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)
I was able to lose myself in this book. Compelling characters and a gripping story. I have listened to 64 audiobooks in this past 12 months and this is the best narrating performance I've heard. Thank you Mr. King and thank you Mr. Weber.
Fun scary charming
It reminds us that our imagination is vital to our survival especially as an adult.
Steven Weber is the best performer of audio books I've ever listened to. Just outstanding! It's the first time I have heard him but it won't be the last. He has such range of emotion and excellent characterization; I completely forgot it was just one person reading it.
"Just when you thought it was safe to get back in the sewer..."
I am constantly on the road and a voracious reader, so audiobooks are a must!
This is the book that made us all fear clowns forever. Steven Weber does an excellent job capturing the melancholy, fear, terror, and horror that is this book. He is excellent as the individual members of the Losers' Club, and terrifying as the contemptuous horror that is Pennywise.
Stephen King truly captures the child's primal fear of clowns and brings it to a whole new level for adults. Arguably one of his best works, this tale reminds the reader of the power that fear and imagination and belief can hold over one's life. It is a tale of friendship, of loss, of grief, of revenge. It tells of an unspeakable horror with nothing but contempt for humanity living under the streets of Derry, Maine. And it tells of what happens when a group of friends, bound by circumstance, stand together and believe they can do anything.
If you've never read this book, remedy that immediately. Stephen King is a master storyteller and tells a masterful story with this book.
very good story scary as s--t and a great narrtor the a little long but it was still very good
Not my most favorite King story (The Shining and The Gunslinger are more my speed), but still a pretty good one. They finally got a good King narrator (I missed Frank Muller), so I look forward to hearing more books narrated by George Guidall.
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
While I thought this was a great stephen king novel on one level, it very unforturnatly has a couple of large draw backs that cant be overlooked. Firstly let me say that I like very long books, but their are times when that length is a resault of overstreatching the storyline beyond reason, and Im VERY sorry to say that this is surly the case with this novel. Im very sorry to say this because Ive come to love stephen king books and this would have been one of the best had it contained itself within the parameters of the story. Unfortunatly it has been streatched to the point of breaking. The overall cadence of the story was ruined.
The ending is so utterly and ridiculously over-stretched that the last three hours seem to make up the very end of the book. I would bet that king didn't want it to end. I think he was so in love with his characters that he didn't want to let them go. . So... am I saying you should pass this one by? No.... Not really. it is surly credit worthy and it is a great story and the narration is utterly fantastic,in fact, if it wasn't for the narration forgetaboutit. Just keep in mind it is really long winded at times.
I cant blame king for this never ending story, you get so into these characters that many readers will have just as hard a time letting them go as he did.
I happened to come across a very old 1980's vcr copy of the made for tv movie of the story the day after I finished the book- WIERD eh! It was really, really bad. Dont buy it!
I can't say since I didn't read it, but I can't see how it could get better. Steven Weber is in my opinion after listening to 35 audio books, the best narrator I've heard by a long shot. He was completely awesome...... Every character was spot on. You never had to wonder which character was talking. The book was fantastic and Steven Weber just made it that much better.
Of course Bill was my favorite because he was the hesitant leader of the crew. He never asked for the title, but he embraced it the way any natural leader does.
Georgie is my most memorable character. You'll understand as you listen. He's a huge source of Bill's strength and drive throughout the book. Also, the way Steven Weber says
The combination of a really great book and Steven Weber's reading of
I loved this book as a kid, and was afraid it might have lost something over the years, but it has lost nothing. The book tells a fantastic story that you don't ever want to walk away from. There are some real scares and chills in the story.
Steven Weber's narration is great, he is dead on with all the characters. He does what a great narrator is suppose to, he makes me forget he is there and just get drawn into the characters.
If I'm not reading, I'm listening.
Yep! Although the print version made a big impression on me when I read it 24 years ago.
The development of the characters at two different points in time.
Only as an actor-and he's a GREAT actor
Richie Tozier. I think he would keep me laughing.
Steven Weber brought these characters and all of the peripheral characters to life. He doesn't just read the book, he acts it. The characters breathe.
He was extraordinary. As an actor, a reader, a performer... Listen, I liked this story since it's release many years ago, and was afraid that the narrating wouldn't be up to the level of the voices in my head. Steve exceeded every hope.
Cry, yes. Cringe (when I should have), yes. Want more Steve in good books, yes.
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