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.
I read this book many years ago, and I don't remember too much about it except that I had an overall negative impression of it. I was a big Stephen King fan at the time, and it was probably the only book of his that I didn't like. So these many years later, I thought I'd give it a second chance in the audible format.
At first I was very pleasantly surprised, I found the first half of the book to be superb. But alas, it wasn't to last. Somewhere along the line, Mr King seems to lose his way almost entirely. It almost seems as if he was being paid by the word, for he indulges in seemingly endless expositions of meaningless details. Scenes and dialogues are repeated over and over, until you just want to hit a fast forward button and get on with it. With a little editing this could be a great book, but as it stands, its probably one of his worst efforts (of his 'classic' period.. I don't even count his latest works, and those 'dark tower' abominations) The narrator is quite good, but some of the dialogue is quite offensive (racist, profane etc) and although you can't blame him for reading what is written, I found some of it a bit hard to stomach.
This is a Steven King classic for sure. It a truly scary tale with lots of details and the narration is totally awesome! This is the best combination of a great story teller and a very talented narrator that I can recall. Go get this book!
I'm a technician that does a lot of driving for his job. I use the "windshield" time to listen to audiobooks.
First let me review the performance. Steven Weber does a masterful job of not reading, but telling this story. I can think of only one other narrator that might be better, and that would be Will Patton reading the Dave Robicheiux novels by James Burke, and that's only because I think Will might do female voices better. In the future I will probably add a few books to my wish list based only on the fact that Steven Weber is the narrator, he was that good in this book.
Now to review the story. It's a 44 hour marathon of a story. If it wasn't for King's innate ability to write so well, I can't imagine anyone making it through to the end. If King had slimmed the book down to 20-24 hours, it would have earned 5 stars from me. By hour 40 I was wondering how much longer he could drag this out? Does he get paid by the word? Thankfully he doesn't go into infinite detail like some authors I've read, and the story continues to move forward (and backward, and forward, and backward, and then forward again). I was fortunate and I bought this book on one of Audible's 4.95 sale, so it worked out to $1/8hours of listening. It's probably still a good deal at $15.
The book is excellent in its own right. The fact that it is long just prolongs the enjoyment (as anyone who knows the sadness of finishing a masterpiece can attest). Then, along comes Steven Weber who far exceeds expectations from a narrator. He ranks up there with Scott Brick and George Guidall, to name a few. Brilliant.
excellent narration. ..even in the slower parts of the novel,the narrator keeps you hooked. The story itself is an insane roller coaster.
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.
If the division of chapters is the worst thing I can say about this audio version of IT, then it's a worthy listen indeed. Just don't play IT at night, if you want to go to sleep.