©1975 Stephen King; (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc.
"An incredibly gifted writer." (Guardian)
This classic story is written in typical Stephen King style and holds your interest throughout with an excellent ending. Narration is very well done also.
Well written horror.
The way it was written, the detail, I felt like I was there.
I have listened to other books, and Ron McLarty is excellent, the different voices he used, I was totally involved in the story.
I was scared, I couldn't listen to the book late at night!
Highly recommend for the avid horror fan. A classic Stephen King at his best.
Stephen King's take on vampires was a surprising read. He uses all the classic elements of vampire lore, rather than invent his own (sunlight, wooden stakes, holy water etc.). He does however put his unique spin on it and coupled with McLarty's narration, the book ends up being a fun read.
There is nothing truly original here, but it is a worthwhile story for fans of King that was written in his early days.
I am a Company Rep in Central Qld. I travel around 60,000klms a year and rely on my Audiobooks to keep me company on my Country Trips!
Although the title was well known to me, for some unknown reason I had never read the book. Having enjoyed Dracula so much, I picked Salem's Lot as the entry point to Stephen King's writing.
I really enjoyed the story & the performance! I will be trying more of this Author's offerings.
Amazing and timeless. A horror classic. This story will stay with you and you'll keep coming back.
"Good but not Kings best!"
Interesting Characters with a lot of depth and emotion. Story falls short, anti climax disappoints.
"Trash. But good trash."
Can't understand how I haven't read this before, as I've been reading King for years! A good listen.
"Not my favourite King,"
in fact I fell asleep a few times. at the beginning
. but persevere, it improves
"Consummate horror Classic"
Although I knew this was one of the authors early literary hits I wasn't aware of the story. It is one of the few novels from this era not to have made it to the big screen (there was a TV show I think).
The plotting where the story is structured around two-thirds as flashback is fine and draws you to a very satisfying present day conclusion. Author says people asked about a follow up but I liked how he dealt with arriving at the present here. Not too neat but complete.
King's writing sentence by sentence is always enjoyable. He sounds like a familiar voice just chatting to you directly but he doesn't seem to waste much time even though at first reading it might seem that way. It always has a point in getting through plot. I guess this ease of writing is more difficult to achieve than it looks. Time passes enjoyably moving through this American Vampire retelling.
Only downside, I guess, is that this is the archetype for King's small town horror and you may be overly familiar if you've read the later work. It gets to a different place in the end so some people will have to be patient if they don't want to go through all the different characters building ... but if you don't like that stuff maybe you are already aware that this author may not be your cup of tea. Personally, he's a go to choice for myself as easy listening on long journeys.
The actor reading is of a good quality also. I've found this on all Stephen King's audiobooks so far.
I read Salems Lot about 20 years ago and it was great to relive it again. I was walking my dog while listening to a particularly scary part when a car door slammed near my and I nearly jumped out of my skin. That's a great sign of a genuinely scary book. Great story , great narration. Stephen King is the best.
"Better than I remember"
Way way back I remember being scared out of my wits by the TV movie starring David Soul and James Mason. There was no way this 40 something father of two teenagers was going to be scared all over again was there?..........
You better believe there was!
Fantastic story extremely well read. Would recommend it to all, but not to fall asleep to!!
"A super cool book I"
The oratory very good thank you message king for the very good book I love you again see you soon after King
"Classic Stephen King"
I thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook, a classic horror story which is performed wonderfully. I would recommend to any horror fan.
"Getting into Mr Kings writings"
Loved it. I have only recently read the Shining and was gripped from start to finish. Thought i would try another book by this author and again, this was another brilliant story. Full credit goes to the narrator who made this a superb listen.
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