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The number one best seller: King at the peak of his powers - at once a first-rate suspense novel, a legal thriller, a haunted house story and a love story.

When Mike Noonan's wife dies unexpectedly, the best-selling author suffers from writer's block. Until he is drawn to his summer home, the beautiful lakeside retreat called Sara Laughs.

Here Mike finds the once familiar town in the tyrannical grip of millionaire Max Devore. Devore is hell-bent on getting custody of his deceased son's daughter and is twisting the fabric of the community to this purpose.

Three year old Kyra and her young mother turn to Mike for help. And Mike finds them increasingly irresistible.

But there are other more sinister forces at Sara Laughs - and Kyra can feel them too....

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

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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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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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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.

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  • Thomas
  • Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 01-07-14

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

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  • Wanda
  • Pretoria, South Africa
  • 03-26-13

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!
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  • Pamela
  • Bedfordview, South Africa
  • 09-19-12

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.

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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.

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  • Todd
  • Orange, Australia
  • 03-31-14

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.

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  • SDY
  • 07-06-12

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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Dawn
  • 12-01-06

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.

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  • Paula
  • 09-17-16

Perfect! Well read and a great story.

Would you listen to Bag of Bones again? Why?

I would listen again as the book has such a lot to offer.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Bag of Bones?

When Mike first returns to Sara Laughs.

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

Depth and true understanding of the characters and story.

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

Yes but its a long listen so it wasn't possible but it gave me something to look forward to each day.

Any additional comments?

I have listened to many audio books, this one is my favourite. Narration was perfect and the story held me from start to finish.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Caz
  • 03-23-15

My most favorite Stephen King book!!!

What did you like most about Bag of Bones?

The characters were so believable. It is read by Mr King himself, which makes the story so real. The details in this story are vividly brought to life by Mr King's writing & narration.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Mike. You laughed & cried with him.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

When Mike has those spooky nightmares.

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

When Mike went back to Sarah Laughs for the first time and his memories of Jo came flooding back.

Any additional comments?

I have read the book several times and also have the Audio CDs which I have listened to around four times, before buying this as my very first audio book. Listened to it coming back from the USA.

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  • James
  • 01-12-11

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.

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  • Pamela
  • 10-02-10

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!!

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  • Ragen Nelson
  • 02-02-08

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.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Patricia
  • 06-28-07

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.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Michael
  • 07-07-15

A rattling good listen.

I read some reviews that this story was a slow starter. I disagree. The time taken to "paint" the background and primary character was important to me. Once these things were established, the story began to take its sinuous shape.

There were enough twists and turns to keep me glued to the story. Vivid descriptions of characters and places allied with the pace that events took place, kept me enthralled.

Thoroughly enjoyable and recommended. Shame about the music but that is just my take on listening.

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  • Mathew Dinning
  • 06-30-15

Brilliant!

Brilliant, gripping thrilling story. Really kept me gripped start to finish and have played several times.

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  • Jutta Zotz
  • 10-29-17

Awesome story !

A very good story, beautifully performed by the author. Don't miss the interview at the end.

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  • Veena
  • 06-22-17

Starts very slow, and then becomes riveting 😊

The beginning was quite slow, with seemingly unconnected threads. The story then suddenly picked up and becomes engaging and fast-paced. Absolutely enjoyed it.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-29-17

Gripping to the very end

Suspenseful and terrifying. From the first chapter to the very last, it was hard to put down. Stephen King injects life into the book with his narrative

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  • Eddie
  • 03-17-17

Perfect

I always love it when Stephen reads his own books. The use of instruments in this particular recording were second to none. The producer and the band should be applauded!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-05-17

Great Story!

Where does Bag of Bones rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Another great story from the master storyteller. The ending was enthralling and saw me calling out loud when listening to the child in danger. A great listen!

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

This was my first listen to Mr. King's narration style. At first, I found his voice a little hard to get used to and found that my mind wandered instead of truly listening, but once I got used to his voice, I found this book too was a great read.

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  • Mrs
  • 10-21-16

A must for King fans!

When you start to feel tears of anger when something totally unjust and horrible happens to a character, you know it's a good book!!
King's narration is excellent - he knows best how to say what he was thinking when he wrote it, and his accents weren't too bad either - don't let bad reveiws of his reading put you off.

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  • Scott Jacobs
  • 10-09-16

Quintessential Stephen King.

This is a terrific book, which I had read before and thought was one of his best. He reads and tells a story beautifully, and the music woven sporadically through was just right. A haunting and lovely tale that builds and grows and seeps into your bones.

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  • Katie
  • 07-29-16

Hmm - not convinced.

What did you like most about Bag of Bones?

I liked the idea behind the story - about the wife finding out about something and trying to keep her husband safe, and then dying and him thinking she'd been cheating but she wasn't...

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

No. It's too long winded. I also didn't feel the ending was right.<br/>And definitely not the audio book - omg Stephen King's voice can rival nails down a blackboard

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

Nope. While I can see mega benefits of having the author reading his (or her) own novels, I just can't listen to Stephen King's voice.

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

There were a few times I laughed and cried. But I'm not going to say when, as that would give away spoilers

Any additional comments?

If you don't mind Stephen King's voice then you might be happy to listen to this audio book.