King knows how to play on our most basic fears. Alone in the dark...
King uses the history of Derry to set up this masterpiece of horror.
The burning of the black spot and the ax murder in the bar.
It is the perfect title, you cannot express what it was.
I'm a king fan, and this is one of his best.
I've been a big fan since I was young. I've read the book and watched the movie several times and decided that I wanted to listen to it as I was doing my commute. King has a way in this story of integrating past and present seamlessly. It never feels forced or contrived.
The characters in It are among some of my favorites in any of his books. They're all so perfectly flawed in ways that are very easy to relate to.
The storyline, itself, is creative and draws you in. While it's a little predictable at times, it's not in a way that you mind.
I just love Ben Hanscom. He was what made the story real for me. A quiet, unsung, hero.
I absolutely loved listening to Weber read this story. I wish he could read all of the books that I listen to. His pace was perfect and he really seemed to enjoy telling the story, instead of just going through the motions. He brought these characters to life for me, even more so than the movie did.
While I wouldn't say that I had any extreme reactions, I did catch myself listening really hard. I would get totally caught up in what was happening to these characters.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story. Weber did such a great job in narrating and King isn't one of the most recognized writers of our time by happenstance.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I listened to this book because I really wanted to listen to 11/22/63 and a reviewer suggested that one should listen to IT first because of a parallel in the books in the City of Derry. (Now that I've listened to both books, I can assure you that one does not need to listen to IT to enhance the story in 11/22/63). I don't usually like horror books but I have to admit that this book really held my attention and kept me involved right until the end. Plus, I love how long it is. The bargain hunter in me really likes to maximize my entertainment hours for the credits. The best part of this audiobook, by far, was the narrator. There could be no better narrator for this story. He was perfection.
The entire story was memorable. It truly is a great book that keeps you invested from beginning to end and this one really did.
Steven Weber was the most amazing narrator that I could have ever imagined. His performance was nothing short of spellbinding. I really hope to listen to other recordings by Weber.
It was a scary book. I don't typically read horror books and I've never been a huge Stephen King fan. I couldn't listen to this at bedtime. I had to leave myself enough time to watch a sit-com or something to reset before going to bed so I wouldn't have bad dreams.
Great performance, excellent story if you like a good scary story. It's super long but Weber's performance combined with King's story-telling ability will keep you coming back.
The cast of characters, and the overall terror provided by the CLOWN!!!!
The overall plot with small flashback plots inter-weaved into the story.
He ability to project the characters thoughts/feelings.
The dog getting poisoned was just...no good...
Steven Webber gave an amazing reading/performance. I have tried, unsuccessfully, on several occasions, to make it through this book in print format. It is a long, extremely non-linear tale. Hearing it done in this amazing way made the story more gripping and interesting.
No. Although the story was well written I don't know if I could sit through listening to all the hate that was going on in the book.
My favorite character started out as Ben. He seemed to be the most stable of the characters but towards the end of the book I liked Richie. Steven Weber performed all the voices of Richie pretty well
At some point I probably will, Steven Weber really brought the characters to life.
This was the first Stephen King book that I ever read. I was in middle school when I read this book and found my favorite author. I think I liked this story because I could relate to some of the characters, and because when I read this book the first time the monsters could still hide under the sheet and kids still had the magic to destroy the monsters. Now the monsters fly passenger jets into buildings or kill their families and eat their bodies because they think God told them to, as the 10 o'clock news keeps reminding us. I didn't have time to read this book again so I got it here at Audible and it was great to relive this story again. The only problem I had was the reading of stuttering Bill's part, it could g-g-get so irritating having to listen to that on and off for 44+ hours.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
This book became my constant companion at work and in the car for a few months and I was sorry (yet a little grateful) to hear it end. It really is a roller coaster of a book. I've read the book (with my eyes, don'cha know) more than a few times, but like The Talisman, I knew there were parts I was skimming just from poor reading habits and an over-anxious drive to see what comes next). Steven Weber makes this long, terrifying book so compelling I need to meet this man and give him kisses. Many, many kisses.
Yes, this is King in 1986 and his background into Derry can sometimes feel like padding, but when finished, one can take a step back and see all of the broken parts of that blackened little town and understand the whole of the wrongness that existed. It's worth the journey and the side trips and circle loops, and it's certainly worth the uncomfortable squirming.
I know the reasons King wrote some of the scenes the way he did, but knowing doesn't make it any easier to listen. Horror is supposed to make you uncomfortable, to take you out of that place you feel safe and show you things you'd rather not see, make you think about things you'd rather didn't exist. Yes, it's necessary and it might make you a little sick, but without that visceral response, it wouldn't be as memorable. The itself story has the usual King foibles - detailed, weird jumps in time, "interludes" however in a case like It, they're necessary. If written today, maybe this would have been serialized like The Green Mile, but it would not have had the same impact.
No sense in going through what the story is about, just know that the audio version is top notch and Steven Weber is an amazing narrator who gave exuberant life to all of the characters. There were no small characters in the book according to Mr. Weber, and I was glad for it.
I was recently taking a quiz on this book and for as many times as I've read it, there were things I just didn't remember. It bothered me.
So I grabbed it from Audible and Steven Weber is reading, and I've got 44 hours of horror and bliss and wonder ahead of me.
I will never not love this book.
I would rank this 9.9/10 . This is one of Stephen King's most frightening stories and it has been superbly rendered by the reader.
The suspense building throughout the story matches my original reading.
He was able to recreate the voices of all the characters with stunning precision.