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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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4 out of 5 stars
By Jack C on 06-21-18

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Simon on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Ozymandias on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amy on 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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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 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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