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Salem's Lot Audiobook

Salem's Lot

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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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    Mark D. 08-09-17
    Mark D. 08-09-17
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    "loved every second of it"

    this book will actually throttle the life out of you, but in a good way

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    Frank Zhang 08-09-17
    Frank Zhang 08-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "good story excellent voice acting"

    the plot is heavily inspired by Bram Stoker's Dracula, and King acknowledges and embraces this comfortably.

    The voice actor's performance (Ron McLarty) is some of the best I've ever heard on Audible. McLarty's portrayal of Barlow and Straker is blood chilling.

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    Justin Frawley 08-08-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Why has no one told me of this one sooner?"

    Maybe its just my group of readers, family and friends, but none of them have read this and I have to say it was VERY good. I really enjoyed the whole thin. it was predictable in this day and age yet still kept me curious on how it would end exactly. How the beginning would match the end. This is one of those stories where part of me wishes for a sequel, or perhaps a spin-off. There is room for more story on the survivors and how they go through their new choices. I am left wondering if they will fail or succeed.

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    Marissa Blaszko NEW BRITAIN, CT, US 07-29-17
    Marissa Blaszko NEW BRITAIN, CT, US 07-29-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Came for the Dark Tower tie-ins"

    Left disappointed. It's King's second book and really rough--reads like a mostly-uninspired standard Vampire novel from a 50s pulp movie.

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    Private 07-28-17
    Private 07-28-17 Member Since 2016
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    "CLASSIC"

    Having read this book 3 times prior and now listening to it on Audible, I appreciate it even more than ever! I really believe this book could easily have multiple prequels and even a series of sequels if King felt the desire to do it.

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    07-25-17
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    "great voice actor"

    good story, the build up seemed slow for the audio but went quite well in the end

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    07-25-17
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    "Wonderful"

    It has been ages since I picked up one of his books. I forgot just how good King is at creating sinister atmosphere. Great book by a great author.

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    Jonas Rapid City 07-20-17
    Jonas Rapid City 07-20-17 Member Since 2015

    I love stories and traveling in a world beyond my own. I write them, read them, view them and now listen to them!

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    "A Solid Vampire Story"

    As one of Stephen King's first published works after Carrie, the over-40 year old book can still be seen as a great cornerstone in vampire novels. It's slow progression of evil jumping into an outbreak form keeps the reader rooting for the good guys and curious about the bad ones.

    After reading the Dark Tower series, it was really interesting to go back decades to this small section of the larger pie to see where Father Callahan was first tested and how it plays into the universe. Additionally, King's writing has progressed over the years and this was one of the endings in his singular novels I truly enjoyed.

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    MBook 07-16-17
    MBook 07-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Much better than the stupid movies!"

    I have not read Stephen King before, but I enjoyed his power of description and the atmospheric feel of a small Maine town as much as the actual horror story. He does a good blend of the classic vampire mythos and the more raw modern horror genre. Excellent narration!

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