I've read this complete and uncut novel before, as it was available via the National Library Service for the Blind. But alas, it was just available for rent. But now, some 22 or so years since it was released in its entirety, I couldn't help buying it. It was actually the first thing I did when waking up on Feb 14th since audible gave me the heads up concerning it arriving on audio.
Don't pass this title up. Most of King's fans say that it is his best work ever. Well, for me it ties with It and The Dark Tower series.
Having read both versions-- this uncut doorstop of a novel, and the dinky little 800 someodd pager published in the late 70's... I prefer the one you're hopefully about to download or have already downloaded. I wouldn't have purchased the original edited edition if Random House had released it. So don't let the title confuse you, folks. It is indeed the complete and uncut edition, and well it should be. King himself says he can't abide abridged audio books. Well spoken, wordslinger! And we all say thank ya.
My opinion of said novel? C'mon, it's Stephen King. And it is one of my all time favorites which I at long last own. It's a post apocalyptic epic featuring one of the best villains of all time. It's got romance, horror, etc. Just use a credit and buy it already! Now to submit this and take care of this bothersome stuffy nose and cough of mine.
I loved this book when I had it on cassette in the 90's. The only thing that bugs me about these old recordings is that there are no chapter breaks in books like this, Gerald's Game, or Deloris Clayborn. I'm unsure as to why they decided to edit them out as they are in all of King's future audiobook releases EG the Dark Tower novels, Dreamcatcher, 112263 and others.
But the book was very entertaining and terrifying. I found myself just as fearful of Wilks' moodswings as Paul throughout the story. It's been a while since I read this one-- had this one in my library since 2008 or so, but I seem to remember Wilks described as a force of nature as well as a goddess. Stephen certainly has a way with words and that's exactly the way this constant reader feels about the antagonist. This psycho fangirl is, in my opinion anyway, among King's most memorable antagonists of all time. But Pennywise will always be my favorite. Wilks comes in third place right behind Flagg. Sorry Annie.
This book has been hard to come by in audio for years now. I've been a member of national library services for the blind for a decade or so but those books are available only to rent and not to own. So when audiobook readers were treated to a literal onslaught of King books back in 2010, I was thrilled to learn that It was being released on audio to the public for the very first time. I snapped this one up among 6 or 7 others but this one was the first one I read.
Sure I'd read it a number of times before buying it but I never get tired of this story. Some of King's critics will complain about his novels being too terribly lengthy, but that's never bothered me. I always find myself in the grip of a brilliant storyteller from start to finish, and I always feel a bit sad when reaching the end. So don't hesitate to grab this novel due to the length. It is not at all boring. This is one of Kings most suspenseful novels. And if you're looking for a good scare, you won't want to pass this one up.
I love the performance of the narrator. Steven Weber is a wonderful actor. He seems to enjoy playing the villain. Be he Pennywise in this masterpiece or Norman Ozborn in Disney's Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. He's certainly got a voice worthy of narrating a Stephen King novel. I hope he decides to revisit King's universe again in future readings. Although It was quite an undertaking, lasting several thousand print pages, and maybe everyone's favorite evil clown traumatized him too much. But here's hoping readers hear Weber again some day.
As for the book itself, what can I say? It's Stephen King, people! Pennywise the clown was the first King villain I was introduced to as a child in movie form and this monster has certainly withstood the test of time in book form. I won't spoil this epic for those who haven't read it yet, but allow me to say that I don't think first time readers will be disappointed. Give it a go. You'll be glad you did. Just try not to read this close to any drains or sewers, ok? You never know what lurks down there... in the dark.
One of my favorite books of all time. I'm sure I've read it a dozen times over the years. I am so happy to have the audio version finally. I don't think I need to critique or review the book much more than to say if you're a Stephen King fan, you know this is one of his best books. And if you're NOT a King fan necessarily, this is one of his novels like the recent JFK assassination novel that you might find accessible. One of the classic post-apocalyptic books of the genre. THANK YOU AUDIBLE!