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)
Detailed, emotional, & riveting
It was just a good book. Very detailed and keeps you at the edge of your seat!
Great voices. Puts great emotion and feeling into his performance. To me, it sounds like I was listening to the movie.
Laughed a fair amount. Didn't like going into dark places for a while.
Oh My Suspense!
The final fight with "It" and how it flashbacked between 1958 and 1985; entwining past with present as the main cast of characters fight for their lives and the lives of all children in Derry.
No, I have not listened to any other of Weber's performances, with the exception of "The Shining" movie, I had never heard of him.
If it had not been over 40 hours long, I very easily could have listened to this in one sitting.
... but it wasn't. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed this book. There is friendship, adventure, suspense, mystery, horror and great story telling. But by the car must have run out of fuel towards the end. Not a dissatisfying ending, just a little weak. There is also a questionable scene involving minors, but that did not bother me that much.
Recommendation: If you don't mind the lenght of the book and you are looking for a good story, it is worth a read.
This story is phenomenal, and if you're in for the challenge of 40 hours (the book's over 1000 pages, I think) then it is absolutely fabulous. Length is really my only complaint. Fantastic talent in narrators, compelling story, and lots of moments where you think hard about your own views on your childhood.
I personally don't think I've given King nearly enough credit for being the talented author he is. I've loved both of the audiobooks I've listened to thus far (seriously, listen to Carrie. super short and SUPER good.)
Say something about yourself!
This is my second time to read this book. I read it the first time when it was published and loved it. It is one of my favorite SK books. I won't take the time to review the story here. What I want to say is that Steven Weber is magnificent as the narrator on this book! I enjoyed this so much more with his excellent voices and inflections. Well worth the credit!
I feel like I will never finish this book. He goes into what I feel that is too much mundane details that cause the chapters to last forever and I don't think it is needed in order to add to the story. I would like to know how it ends, but I don't know if I have the patience, and Audible and the iPhone do not help much, chapter disappear and then I have do download them again, and then when I finish a chapter, the next chapters I have not heard are gone and it starts back on chapters I have already agonizingly listened to. I think some of the problem comes from it being such a long book having so many chapters. Read it as an actual book and not on an audiobooks so you can skip ahead easily and not have to listen to parts twice.
Vintage Stephen King. I read this book years ago and when the audio book was made available on sale, I purchased it. It is a gripping story. Definitely not for children, on many levels. If you are a Stephen King fan, this is better than most. But beware, it is difficult to listen to. Very suspenseful, and graphic at times.
Steven Weber's performance. I've listened to a lot of audio books over the years and I've never heard a narrator as good as Steven Weber.
Best King ever!
Well, Pennywise, of course. He's scary and creepy but very wise, sarcastic and funny too.
Steven Weber should be the only person allowed to read audiobooks. He's that good. He brings every character to life, his performance is just amazing.
Well, 44 hours is a little long... I'd need a week off!
To me, "It" is the best Stephen King novel. I read it many years ago but from now I'll stick with the audio version.
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.
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.
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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