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Jen Anderson

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Whoa..

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Reviewed: 2020-07-23

This was an unexpected binge listen for me. Not an easy listen, but utterly compelling to finish. There are extremely mature themes here, and many times I found myself with jaw dropped. The narration is excellent, although a bit robotic at first. I had no trouble discerning who was speaking or keeping up with the flow of the story though. And what a story! It's not "good" or something you love, but it's felt, down deep. Raw and crazy real.

Slow burn, but!

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Reviewed: 2020-07-19

This book lives for its ending. There is excellent imagery and you get a good feel for the tone of the story through the excellent narration as well. A classic Victorian ghost story with good creep factor. But that ending! Definitely recommend!

Fascinating!

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Reviewed: 2020-06-27

I had to go back and re-listen to the prologue after beginning the first part, as I was so lulled by the lovely voice of Louise Brealy that I discovered I wasn't paying enough attention!
This is a very thought-provoking and seriously fascinating story, and takes such a different direction than I was expecting. The author delves into the mind and it's a good look; there is a lot to chew on.
I binge-listened to this and couldn't get enough! Can't recommend this book enough!
The narration is also excellent, and Louise Brealy gives life to Alicia in a touching way. Jack Hawkins was also an excellent narrator, and I enjoyed his parts as well.

Whoa.

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Reviewed: 2019-07-27

I binged this because it was just. so. good.
The story is incredible.. the detail is vivid and the characters so real. Deeply engrossing and very well written.
The narrator is excellent, giving depth to each character and enjoyable to listen to. His voice reminds me quite a lot of Michael C. Hall, actually, who I love listening to.
Overall, well worth the listen 👍👍

Disturbingly good!

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Reviewed: 2019-06-20

I thoroughly enjoyed this story.. it was unexpectedly dark and and pretty graphic. The setting and some of the writing style is dated, but didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story overall. There are parts that made me pull faces in disgust or horror, or make goosebumps show up on my arms, which I loved, because it was partly the narrator's effects and partly the story, and I love nothing more than a good story that makes me physically react. I would often have to reset my sleep timer because I just wanted to keep listening!

The narrator is excellent, and really makes the dialogue come alive. There's never any question as to who is talking, and he can do the scary voices quite well. I am picky with narration, but I'd listen to anything by Ray Porter any day.

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Excellent

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Reviewed: 2019-02-25

If you saw the movie based (loosely) on this story, cool. Now forget that, because the story is way better. And way more sobering.

Robert Neville's journey is a long, lonely one, and also not a very hopeful one. The ending is unexpected, at least for me, but not unpleasant. It suits the feel of the story. I felt reminded of Stephen King as I listened.

The narration is excellent as well, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to Robertson Dean's performance. There isn't a lot of conversational dialogue, so it stands out when there is, and is performed superbly.

Highly recommended for a quicker listen, and I will look for other titles by this narrator as well!

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Phenomenal

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Reviewed: 2019-02-24

I've loved this novel for nearly 30 years, and have re-read it many times. However, upon hearing that Michael C. Hall was narrating, I had to have a listen.

I was not disappointed.

He makes the characters come alive, especially Jud, and wow. I listened to the whole thing, completely ignoring my family for several days, just to finish it 😂 Michael C. Hall needs to narrate all the things.

Pet Sematary comes from a stage of Stephen King's writing that was very thoughtful and thought provoking. Some of my favourite novels of his are from around the same time as this one. It is haunting and sad, so sad. A story I know will make me want to weep, but will read it again anyway. Chilling and so real.

I can't reccomend this story enough on its own, but the added bonus of the amazing narration makes it one not to miss.

Brilliant

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Reviewed: 2018-11-13

The content was incredibly enlightening, and presented in an easy listening manner. I enjoyed the narrator's voice and way he presented the material. I have no doubt that the strategies outlined by Dr Greene will prove very useful for me in dealing with my own explosive child, as well as my other, non-explosive children. The plan outlined is something useful for anyone who is presented with a problem to solve with someone else, and the value of avoiding emotional explosions can be seen from the very beginning. Highly recommended!