Pet Sematary Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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|Listening Length||15 hours and 41 minutes|
|Narrator||Michael C. Hall|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||27 March 2018|
|Publisher||Hodder & Stoughton|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 1,165 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
133 in Thrillers & Suspense (Audible Books & Originals)
686 in Thrillers & Suspense (Books)
694 in Teen & Young Adult (Books)
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Well what a book it is. This is definitely one of Kings most disturbing pieces of work, especially in the second half of the book. In fact the first half, although reasonable, was certainly not a 5 star quality read by any stretch of the imagination. But as with many of Kings masterpieces, you really have to allow him to paint a huge picture of the setting and let him really fully introduce the characters to the point that you really know them personally before he unveils his dark and horrific ideas upon you. Once he does that in this amazing tale it definitely does become a 5 star, disturbing yet brilliant book. One of my favourite by this genius of an author.
As the father of a two year old, this is without doubt the hardest read of this year! Stephen King is the best writer of child characters of any author in history, and he may as well have named the character Leo (my son) rather than Gage for the way it drew me into the action!
This is known as Stephen King’s scariest novel, and to some degree I agree with that (length vs pay off/creep-out per page) to a large degree. Unnerving in large parts, and for me, this was an ending that Stephen King got right! A book worthy of the tag “horror”!
It's one of the fears that I suppose we all have where we suddenly lose someone close to us, worse if that someone is our small child. In the preface Stephen King explains how a near road accident involving his very young son inspired this book. Yes, I know that fear.
The story starts when a family lose their beloved cat to a busy road. Close by is an ancient burial ground where local children made a pet 'sematary', complete with a misspelled sign. There are stories of it having the power to resurrect the dead. So of course the protagonist buries the family cat there while his wife and children are away. What harm can it do?
The cat returns from the dead but he is not the same. Less feline grace, smellier and with a new ambitious hunting prowess. The family aren't so keen on the cat anymore. They become quite mean to him as well, especially the protagonist (the husband and father). Let it be noted that I won't turn against my cat if he becomes less fragrant or graceful. Not impressed with this at all.
From cats the focus naturally moves to humans. The themes run throughout the various characters in their ability to accept death and to acknowledge the guilt associated with injury and illness. There are no-go areas when it comes to talking about death, expressed initially when the cat dies and the husband chooses not to tell his wife or children. This leads to him becoming secretive while his wife and her family suppress their guilt concerning a family death no one mentions.
There are some tense moments in this book; the #psychological aspects are covered in great depth and understanding, especially the trauma of death, and the gory bits are vividly described. A couple of sections are really quite chilling and there is the hint of the supernatural juxtaposed with the unreliable protagonist as he becomes more unstable. This is well done and convincing.
This is a bleak and depressing work of ##dark fiction where the chances of a happy ending are practically nil.
Unfortunately there are too many waffly bits that tend to drag on without adding to the overall pace of the story. Pet Sematary would be much better as a novella where the thought provoking tale leaves us wondering what we would do in the same situation. Instead I was wondering when the book would end.
Expertly written as always and a great story but I found myself so emotionally drained and distraught after reading it, as I imagine anyone else with children would be-particularly as I have a son exactly the same age as the child in the story.
Absolutely terrifying but in a very different way to the others. The situation in the novel is REAL horror. It’ll certainly make you cuddle your little ones a bit tighter and for a bit longer.
This to me was not only the scariest, but also the most sickeningly disturbing story I have ever read.
I'm a huge fan of King. I didn't know what to expect from this one. I am familiar with a variety of his work from Christine to IT. Weather it be a possessed car or a scary clown, I knew one thing... Stephen King can make an interesting story out of anything and pull you in with his unique storytelling style that makes you want to come back for more. Despite the disturbing content in this book, man I loved it. I enjoyed reading this book.
So what's this book about? In short, without spoiling it, here it is:
A family move in to their new home where they find a path leading to a "Pet Sematary" in the woods where children from the past buried their pets. And then the haunting begins...
Sounds simple, doesn't it? Harmless. Innocent. No, it isn't. What happens in this story is dark, terrifying, chilling and mad. It also made me sad. Some forces of nature are not be messed with.
What made this book even more interesting is that the book takes its time to build the world around the family as we get to know them. We see how they interact with each other and watch how their relationships grow. It feels slow at first, but you will see why later on. The story really kicks off at Part 2 and that's where the emotional rollercoaster begins. You will feel tense in several places in this book as you progress. It's an addicitive read. Reading at night, not only did I feel a chill down my spine, it kept me up all night. Stephen King hypnotises you with his story telling to the point where you want more. I couldn't put it down.
This story is not for the fainthearted. This may indeed be the best story Stephen King has ever told.
It's haunting. It's disturbing. This is King's darkest tale.