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
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.)