The nice young chemist up the street beats his wife and has delusions about beings he calls "The Centurions". A madman with a knife is trying to kill him, he's sure. And on the night May Locher died, one of the two bald men coming out of her house had a pair of scissors in his hand.
What does it all mean? Ralph doesn't quite know. But the bizarre visions he's been having keep getting more intense, the strange deaths in Derry have just begun, and Ralph knows he isn't hallucinating.
Returning to the town of Derry, Maine, the setting of one of his most critically acclaimed novels, It, Stephen King combines bone-chilling realism with supernatural terror to create yet another masterpiece of suspense.
©1994 Stephen King; (P)1994 Penguin HighBridge Audio
"This is a yarn so packed with suspense, romance, literary reference, fascinating miscellaneous knowledge, and heart that only Stephen King could have written it. Marvelous - that is, full of marvels." (Booklist)
Remove the annoying music tones that happen every 20-30 minutes. They're loud and make it hard to hear the reader at times. The noises are horrible effects and only distract from the story.
Stephen King's It
The Epilogue - or at least shorten it. I would have also reduced the smaller scenes of dialogue between Ralph and his friends at random places (store, park, hospital, etc).
This was a horrible audio performance - which has encouraged me to read the comments and reviews before purchasing any audiobook.
It's the best driving highway 50 heading east
He rocks wish I could find more books he has done
Stephen King Rocks
In the top five.
Bag of Bones. The narration of both is excellent. They both have central characters that really involve you.
Ralph. He seems th be so lovable and easy to be with.
Mid range King book with good narration but distracting and annoying use of loud, discordant music overriding narrator at several key points. We can figure out the drama moments on our own, we don't need a musical sound track to cue us in.
I would be willing to listen to the narrator again but will not order from that particular publishing house again.
I wouldn't listen again unless I get old and forgetful like the Ralph and Lois in the story. Too many Audiobooks to read, so little time.
Ralph because I was inside his head the most and the psychology that King deployed was the most colorful here.
When Ralph puts Pickering into a "Catatonic state". I.E. the rescue at the Woman's Shelter.
Ralph, I would know the most about him already and it would make interesting conversation.
The fact that this story was centered in Derry, Maine was the deciding factor for me to buy this book. I was not disappointed, King used many references to the fictional town history that I remember so well from "IT".
As in many of his books, Stephen King sets the story in the town of Derry, ME. After reading so many of his books, I feel as though I have been there and know the landmarks etc. The concept for this story is unique. There are many people who do not like this book, and many say it is not his best work. I agree it is not at his best, but I still enjoy it. Some of my friends say that it is "far fetched." My response? This is a work of fiction, in the horror and suspense genre, it is supposed to be far fetched. If you want realism, then read non-fiction.
I've only listened to one other Stephen King novel (The Shining) and this one is far better.
Towards the end of the epilogue. I do not want to be more specific, because I would be giving away the ending!!
Eli Wallach is a master storyteller. Listening to him reminds me of listening to my grandfather tell me stories when I was a kid. His voice and method of delivery almost sounds like Burgess Meredith. I hope I come across other audio books read by Mr. Wallach.
Some books are better read than listened to. This is one of those books. This isn't one of Mr. King's better efforts but certain aspects of the book appeal to me. When I saw it available on Audible I thought I'd take the opportunity to listen to Eli W.'s reading. He did a fair job but as many others have commented before me, the music gets in the way.
Not for quite a while, the story is classic SK, but there are horrible sound effects added at inappropriate spots in the narration. This is distracting, and even irritating in some instances.
Ralph is the main character, he is the good guy! Then Lois plays a great companion and partner.
Main dislike is the corny and amateur music that was added at the most inappropriate places. Good plot and story, typical SK.
I would rate this 4+ except for the screwy music and sound effects. It's terrible and distracting. Te narration is good, just need to remove the sound effects.
I mostly enjoyed that all the criticism about the music was wrong. I kept waiting for the forecasted terror of music and it never came. The book wasn't up there as one of King's best. I'm glad he kept this one away from the aliens. I would rather a horror story that messes with you mentally than one from outer space.
I passed over choosing to listen to this book several times due to the many critics of the background music. The plot sounded interesting enough and I finally bought it and hoped I wouldn't be too disappointed. Be careful not to allow bad criticism to sway your mind. You need to make your own opinion. The music that so many have lashed out at is barely there. It very seldom occurs. Also, it was NOT too loud. Not even a single syllable was drowned out throughout the entire story. The story was done in stereo. Both ear budes or both sides of the headphones need to be used.
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