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Publisher's Summary

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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  • Todd
  • Orange, Australia
  • 20-09-2018

As a parent, a horrifying story

I read this book years ago when I was in school. But as a father to a 2-year-old boy now, I found it particularly terrifying this time around. King has an Author’s Note at the beginning. In it, he says that whenever someone asks him the scariest story he has written, he always responds with “Pet Sematary” without any hesitation. The reason isn’t a typical one, and I think you need to be a parent to fully grasp the horror of what happens in the book.

The story is solid, even though it drags a little in some spots. But it contains all the classic King elements of mystery and supernatural horror. And it’s the narration by TV’s Dexter, Michael C. Hall that makes this audiobook stand out. His steady voice oozes character, especially with the character of Jud Crandall. He does a great job of nailing the old man’s Maine accent and makes it seem effortless.

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Great book

Loved to listen to this book. Michael C Hall was awesome as the narrator. Good quality audio and great story!

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  • Amy
  • 19-05-2018

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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Exceptional,

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

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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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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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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.


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  • Noorhelda Hj Bahrom
  • 02-08-2018

Great narrator but the story is boring

I bought this audiobook because of the rave reviews. I wanted to like this book but halfway through the book, the story still didnt pick up and I decided to just return it. The narrator is great but the story was disappointing.

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  • Jack C
  • 21-06-2018

brilliant writing, simple story but heartbreaking

Tough in parts, loved the description of normal life before the horror strikes. quite short for King and all the better for it.

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  • Simon
  • 29-03-2018

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
  • 30-03-2018

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
  • 06-05-2018

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
  • 29-03-2018

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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  • BennySaysRelax
  • 25-06-2018

Probably the Best King Book I Have Read

I have realised i am going through King's books one after the other. Pet Semetery is by fair away the best one yet. And there are some big contendors for the title. It is a text book example of King. It builds towards its conclusion, layer by layer throughout the book.
Don't read any in depth reviews. You run the risk of spoilers. Go into the book with little to no preconceptions. Enjoy.

Micheal C Hall is superb. It was an excellent choice to have him read this book. Spot on.

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  • Spookywitch
  • 15-06-2018

A Masterpiece

Chilling, and exceptionally narrated by Michael C Hall. Beautifully written. Once heard never forgotten. Magnificent!

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  • Andrew Hamilton
  • 15-06-2018

Pet Semetary is awesome

I loved it and Michael C.Hall was brilliant as the narrator. Would recommend this highly.

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  • Mark Moss
  • 31-05-2018

Sometimes dead is better

Like wow. The most freakiest book i have ever read. Read many horrors stories before but this one had been the most weird.
This also answer a lot of question from the film that may not of made much sense. Fantastic story. Love the old guy.

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  • Ma SiveCock
  • 26-08-2018

Decomposing Dexter

Another great adaptation of one of my favourite books, read by one of my favourite actors

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  • Justin
  • 22-08-2018

A masterpiece

I would be remiss if I did not say that this is by far the best audio horror story I have heard. At first it sounded like Dexter was reading me a story but Mr Hall certainly put on a wonderful performance. His ability to change his vocal structure depending on which character is speaking is simply uncanny. I would recommend this performance to any lover of either the genre of horror or the work of Stephen King. Indeed the work of Michael C Hall as well.