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It | [Stephen King]

It

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Amy 10-29-14
    Amy 10-29-14 Member Since 2014

    Amy Rose Banks

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    "Wow!"

    Just when you thought a great story couldn't get any better they hire Steven Weber to narrate it. Amazing! Well done *insert applause*.

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    Jaralobos Salt Lake City 10-28-14
    Jaralobos Salt Lake City 10-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "I couldn't stop listening"
    If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

    Totally messed up


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how well we knew the characters.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    He was able to do every voice really well.


    Who was the most memorable character of It and why?

    Pennywise, too evil.


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    deborah henderson Sparks, NV United States 10-26-14
    deborah henderson Sparks, NV United States 10-26-14
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    "Get ready for some nightmares"
    If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

    Creepy. Surprising. Brilliant.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The story is shocking, surprising, filled with anticipatory dread. And yet somehow, I completely understand what the characters feel, fear, and want. It's like S.K. looked into the heart of children, and the child inside adults, and then mixed in a nightmare. Holy cow.


    What does Steven Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    This reader is INCREDIBLE. I rarely tell other people about how great a reader is, but I have with Mr. Weber. He isn't just reading the story. He is living it for us. The fear, the shortness of breath, the wit.


    Any additional comments?

    I held off getting this book, because I thought, "Yeah, sure, clowns are creepy. Cliché. This is so different than I thought. It is brilliantly written, brilliantly read.

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    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-13-14
    dragonrider2007 Hershey, PA 10-13-14 Member Since 2015

    An avid reader that has run out of time to read and has turned to audiobooks to get his daily bookworm fed.

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    "Not As Scary As You Would Think"
    What did you love best about It?

    Pennywise surprisingly, I felt he was just the right amount of scary without being ridiculous or over the edge.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked how the story unfolded with both the present and past running parallel revealing each part of the story.


    What does Steven Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    His voices for each character were great as well as his inflections.


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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 10-08-14
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 10-08-14 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "Amazing Story"

    This is my favorite King novel so far. The great character development with a plot that you can follow. Leaves you hanging on for more when it switches directions and always brings you back. I just loved it.

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    BrotherDave NC 09-29-14
    BrotherDave NC 09-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Does IT Ever End?"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Steven Weber?

    No


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    95% of the verbiage is irrelevant to the plot.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Hard to say. I don't think I had a favorite.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    The same feeling you get when saying "meh."


    Any additional comments?

    If you're the type of person that enjoys taking incessant detours on a trip from point A to point B, then this is the book for you. Seriously, the book is 95% irrelevant detail as it relates to the plot. Evidently (according to most of the reviews) folks like that sort of thing. Not my thing. As for it being "scary" or suspenseful, the only fear IT generated for me was the fear that the book would never end. Seriously. I hate to be this critical; obviously King has an unsurpassed talent for descriptive writing, but the superfluous detail in IT is beyond measure. If you're on the fence on this, my suggestion is keep on looking. I enjoyed the Mitch Rapp series by Vince Flynn, The Kydd series by Julian Stockwin, Daemon and Kill Decision by Daniel Suarez.

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    BW Kermadecs Nevada, USA 09-25-14
    BW Kermadecs Nevada, USA 09-25-14
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    "Audio version adds a new level of enjoyment"

    I've always loved It and have read it nearly once a year over the last decade or so. The story is so dense, with great care and development given to the characters and settings. The kids' stories as well as the folk tales from the town of Derry are rich, interesting and compelling. All of the main characters are likeable and one can't help but develop a rapport with them as they progress throughout the story. My favorite aspect of It is how the narration changes tone to match with the character(s) it focuses on. There's also the way in which the glamours that It wears to frighten each character are more a reflection of their inner fears and malice, while the true form of It is ancient, almost more distinguished than its guises.

    The only faults with It are perhaps that it contains TOO much information, and with it, unnecessary characters. For instance Audra, Bill's wife, doesn't add very much to the story and it feels like her part was shoehorned in to create tension, which really didn't need to be there as the book is already packed with tension. Same with Bev's husband, Tom. Although Bev's escape from him is a great part of the story, he ultimately becomes a threat that doesn't amount to much. I felt Henry and his friends could have also been handled better. Their antagonism is sometimes unbelievable, gets very tiresome and, in the end, doesn't amount to much either. It would have been great if one or more of them had more of an arc. It would have been interesting to see if they would been capable of siding with the Losers against It.

    Listening to the audiobook was a great experience. I've always thought Steven Weber did an awesome job as Jack Torrance in the miniseries of the Shining, and he does a wonderful read of It. He has a pleasant voice that's easy to listen to for the whopping 45-hour duration, but he also has a great sense of enthusiasm as he throttles up to near-screams during the exciting parts. His hilarious, yet disturbing portrayal of the cackling old lady Beverly encounters during her return to Derry is the one of the high points of his narration. Also loved his handle on the many different accents present in the story, mostly those of Richie Tozier's characters. He also did a brilliant job with Bill's persistent stutter: it can be difficult to listen to at first, but you get used to it after a while. It's quite apparent he worked hard to make this an authentic, entertaining reading of this very long book and I would love to hear more audiobooks performed by Weber.

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    Lydia D. Manning SC 09-08-14
    Lydia D. Manning SC 09-08-14 Member Since 2012

    gabelle3150

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    "3/4's done and can't listen to the end...."
    Where does It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    For the quality of the story is ranks pretty high. I love King's Novels and have waited a long time to have the time to enjoy IT. As for being an audiobook, I am disappointed. With all of my other listening through Audible I have a had great experiences, except for this one. About 4 hours from the end of the book my ipod would shuffle to the next track instead of continuing with IT, I tried just listening on ITunes to no avail it did the same thing. I am re-downloading it now in hopes that I will be able to finish the story I have so longed to enjoy.


    What does Steven Weber bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Weber is a great narrator and I think that he brings life to the story, brings you to a place in your imagination where reading the book may not have done the book justice. His inflections and his tones bring you into the story and makes you want more and more.


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    Jose Mejia 09-04-14
    Jose Mejia 09-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    ""It" was amazing."
    What made the experience of listening to It the most enjoyable?

    The narrator really brings the story to you, he draws you in deeper, you become the characters, and it is creepy as heck.


    Any additional comments?

    This would be my first review of an audiobook, I have been listening for a couple of years now. Stephen King takes the cake on this one. I have read most of his other books, but this one stands alone. I loved it, I liked the characters, and the story line, doesn't leave anything out and it gives you a nice conclusion to the story. I'm officially afraid of clowns again, thanks a lot Pennywise.

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    SuzieB 09-02-14
    SuzieB 09-02-14
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    "I just couldn't finish it"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Its repetitiveness. Over and over the fights between It and the children in the town. I found myself tuning out and hoping the chapter would end. I have never hit fast forward on a book and when I realized I spent more time wishing he would just get on with the story than actually enjoying it, I decided to stop reading it.


    Has It turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes, somewhat.
    I love Stephen King and THOROUGHLY enjoyed 11-22-63. But this book just became too monotonous and took too long to develop. My only regret is that I didn't put it down sooner.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Steven Weber’s performances?

    no


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


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