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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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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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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
  • United Kingdom
  • 06-05-18

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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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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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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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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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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A Masterpiece

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

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Pet Semetary is awesome

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

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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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  • Lesley Carpenter
  • 23-12-18

A true masterpiece

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

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  • Jack C
  • 21-06-18

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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  • Noorhelda Hj Bahrom
  • 02-08-18

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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