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Publisher's Summary

Never before available on unabridged audio! Dexter's Michael C. Hall reads this classic horror story described by Publishers Weekly as the "most frightening novel Stephen King has ever written". 

When Dr. Louis Creed takes a new job and moves his family to the idyllic, rural town of Ludlow, Maine, this new beginning seems too good to be true. Yet despite Ludlow's tranquility, there's an undercurrent of danger that lingers...like the graveyard in the woods near the Creeds' home, where generations of children have buried their beloved pets. 

Behind the "pet sematary", there is another burial ground, one that lures people to it with seductive promises...and ungodly temptations. A blood-chilling truth is hidden there - one more terrifying than death itself and hideously more powerful. An ominous fate befalls anyone who dares tamper with this forbidden place, as Louis is about to discover for himself.... 

©1983 Stephen King (P)2018 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"The narrator is Michael C. Hall ("Dexter"), who can now add an Earphones Award to his resume.... Hall's narration captures the surprising humanity found on the page, but his voice becomes appropriately grim as the story barrels toward the inevitable darkness." (AudioFile)

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  • 04-10-18

The soil of a man's heart is stonier. A man

loved how this was delivered. such a wonderful job. couldn't stop listening. had heard/seen/read before but once I saw Hall was narrating was sold. chills and thrills with a wonderful voice! cheers

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THIS is what Audible was made for!

This is a fantastic book. I love King, and have read most of his books. I would go as far as to say that he is my favorite author. I love a few authors more than others that I read, but King is the king.

I first read Pet Sematary right after it came out in hardback. I was in high school, and the book really affected me. Many of King's books have had a significant amount of impact on me, but this one....this one is on a whole other level. The concepts that are dealt with in this book are beyond nightmares. You know what is going to happen rather early on in the story, but you just can't believe that he is REALLY going to go there. I mean, really?? Wow... Heebie Jeebies times 100.

The best thing about my experience with this story this time around was the narration of Michael C Hall. He was fantastic!! I know that he had a thriving TV career with Dexter, and I'm sure he has come across other ways to earn a living since then, and probably never needs to work another day in his life, but he is a MASTERFUL narrator. This book fit his talents perfectly, and left me wanting more from him. Excellent!

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Outstanding in Every Regard

It was a blessing revisiting this classic book, and was made even better in my opinion through the magical voice of Michael C Hall. I will have a hard time hearing or picturing any of Stephen King’s male lead roles as anyone else besides him now, as he captured the role of Lewis Creed perfectly. It’s the first book I’ve completed here on audible, and the outstanding production of this piece will have me returning to the app as a daily part of my routine.

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Wonderful!

I have been waiting a long time for this audiobook. Thank you Stephen King! Excellent performance by Michael C. Hall!

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Damn scary elevated by Hall's narration!

What made the experience of listening to Pet Sematary the most enjoyable?

Michael C. Hall is an amazing narrator. His characterization of Judd was amazing and unique and brought me back to watching the film the first time and experience Fred Gwynne's performance. After listening, I realized not much actually happens in the novel, but King creates an amazing novel where the dread escalates to a stunning conclusion.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Gage after he returns from the semetary is creepy and foul-mouthed. Judd Crandall makes the story. Louis Creed is written well and is multi-dimensional, and King deftly uses him to personify the grief and other emotions that come as a result of a loss of a child.

What does Michael C. Hall bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

His voice is amazing and he uses appropriate inflection and speed depending on the events in the story. He gives each character a unique inflection without it being heavy-handed. The story is creepy, and Hall's narration adds to the creepiness of it all.

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Michael C Hall did not disappoint!

I enjoyed this novel from start to finish. Michael C Hall did a wonderful job with the character voices. I was sad when the book ended. As expected it was much better than the movie. You won’t be disappointed!

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Micheal C. Hall knocks it out of the park

It’s a classic. Made even better by Hall who’s narration is great. I can not put it down. At first I was impressed by the ability to differentiate between the characters. After a few hours I knew which character was speaking by the voice and that goes a long way to sell the story. Great buy. I will listen to this one again and again.

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Sometimes death is better.

Finally I can hear this book from audible, and not just my library for the blind. This has got to be the scariest novel from King I have ever listened to. I had pets growing up, and the thought of them never dying was great, but when I heard this novel, I was frightened enough to agree with the quote that is brought up in the novel "Sometimes death is better." You will see what I mean when you note that the cat comes back in the novel. The story of a person also coming back is just as frightening. Do not listen to this novel at night. The ending is pure King. Gore to the max. You won't sleep soundly again.

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One of King's best, and his scariest, next to It.

Creepy how King based this off some real-life incidents with his own children. One of his greatest works by far. The narration is also excellent, even though I hadn't heard of him before.

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Dark and deep.

This is a Horror story that to me, is one of Mr. King's best when it comes to true horror. Most of Mr. King's novels aren't particularly scary to me, they are just good stories. In fact, most horror novels are not scary to me. This on however, is definitely on the scarier side.
Pet Sematary is full of rich characters (a Stephen King trademark) and brooding prose that raises the tension from page one when Creed muses on ditching his family. From that point on one knows that no happy endings will be forthcoming.
Michael C. Hall does a wonderful job reading this book. I particularly enjoyed his version of Judd. I think he may have enjoyed the film too.
Anyway, I suggest that if you are curious enough to read this review then you should just take the dice and get it.

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