First let me review the performance. Steven Weber does a masterful job of not reading, but telling this story. I can think of only one other narrator that might be better, and that would be Will Patton reading the Dave Robicheiux novels by James Burke, and that's only because I think Will might do female voices better. In the future I will probably add a few books to my wish list based only on the fact that Steven Weber is the narrator, he was that good in this book.
Now to review the story. It's a 44 hour marathon of a story. If it wasn't for King's innate ability to write so well, I can't imagine anyone making it through to the end. If King had slimmed the book down to 20-24 hours, it would have earned 5 stars from me. By hour 40 I was wondering how much longer he could drag this out? Does he get paid by the word? Thankfully he doesn't go into infinite detail like some authors I've read, and the story continues to move forward (and backward, and forward, and backward, and then forward again). I was fortunate and I bought this book on one of Audible's 4.95 sale, so it worked out to $1/8hours of listening. It's probably still a good deal at $15.
Avid reader my whole life - addicted to audio. I listen to books & podcasts while working, driving, sleeping......
I read this book when it first came out so many years ago and loved it, but it wasn't my absolute fave King title. I saw the TV series/movie years later and thought.......well, they didn't do it justice and they changed too many things - disappointing. With my knowledge of the story and the memory of enjoying it but not "to die for" loving it, I downloaded the audio version simply to add it to my collection - then it got back-burnered for awhile. What a dope! I had no idea I was sitting on such an amazing work of art - the narration of Steven Weber has officially blown me away!! This is truly one of the best audio books I have in my library - it is incredibly long but I didn't want it to end! I have always admired King's talent but I can say without reservation that if King tried to narrate it himself, he couldn't hold a candle to Mr. Weber's performance on his best day. Wow. Wow. Wow!
With a combination of the best in fiction writing and the best in performance, five stars isn't enough for this book. Weber brings every character to life almost to the extent that it feels like an ensemble performance. And if you are basing your opinion of this book on the movie, just get that out of your mind. Its a fabulously rich story with characterizations classic of King. Don't pass this one up. 40 hours goes by faster than any book I've ever listened to. I finished it and started right back up at the beginning to enjoy it again.
Standard Stephen King ( Awesome) Well worth the credit. Long Story and will keep you wanting more. Great characters. I say 4.5 stars
I first read 'It' when I was about 16 years old (around the first time it came out in paper back), and it terrified me then, but I loved it. I have read it several times since then, but probably not within the past decade or so, although I've always had a copy of it on my bookshelf. It has remained one of my favorite Stephen King novels of all time.
We were taking a trip in September and I wanted a nice, long novel to listen to on the plane and the other travel portions of our trip, and because I love this story, and based on the reviews by other listeners, I decided to make this my vacation listen.
I have not even finished listening to the entire novel yet (this is a very long story at almost 40 hours), but I had to write a review to say that Steven Weber does the most phenomenal, amazing, detailed job of narrating this twisted and terrifying tale. The different voices he uses for each character, including that of Beverly and the few other female characters in this story (one of my favorites is Eddy's mother, and as adult Eddy, his equally neurotic wife), is just astonishing. You know who each character is just from the voice he uses during normal narration, but where he really shines is when he is voicing one of the "Trashmouth" Tozier characters, or the painful stutter of "Stuttering" Bill Denbrough, not to mention the various accents of the novel's other characters. The different voices that he is capable of really absorb you into this story and bring it to life; the voice he uses for the different incarnations of "It" are truly terrifying.
I would highly recommend this audio book to anyone that loved this novel as a reader, but I would also very highly recommend it to anyone that has never read the book. Mr. Weber is a fantastic narrator, and I will actively seek out other works that he has contributed to based on his reading of this novel alone.
There are enough reviews of this book that I don't need to cover the synopsis, if you buy this book, you know what you are getting into. The narration is spectacular, Steven Weber does an amazing job of bringing each character to life and I can't imagine how it could be improved.
For the most part I also enjoyed the story. I will say that one section of the story takes Stephen King's tendency for sexual content far enough that for me personally I regret reading the book. I am not particularly prudish and haven't had a problem with his other books and their content but without giving away plot points, if you have reservations about sexually explicit material then I would pick another title. If not, enjoy a fantastically imaginative and supremely well read novel.
This is a Steven King classic for sure. It a truly scary tale with lots of details and the narration is totally awesome! This is the best combination of a great story teller and a very talented narrator that I can recall. Go get this book!
Steven Webber does a marvelous job of not just narrating the book, but bringing all the various characters to life. Like King's "The Body" (the story Stand by Me was based on) IT takes me back to memory of wonderful and dangerous childhood days.
I know it's been 25 years since this book was published, and being an unapologetic Stephen King fan, I'm ashamed to admit I've never successfully tackled the book until now. I wish I hadn't waited so long. This is truly one of his most "complete" books. For such a thick tome, it unspools with frightening rapidity. I found myself listening not only in my car, but between the ramp where I park and the door of my office. The characters are unforgettable and fully-fleshed. I have only two (very) minor observations:
The 11 and 12 year old children depicted in the novel seem too well-spoken and unusually mature for children of that age. Perhaps I was stunted and thick as a child, but I never spoke like the kids in this book do.
The narrator very precisely and completely reproduces all the nuances of "Stuttering Bill's" dialogue. After a few hours, I found this slightly irritating. It's the sort of thing you'd blast through when actually reading the novel, but you're forced to listen to every syllable in the audibook.
But these are VERY minor quibbles and should not detract anyone from this immensely enjoyable and satisfying book.
The crowning achievement of this audiobook is the narration. Steven Weber is simply phenomonal. I don't think I can point to another reader who does such an admirable job of conveying humor, gravitas, urgency, and outright fear as well as Mr. Weber. I've enjoyed his career as an actor and his narration of this lengthy tome only serves to grow my admiration for him.
If you're a King fan and an audiobook fan, this title is a "Must-Have."
Steven Weber ("Wings") makes this an enjoyable listen. Although his voice sounded familiar, I couldn't place it until I looked up his familiar name on the web.
Weber does an amazing job of using different voices, unlike other narrators who just read a story straight. His interpretation of the small-town Maine Irish police officer is dead on, so is his stuttering Richie. His voice lends a sence of panic to the really hightened parts of the story.
King's writing, read impecably by Weber, often brings a chuckle to some of the smart-alec characters and situations