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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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    D. Gibson FLORIDA, US 11-15-13
    D. Gibson FLORIDA, US 11-15-13
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    "It - follows me, heaps me!"
    What did you love best about It?

    The length, the depth, the history. The story spanned so much, it was like a history book made of cheese cake. Not topped with cherries, but eyeballs.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

    There are so many, the creature from the black lagoon, Penny Wise hanging out a window past his waste shooting, the "floating". It was all so horribly memorable.


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. King tapped a nerve in me with this book, then he yanked it out of me and stuck one end in a light socket. This book is horrifically marvelous.

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    Craig Robinson United States 11-08-13
    Craig Robinson United States 11-08-13 Member Since 2013

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    "This is IT..."
    Where does It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I've listened to The Stand, The Eyes of the Dragon and a few more of Kings stories. The Shining is first and this is #3 after the Stand.


    What other book might you compare It to and why?

    All Kings stories have detailed facts which are his unmistakably style, I can only compare King to King.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    I really can't choose any one character, Weber just did a GREAT job with all on them.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No way... I like to enjoy my books on a simple schedule, daily.


    Any additional comments?

    The n word is bad, but King is using real facts of life... I'll allow this use to that end.

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    brian 11-03-13
    brian 11-03-13 Member Since 2013
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    ""Down here, we all float.""
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would. The narration is excellent.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

    Pennywise, or when It takes on the Pennywise form.


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

    Excellent narration and voices for the characters.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Nope.


    Any additional comments?

    One of Stephen King's finest books.

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    N. Termini Los Angeles 10-31-13
    N. Termini Los Angeles 10-31-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Stephen Weber is a Tour de Force!"

    Wow! It's been a very long time since I've listened to as skilled a narrator as Stephen Weber. He breathes such emotion in to his reading that the story comes to life like few others audiobooks do. I've listened to many, many books and, dear listeners, you will not be disappointed. Grammy members need to nominate him for his performance.

    As for the story itself. This is one I thought I knew from 3rd party conversations as well as the mini-series that came out years ago. In short, this is not that. There is so much more to the story of "It". It is a wonderful story that will engross you whether you're young or old and have you reflecting on parts of your own life.

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    lyl nashville, tn, United States 10-12-13
    lyl nashville, tn, United States 10-12-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Best Narration of book I have heard this year"

    I read this book when it came out and gave it high marks, not so much for the story as for King's handling of the characters. There is no one better than King when kids' actions and dialog are being depicted .BUT, Steven Weber, as narrator, blew me away. Perfect pace and tone of voice for whatever level story needed at any given point. He actually scared me! I will be looking for other.books narrated by him.

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    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 10-03-13
    Amazon Customer Chicago, IL 10-03-13 Member Since 2009

    Emergency physician and fantasy nerd in Chicago.

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    "Very Long But Pretty Good"
    Where does It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Middle of the pack.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Richie, he's very funny and sort of indomitable.


    Have you listened to any of Steven Weber’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he does a good job. The one thing is that a lot of his narration is in a sort of "crazy" voice which can start to grate after awhile.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Ha, they have made several films of this book. I'll leave that up to the producers. Maybe, "Evil has no Name?"


    Any additional comments?

    This is a project to get through, you may find you have some credits stack up while you plow through this. It's good but REALLY messed up. A lot of King's stuff ends up being pretty simple in the end. Under the Dome has a pretty simple conclusion. Salem's Lot is about vampires that pretty much act like vampires. The Stand sort of has the Devil vs Good but it's not a complex struggle. There are scenes in this book that you almost can't finish and that make you want to stop reading. Their is an undercurrent of prepubescent sexuality that some (me) will find very disturbing as well. The character development is on par with any trilogy. Each person is basically a novella unto themselves. It's so long that you may find yourself dropping it for awhile and then coming back to it. It's clearly his magnum opus though and incredibly creative.

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    J. Reynolds Plant City, FL 10-03-13
    J. Reynolds Plant City, FL 10-03-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Awesome Narrator!!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of It to be better than the print version?

    I would say that the narrator, with his many unique voices for each character including IT's, makes the listening to IT better than reading it. You can feel all the emotions of each character. Each one is so different from each other. When I listen to the book I close my eyes and I feel like i'm there, one of the losers group, and experiencing the terror and triumph for myself. Excellent audio edition. Buy it now!!!


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    My favorite character has to be IT of course :-). Mr. Weber really comes through with the terror and horrifying voice. Had me shaking in my boots lol.


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    Yolanda M. Schroeder Nebraska 09-15-13
    Yolanda M. Schroeder Nebraska 09-15-13

    "Peanut'

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    "Love this book"
    Where does It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I am a huge fan of King and Steven Weber does a perfect job making a person feel every part of the story as if they were actually living it.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

    All of it.


    Which character – as performed by Steven Weber – was your favorite?

    Pennywise the Clown. Absolutely creepy


    Who was the most memorable character of It and why?

    Stuttering Bill


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King and Pennywise are the two reasons I hate clowns to this day.

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    J. List US 09-12-13
    J. List US 09-12-13 Member Since 2014

    Disenchanted

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    "Better than I imagined!"

    I am a Stephen King fan. Those who denigrate King have probably not read his books seriously. Read this review without that lens; this review is based on Steven Weber's reading of the book. Every once in a while you get lost in a story, not because it's a great story, but because the telling is great. Let's not kid ourselves, IT is a classic gory thriller. Blood streams in rivers and death flows in fountains. I think if anyone else would have read this book, it would have not been as good.

    That's what makes this book creepy.

    Things that shouldn't happen end up happening anyway. The order of events seems wrong, until you hear it, then you know it could never have been any other way. You will find yourself sitting there wondering where the story is meandering now, only to be shocked to figure out where it went.

    Steven Weber has a way of speaking that suites the wandering narrative that is the story of IT. Maybe something should be different, but you'll never put your finger squarely on it. Something just seems wrong in the town of Derry. Maybe Stephen King will one day reveal that this is an autobiographical story, that he is Bill. Maybe we'll never know.

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    T. L. Thomas 09-04-13

    Mom, wife, attorney and aspiring writer. Absolutely love a good mystery or suspense novel.

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    "Still scary 30 years later"

    I read this book when it first came out and bought the audio book on a whim. I was not expecting the book to terrify me as it did the first time I read it. Steven Weber is an excellent narrator and I will definitely be looking for more audio books narrated by him. Still an awesome story all these many years later and great performance by Mr. Weber.

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