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Pet Sematary (BBC Radio Presents) [Abridged, Audiobook] [Audio CD]

Stephen King , BBC Radio , Full Cast Dramatization
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

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Feb 2001 BBC Radio Presents
The house looked right, felt right to Dr Louis Creed. A place where his family could settle, and the children could grow up and explore the rolling hills and meadows. Surely a safe place. Not a place to seep into your dreams, to wake you, sweating with fear and foreboding.
--This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (Feb 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743518446
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743518444
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,943,386 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. Among his most recent are the Dark Tower novels, Cell, From a Buick 8, Everything's Eventual, Hearts in Atlantis, The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon, and Bag of Bones. His acclaimed nonfiction book, On Writing, was also a bestseller. He is the recipient of the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.

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King can make the flesh creep half a world away (The Times)

King's imagination is of the great storytellers of our time' (Guardian)

King is unbeatable (Mirror) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A perennial classic from Stephen King - timeless and topical, some are on the syllabus of schools and universities. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sometimes "read" is better.... 18 Feb 2001
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This is probably not the most sophisticated or deeply plotted Stephen King book - it is one of his early works and that shows. Pet Sematary is, however, the most absorbing and haunting novel I have ever read and is full of a black humour that remains with you long afterwards.
The concept is simplicity itself - happy all-American family move to their dream house in rural Maine and make friends with the kindly old couple across the street. This, of course, is the world of Stephen King - so everyone has a secret and nothing is quite as it seems. The one thing you can be sure of is that nobody is likely to live happily ever after...
The book is certainly bleak and not to be recommended if you're feeling depressed ! But, however intense the emotions that it evokes, the joy of meeting some of King's most believable and sympathetic characters and the experience of discovering just what is out there in the woods behind the Creed house are certainly worth it.
I have read this book countless times, but have never forgotton the pleasure of discovering it initially, when every plot development was new. If you are about to read Pet Sematary for the first time I envy you - enjoy !
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The dead won't sleep.... BEST HORROR BOOK EVER! 12 Sep 2010
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I am an avid reader of horror. I have been reading horror books since I was about 10 years old - I am 28 years old now - and all I can say is that Pet Semetary is simply one of the scariest books I have ever read.

I'm sure you already know the basic storyline: there is an ancient graveyard deep in the woods, and if you bury the dead in this sacred ground, they rise to life again. Then you are into one of the most dark, disturbing and unsettling stories ever written.

Even Stephen King himself has said this was the scariest thing he ever wrote!

I am being honest here: there were times when I was frightened to turn the page to read what would happen next. I literally struggled to carry on reading because the whole thing became SO disturbing to me.

I highly recommend this to any fans of the horror genre... but be warned, it is a dark, sad, horrific story... and don't expect a happy ending! You are warned!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Back from the dead... 8 Mar 2007
By Jane Aland VINE VOICE
A young family move to a new home next to a busy main road, while in the woods behind their property is an old Indian burial ground with the secret power to bring the dead back to doesn't take a genuis to work out where King is headed with Pet Sematary, but the result is a powerful read. The 'old Indian burial ground' may now be a horror cliche, and the influence of the W.W. Jacob's classic 'The Monkey's Paw' short story (freely admitted and referred to in the novel) is massive, but for sheer darkness Pet Sematary is one of King's most affecting novels. Most of Stephen King's novels have at least some brighter rays of hope shining through the horrific events, but with it's central theme of the inevitability of death 'Pet Sematary' is a resolutely bleak experience - while King may have written better novels in terms of sheer horror (witness the gutwrenching tale of the heroine's disabled sister, or the intensley eerie tale of the killed soldier who returns to a shambling semblance of life) this is probably King's strongest work. If there is any criticism here it's that King has a tendency to overstretch his material, particularly in the second half of the novel where every event is recounted in laborious detail for little gain, but despite it's rather bloated size this is still a key work from this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing in ways you can't fathom 13 Jan 2010
It is an on going debate amongst the Stephen King fan base which is his scariest story. For me it's got to be IT, but the two front runners of this arguement are two very different tales. One, of course, is The Shinning. And the other is Pet Sematary. Stephen King himself said that after writing Pet Sematary he felt as if he had finally gone too far - and its easy to see why the thought that. He even went as far as sticking in a drawer and forgetting about it - never supposing it might actually get published. It's that bleak.

Pet Sematary is as far from a thrill-ride as you can get. Its not a knock-down, drag-out roller coaster of suspense and terror. Rather, it is a slow burning, ever escalating cauldron of unease and dread, that is slow to come to the boil, but scolds you when it finally does. Gripping in a way that I have never quite experienced in a book - I can only explain the experience as somewhat similar to the charity work people do with terminally ill children - you know tragedy is inevitable, but you can't leave the side of the characters until everything has been seen through.

The ending is all important to this book, and lynch pins the entire story. If King had got it wrong, the entire book would have been a massive waste of time. As it is, the ending is one of the most memorable I am likely to ever experience; a terrifying crescendo that had me clenching my teeth and squeezing the pages. While reading Pet Sematary, if you think you have the ending guessed, I can tell you now that youre most likely wrong.

Of course there are the typical Stephen King draw backs that you find in every single one of his novels, without fail.
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Best book ever. I will someday write a proper review of this book.It is the scariest book I have ever read, and God bless Stephen King for writing it.
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Most disturbing thing I have ever read. Absolutely brilliant book
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book, very gripping with awesome twists and turns
Amazing book, very gripping with awesome twists and turns. You think you know where this book is going and then BAM opposite direction! Amazing
Published 3 months ago by Ben Wilton
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing and creepy!
Pet sematary is fantastic! It is also incredibly creepy and sad! Very hard to put down, another fantastic Stephen King book down now onto the next!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic King
lassic Stephen King, and a must for any fan, and also a very good introduction for anyone wanting to give King a go and may be 'frightened off' by horror books. Read more
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