Salem's Lot

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Ron McLarty
  • 17 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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....

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What the Critics Say

"An incredibly gifted writer." (Guardian)

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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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- Anthony

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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- Jonathan Mills

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-02-2008
  • Publisher: Hodder Headline Limited