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.
I've read this book many times and have the movie DVD. Have always loved it, and I think Mr. Weber does a great job telling the story, especially with Richie Tozier's accents!
Many of King's audio books have been plagued by annoying and grating mood music, and at time poor narration. This is not the case for It.
Steven Weber does a fantastic job. So good, I might look for books he narrates even if the author is unknown to me.
The presentation is also clean and free from added music. If you have avoided King's books in the past due to a bad experience with this on a previous one, don't avoid this one.
As for the story itself (odd how the production has often taken the focus on these books, eh?), it is now one of my favorite King books. I found it more chilling than The Shining, and I was always anxious to get back into the car to hear more. Typically, I'll put the audio books on for just my commute, but I'd put It on for 10 minute trips to Home Depot.
Good book, good production. More than worth the monthly credit.
In the '70's I read and enjoyed The Stand and The Shining, but burned out on the ridiculously long books so stopped reading SK. Listened to and loved 11/22/63 so checked out the reviews and heard so many good things about Steven Weber I figured, "What the heck." Glad I did. Weber is a master reader. His acting background clearly helps. Weber makes this story come alive. I don't know if I would have read this book but loved listening to it. SK is really a master story teller. The story about the relationships between the main characters drew me in. Get it. Enjoy.
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
I love this story, it has always been one of my favorite Stephen King books, and I have to say I was very impressed with the narration by Steven Weber. He made the characters voices distinct, Pennywise is creepy as all heck, and the emphasis and tone is dead on to the way I always read it. I highly recommend this audible purchase!
I've read and re-read this book, I had never listened to it, so I tried it as an experiment. WOW, it came alive a whole different way for me! I expected (a little) to be disappointed, but the narrator was super, and even though I knew the ending, I was hooked right through. Glad I used a credit for it!