Ron McLarty's performance and Stephen King's genius is a one in a lifetime combination
Every time I put my headphones on, I was transported to Jerusalem's lot. An extremely vivid experience. The magical narrative of King combined with the great talent of Ron McLarty's performance was a great experience. Extremely enjoyable.
I actually went out and bought the actual book and I wouldn't say there was much of a difference for me. Some books I just can't listen to like Kurt Vonnegut books but I love to read them. However for Stephen King I just love his books in audio or print equally as much.
I actually got scaired a few times while listening to this! It's a spooky book. What made this book I think is that it's a modern day vampire and I could really place myself in the story pretty easily. As I mentioned earlier I love King books but I wouldn't label them as favorites because for me he just lacks that uniqueness that makes a book a favorite of mine. All throughout this book there are very clear references to Dracula and that kind of disappointed me. Overall though I liked this book and like I said it's my Stephen King favorite
No. Simply because I already know the story. I never read a book or listen to an audible book more than once.
Salem's Lot was the only book written by Stephen King that I have never ready. I had tried to read it several times and for some reason just could not get past the first chapter. I loved the audio version very much. It was a great story and very captivating. I am so happy that I had the opportunity to listen to the audio version as I don't know that I would have ever read the book. Ron McLarty did a great job narrating.
Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Never read the print.
Not as good as Under the Dome, not nearly as large in scale.
Probably Straker. Seems so creepy and the main bad guy is "on screen" so relatively rarely.
If I have anything bad to say about this book it's that the beginning is a bit long and it's almost like he rushed the middle and the end. It seems like just when the action is getting going the book is finishing up. King tends to write pretty long books so I was a bit surprised to be in the thick of it and notice only about 2 hours left of play time. Others have noted that there are parts of this book that are downright terrifying and I will wholeheartedly agree with them. When Matt is "alone" in his house I almost had to stop listening as I was walking into my dark apartment alone.
David is my husband - I'm the one that actually picks out and listens to the books. ~ Anna
This book was enjoyable enough. It wasn't unique like "The Stand" and it wasn't his typical creepy like, "It". It was just a pretty average scary'ish story, It was worth the credit but it's not one I'll listen to a second time.
I was on the fence about this one for a while, but am really glad I decided to give it a try...cool story...really holds interest. great narration to boot
The narration skills of Ron McLarty made this enjoyable. I read this book years ago, but found it forgettable. Ron McLarty sounds a lot like Will Patton and Patton is a top drawer reader. I still remember many of the key character names (Ben, Susan, Mark, Matt, Striker, Danny Glick...and his little brother Ralphie) and creepy plot points and the county (Cumberland) a month after this listen. I couldn't help chuckling at times when the small click of vampire hunters carry on like an episode of Scooby-Doo. King has his usual awkward sex scenes that are as pleasurable as an earwig crawling on your face. King does manage to create a mood of dread peppered with humor and weird characters. It was entertaining requiring minimal concentration.
Artist in Northern Kentucky. Loves listening to books. My likes are history, mystery and some , and mostly writers of the twentieth century
I love the intrigue and the intelligent manner of presenting the mystery. Never shoddy.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
This is hard to rate for me because there are both great and not so great aspects to this story. Kings descriptive powers of the scary elements in this story are amazing and its easy to see how this tale became such a success when it came out. The problem is with the structure and pace- it needs to be tightened up. If he was to edit this book now with his present skills, it would really be something. Im used to his present high level of writing skill so this early attempt shows its weak points and I found it distracting and disappointing. Altogether a 3 star king read
Usually Stephen King has great character development... this one was just ok. There were several times in the book I would get confused which character he was talking about and forgot characters names. It was almost as if he vaguely developed ALL characters (including sideline characters that he did not need to), but did not get into super detail with the main characters... I guess I would change this is get more main character descriptions.
The story was alright. I couldn't get into the characters too much because I never felt like I knew who they were, I think if I knew the characters better I would have enjoyed the story better. By the end I just wanted to finish to finish, not because I wanted to know what happened to the characters in the story.
For the most part the narrator was great.
I think the book would have been much better with more character development with the main characters. It was alright.