This book is about a Jewish family and how they deal with their intelligent, logic based, sullen teenage daughter. The disease is almost secondary. I wish I had known that before purchasing.
This book is about two subjects split right down the middle: Eagles football and mental illness, and I wish someone would have warned me. The performance was wonderful, but I almost didn't finish because I was so damned sick of hearing about Eagles football! If you don't like football, don't bother with this. The book is quite different from the movie. Also, the movie portrays the main character as bipolar. In the book, he suffers from a psychotic break, these are two very different things. Having said that, the story does excellently portray a person suffering from a psychotic break. That was the only reason I finished the book. The excess of football stats and references and the constant "AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH" of the Eagles fight song blaring in my ears almost ruined the book for me and is the reason why I'm only giving this two stars.
Did I listen to the same book as everyone else? Where the heck were the laugh out loud moments? All I heard was two spoiled rotten adults whining about every.last.little.thing. Not to mention a bunch of people - not friends - who don't know how to mind their own business and same spoiled adults not knowing how to tell them. All I wanted to do through the whole thing was to tell everyone to shut the hell up and stop being such self-centered buttheads. If you have $300 to spend on personalized Christmas cards, you have NOT ONE SINGLE THING in the world to complain about. A big old whiny annoying mess. I do NOT recommend this AT ALL.
I still think this is Stephen King's masterpiece. No one knows character development and how to delve into the average Joe's mind quite like King. When I was younger, IT scared the bejeezus out of me. As an adult, it's still terrifying, but so moving and heartbreaking as well. I've read it several times over the years and am so glad this time around I decided to give the audiobook a try. Nothing was lost and it became, if possible, even scarier and at times, more poignant than on the written page. Steven Weber's voice of Pennywise was so frightening it gave me the shivers and I could not listen to it before going to sleep at night.
A FEW REBUTTALS TO OTHER REVIEWS.
I agree with some reviews that at times some of the voices of the characters sound the same, however due to the author's detailed writing, you are quickly told which character is speaking. I did not find this to be a particular problem as some others did.
As for what some people have referred to as constant shouting, if you look at the written page, you will see that there is LOTS of yelling, capitalization and shouting in the novel. I don't believe Steven Weber overdid it at all, I think he read the story perfectly, emoting as the author intended - and I am not a huge fan of his.
Lastly, in regard to what so many are referring to as child porn, I have to wonder if they were distracted doing other tasks while listening and did not fully listen to or grasp the content of that section of the novel. While King himself has said the world was a different place 30 years ago and he would not write the scene the same way today, in context, that scene is about human beings desperately trying to stay connected to one another in order to survive. The human beings in question just happen to be very young. Additionally, throughout the course of the entire novel we see that these children are dealing with extremely adult issues with much more maturity than other children their ages, which is why they were the ones to deal with IT in the first place. I have never once viewed that scene as child porn and for people to call it that not only shows a lack of understanding of the story, but it is an insult to children in the real world that are being exploited by pornographers. Please don't let closed mindedness turn you off of a fantastic story that will stay with you for years.
I am the last person to want to put another dime in a millionaire's pocket, but you do yourself a disservice passing this one up.
This book is definitely for the YA crowd. Good story and well written for teens. If you want to remember the intensity of every little incident in high school, this book captures those feelings perfectly. I would give it to my teen cousins and nieces, but if you're over 21, I would not recommend it.
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