• Salem's Lot

  • By: Stephen King
  • Narrated by: Ron McLarty
  • Length: 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 05-02-2008
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 (184 ratings)

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Nyree on 11-11-2015

nail bitting

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. feeling lost now its ended. best be buying another Stephen King Thriller

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By daniel on 24-12-2016

Great Listen

King's second book after Carrie, and definitely worth a listen. Very clever composition and writing with familiar characters and a certain nostalgic charm. Would recommend.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jennifer Woods on 28-02-2010

A great listen

This classic story is written in typical Stephen King style and holds your interest throughout with an excellent ending. Narration is very well done also.

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5 out of 5 stars
By David on 29-07-2009

Great Story

A great read from start to finish. Easily able to "see" the story unfold with Stephen Kings discriptive writing. Loved it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anthony on 03-10-2009

Forgot just how good he is!

I read Salem's Lot many years ago and I'm not sure what made me go back but I am so glad I did. I had forgotten just how good Stephen King can be.

King's tale of a small town which, with more than a little help from an ancient vampire, turns bad very quickly is absolutely everything you could wish from an audiobook. Rather than leaping in the story builds slowly, fleshing out characters and making you care about the cost of the battle. It is read with feeling and intelligence.

As with all really great stories, when it was finished I felt as if I had lost a friend. Highly recommended!

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18 of 18 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan Mills on 31-08-2011

Still one of my favorite listens.

This was one of my first downloads from Audible, and even some years later it remains one of my favorites. It's one of Stephen King's earlier books I think, maybe the first one that dealt with a whole town of characters rather than just a few isolated ones. King really excels in this kind of book, he has a real gift for creating a small town, filling it with characters, and making each one as real and as detailed as the protaganist, often with much less space to do so. It's not perhaps very scary or overly bloody, but there's a real sense of mounting panic and struggling against overwhelming odds that makes the eventual payoff of the final confrontation even more satisfying. In so many ways it's a conscious retelling of Bram Stoker's Dracula, transplanted into a 1970s American small town, as King talks about in his introduction. I particulary like Ron McLarty's narration, which can go from warm and comfortable to solemn and chilling very effectively and quickly.

If you liked this, you may want to try some of Stephen King's other small community novels - Under the Dome is particularly good in this respect as it has a more detestible cast of villains than Salem's Lot.

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