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
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.
Suspense, Horror, Triumph
First off, I think Stephen King is the greatest writer to have ever lived. He can start out and build a character, town and the entire story better than anyone out there. Salem's lot is no different. He did such a good job bringing moments of suspense and then dialing it back to continue the story telling aspect. A few of King's books build the suspense towards the end and have one big moment and then it's finished. Salem's Lot is not that way. It's an awesome book. And Ron McLarty does a great job capturing the small town personalities. Overall an A+
Ben Mears. Give it a listen and you'll see why!
Listen to this book whether you're a king fan or not. It's one of the best.
I wanted it to be scarier. I wanted it to be a book that I had to throw in the freezer. It just wasn't. I was able to plow through this book. For most Stephen King books, I put them aside because I get so scared that I can't bring myself to read through it for a period of time. I did not do that with this book. I listened to it in 4 days.
If you're looking for a quick listen this one does nicely at 1.25x. As far as vampire stories go it feels a little flat in 2016 but this is my first time reading it (and have never seen the movie). I know "Dracula" was the influence and it mimics it with some of the storytelling done through newspaper clippings, but it lacks something. Maybe it's the portrayal of small town Maine people in 1976. It feels dated. I was a little put off by the number of times "fag," "queer," and "sissy" were used throughout. I lost track at around 6 or 7 and I t took me out of the story every time.
Stephen King is a perennial genius. This is a gripping tale of evil personified in Barlow, and the summoning of courage to challenge it in the reluctant hero Ben Mears. Set against the backdrop of mundane human aspirations and failings, you'll find a bit of your self in every character.
Thank you, Mr. King.
took me a long time to actually get into it. then when the vampires started coming it got pretty sweet, the problem is they weren't around very long before king started droning on about meaningless characters again like he always does toward the end of his books. there are two hours left of the book for me and I'm not even going to finish it. of the last 4-5 hours I've been listening only about 1 or so hour have been about the antagonists and protagonist.
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