This is the second time I've "read" this book. The first time I was in high school and I read the book because I liked the movie. The second time was just this year and it was just as good as I remembered. There is something terrifying about taking something so sweet and innocent as a clown and turning it evil. This book had just enough past and present to make you really want to scream and root just for the good guys.
Most deffinately the narrator....he is without a doubt the most diverse narrator I have listened to!
No, but I will seek out anything he has narrated. This man puts his ALL into his characters....and there is no holding back! I was entranced!
I love Steven King stories....but, there have been a few that had ...lets just say bad narration! This man did King proud! Thank you Steven Weber!
Steven Weber reads with great intensity. He carves out each character with laser-like precision. Highly recommended.
I spend WAY TOO MUCH TIME in my car commuting to work but with books like this one it makes me want to spend more time driving because I always hate pausing the book.
Stephen King does an excellent job telling this story. The details and narration make the story come to life.
this is my second stephen king (Joyland made me look for more Stephen King) book and it won't be my last!
Nothing, I read this book years ago. It took a year, he kept killing children I continuously stop reading the book and was compelled to finish it.
I thought if I listened to to the story it would be different. It wasn't. Don't get me wrong it's a great story. Keeps you at the end of your seat. I had trouble with the death of the children.
Beverly, she was able to stand up for herself
It scared me
I will admit to this being the Stephen King book I've read the most. As a young teen, I wore out two paperback copies. This is that book that sticks with you after you read it. Not necessarily the entire plot or the outcome, but moments or phrases in the book will stick with you long after you are finished. Pennywise and the teeth at the library. The scene with Bill, Georgie and the boat. The werewolf and the house at Niebolt Street.
As always, Mr. King's characterization shines. It is spot-on and gives each character a unique presence and voice in which you, as the reader, become invested. Each character will remind you of someone, and you think of that bully you had at school, that plump friend, that shy girl that everyone picked on...or maybe you relate to being that character. Pennywise is that nightmare villain that we all have as children...the evil clown that all horror fans know resides in ALL clowns and makes us avoid circuses, red noses, and small cars at all costs. The chills are real, the chases are visceral, and in between the action, the characters never leave us wanting more.
I would like to agree with other reviewers that Mr. King's strong point has never been endings. This book is no different. The ending felt a little disjointed and somewhat of a confusing letdown. A simpler or better explained ending would have sufficed to preserve the evilness of that freaky clown. But, overall, this doesn't detract from the quality of the story and the writing as a whole; the sum of the book more than makes up for that "what the heck" ending because the journey to get there is just so darn good.
The narration is clean, balanced, and well directed. Mr. Weber does and outstanding job bringing these characters to life without overpowering the material. He seems to give the book the credit it deserves with his reading. Narration for such a lengthy, well-know, well-loved book cannot be easy and he succeeds at every level. Very well done.
Fair warning to new listeners/readers: While there are sexually explicit scenes sprinkled throughout the book, there is a very sexually explicit scene among the group as youths. This may put some readers off, so be please be warned that it is there. Otherwise, you can't really go wrong with this book. Strong characters, strong setting, evil villain, and a weird ending end up producing a book about people you believe you know, in a place you believe you've been.
Those familiar with Stephen King's work already intimately know the talent, depth, heart, and passion that King puts into his works. Those that dabble in his stories, or know of his genre as "horror" (and sadly shy away from these works) should wait no longer to listen to this novel. Earlier I fell into the latter group, only reading my first King book in the 1990's when I was in my 20's.
To this point I have read over half, including the Dark Tower stories. I am glad that I waited on this book, for one simple reason: I would NOT have appreciated this book as a younger man. This will make sense to you in the rest of this review...
Yes, this book has a Monster. A terrifying monster that does horrific things which It enjoys doing, and relishes in the torment of It's acts. This book has other antagonists, a town (Derry, Maine), numerous peripheral characters, and our seven main protagonists. This alone is not enough to fill the 48 hours' worth of listening. What King does is interweave decades (and eventually centuries) of historical events in Derry throughout this book. This is still not enough. What King captures ultimately is childhood, how large (small) our childhood worlds are, the misunderstanding of our parents, how growing older (and with a less "magical" view of the world) causes us to forget, the struggles to remember, and how remembering is so bittersweet.
Throughout this book, I remembered many things I forgot about those years so very long ago. They came in flashes, sometimes just staying as that, sometimes leading to more memories, almost all leaving a slight smile on my face. The reason for this is simply that King paints it all perfectly from the mind of a child of eleven. I did not grow up in a small town, nor have a tight group of friends like brothers (and sister), nor encounter bullies the likes of one of the antagonists, Henry.Bowers, nor encounter a terrorizing clown-monster.
King does this all by showing how malleable a child's mind is, how every decision can be a penultimate decision, how belief in something relies less on logic and just, well, belief. Make believe, the fantasy of re-enacting stories with your friends, the freedom of riding a bike at high speeds without fear, explorations of neighborhood locations, and many more... King brings all of this to the table with such sweet admiration, love, and remembrance, that you feel connected to each character in some way or another deeply. This is what this book is about for me mostly, not the monster. I would not have seen all of this when I was younger, not by a long shot. Most likely not even before I had my own children, with my oldest being eleven now.
As for King's storytelling, this book has jumped near the top of my list because of how King pulls all of it together and tells the stories of our child protagonists, the same as adults, both in incredible circumstances, and even both of these simultaneously at times. It is done in a way that makes you not want to stop listening, because you want to know what happens to young Bill, or Eddie, Richie, Ben, or Bevvie, at the same time adult Bill is doing something integral. You have the need of knowing how the children arrived at adulthood, as well as the need of knowing how the logical adults, thrown back into extraordinary circumstances again, will deal with a fear beyond what any have dealt with.
I fell in love with this book and the protagonists, for the way it made me feel, for the way it brought happiness and sadness to me, for the way it brought me back to a childhood long gone, and for the thrill of rooting for these kids and adults all the very best of friends no matter what.
The presentation? Steven Weber was not short of amazing conveying all of this with great voices, impersonations, and inflection that was very expressive without being overly-dramatized. Excellent job.
I don't want to forget... but I can feel myself doing so already. (The great thing is, I can listen again some day.)
This book has been hard to come by in audio for years now. I've been a member of national library services for the blind for a decade or so but those books are available only to rent and not to own. So when audiobook readers were treated to a literal onslaught of King books back in 2010, I was thrilled to learn that It was being released on audio to the public for the very first time. I snapped this one up among 6 or 7 others but this one was the first one I read.
Sure I'd read it a number of times before buying it but I never get tired of this story. Some of King's critics will complain about his novels being too terribly lengthy, but that's never bothered me. I always find myself in the grip of a brilliant storyteller from start to finish, and I always feel a bit sad when reaching the end. So don't hesitate to grab this novel due to the length. It is not at all boring. This is one of Kings most suspenseful novels. And if you're looking for a good scare, you won't want to pass this one up.
I love the performance of the narrator. Steven Weber is a wonderful actor. He seems to enjoy playing the villain. Be he Pennywise in this masterpiece or Norman Ozborn in Disney's Ultimate Spider-Man cartoon. He's certainly got a voice worthy of narrating a Stephen King novel. I hope he decides to revisit King's universe again in future readings. Although It was quite an undertaking, lasting several thousand print pages, and maybe everyone's favorite evil clown traumatized him too much. But here's hoping readers hear Weber again some day.
As for the book itself, what can I say? It's Stephen King, people! Pennywise the clown was the first King villain I was introduced to as a child in movie form and this monster has certainly withstood the test of time in book form. I won't spoil this epic for those who haven't read it yet, but allow me to say that I don't think first time readers will be disappointed. Give it a go. You'll be glad you did. Just try not to read this close to any drains or sewers, ok? You never know what lurks down there... in the dark.
I like my horror, techno-thrillers, and science fiction. Which is why Jurassic Park and The Lost World are 2 of my favorite books ever!
Finished IT! Finally! This is a LONG audiobook, but is almost always entertaining. There are some fantastic backstories fleshing out the story, and some welcome crossovers from earlier King novels. I read this in the 80's, forgot about it, then recently listened to King's '11/22/63' , which crosses over into this story. So I had to listen to this one and return to Derry one more time.
Steven Weber is one of the best narrators around. This novel sure needed one! Countless characters to keep track of, and one of the main characters likes doing his own impressions for the other characters. Mr. Weber made it VERY easy to follow. And when a character yells, Weber YELLS! No whispers made to simulate a yell. KUDOS!
The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 for the story? The climax, while fairly satisfying, felt a bit...anticlimactic. I can't say more than that, or I may spoil the story for those about to take the ride. For the most part, IT is Stephen King at his bloated, filled-to-the-brim best!
As always, Stephen King delivers a great horror story in "It." I love how he is able to capture the opinions and emotions of so many different lifestyles and personalities. Each one thinks differently and has a different life experience, which keeps the story fresh. He goes into a very interesting history of the town and people that live in it, and the stories are very entertaining. He also has quite a few disturbing images that will stay plastered in my mind for a long time, such as the dog incident. However, it does get a little weird when the adults are battling "it." The plot kind of goes way off in a weird direction and talks about some turtle and other dimensions. I'm not big on sci-fi, so that was too much for me. However, if you like that kind of thing, you would enjoy it. It also gets a little weird with an approved group gang bang by 11-yr-old children. I have no idea why that is even in the story or why it was something "that needed to happen." Even so, it is a book I am glad I read.
The performance was good. The narrator does different voices very well and even stutters for lines by "Stuttering Bill." I was not disappointed at all by the performance.