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For the first time in unabridged audio download comes the perennial classic from Stephen King - timeless and topical. 

The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. Rambling, old, unsmart and comfortable. A place where the family could settle, the children grow and play and explore. The rolling hills and meadows of Maine seemed a world away from the fume-choked dangers of Chicago. 

Only the occasional big truck out on the two-lane highway, grinding up through the gears, hammering down the long gradients, growled out an intrusive threat. But behind the house and far away from the road: that was safe. Just a carefully cleared path up into the woods where generations of local children have processed with the solemn innocence of the young, taking with them their dear departed pets for burial. 

A sad place maybe, but safe. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding. 

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

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  • Simon
  • 03-29-18

The One Where King Crossed A Line

In the foreword to this book King describes it as the scariest book that he has written because he feels that the story crosses a definite line going places where few stories, particularly at the time dared to tread. So much so in fact that he debated for a long time whether to even publish it.

In truth, he has a point. After a lot of careful build up the final third or so of this book contains as nightmarish journey as King has sent any of his characters on. And two of those characters really stand out. Lewis Creed, a decent yet imperfect family man and his growing friendship with the older, almost father incarnate that is Jud Crandall will likely have you warming to the two men and their families.

All well and good but this is Stephen King and if he had any similar warm feelings for his characters it doesn't show. This is King at his most visceral, the dark nails of his writing scraping at sacred relationships such as those between children and their pets and parents and their young children. If you think you are sensitive to such things being subjected to the evils a master horror story teller can inflict upon them then you have been warned and just possibly a pause for thought might be in order before you decide to try this one.

But it is after all just a story and you can stop reading it anytime, it's not going to possess you or anything. I never stopped, I kept on reading right to the end, but only because I wanted to, I could have stopped any time I wanted . . .

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  • Ozymandias
  • 03-30-18

Utterly terrifying

One of the all time best horror stories ever written. Michael C Hall’s narration is excellent, especially his mastery of Judd’s Maine accent. 5 stars all round.

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  • Tim
  • 05-06-18

What can you say!?

I've been reading horror books for 25 years now and this is the best I've ever read/heard.. I know the story backwards and still hope it'll turn out differently.
It is, for me, Stephen Kings best book and that's saying something.
If you're thinking about getting it, I think you should give it a try, I could write hundreds of words on this book but won't because it's best you form you're own unspoilered opinion.
Yes, I'm aware unspoilered isn't a word, but you get the idea.

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  • ChronicPain
  • 03-29-18

One of my favourite Stephen King novels

I have wanted this book to come to Audible for a long time now.
Listened to it in two days & loved every minute of it, definitely worth the wait & Michael C. Hall's narration was superb. Highly recommended for any constant reader.

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  • vicky ross
  • 05-21-18

dark king novel

definitely in the top 10 of king novels a dark dark tale which reaches deep into your worst nightmares very strong characters narration flawless this book was made to be narrated by Michael C Hall I can't recommend this book enough despite it's very darkness even king was unsure about publishing it because of its deep darkness

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  • The Glamizon
  • 05-20-18

One of my favourites from Mr King

The voice of Dexter, adds a little something special to this eerie tale, must listen.

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  • daniel
  • 05-19-18

haunting

this is a horrific "what if the unimaginable happened" and how far would you go for those you love. awesome story and one you will definitely not forget in a hurry

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  • Daniel Gallagher
  • 05-17-18

Superb

This is the first audio book I've experienced. Very enjoyable to say the least. Great read from Mr Dexter himself.

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  • Neil Woodhead
  • 05-12-18

Superb

Utterly horrific, devastatingly terrific ... superb performance. I can totally understand Sai King's reticence to publish.

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  • grant
  • 05-11-18

Pet sematary

Fantastic listen. Well worth 15 hrs. Fantastic narration. King at his best. If not better. You wont be disappointed

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  • Amy
  • 05-19-18

Loved it

Firstly, Michael C. Hall is now my favorite audible narrator, absolutely brilliant and perfect for the book. I loved the story as well, classic Stephen King.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-14-18

Exceptional,

Tight written story. Orator was great, well paced with no music to ruin the effort. Will read again.

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  • Mick Fleay
  • 05-06-18

A must read... listen 🙂

A fantastic exploration in coping with grief and the death of a loved one. King is masterful in his tale of the fate of Louis Creed. Definitely pick this one up!

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  • sarahjane
  • 04-09-18

Please Stephen.....I want more!

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

I originally bought this book, as I am a big fan of Michael C Hall and saw he was the narrator.

What other book might you compare Pet Sematary to, and why?

I enjoyed reading 'The Shining' as a teenager, and had forgotten how scary Stephen King's books could be.

What about Michael C. Hall’s performance did you like?

Michael C Hall effortlessly creates the tension required to keep you hanging off his every word.

Any additional comments?

If he were to narrate other Stephen King books, I would happily purchase them all.

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  • Hebby~Bookworm
  • 04-02-18

Top notch narration of a not-so-good King story

After eagerly awaiting Pet Sematary to be released on audio, I was a bit disappointed.

The narration was fantastic but the story dragged in some places, I felt it wasn’t as scary as it could’ve been, and the ending was very abrupt and unresolved. If you hated the ending to Cell, you probably won’t like this ending.