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I used to not like Stephen King, but lately I've gotten into some of his more character-driven works, and found that when he concentrates on the characters instead of the beasties, he's pretty darned good. Even with this new respect for him, I was surprised by the quality of this novel. Everything works in it, even King's reading of it.
The book is sad through much of it, as you will guess from the first line, so don't listen hoping for a cheerful experience. But the characters are complex and the presentation of the local town where most of the story happens is observant and detailed, and King takes his time developing the mystery. He doesn't even introduce the mystery until far longer than you'd think possible. Still, it will captivate you until he does, and throughout, and not just through the mystery, but through the character interactions and even the moral questions raised.
This book has several layers of story, from the horror story to the romance to the backstory that is slowly developed. Through it all there is a mythical and psychological element to have you working out how much King meant to be metaphor, not just story.
Excellent book. May just change your opinion of where Stephen King fits in the world of literature. This is the type of book that when you finish, you won't want to start another book for a while, because you won't want the taste to leave you.
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<U>Bag of Bones</U> is probably the most complete and satisfying Stephen King novel I have <I>heard</I> to date and the fact that it is read by the author is a big plus! Stephen King will be the first to tell you that he isn't a "professional voice" but as he happens to be the author of the book (duh!), his knowledge of the characters, not only what they say but also how they say it is, as they say, priceless.
<U>Bag of Bones</U> is a ghost story, a love story, and a "whodunit and why" murder mystery all rolled into one. It is also a story that leaves the listener in doubt about the chosen sides of many of the characters right through to the end of the novel. Complemented by sound and music, with lyrics by the author, the audio version of this book (I have both read and listened to this one) is the far superior way to experience the story.
Also, the audio version includes a terrific interview of the author by Eve Beglarian, who produced the audio version. This interview gives the listener an even deeper vision of the story as well as a glimpse into the life of the author and his whole hearted endorsement of audio books as a preferred medium for narrative.
121 of 126 people found this review helpful
I love this book. Stephen King has a wonderful knack of slowly shifting you from the real world to the surreal in a manner that you don't know it's happening until it's too late. This book does all that and more. Read by the author himself - you hear the story exactly as he wants to tell it - it's an unmissable treat.
I have been an avid audio book fan for over two years now and for an audio book to be enjoyable it is imperative that the narrator is good. Believe me - Stephen King is a great narrator. When I am reviewing books I don't like to talk much about the plot as I don't like to give the game away, so I just want to say that IMHO this book was just made for audio and comes across in this format much better than it did in print.
The book is full of snippets of music (which really add to the eerie ambience of the story), and the number of literary references within the tale is stunning.
The interview with Stephen King at the end of the book is very, very interesting. I note that audible sells this interview. Don't bother buying that - buy this instead and hear the master at work. I only wish Stephen King narrated all his own books.
Even if you are not a Stephen King fan - (which I was not), this book is well worth anyone's audio credit.
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1. Amazing quality.
2. Stephen King is brilliant at narrating his own work
3. The music that is added is superb in creating atmosphere.
It is more than an audio book it is an experience.
Tremendous - you won't regret buying this...........a pity he hasn't narrated all his own books.
An excellent production.
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