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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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A Disappointment

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Not much. The theme was weak, characters mediocre, several long sequences that added nothing to the book and finally King is an awful narrator

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

No

How could the performance have been better?

Used a professional to read the book

Any additional comments?

King is one of my favorite authors, but this is one of his forgettable works.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Stephen King Should Not Narrate

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I love King but I do not love to listen to him!!! He has a very nasaly voice and needs to stick to writing only!!! Haven't even finished the book because I don't enjoy listening to him

Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

Yes - he's an awesome author

Would you be willing to try another one of Stephen King’s performances?

Absolutely not!!

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I wish SK would narrate everyone of his books!

No one makes that Maine dialect and snarkiness shine thru like the author himself. A close second is Tim Sample.
This my personal favorite of all of King's novels. Do not miss this one.

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  • Telorast
  • KNOXVILLE, TN, United States
  • 10-30-14

There's so much in there

If I see the word "ghost" in a book summary, I stop there & move on. Don't know why I got this one-- maybe just because I like Stephen King. Anyway, it turns out, it's not about ghosts & poltergeists. but about how the past lives on in families & communities until somebody faces up to it. Also that it can't be done alone. But there is so much more there, getting deeper as the story moves on. There are thoughts and truths that don't immediately impact the story but King interweaves them in a way that strengthens it -- they aren't just appendages used to propound some idea... he makes them part of the whole.

Lol, there are so many reviews that I doubt anybody will see this one at the bottom of the pile, but I just had to talk about it a little :)

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Bag of creepy

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It is scary and has a sufficiently large number of surprises.And it's Stephen King himself as the narrator only makes it better.

What did you like best about this story?

There is not only one part that makes the story good. <br/>It is the general experience that makes the book great..

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

Yes, I have read "hearts in atlantis". Which I thought was the best of Stephen King. But this is just as good. And I like the music that comes into the story.Which occurs in both books

Any additional comments?

It is a must read of Stephen Kings books.

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  • Patricia
  • Perris, CA, United States
  • 09-05-14

I love Shephen King but...A narrator he is not

Stephen King should really stick to writing and leave the narration to the professionals. His voice is very nasal and distracting but the story is good. Sorry SK :(

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Can't finish it

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I like about half of the Stephen King books I read or listen to. This one has completely failed to capture me and I just have no interest in what happens next. I am several hours into it. Also, Stephen Kin himself narrates the story and his voice is quite monotone and inspires daydreaming. Maybe if I read instead of listened and could skim to the good parts... .

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did not finish

Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Stephen King?

i've heard Stephen King novel 11-22-63 and enjoyed it a lot, which is why i took a second book by him. Unfortunately, n the first ~5 hours (which is what i listened to), the plot did not mature.. i kept going as i hoped something will happen but eventually decided that a quarter of the book is enough.<br/>sorry

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

No

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

Yes.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

yes

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  • robin
  • bloomington, in, United States
  • 06-06-14

I love when King reads his own work!

Any additional comments?

I love this book. I love the Maine characters he creates. And he know how to read these characters with the Maine accent.

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  • Stacy
  • INDIANAPOLIS, IN, United States
  • 04-22-14

Real beeping scary...

It will be awhile before I take another bath...

I am a "constant reader" and often get on Stephen King kicks- I can't believe I hadn't visited this book yet. Really scary-and in a way that you think- man, that could happen maybe- could that happen? Are there ghosts like that? I loved the characters and will miss them and I even loved SK reading- and sometimes I don't :)