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Pet Sematary

Narrated by: Michael C. Hall
Length: 15 hrs and 41 mins
Categories: Sci-Fi & Fantasy, Horror
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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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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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  • 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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great read

Dexter makes a damn fine narrator . as usual, the book is far better than the movie

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surprisingly scary

I read it over a few weeks while my housemates were away and sometimes I had to stop at night due to the uneasy / scary feelings..

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Another excellent story by Stephen King.

Very well written. Better than any of the movie versions. Couldn't put it down. Narrator was very good.

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perfect team

spooky, unnerving story told by, and I cant think of a better narrator, than Michael c Hall...amazing actor and amazing author, the perfect duo

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Took me on a journey.

I wasn't disappointed.Well written with great narration. Had me freaked out and laughing too. Great characters.

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Amazing, terrifying and brilliant

So scariest book I have ever read, narrated by Michael C. Hall you say? Um, yes please! This was AMAZING to listen to. Pet Sematary is one of my favourite books, it's hands down my favourite Stephen King book and I call it my 'freezer' book, meaning it's the only horror novel I have needed to hide when I wasn't reading it. I read this for the first time when I was 16. I remember staying up late, reading it at my Grandma's house and THE POWER WENT OUT. Needless to say I slept in Gran's bed that night!

This is my first time reading this as an adult though and more importantly, as a parent, and oh boy, is this book deep. What in my younger years was a seriously scary book about a creepy pet cemetery, an indian burial ground and demonic, zombie pets and children - to my adult, child rearing eyes is a book about death, and the fear of death, the strength of our love for and responsibility to our children and the power and overwhelmingness of grief. Stephen King in his introduction to this said that he wrote it off the back of his own daughter losing her cat, burying said cat in the local pet cemetery and nearly having his own son run into the path of an oncoming truck. He wrote it as a 'what if...'. And you can feel all of that reality in this book. When I read this originally I thought Louis Creed was an idiot. 'As if you would do that?!' I thought. Well, now...hmmm. I really do love my kids, it's nuts, but I get it. The grief that Rachael and Louis feel in this book is palpable and I completely get it. I was dreading 'the moment', that part of the story that I knew was coming even though I have read this before and seen the movie many times. But not since becoming a parent, because that is true horror now. Not the zombies, not the Wendigo - but that death and the grief. Aye. It makes Louis Creed so sympathetic, so real and not just that 'dumb guy who buries his kid in an indian burial ground'.

But aside from that intense examination of the loss of a child and the lengths that grief might make an otherwise sane person go to, this is a really scary book. There are demons, ghosts, blood and guts, zombie children, zombie pets - even a zombie bull! This is dark and scary and brilliant and I woke up in the deep of night thinking about it. Brrrr....still the best horror novel I have ever read and if you want to really experience it, listen to Michael C. Hall reading it. Say what you will about celebrity narrators, sometimes they nail it.

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Disturbingly Terrifying

King at his finest. highly recommend as an introduction to his work, will read again .

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A masterpiece

I had seen the film before reading this book, and the film doesn’t do it justice, this book is a work of art. Beautifully written and narrated, I thoroughly enjoyed every hour of it!

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  • Jennifer
  • 08-06-2019

I haven't been this scared before.

Fantastic narrator. Fantastic characters. Fantastic story. And the king of horror, as always, never ceases to amaze my impressionable brain

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  • Kim
  • 29-04-2019

Was ok.

To be honest I am disappointed with the book.I thought, because has been made into a movie, it would be a great book.

Story was meandering and not very climactic. Rather labored.

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  • 匿名
  • 14-04-2019

Brilliant

As usual with Stephen King the book tickled that primal fear deep within us all. And Michael C Hall brilliantly performs to bring forth that fear. 10/10

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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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  • Lesley Carpenter
  • 23-12-2018

A true masterpiece

Loved it. Best audio book on the market.
Really brought to life by Michael C Hall.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Tim
  • 06-05-2018

Probably the best horror book ever written

Over the last 25 years I have read a zillion horror books. Two zillion maybe. This was written in Stephen Kings golden age for horror, he's still good but his writing is broader now. Anyway, there is loads of awesome horror books but this is right there at the top of the heap.

It's so human and well observed, it's such a good concept and it's so well dealt with you can recognise a bit of yourself in Lou.

You know when you have a favourite band, and they start good, then peak for a couple of albums and then stay good but lose the genius? This is Stephen Kings couple of albums, this, Misery, shining, the stand etc.

Just get it and listen to the book where Mr King felt he had finally gone too far.

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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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  • Mr Paul Savage
  • 24-10-2018

Very good novel, the finale is the captivating

The novel is very good and the ending was so captivating I spent all my time at work counting down the hours so I finish it.

The narration was good and it was distracting that it was Dexter

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  • Georgi_Lvs_Books
  • 21-10-2018

Sometimes dead is better....

Gave me the chills listening to this in audio! Very freaky listening in the dark.

This was a very creepy and disturbing book!

I gave it a 4 star rating because I felt the beginning of the story wasn’t that appealing/exciting to me, but the last half of the story was brilliant!!!!

“Darling.....”

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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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