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Salem's Lot Audiobook

Salem's Lot

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Publisher's Summary

A superb novel set in classic Stephen King territory - a small new England town about to be engulfed by terror.

Turn off the television - in fact, why don't you turn off all the lights except for the one over your favourite chair? - and we'll talk about vampires here in the dim. I think I can make you believe in them.

Stephen King, from the introduction. Salem's Lot is a small New England town with the usual quota of gossips, drinkers, weirdos and respectable folk. Of course there are tales of strange happenings - but not more than in any other town its size.

Ben Mears, a moderately successful writer, returns to the Lot to write a novel based on his early years, and to exorcise the terrors that have haunted him since childhood. The event he witnessed in the house now rented by a new resident. A newcomer with a strange allure. A man who causes Ben some unease as things start to happen: a child disappears, a dog is brutally killed - nothing unusual, except the list starts to grow.

Soon surprise will turn to bewilderment, bewilderment to confusion and finally to terror....

©1975 Stephen King; (P)2004 Simon and Schuster Inc.

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"An incredibly gifted writer." (Guardian)

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  • Swords and Spectres
    MELTON MOWBRAY, United Kingdom
    11/18/17
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    "Not as great as I expected"

    Salem’s Lot is one of those classic King Novels that I always wanted to get around to reading but never seemed to have the time. So, when I came across the audiobook version it was a no-brainer.

    However, I kind of wish I had left it as one of those I wanted to experience rather than actually experiencing it. It’s not a bad book. It is, for the most part, enjoyable. I just found it distinctly average.

    King’s character development, as ever, is flawless. He is the master of the slow burn character development. I just don’t think he comes close to being a master of vampire tales.

    About halfway through I felt as though too much was happening. I felt that what was happening made it near impossible for me to enjoy it as thoroughly as. I wanted to. Certain characters not being there any more, the pacing and certain elements of the plot just jumbled into one big ball of ‘average’ for me. Which is a shame as, until things took that turn, I had high hopes.

    My other gripe is that the ending is a kind of non-ending. Leaves the reader asking ‘so what happens? Seriously, is that it?’ It felt like a bit too much hard work getting through to have zero pay off. I know that endings aren’t something King is particularly strong at. I still have rage moments where ‘Under the Dome’s’ ending is concerned, but I expected a little more.

    As I said, it’s enjoyable, but average. Hence the medium-range score. Pretty much all other reviews I have read have been 4 or 5 star. Maybe I’m just incredibly difficult to please.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    11/8/17
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    "brilliant"

    loved it! couldn't stop listening, the narrator is spellbinding ... first audio book of many to come...

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  • Mr
    11/5/17
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    "Excellent, creepy"

    A little slow to get into, but it picks up the pace soon enough. Very creepy story! I loved it.

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  • R
    10/12/17
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    "Great"

    I loved it. Shared listening experience with my husband in a dark tent in an ancient Scottish forest. He loved it too.

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  • D. H. M
    10/2/17
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    "Good Read"

    Wasn't sure at the start - but turned out much better than expected. Suspense well held in true Stephen Kiing style

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  • Anonymous
    9/22/17
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    "Great read vivd and chilling classic Stephen king !"

    I was recommend this book by a friend an I thoroughly enjoyed it .
    Loved kings take on vampires ,likeable characters with a constant ramping up of dark forces .
    If u like Stephens books an enjoy vampire fiction this is for you .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Tim
    United Kingdom
    8/29/17
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    "Good but not his best"

    Ok, it's a good book, but given his amazing catalogue it's not a great book. It plods nicely along and you can feel the King in it but it's slow and lacks punch compared with others.. Narration is top dog mind you

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sophzilla the movie lizard
    8/4/17
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    "Fang-tastic"

    Omg. This was just unbelievably incredible. Unbelievably! I've never enjoyed an audiobook more. The story was phenomenal, funny and tragic, and the narration was just top. Blooming. Draw. Wonderful! Loved it! (It IS very sad, and there are some quite chilling bits, plus it gets very tense, so brace yourself)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alun
    7/25/17
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    "Enter The Lot!"

    Excellent story, read the novel twice previous to listening to the audio book. Great when in the car, on the bike and doing DIY!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Neil
    LEEDS, United Kingdom
    6/29/17
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    "A lot to admire"

    Excellent narration. Classic King. Great setting. Some great characters - could have had more of the baddies.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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