Steven Weber does a superb job at narration. He single-handedly did a better job at making the characters come alive then all of the actors combined in the made-for-TV movie of IT. Especially noteworthy was his chilling Pennywise the Clown voice, and his stuttering required for the character Big Bill.
The Story was good, and kept me entertained for it's ridiculously long run time. You'll definitely get a good value. However, I did find it bloated, and King's endless tangents and asides really hurt the pacing of the story. Like The Stand, I thought this book could use abridgment (especially to take out a baffling segment at the end that came off as absurd and perverse and really tainted the climax).
In a heartbeat. It felt like I was watching it on TV instead of listening.
No, way too long for that. Plus, it's been nice to think about Derry off and on for the few weeks I was listening.
Steven Weber could read me the phone book and I would sit and listen for hours :-)
Not what I expected and it's really good. I thought it was too long. I would recommend it to anyone who has more that an hour and a half to listen in one sitting.
King has not always been one of my favorite authors, but this book changes everything. This is a great book. A word of caution, some folks might be offended by crude vulgarities, racial slurs and sexual perversion. Crazy monster, good job!
This audio was such a pleasure to listen to. I read the book years ago and must have forgot more than I remembered. It was almost addicting listening to the story. I had my earbud in constantly like a teen with a new iPod.
Steven Weber did a great job of bring each character to life. Each had their own personality and you could always tell who was speaking.
A great listen!
Flash back blitzkrieg style choice really killed this for me. The book bounces back and forth between the protagonists as kids and adults over and over. The segmentation breaks up the narrative and flattens the characterization of the adult versions in favor of the child versions. What that means in a nutshell is that they never really establish any personality beyond who they are at age 12, in the flash backs. It could be argued that this is a story about children and that's the point. I don't accept that though. These characters never seem to grow up in anything but the details of their described lives. They don't change significantly otherwise.
Coupled with its length and the amorphous nature of the story's antagonist, you get a book for adults that they really can't relate to or be afraid of. In addition the scope of the power of the antagonist dwarfs the kids to the point where accepting that they could defeat this ancient evil stretches credibility to the breaking point. King tries to elevate their power with his even more amorphous counter force (see echoes of the Dark Tower) and his tales of the Turtle, but it just never rings true. He's reaching for something Lovecraftian in It but falling short because he's unwilling to pull the plug and let his heroes fail. There's a few token casualties as are required in a King book, but in the end the kids triumph and the ancient evil is destroyed.
Finally, one plot choice at the end of the book struck me as being tacked on and unnecessary. I don't care to spoil the plot point. I will just say that it in itself was more disturbing to me that the whole story of It et all. That little section of the book left me feeling sick to my stomach, not out of fear or horror but out of revulsion. What had been a story about innocence vs. the unknown got twisted by that choice into something mildly perverse.
Nah, I'm a horror reader for years. I don't mind being disturbed. I just don't like to feel like I've wasted my time. This book could have been cut in half and hit the notes it did. It just wasn't worth the time invested.
The narrator was fine. His characterizations were clear and easily understood. This voice range wasn't as diverse as some, but he told the story well.
Beverly. She's at the core of the warped plot choice I mentioned and the dynamic of her character plays to a powerless and abused trope that just gets played too often to be entertaining or acceptable. King needs to try for a strong and whole female character for once as opposed to the broken little girls he pulls up again and again.
I love King's writing as a rule. He's one of the best storytellers of our century. That said, not every piece he puts out is golden. Some are simply good, a few, like It and the later Dark Tower books, fall flat.
Stephen King's immense, Tolkien novel has always been a favourite of mine. Beyond the horror genre that causes many to sniff dismissively down their patrician noses on their way to 'important' and 'literary' writers -- you remember, the ones that your college English instructors would go into polysyllabic orgasms over, while you thought that those writers were soporifics, easily the equals of Valium -- King is doing what he does best; telling a tale.
And I don't believe that this particular tale could have been told with greater ability than by Stephen Weber, who managed to personally embarrass me. I was waiting in line at the Post Office while listening on my iPod when a particularly moving event was being narrated, when I noticed how many people were staring at me, because I had tears streaming down my cheeks.
Gosh -- thanks a pant-load, Weber.
Weber's ability to make so many characters clear and distinct through nuance and inflection should serve as an example of the highest level of this form of performance. Truly, he is an ornament to the profession.
Steven Weber is a fantastic narrator. He brings each character to life, and is a truly gifted actor, making every scene come to life. It, like so many of Stephen King's books, is complex and far-reaching, and takes two reads (or listens) to appreciate. Somehow he manages to convey the personality of each character. I have been a fan of Stephen King for some time, but Weber's narration of this horror tale made it a thrilling ride.
IT's still scary!
Steven Weber's performance is great. I like listening to his performances.
I read this book as a teenager and the story is nearly as scary as it was then. Great listen too. If you spend as much time on the road as I do, this is a good one to have in your library!
I read this book years ago it was actually my intro to Stephen King and the rest is history as they say. I've watched the movie many times but as usual the book is always better there were many parts which I had forgotten and as soon as I heard them I thought oh yea I remember now. This is a classic must have in any library if you are a King fan. The characters become your friends and the dangers they face become yours--like your right there beside them helping to slay the monster.