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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 . . .
21 of 24 people found this review helpful
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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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.
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.