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Salem's Lot Audiobook

Salem's Lot

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Publisher's Summary

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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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 08-18-13
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 08-18-13 Member Since 2009

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "Solid King story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Salem's Lot to be better than the print version?

    Never read the print.


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Not as good as Under the Dome, not nearly as large in scale.


    Who was the most memorable character of Salem's Lot and why?

    Probably Straker. Seems so creepy and the main bad guy is "on screen" so relatively rarely.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Phillip 01-06-17
    Phillip 01-06-17 Member Since 2016
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    "awesome book"

    great vampire tale, told in classic Stephen King style. So much more than the movies and very scary with a bit of classic gothic spook thrown in too the villain.

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    Benjamin 01-05-17
    Benjamin 01-05-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I LOVED THIS BOOK"
    If you could sum up Salem's Lot in three words, what would they be?

    Suspense, Horror, Triumph


    What about Ron McLarty and Stephen King ’s performance did you like?

    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+


    Who was the most memorable character of Salem's Lot and why?

    Ben Mears. Give it a listen and you'll see why!


    Any additional comments?

    Listen to this book whether you're a king fan or not. It's one of the best.

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    Shawn Riggins California 12-25-16
    Shawn Riggins California 12-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Classic from King"

    Wanted to reread after starting the Dark Tower series. Hadn't read in over 20 years. as good as the first time

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    Alli G 12-14-16
    Alli G 12-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Not What i was expecting"
    What disappointed you about Salem's Lot?

    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.


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    Miles 12-01-16
    Miles 12-01-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Yet another Stephen King masterpiece."

    I have to put 20 words here. Stephen King writes about vampires in the 70s. You can't beat that with a stick. Or a stake.

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    Michael 11-30-16
    Michael 11-30-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great listen at 1.25x speed, mediocre story"

    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.

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    Robert 11-28-16
    Robert 11-28-16 Member Since 2009
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    "The classic horror novel..."

    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.

    Bob Ryder
    Bloomington, IL

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    saad alkashif 11-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "couldn't even finish it."

    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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    garren 11-11-16
    garren 11-11-16 Member Since 2015
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