Bag of Bones Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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....
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|Listening Length||21 hours and 21 minutes|
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|Audible.com.au Release Date||15 August 2006|
|Publisher||Hodder Headline Limited|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 11,831 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
29 in Ghost Horror Fiction
113 in Ghost Stories
115 in Supernatural Thrillers (Audible Books & Originals)
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First, it's a solid ghost story. The protagonist, Mike Noonan, begins by dealing with events in the natural world. Chief among them are his writer's block and the aching absence of his late wife. He gradually encounters the supernatural. We marshal our courage with him as he meets frightening people, both alive and dead. He has to figure out what to believe and who to trust. And we have to figure out the nuts and bolts of the author's supernatural world, what creatures inhabit it, and what they can do. What they can do to Mike--and how he can fight back.
Second, it's a typically good Stephen King story. There is a complexity in both the seen and unseen worlds that engages the reader. There are walk-on characters and passing references from his other works. These are enjoyable for experienced fans, but aren't necessary to enjoying the book or figuring out its supernatural world. There are few enough main characters that we can get to know them. And sufficiently many that the story can still go on after we lose some.
My third reaction is more personal. I read Bag of Bones about a year after my wife Lynnette passed away unexpectedly. I had gone through my numb, zombie phase and was beginning to function a bit more normally. Part of this was getting over sort of a "reader's block." I just couldn't read without her there. It's hard to explain, but I wouldn't have to explain it to someone who has been there. Or to Stephen King, it seems. I was helped--and impressed--by King's detailed understanding of the pain of losing a spouse. As far as I know, he has not been through this, making his skill as a writer more impressive for his having captured it so well.
He shows us how an interrupted life creates questions and doubts. Little things found in a pocketbook or closet raise questions that would be easily answered if they could be asked. Since they can't, we worry away at them, building them into patterns of greater worry. We do something similar as we relive old discussions, regretting small things we have said or left unsaid. King weaves these themes into the fabric of his story. As I appreciated them in the story, I also understood them better in my own world. I found some peace from this understanding that I am grateful for.
I recommend diving into this book, leaving the plot summaries and literary analysis for after the fresh first reading. It's good reading whether you huddle on the couch with a paperback or plug an audio book into your ear for comfort as you trudge alone along the cold paths of the winter night. It's good reading and good writing.
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The first time was during summer, 15 years ago. I was totally absorbed by the book.
The characters, the location everything was so new to me and I remembered enjoying every moment of my reading, so a month ago I decided to re read it but in English this time (I read it in French the first time).
I must admit I had forgotten the story so it was like ready it for the first time and I loved it as much, maybe even more since I am now older, there is things I can understand better.
You get attached to the characters, you hope thinfs are not what they are and you want everyone to be happy, but life catch up with us and we have to face the fact that life is hard, things don't always go the way we want them to. This book is also a great reminder of what is important to us, sometimes it's good to pause and see what really matters.
This was my first Stephen King novel, and very disappointing.
Earlier I read his non-fiction book, ON WRITING. And I was very inspired by the way he looks at the writing.
Of course other thing I was wondering was the magic behind his novels' sales numbers.
But then again, WHAT A DISAPPOINTMENT.
I guess his sales numbers are rising on his powerful ordinary, middle class American language , and narrative.
Well I do not want to be very prejudged here without reading his other novels, but this side of him is very powerful).
Reader would love his books even without a story.
When I was learning English, I loved the American accent. And I was wondering how ordinary, middle class American would talk.
If you are like that also, then Stephen King is your author.
Story of the book is very chaotic, messy, well if there is one.
While reading, eventually I started to think that this book was scheduled on demands of publishers, and written without passion.
In fact plot is a story of a blocked writer.
And writer decides to go to their second house near a lake after the mysterious death of his wife, and starting to feel blocked.
And this house is haunted. But he just kept staying there, and goes through the entire thrill, and horror.
Maybe, in this book, Stephen King is confessing his psychology and his relations with publishers.
Well if you take only this book of his as a reference point, then you can conclude that Stephen King is a big commercial popular writer with very shallow psychological and philosophical fiction.
Saying that he is fantastic reflecting the psychology of ordinary, middle class American, sometime, maybe most of the time, moronic ones.
He is wonderful at keeping the suspense geared up with his powerful narrative.
This is maybe the most powerful thing about him.
How does he create that?
As you read through you start to move into a sphere, a journey that even the author does NOT know where it heads on.
Then you start feeling like like you are journeying together with author, or even on your own.
In a way, he steals your conscious, and this sucks you into the story.
Well saying that quiet often your journey gets smashed, and then you disengage from the story.
Because story becomes boring.
Take this for example.
He starts talking with ghosts in the house, even cooperating with them. And sometimes he faces their terror, horror in a so cool way.
And all this happens so naturally ordinarily, then suspense disappears, And it becomes boring, and then you disengage.
Yes it is a fiction, but too much of, bad, and a boring one.
and then take the number of people in the 150 years of history of house and the surrounding of the lake.
Soooo many names,
and then I had to look at Internet to recap who is who and who did what.
A few words on the nook itself.
I loved the fonts of the book. A novel should be written with these fonts and size.
Also split of the book into 29 chapters sizing from 15 to 30 pages makes it easier to set milestones for reading.
As a benchmark of taste though, my personal favourites are Needful Things, Salem's Lot, Duma Key, Outsider, Revival and many more.
I'm also a happily married man with 4 girls and hence enough romance/girl stuff to fill a lifetime ;)