They were just kids when they stumbled upon the horror of their hometown. Now, as adults, none of them can withstand the force that has drawn them all back to Derry, Maine, to face the nightmare without end, and the evil without a name.
©1987 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin
"The amazingly prolific King returns to pure horror, pitting good against evil as in The Stand and The Shining. Moving back and forth between 1958 and 1985, the story tells of seven children in a small Maine town who discover the source of a series of horrifying murders. Having conquered the evil force once, they are summoned together 27 years later when the cycle begins again. As usual, the requisite thrills are in abundance." (Library Journal)
Many of King's audio books have been plagued by annoying and grating mood music, and at time poor narration. This is not the case for It.
Steven Weber does a fantastic job. So good, I might look for books he narrates even if the author is unknown to me.
The presentation is also clean and free from added music. If you have avoided King's books in the past due to a bad experience with this on a previous one, don't avoid this one.
As for the story itself (odd how the production has often taken the focus on these books, eh?), it is now one of my favorite King books. I found it more chilling than The Shining, and I was always anxious to get back into the car to hear more. Typically, I'll put the audio books on for just my commute, but I'd put It on for 10 minute trips to Home Depot.
Good book, good production. More than worth the monthly credit.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I read this book when it first came out so many years ago and loved it, but it wasn't my absolute fave King title. I saw the TV series/movie years later and thought.......well, they didn't do it justice and they changed too many things - disappointing. With my knowledge of the story and the memory of enjoying it but not "to die for" loving it, I downloaded the audio version simply to add it to my collection - then it got back-burnered for awhile. What a dope! I had no idea I was sitting on such an amazing work of art - the narration of Steven Weber has officially blown me away!! This is truly one of the best audio books I have in my library - it is incredibly long but I didn't want it to end! I have always admired King's talent but I can say without reservation that if King tried to narrate it himself, he couldn't hold a candle to Mr. Weber's performance on his best day. Wow. Wow. Wow!
I read this book when it was first released and loved it but as I have gotten older, I stopped reading King. I decided to give this audiobook a spin and am very glad that I did. It reminded me again that King is just better than I want to believe for some reason. Excellent story and an even better reading performance. The narrator actually does some pretty good impressions and his reading of Richie was very entertaining. All around a top-shelf audiobook and it just took it's place in my Audible top 10 list.
I know it's been 25 years since this book was published, and being an unapologetic Stephen King fan, I'm ashamed to admit I've never successfully tackled the book until now. I wish I hadn't waited so long. This is truly one of his most "complete" books. For such a thick tome, it unspools with frightening rapidity. I found myself listening not only in my car, but between the ramp where I park and the door of my office. The characters are unforgettable and fully-fleshed. I have only two (very) minor observations:
The 11 and 12 year old children depicted in the novel seem too well-spoken and unusually mature for children of that age. Perhaps I was stunted and thick as a child, but I never spoke like the kids in this book do.
The narrator very precisely and completely reproduces all the nuances of "Stuttering Bill's" dialogue. After a few hours, I found this slightly irritating. It's the sort of thing you'd blast through when actually reading the novel, but you're forced to listen to every syllable in the audibook.
But these are VERY minor quibbles and should not detract anyone from this immensely enjoyable and satisfying book.
The crowning achievement of this audiobook is the narration. Steven Weber is simply phenomonal. I don't think I can point to another reader who does such an admirable job of conveying humor, gravitas, urgency, and outright fear as well as Mr. Weber. I've enjoyed his career as an actor and his narration of this lengthy tome only serves to grow my admiration for him.
If you're a King fan and an audiobook fan, this title is a "Must-Have."
Steven Webber does a marvelous job of not just narrating the book, but bringing all the various characters to life. Like King's "The Body" (the story Stand by Me was based on) IT takes me back to memory of wonderful and dangerous childhood days.
An abridged version.
Goes into details the reader doesn't care about.
I probably wouldn't have finished the book if it weren't for him reading it.
About 50 or 60% of the book.
This book really needs an abridged version. The full story could be told in 10 hours or less. King goes into WAY to much detail. I don't need to know every time a character picks his/her boogers. Just get on with the action.
I can't believe I am as old as I am and have never read anything by Stephen King. Well I would have to say the wait was worth it. This book was fantastic. The narration could not be better. I have listened to and read many "thrillers" and not one had me actually scared. The way the story was told kept me wanting more. This may have been my first but it certainly won't be my last. Can't wait for the next one.
I read this when I was younger and unable to appreciate the fact that "some things you are able to do when you're 12, you can never do again." Pedophile themes run rampant as do the dirty secrets of a small suburban town, and of course there are horrific elements, as in much of King's work. But, at it's core, it is a tale of childhood friends uniting and then reuniting over tragic circumstances. The characters are rich and multi-faceted. The plot is compelling and intricate. Unlike many of King's books, particularly those of late (I'm looking at you, Under the Dome), which are in need of a more harsh editor, no page of this book is dull or without punch. IT is well worth taking the time to read, and it is even more chilling to listen to than to read in print.
This is a Steven King classic for sure. It a truly scary tale with lots of details and the narration is totally awesome! This is the best combination of a great story teller and a very talented narrator that I can recall. Go get this book!
The book is excellent in its own right. The fact that it is long just prolongs the enjoyment (as anyone who knows the sadness of finishing a masterpiece can attest). Then, along comes Steven Weber who far exceeds expectations from a narrator. He ranks up there with Scott Brick and George Guidall, to name a few. Brilliant.
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