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 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.
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 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.
the narrator intermittently but consistently yells at you between periods of actual narration. what he is going to yell at you is usually racist, and almost always obnoxious. there's occasionally a story in here but it's not great. at one point Steven writes himself into a corner and solves it with the child characters having a voluntary orgy. I will not be reading this again.
Avid reader and blogger
Like all kids from the 80s, I developed a horrid fear of clowns after watching the mini series IT too many times. There’s something extremely horrifying about a human face absurdly painted in a big grin – especially if the person behind the paint isn’t grinning.
So I was quite excited about reading IT. It was my first Stephen King novel, and I settled deep into my couch ready to be entertained by the audio book. What a disappointment. The novel is almost 45 hours long (1300+ pages), and most of it is just filling. Now matter how marginal, every single character was introduced in depths with their entire life story. Some writers can pull it off: where insignificant characters become significant with their own captivating stories that make you forget the main story. Stephen King isn’t one of those writers. The stories were trivial. You’ve met the characters and heard about their problems many times before.
And I didn’t care for the narrator in this audio at all. He was one of the worst over-actors I’ve heard in a long time. He completely overdid it with stuttering Bill – it was almost painful to listen to. And if the text said that a line was yelled instead of spoken, he felt the need to yell the line with all his force. The result was that I listened to the story with the speed turned up to make up for the stuttering, and the volume turned very low so as not to go deaf from all the yelling. It was a relief to finally finish it. I actually wish I’d given up – but after listening for 10 hours, I just felt it would be a waste of time to let it go.
The biggest disappointment was that the novel wasn’t scary at all. It was just silly. This is one of those rare ‘the movie was better than the book’ moments that don’t come often. So that’s it: my first and last Stephen King.
My first time reading IT, and I was not dissappointed. I love audio books, but I will not finish one if it does not keep my attention. This book grabbed hold from the first chapter and wouldn't let go until the last. I highly recommend IT for Stephen King fans, horror fans, or just fans of a great, twisted story. Be warned, however, this book is very dark at times and can be hard to listen to.
the narrator was fine. however what he was reading was not. My goodness it started out promising then 1/3 of the way through became a completely cheesy convoluted story that turned into kiddie porn.