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Salem's Lot | [Stephen King]

Salem's Lot

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.
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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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    Chad San Antonio, TX, United States 03-06-14
    Chad San Antonio, TX, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Still a solid read/listen after almost 40 years"
    What did you love best about Salem's Lot?

    It kept to classic vampire lore and added a few twists of its own.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salem's Lot?

    Can't say without spoiling the end.


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

    First time listening


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

    Jimmy Cody. Love that he was willing to believe Ben and go along on his crusade to cleanse the lot.


    Any additional comments?

    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

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    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 02-10-14
    Michelle san diego, CA, United States 02-10-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Not his best work"

    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.

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    Sharon United States 01-31-14
    Sharon United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2012
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    "King doesn't disappoint"

    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.

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    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 01-28-14
    Robin Åhman Spånga, Sweden 01-28-14 Member Since 2009
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    "I had expected more"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No, there are other Stephen King books that are better.


    Would you recommend Salem's Lot to your friends? Why or why not?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-28-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Timeless...."

    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!

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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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    Chris Linden, MI, United States 01-05-14
    Chris Linden, MI, United States 01-05-14 Member Since 2015
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    "The best from the best"

    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.

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    Craig Robinson United States 12-13-13
    Craig Robinson United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2013

    U.S. Army Veteran

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    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes... better than a movie.


    What other book might you compare Salem's Lot to and why?

    IT


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The final showdown


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The towns folk were slow to understand the threat.


    Any additional comments?

    Just enjoyed the story... King is cool.

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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!

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    David Bradshaw San Francisco, CA 10-01-13
    David Bradshaw San Francisco, CA 10-01-13
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    "Great Book and Great Performance"
    If you could sum up Salem's Lot in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy, Entertaining, Bloody


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Salem's Lot?

    What happens to the Dr toward the end


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

    No


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The ending


    Any additional comments?

    The book was great and was very entertaining. It had all elements you expect from a good horror book. The narrator did a great job of reading the book. He did voices and sound effects and made the experience great! Highly recommend!

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