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Salem's Lot

Auteur(s): Stephen King
Narrateur(s): Ron McLarty, Stephen King
Durée: 17 h et 36 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (131 évaluations)

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Description

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.

Please Note: The audio quality has been sourced from tape.

©2012 Stephen King (P)2012 Random House Audio

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great

Loved it but, the beginning was so slow and hard to get through. It picked up after that though!

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  • Au global
    4 out of 5 stars

great book!

I really enjoyed this book! Having listened to It by Steven King right before this one I was a little surprised that it wasnt as gory but still spooky anyways!

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Great, but not King's scariest work

While this was an enjoyable read I would say that it's on the weaker end in terms of King-scariness. Well written and definitely still spooky but at no point was there any legitimate terror. I was looking for terrifying so that's the only downside.

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Just a good story!

I read this when I was a teen, just as good the 2nd time around.

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Didn't click with me, though the narration is good

I love Steven Kind, but this book didn't connect with me. It's not a bad story, I think vampires are just too overdone in this post-twilight era. Maybe I would've liked it when it came out.

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This generation’s greatest novelist

Stephen King is unparalleled when it comes to crafting a story you can really sink your teeth into, Salem’s Lot is another example of this.
The story moves a little quick in some parts, but the characters are well developed and they continue to grow throughout the entirety of the book.
His attention to detail is definitely apparent in any of King’s work and this is one of many reasons I will continue to pursue his works in the future.
A great story to get lost in with an ending that doesn’t make a person feel as if they were left with any ‘what if’ or ‘then what happened?’ moments.

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Enjoyed it

Enjoyed the performance and thought the book was a good listen. I found some of the choices the characters made to just be odd, as in the logic didn't make sense to me... it's possible I misunderstood something, but for fear of leaving spoilers I'll just leave it at that. I wouldn't call them plot holes or anything, but I found it degraded from my experience overall. #Audible1

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Narration is unbearable

I was looking forward to this book, but I cant stand the Narrator. I feel like I am listening to a cheesy commercial of some kind.

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I hesitate to listen for some time.

I really enjoyed this novel, I'm a bit of a fan of Stephen King's work but hesitated to touch Salem's Lot for some time. Wasn't sure I would enjoy a vampire book. Glad I finally listened to it on my bike ride commutes, it is a terrific novel of mystery and vampire lore in a small town called Jersulem Lots. The portyal of a small town dieing by means of a vampire is quiet a journey and I am glad I took it, as well small towns do go away over time, and one may wonders, what happen to that town, for we may never know. The characters, like in most king works are good people, with their faults, and to hear how their stories intertwine with each other was and most challenge their troubles was never a drag. Never once did it feel as dated as the authors "brief" introduction to the book noted.

King wanted to pay homage to the vampires that he enjoyed as a kid by reading pulp fiction, and novels. I think he did it quiet well.

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Too Long Winded

I preferred the movie. I thought this was long and drawn out. Scary it wasnt

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  • David S. Mathew
  • 2016-10-12

You can't go home again...

Recently, Steven King said that Salem's Lot is his favorite of his novels partly because it's about small towns which are rapidly disappearing from rural America. It was his second novel, the first is Carrie, but years later it still holds up as a first class vampire novel.

The voice performance is also top notch, but I've always been a sucker (pun intended) for Simon & Schuster audiobooks. Welcome to Salem's Lot. Highly recommended!

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  • Tami
  • 2012-10-02

A Great Performance of an Excellent Story

Being a admirer of Stephen King's writing pretty much from day one, I read this in it's first printing. I absolutely loved it and have re-read it many time over the years. I almost didn't get it on Audible for that reason and I would have been making a huge mistake.

Hearing a story read, even a beloved favorite can bring out all sorts of little things that you never realized you missed. Salem's Lot is one of those stories. Read very well by Ron McLarty, the story of a town infested by vampires and it's inability to understand what is happen to it, is enthralling and chilling. Modern rationality keeps the majority of the Lot's inhabitants from realizing that The Master is among them. Only a handful of people, an alcoholic priest, an author who can't let go of childhood nightmares, a young boy with a preternatural knowledge and intensity, and a high school teacher who suspends his belief. They stand opposite of Barlow, a centuries old vampire who intends to end them.

This is Stephen King discovering his gift and using it to keep you up all night. I highly recommend it. Whether you have read it or not, you will find a story that will fascinate and scare the pants off of you!

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  • Agnieszka
  • 2013-05-14

Classic

Where does Salem's Lot rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High top of the list

What did you like best about this story?

A small city's description, perfectly written characters (all of them).

What about Ron McLarty’s performance did you like?

Yes, very much. But the quality of the recording wasn't good enough.

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

My favorite thing about the book was how small, inconspicuous details are building the horror atmosphere. Stephen King is the MASTER!!!

Any additional comments?

It isn't easy to write a good book about the vampires. This one is a masterpiece!!!

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  • Mel
  • 2012-10-25

King's Favorite Novel? Good Enough For Me!

Fond of keeping the blood curdling throughout the month of October, I was looking for only the best of the spine-tinglers, the elite nightmare elicitors, the ones that scare the bejesus out of you and have you even welcoming your dog onto your clean bedspread for the night. While there are some awfully good reads out there, I harkened back to one that I read in 1975 (when I was 5 yrs. old)--one of only 3 books that has truly ever creeped me out (one being The Exorcist and the other scares me too much to mention!). And, it is a pedigreed chiller, claimed by the King himself to be his favorite child...Salem's Lot. He even dedicated this one to his daughter. *Do not think of the terrible mini-series...it did not do this one justice.

Dracula, Count Orlok (Nosferatu), and Mr. Barlow...the aristocracy of vampires (Lestat was just too well behaved). There is something undeniably exclusive to Dracula - despite all the gore clever authors can think up, or all the modern diabolical twists and turns -- Count Dracula still reigns supreme as the black-hearted grandaddy of them all. King takes Stoker's lore of Dracula, revives it, and brings it out of the dank castle cellars of Transylvania to a small town in modern Maine (of course--but it could be anywhere, USA) as Mr. Barlow. There are no new evolved vampirical powers, just the original undiluted horror of the Vampire. [*Note" On this most recent recording, the author gives a brief introduction for the story, explaining how his idea evolved into the book--really fun.]

The battle is between pure good and absolute evil -- and more importantly, convincing townfolk that there is a vampire in town - an actual bloodsucking demon of the night - before they themselves are recruited to this legion of the undead. The 1970's rural town is wonderfully depicted, full of the kind of hay-seed characters, and that small town party-line feeling King is known for creating so richly. His personal bone-to-pick with small towns comes through loud and clear as he devours the residents without mercy, relishing in extinguishing the abusers, gossipers, and Salem's Lot ne'er-do-wells. The narrator enriches the story with the appropriate chills...if you pardon his un-even delivery of Mr.Barlow's dialect (3.5*).

For fans of the good-ol' garlic-hating, crucifix-fearing, coffin-dwelling, sun-dreading vampire...dig this one out and brush off the dust. It holds up perfectly and deserves to be held in equal esteem with the best of the worst vamps and their stories. You don't need my recommendation; if Stephen King -- the man who has defined what goes bump in the night -- says this is his personal favorite out of his own novels, you know it's got to be wonderfully deliciously dreadful.
[*Disclaimer: I'm not a fan of abundant gore, and haven't read much of Koontz or Barker!]

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  • Inkish Kingdoms
  • 2018-12-03

This ... is what I am talking about!!

Once again, I see King at his best in Salem’s Lot. Gothic elements and inspiration from Dracula make this story an amazing and unbelievable amalgamation of classics and uniqueness of King’s style. The haunted house, the dark ghosts, the dark powers of human nature and actions impregnated in the walls of a house. The energy that corrupts not only the body and mind but also the mortar and foundation of the family’s sanctuary.

For more about this book, essay, review, or other books, check out Inkish Kindgdoms. Wordpress.

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  • Mat
  • 2018-10-24

He is King

I’ve done a lot of Stephen kings books lately and Salem’s lot seems the most polished . I love the build up till the very end. I don’t overly find his books scary but they are all full of suspense which I love. He builds characters better than no other. The narrator is damn good . Only issue and it’s so minor .. there are pauses at times between passages . Very minor but it could have been edited slightly better . One of my favs by far

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  • Niles Jacobsen
  • 2015-06-19

Do you believe?


Excellent story, as is to be expected from Stephen King. One of his earlier works which I had not read before, this book is about a vampire who moves into a small town in Maine and the small group of towns people who recognize him for what he is. Of course the vampire, Barlow, had been around for centuries so he was not easy to catch and always seemed to be one step ahead of his hunters. The book starts slowly, introducing us to the characters and the eccentricities of Jerusalem's lot. The tension builds slowly as more and more of the town become exposed to Barlow and his unique charm. The ending leaves the possibility of a sequel wide open but as it has been nearly 40 years since first being published, it seems unlikely we will see one.

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  • C. Keogh
  • 2013-03-28

Had me gripping my steering wheel!

This book is an excellent example of Stephen King's talent for building tension. I was listening to this story on my way to visit my folks out in the country and I found myself shouting, "Kill it! Kill the bastard already! Just do it! ARGGGGGGGHHHHH!!!" The way he describes people turning corners or tiptoeing down some dark stairs - you can almost hear the building music in the movie scene from your mind. It is difficult to keep to the description of the characters in the story without thinking of the old TV series - who can extinguish the image of the crazy blue Nosferatu from the 70's? I thoroughly enjoyed this book. As is true of his writing style I did find myself glazing over from a little too much description at times, though not often and I left the story feeling as though this place truly exists somewhere outside of Cumberland, Maine. Highly recommend.

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  • shelley
  • 2014-04-14

Brought back memories..,

What did you love best about Salem's Lot?

I LOVE this book. I read it originally when it was first published and remember finishing it and starting over from the beginning to read it again. This was my first and favorite Stephen King novel.

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

When I find myself looking back to something in my past I think of the poem quoted at the beginning of this book "Old friend what are you looking for..."

What does Ron McLarty bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I thought Ron McLarty did a super job. Easy differentiation between characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

There was a film made and it was terrible.

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  • Calliope
  • 2017-07-12

A classic - small town vampire story

Creating great characters is one of the things Stephen Kind does best, and this early book of his is no exception. He creates a great feeling of small town Jerusalem's Lot, so much so that I really felt for the characters when the mysterious strangers showed up in town. Even 40 years after I read this originally, I still enjoyed this story.

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