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Salem's Lot Audiobook

Salem's Lot

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Ben Mears has returned to Jerusalem's Lot in the hopes that living in an old mansion, long the subject of town lore, will help him cast out his own devils and provide inspiration for his new book. But when two young boys venture into the woods and only one comes out alive, Mears begins to realize that there may be something sinister at work and that his hometown is under siege by forces of darkness far beyond his control.

©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Random House Audio

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    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-19-15
    Niles Jacobsen Sumter, SC, United States 06-19-15 Member Since 2010
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    Excellent story, as is to be expected from Stephen King. One of his earlier works which I had not read before, this book is about a vampire who moves into a small town in Maine and the small group of towns people who recognize him for what he is. Of course the vampire, Barlow, had been around for centuries so he was not easy to catch and always seemed to be one step ahead of his hunters. The book starts slowly, introducing us to the characters and the eccentricities of Jerusalem's lot. The tension builds slowly as more and more of the town become exposed to Barlow and his unique charm. The ending leaves the possibility of a sequel wide open but as it has been nearly 40 years since first being published, it seems unlikely we will see one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kelly 03-05-15
    Kelly 03-05-15 Member Since 2007
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    "A real vampire story"

    Recently vampires have been portrayed as beautiful people that are just trying to get along with the regular folks in the neighborhood. Nice to read a story where we are reminded that they weren't conceived to be likable. Vampires were meant to scare us. This may be an older Stephen King novel but his story is timeless. You can't read and/or watch any of the new stuff without thinking of how King scared us silly with his idea of the undead in the 70's.

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    S. Audette 02-01-15
    S. Audette 02-01-15
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    "2.5 stars overall, 3.5 stars performance"

    I wish I could give half stars, as a 3 star rating for performance seems low, but it certainly wasn't a 4 star performance.

    This book just didn't grab me like other King novels. The story he painted and the characters were not nearly as rich; everything felt muddled and indistinct.

    There was a Mike, Mark, and Matt which was really hard to keep straight, and the narrator didn't use distinct enough voices to really tell them apart. Also, the narrator's voice was a bit droning and I found myself zoning out at times.

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    jesse PRINEVILLE, OR, United States 01-11-14
    jesse PRINEVILLE, OR, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2013

    I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.

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    "One of my favorite King books"
    Any additional comments?

    This is King in his original form. This is what made him famous! I loved this book and hope he does something similar for this to what he did with The Shining and Doctor Sleep. Great from beginning to end!

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    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 12-10-13
    Meredith Charlotte, NC, United States 12-10-13 Member Since 2008

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    "Not Light Hearted, or for the faint of heart!"

    Salem's Lot is just pure scare! King's second work is devoid of anything extraneous to the story at hand. It will have you looking over your shoulder and closing your blinds at night. I made the fun mistake of listening to this book the first week we were in a brand new home we built. No window treatments = sleepless nights in this case. I scared myself silly!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    wowziewoo Maryland 06-10-13
    wowziewoo Maryland 06-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Fantastic storytelling and scary!"
    If you could sum up Salem's Lot in three words, what would they be?

    Scary, engrossing, rich


    What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    He really has a good grip on the emotions of his characters when they speak. I really enjoyed his reading.


    Any additional comments?

    This book kept me captive from beginning to end. A nicely-crafted tale, and genuinely scary!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jon rocky mount, VA, United States 02-17-13
    jon rocky mount, VA, United States 02-17-13 Member Since 2016
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    "My favorite king book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Salem's Lot to be better than the print version?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Ramona Binkley 10-29-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved Salem's Lot"
    Would you listen to Salem's Lot again? Why?

    No. Simply because I already know the story. I never read a book or listen to an audible book more than once.


    Have you listened to any of Ron McLarty’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Betty 06-13-14
    Betty 06-13-14 Member Since 2015

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    "A good vampire yarn"
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    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.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Blake Portland, OR, United States 07-10-13
    Blake Portland, OR, United States 07-10-13 Member Since 2016
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    "A good old fashioned vampire story"

    I'm not a huge Stephen King buff, and I'm not very knowlegable about fiction, but his books are an entertaining break from the dry nonfiction books I usually read.

    Salem's lot one that I enjoyed. The plot line is easy to follow, the story is suspenseful, and the characters feel tangible and deep. Also, there's not too much gore or too many gross, TMI moments. The vampire theme gives it a classic, genre type feel. It would be nice to find other authors who can tell a story or create a character so well.

    I'm in my late thirties, and I never read this book as a kid, so even though it was contemporary at the time, the 70's were so long ago now that it reads like historical fiction. Even though the country at the time had just been through a supposed cultural revolution, many of the attitudes of earlier generations were still quite present. We live in a country today that is much less macho, with a lot more gender equality. The older attitudes about drugs and gay rights seem pretty antiquated too. That's not to say that Mr King had the same attitudes as his characters, but his characters seem consistent with the kind of people you might have known back then.

    Ron Mclarty is a total pro and on top of his game as a narrator. He's an amazing actor, and makes the mood and pacing of each scene come to life. I guess when your books are as popular as Mr King's are, you can afford to hire the very best to read them.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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