I read this book when it came out and gave it high marks, not so much for the story as for King's handling of the characters. There is no one better than King when kids' actions and dialog are being depicted .BUT, Steven Weber, as narrator, blew me away. Perfect pace and tone of voice for whatever level story needed at any given point. He actually scared me! I will be looking for other.books narrated by him.
Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.
Middle of the pack.
Richie, he's very funny and sort of indomitable.
No, but he does a good job. The one thing is that a lot of his narration is in a sort of "crazy" voice which can start to grate after awhile.
Ha, they have made several films of this book. I'll leave that up to the producers. Maybe, "Evil has no Name?"
This is a project to get through, you may find you have some credits stack up while you plow through this. It's good but REALLY messed up. A lot of King's stuff ends up being pretty simple in the end. Under the Dome has a pretty simple conclusion. Salem's Lot is about vampires that pretty much act like vampires. The Stand sort of has the Devil vs Good but it's not a complex struggle. There are scenes in this book that you almost can't finish and that make you want to stop reading. Their is an undercurrent of prepubescent sexuality that some (me) will find very disturbing as well. The character development is on par with any trilogy. Each person is basically a novella unto themselves. It's so long that you may find yourself dropping it for awhile and then coming back to it. It's clearly his magnum opus though and incredibly creative.
Say something about yourself!
I would say that the narrator, with his many unique voices for each character including IT's, makes the listening to IT better than reading it. You can feel all the emotions of each character. Each one is so different from each other. When I listen to the book I close my eyes and I feel like i'm there, one of the losers group, and experiencing the terror and triumph for myself. Excellent audio edition. Buy it now!!!
My favorite character has to be IT of course :-). Mr. Weber really comes through with the terror and horrifying voice. Had me shaking in my boots lol.
I am a huge fan of King and Steven Weber does a perfect job making a person feel every part of the story as if they were actually living it.
All of it.
Pennywise the Clown. Absolutely creepy
Stephen King and Pennywise are the two reasons I hate clowns to this day.
I am a Stephen King fan. Those who denigrate King have probably not read his books seriously. Read this review without that lens; this review is based on Steven Weber's reading of the book. Every once in a while you get lost in a story, not because it's a great story, but because the telling is great. Let's not kid ourselves, IT is a classic gory thriller. Blood streams in rivers and death flows in fountains. I think if anyone else would have read this book, it would have not been as good.
That's what makes this book creepy.
Things that shouldn't happen end up happening anyway. The order of events seems wrong, until you hear it, then you know it could never have been any other way. You will find yourself sitting there wondering where the story is meandering now, only to be shocked to figure out where it went.
Steven Weber has a way of speaking that suites the wandering narrative that is the story of IT. Maybe something should be different, but you'll never put your finger squarely on it. Something just seems wrong in the town of Derry. Maybe Stephen King will one day reveal that this is an autobiographical story, that he is Bill. Maybe we'll never know.
Mom, wife, attorney and aspiring writer. Absolutely love a good mystery or suspense novel.
I read this book when it first came out and bought the audio book on a whim. I was not expecting the book to terrify me as it did the first time I read it. Steven Weber is an excellent narrator and I will definitely be looking for more audio books narrated by him. Still an awesome story all these many years later and great performance by Mr. Weber.
I'm a liberal minded person, enjoying philosophical discussion and dilemas. I read about 45% Crime/Thrillers, 45% Fantasy, 10% Other.
Why can't Audible just let us write a review in our own words instead of prompting us to answer their questions, plus how can you compare one book with another if every review has us answering different questions? This has to be one of the silliest questions and totally irrelevant to most of us...'Would you listen to this book again, and why?'...Well, lets see, there are so many books out there to get through I don't have time to re read books! The only time I ever re read books is when it's a series and I need a refresher before reading the latest release in that series. Aside from that, Harry Potter is the only exception because it just felt good to revisit that world. The fact that I won't ever re read this book is no reflection on it's quality...so, an irrelevant question!
Oh god...please give me a break with these questions. Stephen King is one of those writers with a unique imagination, and doesn't tend to repeat himself. There is no comparison to this book, although it could be said to be a cross between 'Stand By Me' and 'Black House' although you shouldn't place too much on that...just read it and judge it as an individual book on it's own merit.
Ahhh..at last I get to talk about the reason for my high marks, although I'd have preferred to construct my own review, and once again we're faced with a daft question from Audible. At the end of the day, reading and listening to an audiobook are two distinct experiences and cannot be compared. One utilises the readers imagination in a different way to the other. I cannot compare the two as I am visually impaired and unable to read with my eyes, so I'll answer this as if the question were put differently. What does Steven Weber bring to this book that another narrator might not?...there, that's the question I'll answer! Stephen brings energy, natural acting skills, a first class selection of accents, both internationally and regionally, and never attempts to do female voices by shifting octaves...only inflection, tone, mannerism, and personality. He's even charged with doing accents badly as part of the character's attributes (Ritchie as a boy), and achieves this with ease. Prior to listening to this version, I had managed to get hold of two other versions read by two other narrators, and only went in search of a third version because one of those reader was very dated in their approach to acting the parts, and was mispronouncing some of the words and phrases, and the other reader just sent me to sleep!I no longer put the likes of George Guidall and Scott Brick in my top 5 as peoople like Steven Weber, Steven Pacey, John Chancer, and Michael Page, and a few more, just go to an extra gear that seems to take a book into a special place, a special zone. 'It' is a very well known book, and read by a good narrator it's a good book. However, when it's read by a special narrator, it becomes a special book. The two go hand in hand.
SPOILER ALERT (just giving you a warning that Audible will no doubt not give you, despite the fact that this is answer to their question)I don't want to differentiate between the main characters, because they are entwined in the story, and all have weaknesses and redeeming characteristics to their personality. I do like Ritchie though because he gives Steven Weber a good opportunity to flex his narration skills to the limits!...smiles
Yes...Please Audible, give us the option of providing our own worded reviews rather than these question and answer sessions. I understand it might help those who don't know what to say, but some of us want to construct our own reviews...so give us the choice!Also, please sort out the graphics. The star rating system is virtually invisible under certain colour schemes, namely the one I use...'High Contrast Black' (Windows colour scheme). I have no idea as to whether I've given this book the ratings I wanted it to have. For anyone interested, I gave 'Performance' a 5 out of 5, 'Story' 4 out of 5, and 'Overall' 5 out of 5, at least that's what I intended to give it!
In 1986, (when I was 14 and living in the "time before Internet"), I walked into a book store and saw IT on the new release table. The cover looked intriguing, and the heft of the book looked like a good challenge. Little did I know that this would become my "favorite" novel, and that 25 years later when I read/listened to IT for a second time, it would remain my favorite.
The writing style is excellent, the characters are excellent, the story is fantastic, the themes are thought provoking and relevant, and although the book is long, you will be left wanting more.
Valid complaints against the book may be that King can tend to be a bit wordy, and that some of the content may be objectionable for conservative/prudish readers. For other readers, these items will be just more of the books strengths.
The narrator was absolutely perfect. I found my heart racing during several scenes in the book due to the passion with which he delivered the text. His voices for IT, Bill, and Richie could not have been better. This is a case where the narrator clearly ENHANCES the book experience!
If you like Stephen King, or think you want to give him a try, this is a great book.
Mr. Weber does such a wonderful job at narrating this story! The story itself drags on a bit, but you're so hooked by Mr. Weber's performance you don't want to stop listening! I think if he was reading the phone book I would still be intrigued!
Complicated, vivid, classic horror
This is a great book, but the story is very complicated and intricate. Listen to it when you have time to truly pay attention and appreciate it or you will miss stuff.