Creepy. Surprising. Brilliant.
The story is shocking, surprising, filled with anticipatory dread. And yet somehow, I completely understand what the characters feel, fear, and want. It's like S.K. looked into the heart of children, and the child inside adults, and then mixed in a nightmare. Holy cow.
This reader is INCREDIBLE. I rarely tell other people about how great a reader is, but I have with Mr. Weber. He isn't just reading the story. He is living it for us. The fear, the shortness of breath, the wit.
I held off getting this book, because I thought, "Yeah, sure, clowns are creepy. Cliché. This is so different than I thought. It is brilliantly written, brilliantly read.
An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.
Pennywise surprisingly, I felt he was just the right amount of scary without being ridiculous or over the edge.
I liked how the story unfolded with both the present and past running parallel revealing each part of the story.
His voices for each character were great as well as his inflections.
I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
This is my favorite King novel so far. The great character development with a plot that you can follow. Leaves you hanging on for more when it switches directions and always brings you back. I just loved it.
95% of the verbiage is irrelevant to the plot.
Hard to say. I don't think I had a favorite.
The same feeling you get when saying "meh."
If you're the type of person that enjoys taking incessant detours on a trip from point A to point B, then this is the book for you. Seriously, the book is 95% irrelevant detail as it relates to the plot. Evidently (according to most of the reviews) folks like that sort of thing. Not my thing. As for it being "scary" or suspenseful, the only fear IT generated for me was the fear that the book would never end. Seriously. I hate to be this critical; obviously King has an unsurpassed talent for descriptive writing, but the superfluous detail in IT is beyond measure. If you're on the fence on this, my suggestion is keep on looking. I enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, The Kydd series by Julian Stockwin, Daemon and Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez.
I've always loved It and have read it nearly once a year over the last decade or so. The story is so dense, with great care and development given to the characters and settings. The kids' stories as well as the folk tales from the town of Derry are rich, interesting and compelling. All of the main characters are likeable and one can't help but develop a rapport with them as they progress throughout the story. My favorite aspect of It is how the narration changes tone to match with the character(s) it focuses on. There's also the way in which the glamours that It wears to frighten each character are more a reflection of their inner fears and malice, while the true form of It is ancient, almost more distinguished than its guises.
The only faults with It are perhaps that it contains TOO much information, and with it, unnecessary characters. For instance Audra, Bill's wife, doesn't add very much to the story and it feels like her part was shoehorned in to create tension, which really didn't need to be there as the book is already packed with tension. Same with Bev's husband, Tom. Although Bev's escape from him is a great part of the story, he ultimately becomes a threat that doesn't amount to much. I felt Henry and his friends could have also been handled better. Their antagonism is sometimes unbelievable, gets very tiresome and, in the end, doesn't amount to much either. It would have been great if one or more of them had more of an arc. It would have been interesting to see if they would been capable of siding with the Losers against It.
Listening to the audiobook was a great experience. I've always thought Steven Weber did an awesome job as Jack Torrance in the miniseries of the Shining, and he does a wonderful read of It. He has a pleasant voice that's easy to listen to for the whopping 45-hour duration, but he also has a great sense of enthusiasm as he throttles up to near-screams during the exciting parts. His hilarious, yet disturbing portrayal of the cackling old lady Beverly encounters during her return to Derry is the one of the high points of his narration. Also loved his handle on the many different accents present in the story, mostly those of Richie Tozier's characters. He also did a brilliant job with Bill's persistent stutter: it can be difficult to listen to at first, but you get used to it after a while. It's quite apparent he worked hard to make this an authentic, entertaining reading of this very long book and I would love to hear more audiobooks performed by Weber.
For the quality of the story is ranks pretty high. I love King's Novels and have waited a long time to have the time to enjoy IT. As for being an audiobook, I am disappointed. With all of my other listening through Audible I have a had great experiences, except for this one. About 4 hours from the end of the book my ipod would shuffle to the next track instead of continuing with IT, I tried just listening on ITunes to no avail it did the same thing. I am re-downloading it now in hopes that I will be able to finish the story I have so longed to enjoy.
Mr. Weber is a great narrator and I think that he brings life to the story, brings you to a place in your imagination where reading the book may not have done the book justice. His inflections and his tones bring you into the story and makes you want more and more.
The narrator really brings the story to you, he draws you in deeper, you become the characters, and it is creepy as heck.
This would be my first review of an audiobook, I have been listening for a couple of years now. Stephen King takes the cake on this one. I have read most of his other books, but this one stands alone. I loved it, I liked the characters, and the story line, doesn't leave anything out and it gives you a nice conclusion to the story. I'm officially afraid of clowns again, thanks a lot Pennywise.
Its repetitiveness. Over and over the fights between It and the children in the town. I found myself tuning out and hoping the chapter would end. I have never hit fast forward on a book and when I realized I spent more time wishing he would just get on with the story than actually enjoying it, I decided to stop reading it.
I love Stephen King and THOROUGHLY enjoyed 11-22-63. But this book just became too monotonous and took too long to develop. My only regret is that I didn't put it down sooner.
'It' is a Stephen King classic with some significant connections to his Dark Tower saga and often referenced (even if obliquely) in his other works. This is one of the most terrifying books I've ever read though it didn't have the same impact on audio, despite the admirable performance of Steven Weber - a story made up of significant sections of either quiet thought or screaming can't be easy to narrate.
Though not an 'epic', it's a wide-reaching tale covering so many themes including domestic violence/sexual assault, bullying, the nature of fear, manifestations of psychopathy, guilt vs responsibility, the bystander effect on an individual and community scale, and the changing attitude to all of the above within a single generation. As usual for King, not a fun ending but feels more real for all of that, a happy and utterly resolved ending would be out of place in this sort of story.
Hard to rate. I have listened to many Audiobooks. If I have to give an answer in my top 20 favs for the rating.
Steven Weber was good for this story. He had a good pace and did the characters well. For those who know the TV mini series, I wish Tim Curry could have done the voice of Pennywise :-)
If you have any credits to use, I would get this one. 44 hours of a great story is a good use of a Audio credit.