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
I will admit to this being the Stephen King book I've read the most. As a young teen, I wore out two paperback copies. This is that book that sticks with you after you read it. Not necessarily the entire plot or the outcome, but moments or phrases in the book will stick with you long after you are finished. Pennywise and the teeth at the library. The scene with Bill, Georgie and the boat. The werewolf and the house at Niebolt Street.
As always, Mr. King's characterization shines. It is spot-on and gives each character a unique presence and voice in which you, as the reader, become invested. Each character will remind you of someone, and you think of that bully you had at school, that plump friend, that shy girl that everyone picked on...or maybe you relate to being that character. Pennywise is that nightmare villain that we all have as children...the evil clown that all horror fans know resides in ALL clowns and makes us avoid circuses, red noses, and small cars at all costs. The chills are real, the chases are visceral, and in between the action, the characters never leave us wanting more.
I would like to agree with other reviewers that Mr. King's strong point has never been endings. This book is no different. The ending felt a little disjointed and somewhat of a confusing letdown. A simpler or better explained ending would have sufficed to preserve the evilness of that freaky clown. But, overall, this doesn't detract from the quality of the story and the writing as a whole; the sum of the book more than makes up for that "what the heck" ending because the journey to get there is just so darn good.
The narration is clean, balanced, and well directed. Mr. Weber does and outstanding job bringing these characters to life without overpowering the material. He seems to give the book the credit it deserves with his reading. Narration for such a lengthy, well-know, well-loved book cannot be easy and he succeeds at every level. Very well done.
Fair warning to new listeners/readers: While there are sexually explicit scenes sprinkled throughout the book, there is a very sexually explicit scene among the group as youths. This may put some readers off, so be please be warned that it is there. Otherwise, you can't really go wrong with this book. Strong characters, strong setting, evil villain, and a weird ending end up producing a book about people you believe you know, in a place you believe you've been.