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
Will always wonder who or what lies in wait in those dead end towns and if they sleep during the day
This is early Stephen King and he gets better, but all the seed of talent is evident if not overflowing. Plus, who doesn't like vampires? This is fun, bordering on great, but it's not serious yet. There are some excellent characters, unfortunately not the primary vampire. Again great writing about childhood. Hard to not love this guy. There is also very interesting structure, especially in the Lot sections trying to diagram the town hour by hour. This later resonates with the waning of daylight. It's no mean trick. For craft, he's tough to beat, it's the lack of restraint that gives him knocks.
Wouldn't you rather hear one great thing you haven't, than go through a story without stumbles? Of course, of course you would.
I like the "new" preface included by King in this recording. It helped to give me a wider context of King's concept of an American Dracula, his childhood influences, and his perhaps subconscious goal of moving away from the anti-hero character so prevalent in post-America Vietnam. The narration is as usual in King's stories superb by Ron McLarthy. If you haven't heard 'Salem's Lot audibly it is a treat.
This book is classic Stephen King. The story picked up quickly and kept me glued. It had a good ending. I really enjoyed listening to this book. This is a must listen for King fans!
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.
It was, initially, difficult to get into this book after having just completed Stephen King's other great classic, "It", as read by Steven Weber. Weber effortlessly created a very strong image of each character with his orchestral and enthusiastic performance to the point where it would be a challenge to listen to any other reader afterward.
However, a chapter or so into "Salem's Lot", I found Ron McLarty's performance engaging and enjoyable. He performs with a light ease that draws the listener into the story in an almost mesmerizing style.
The story itself is King's parallel version of Dracula, whereupon he has drawn on Bram Stoker's ideas and characters and cast them in a modern day, small town America backdrop. Yet, King still manages to give the re-telling a very original approach and makes it his own. As with all of his novels, "Salem's Lot" bears his trademark imagery, style, and skill for storytelling.
Definitely one worth listening to.
I have previously read Salem's Lot twice, the first time when it came out and then 15 years later. Despite that, I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version too.
I love King but this one didn't do anything for me. I struggled to finish it. Oh well, I'll go listen to some of his other great books.
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