Posted: February 18, 2004
I have just finished the new audio edition of Salem's Lot read by Ron McClarty and I can just state that once again there has been a really good audio book released. Ron has a really good voice for narrating. He changes his voice for each of the characters so that you can hear that they are different from each other but not as much that it becomes silly.
The audio book spans over 17,5 hours and 15 CD's (or 11 cassettes) and contains a totally new introduction by King himself. I have been informed that this introduction isn't in any other edition of the book and in it King talks about Salem's Lot and why King wrote it. A really interesting, fun and informative look at the books (and King's) history. And all you out there that wants to have everything King has done…well, here is a new item for you.
In Salem's Lot, as most of you know, King tells the story about how vampires invades a small town, Jerusalem's Lot (called Salem's Lot among the inhabitants). This is King's second book but it really shows how good author King really is. It's a very well told story in which King introduce us to Ben Mears and how he returns to Salem's Lot to write a book about the Marsten House, an evil house.
Not only is Salem's Lot a good book but now is also the perfect time to listen to it, even if you have read it before. For one thing, Wolves of the Calla has just been released and there you get to hear what happened to father Callahan after Salem's Lot and I'm sure we'll get to hear more about Callahan in the two last parts of The Dark Tower that is being released this yet so it's a good thing to get up to date about it.
Then this summer TNT will air the remake of Salem's Lot (where Rob Lowe plays Ben Mears) and I don't know about you but personally I like to read or listen to the book close to seeing a new movie version of it. It gives me a better chance to see how well they have transformed it…
Lilja's final words about 'Salem's Lot
So, if you haven't read Salem's Lot yet now is the time to do it. If you have already read it once (or more) now is the time to re-read it so your ready for all the references that will fall upon you during 2004.
You can order the book here:
And here you can listen to a clip from it.