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
Usually Stephen King has great character development... this one was just ok. There were several times in the book I would get confused which character he was talking about and forgot characters names. It was almost as if he vaguely developed ALL characters (including sideline characters that he did not need to), but did not get into super detail with the main characters... I guess I would change this is get more main character descriptions.
The story was alright. I couldn't get into the characters too much because I never felt like I knew who they were, I think if I knew the characters better I would have enjoyed the story better. By the end I just wanted to finish to finish, not because I wanted to know what happened to the characters in the story.
For the most part the narrator was great.
I think the book would have been much better with more character development with the main characters. It was alright.
The Sleeper has Awaken
Greater than Great!
The preamble by Stephen King about his childhood and vampires was a fantastic way to lead into the story. I won't give out any spoilers.
Mr. McLarty has a great range of voices and this makes it easy to identify who is talking. I am going to search for more books by him now.
The team of Peter and Ben.
It kept to classic vampire lore and added a few twists of its own.
Can't say without spoiling the end.
First time listening
Jimmy Cody. Love that he was willing to believe Ben and go along on his crusade to cleanse the lot.
If you keep in mind it was written in1975 and uses the technology of that time period I think you'll love this book. King has said that in his opinion that Salems Lot is one of his favorite/scariest books
I've read pretty much everything Stephen King has written, but it had been over 20 years since I had read Salem's Lot so I decided to revisit. As a kid, I remember it scaring the bejesus out of me but it has not withstood the test of time. King's writing has definitely improved over the years, and as one of his first novels the story is full of inconsistencies and plot holes. After reading novels like Justin Cronin's The Passage, this just didn't scare me.
I have always been a mystery/thriller reader and never considered reading horror. I finally took a chance on 11-22-63 (not horror) and was instantly a Stephen King fan. I decided to try Doctor Sleep and haven't looked back.
Salem's Lot was another great King work. It is a little dated, but still a very good read. I enjoy hearing King's thoughts and story background as much as the books themselves. I say this of every one of his books, but I could not quit listening.
No, there are other Stephen King books that are better.
No, I think that they should listen to other Stephen King books before, like The Shining for example. I listened to this one because it is part of the Dark Tower saga in some way and I want to listen to them all.
The narrator that you hear when you listen to the sample is not the "real" narrator who reads the rest of the book. What you hear is Stephen King himself reading the preface.
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
Truly one of King's best! Heavily influenced (admittedly) by Stoker's masterpiece, this modern tale of vampires is one of the greats on the subject. The character development is amazing! Barlow is so creepy, and Mark and Ben are real and flawed, but heroes nonetheless.
One of the great things about being a Constant Reader is the interweaving of people and places among King's various tales, and this one is a must read for those reasons alone! The narrator was excellent...I can reccomend this audiobook completely!
I love a good story, especially one with a bit of a dark side.
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!
Salem's Lot is still my favorite King novel to date. Can't recommend it enough! Anyone who has read Dracula or loves a good haunted house story will be thrilled to dive into this master work.
U.S. Army Veteran
Yes... better than a movie.
The final showdown
The towns folk were slow to understand the threat.
Just enjoyed the story... King is cool.
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