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 loved Weber when he narrated The Shining and he does a fine job here as well but each character King writes seems to lie flat and be very one sided, except for the character "It". At first I was endeared to Bill's stuttering but then it just becomes annoying once you get to part 4 (not sure if that is Weber's fault or King's), the kid Richie I would like to see killed off by part 2 because his "sense of humor" is plan idiotic and won't shut up. Also, King has a way of going off on these tangential storylines that do nothing to embellish or enhance the story. I made it only half way thru part 4 and gave up.
I really forgot how bad this book is. I Love Stephen King but I must say this is THE worst book he has ever written. (Although I am not a fan of the "Dark Tower" series either...but George Guidall reads those and you can't get better than that!) It has some of the really great touches that all of King's writing has but... it really sucks! It's a lot of material for one credit but.... it's still not worth it! No disrespect to Stephen Weber as the Narrator.
Audiobooks allow book nerds like me to venture out in public and keep "reading."
This book was very good - dragged in places but it was a solid 4...I'd like to give it a 5 just for Steven Weber. That man is AWESOME at narrating books. I'd spend a credit to hear him narrate the phone book!
This is a great combination of a terrific story and a terrific narrator. IT follows parallel story arcs with the same group of people - first as 11/12 year olds and then 27 years later as adults. This is a great storytelling device King has used previously and it is put to very good use here.
On a personal note it was very effective as I read IT the first time over 20 years ago when I was 14 or 15 and I loved it then. Re-"reading" it now as an adult was fascinating as I empathized more with the adults in the story than the kids, but it was great fun both times.
This is one of my favorite books of all time - very scary but King puts in plenty of laughs throughout to keep it moving along. Frankly the biggest surprise in the audio version is what a great narrator Steven Weber is. It brought the book to life in a way I didn't think possible.
Definitely not for children or the faint of heart, but do listen and you will not be disappointed!
This is one of Kings best works by far. The narrator takes some time to get used too. but after a few hours, you wouldnt want anyone else to read this for you.
I have been waiting for twenty years for this book to come out on tape. Well no longer tape now an I-Pod. It was worth waiting for. Steven Webber is fantastic. He leaves Frank Muller and David Case far behind. I have NEVER listened to a book read this well. You have to experience for yourself. As for the book it (pardon the pun) is King's best. Thank you Steven Webber to bringing it to life and yes it was well worth the wait to have it done right. I'm only allowed to give it five stars. Even 10 wouldn't have been enough.
I have more audiobooks than I can count and I can honestly say that Weber is, by far, the best narrator I have ever heard!!! I sometimes forgot that it was one person reading the whole book. Each character was recognizable just by their voices. That is saying a lot. I sometimes get lost in audio books because I am not sure who is talking. I could write a five page review just on Steven Weber. Suffice it to say, this should be your "must have" book in your library. Between Kings great storytelling and Weber's narration, this is sure to please everyone.
I've always said that Stephen King is a master storyteller, and this fact becomes most evident in a classic like this one. Out of the many books King has written, I have many I adore. However, if pressed, my two favorite books are "The Stand" and "It".
Having the opportunity to listen to this book was thrilling for me. Steven Weber did a GREAT job, and even though I've read this book at least three times over several decades, and I knew most of what was going to happen, I was still riveted.
This is mostly a story about what it's like to be young. Yes, the kids in the story have an epic battle on their hands to fight the infamous clown "Pennywise". However, what strikes me most about the story is how well King writes about what it feels like to be a kid. His description of play, thoughts, problem-solving for a bunch of 11 years olds is right on.
There are some intense parts of this book, and it's not for the faint of heart. But it's a GOOD book, and one I would recommend to anyone, regardless of what their "usual" taste might be. King's "It" could give Dickens a run for his money.
I have been an Audible subscriber for 5 years, so have heard more than 60 narrators. Steven Weber brings each character to life and gives this story a depth and vitality that generally can only be experienced when reading a book yourself and you apply your imagination to the story. The narration makes this book worth every minute and every penny. Thank you, Steven Weber.
If you do not get this book you are missing out! The narrator kills in hiss performance, I think i would enjoy the dictionary read by this guy. Oh yea the story is really good also. I have been a member quite a while now and no other audio book even comes close to this one. I promise you wont be disapointed.
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