gave me.

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    Heather Shaw 12-11-14
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    "Captivating"

    Having Stephen King narrate makes this story sizzle. A wonderfully slow, lazy, well crafted build to a truly creepy story where the ghost(s) are not the most frightening characters. It is the nuanced language, the depth of human insight and pacing that makes this story truly captivating. Worth ever second.

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    Tara st. petersburg, FL, United States 11-29-14
    Tara st. petersburg, FL, United States 11-29-14 Member Since 2011

    “Nolite te bastardes carborundorum.” ― Margaret Atwood

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    "One of his best stories - could not put it down."

    Best performance yet-
    Mr. King should narrate all of his books his voice is the perfect compliment to his character development. No one can make me dislike a characters better..

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    Paulie Weston 11-28-14 Member Since 2017
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    "Awesome book"
    Where does Bag of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    On a scale of 1 to 10 this is a 10; excellent book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Mike Noonan Even though he was really creeped out and afraid of the ghosts and voices that he heard in Sarah Laughs sometimes; he preserved with his dead wives help until he was able to figure out why his house was haunted. And he was able to put the ghosts to rest.


    Have you listened to any of Stephen King’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes I was very impressed with the reading done by the author and would love to listen to more books that are read by Stephen King


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book to everyone

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    Eleanor 11-21-14
    Eleanor 11-21-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Stephen King is quite the narrator!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Bag of Bones to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version but I think it probably would be.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jo's brother. His part was small but great. He brought both warmth and humor to the story.


    What about Stephen King’s performance did you like?

    He seemed to perfectly embody the main character. In general, I like it when the author reads the book.


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    Julie in KY Corbin, KY 11-17-14
    Julie in KY Corbin, KY 11-17-14

    I'm a stay at home mom in southeastern KY. I LOVE audio books....especially ANYTHING by Nora Roberts/J.D. Robb!

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    "Even better than I could have imagined!"
    Where does Bag of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    My favorite King novel, for sure! You know Steven King's intent in every character, situation and scene was clearly conveyed since the man himself narrated this book. Such a pleasure!!!


    Any additional comments?

    I haven't read/listened to 'tons' of King's books (yet) but have made my way through quite a few as well as numerous other authors in the same genre. I purchased this audio book because the description sounded great and the reviews were pretty awesome. I AGREE 100%. I literally listened to this book twice, back to back. The details, the story...the amazing music played throughout...LOVE, LOVE, LOVED it all. I was completely invested Mike's emotions, thoughts, plans....all before the 'weird' began. Excellent characters and twists. Would listen a third time, no question!

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