As usual Stephen King weaves a spectacular tale, something that we all have come to expect, and this time he didn't disappoint. Coupled with a masterful performance by veteran actor Eli Wallach who voices King’s tale of a man who through an increasing lack of sleep slides into a semi-conscious state of awareness where he begins to notice strange things happening in his community. At first he started to doubt his own sanity until he meets another who was also seeing odd happenings but was too afraid to tell anyone for fear that she would be taken away by the men in the white coats and carted off to the closest loony bin.
Have you ever thought you saw something in the corner of your eye and when you turned to look nothing was there? This book will make you think twice the next time it happens.
The only criticism I offer is about the added sound at various points. Someone made an attempt to increase drama by adding in music to accentuate key moments.
They blew it!
The music itself was poignant but way too loud. In some cases so loud it was hard to make out what Wallach was saying. Overall I rate this book high and worth listening to and if you are a true fan of King don’t be put off by the music since it’s only periodic.
Ravenous reader. Love audio books. Listen when I'm driving, shopping, lying in bed at night, outside on a beautiful day. I'm indifferent about my t.v. But, I'd suffer without my books.
Funny. Loveable heroes
Excellent narration. Music ridiculous.
Able to capture the older generation perspective.
The music was unnecessary and distracting
This is a book that I really liked when I read it myself, and I like it even better in Audio. The narrator is exceptional, and his gritty voice adds feeling and assorted depths to the characters feelings, thoughts and words.
I first heard this particular audio book years ago through my local library. It played on the cassette player while I painted my children's bedrooms one lovely spring weekend. I found it to be even more enjoyable now, than it was all those years ago.
Reading others reviews, I noticed several people saying that they did not like the music that either ends or starts at the beginning of some of the chapters. I would have to agree with the masses and say that the music is nerve-wracking and akin to someone running their fingernails down a chalkboard. The music is like commercials on TV in that it is much louder than the book, lending even more annoyance to the moment. Without the music, which I am sure was intended to prod ones nerves, the book would be without a doubt, one of my all time favorites.
I considered lowering the performance rating because of the music, however, I did not want to deny the narrator his well deserved 5 star performance rating.
Remove the annoying music tones that happen every 20-30 minutes. They're loud and make it hard to hear the reader at times. The noises are horrible effects and only distract from the story.
Stephen King's It
The Epilogue - or at least shorten it. I would have also reduced the smaller scenes of dialogue between Ralph and his friends at random places (store, park, hospital, etc).
This was a horrible audio performance - which has encouraged me to read the comments and reviews before purchasing any audiobook.
It's the best driving highway 50 heading east
He rocks wish I could find more books he has done
Stephen King Rocks
In the top five.
Bag of Bones. The narration of both is excellent. They both have central characters that really involve you.
Ralph. He seems th be so lovable and easy to be with.
Mid range King book with good narration but distracting and annoying use of loud, discordant music overriding narrator at several key points. We can figure out the drama moments on our own, we don't need a musical sound track to cue us in.
I would be willing to listen to the narrator again but will not order from that particular publishing house again.
I wouldn't listen again unless I get old and forgetful like the Ralph and Lois in the story. Too many Audiobooks to read, so little time.
Ralph because I was inside his head the most and the psychology that King deployed was the most colorful here.
When Ralph puts Pickering into a "Catatonic state". I.E. the rescue at the Woman's Shelter.
Ralph, I would know the most about him already and it would make interesting conversation.
The fact that this story was centered in Derry, Maine was the deciding factor for me to buy this book. I was not disappointed, King used many references to the fictional town history that I remember so well from "IT".
As in many of his books, Stephen King sets the story in the town of Derry, ME. After reading so many of his books, I feel as though I have been there and know the landmarks etc. The concept for this story is unique. There are many people who do not like this book, and many say it is not his best work. I agree it is not at his best, but I still enjoy it. Some of my friends say that it is "far fetched." My response? This is a work of fiction, in the horror and suspense genre, it is supposed to be far fetched. If you want realism, then read non-fiction.
I've only listened to one other Stephen King novel (The Shining) and this one is far better.
Towards the end of the epilogue. I do not want to be more specific, because I would be giving away the ending!!
Eli Wallach is a master storyteller. Listening to him reminds me of listening to my grandfather tell me stories when I was a kid. His voice and method of delivery almost sounds like Burgess Meredith. I hope I come across other audio books read by Mr. Wallach.