I read this book when it was first released and loved it but as I have gotten older, I stopped reading King. I decided to give this audiobook a spin and am very glad that I did. It reminded me again that King is just better than I want to believe for some reason. Excellent story and an even better reading performance. The narrator actually does some pretty good impressions and his reading of Richie was very entertaining. All around a top-shelf audiobook and it just took it's place in my Audible top 10 list.
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.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
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!
I read this book for the first time when I was thirteen. I wondered whether I would enjoy it as much now that I'm an adult and listened to this audiobook to see. The performance actually adds to the story, which I think is usually not the case with audiobooks. Perfect.
Weber brings this story to life with a vivid performance. He ranges from delivering creepy and scary to sweet and poignant and nails each character. The book itself could have used an editor. It's got a compelling story but too many superfluous tangents. The Stand was long too, but I didn't feel like King was wasting my time. There were times in It where I felt he was. But he always does a great job with characters and drawing you into the story, and this is no exception. Listen for Weber's narration. It's great.
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!
I can't believe I am as old as I am and have never read anything by Stephen King. Well I would have to say the wait was worth it. This book was fantastic. The narration could not be better. I have listened to and read many "thrillers" and not one had me actually scared. The way the story was told kept me wanting more. This may have been my first but it certainly won't be my last. Can't wait for the next one.
I read this when I was younger and unable to appreciate the fact that "some things you are able to do when you're 12, you can never do again." Pedophile themes run rampant as do the dirty secrets of a small suburban town, and of course there are horrific elements, as in much of King's work. But, at it's core, it is a tale of childhood friends uniting and then reuniting over tragic circumstances. The characters are rich and multi-faceted. The plot is compelling and intricate. Unlike many of King's books, particularly those of late (I'm looking at you, Under the Dome), which are in need of a more harsh editor, no page of this book is dull or without punch. IT is well worth taking the time to read, and it is even more chilling to listen to than to read in print.
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.