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.
This book is a page turner from the beginning, or should I say binge listen. It's amazing the level of complexity and its easiness to absorb. I have read ( or listened to ) a lot of books lately, and you believed this actually happened. The characters were real, you connect with the, you felt their pain, you felt victorious when they won battles, you were that child. It's crazy to have that much evil and not be fake about it. GREAT BOOK! I will listen to this again and again!
The ending. I don't want to give it away, but I almost cried at the end. Lets just say it was a perfect ending.
The final battle with PennyWise and what follows shortly after. Did not see that coming.
Nothing in particular stands out, but all of it at the same time!
read it. Read it again. And read it one more time.
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