Published in 1986, _IT_ is a novel that, at the time of writing, seemed to include of all King's interests and writing skills. _IT_ is a long novel about childhood, the loss of childhood, childhood fears, monsters, childhood power, and the realization that adults can be powerful, too. For men, _IT_ will ring very true in many ways by bringing back elements of their childhood: damming a river, building a clubhouse, discussions of which monster would win in a fight, and schoolyard bullies. Not as sweeping as _The Stand_ or as other-worldly as the Dark Tower series, _IT_ is still eminently satisfying. The language is vulgar and cruel because children can be vulgar and cruel, and as can adults. _IT_ is certainly a must read for Stephen King's fans, and this narration is a must listen for those same fans.
The narrator, Steven Weber, is very gifted and handles the numerous "voices" (if you've read _IT_ you know what I mean about Richie Tozier's voices) very well. Particularly pleasing is Weber's handling of the fact that Richie's "voices" are terrible when he is eleven and get better as he becomes a successful disk jockey. Weber maintains a tight rein on the narration throughout, rising to a hysterical pitch where appropriate and his voice is well nigh perfect for narration. The narration sounds the same throughout without changes of volume, with no discernible breaks. It would be hard to say who is the better narrator, John Lee or Steven Weber.
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