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)
At some point I probably will, Steven Weber really brought the characters to life.
This was the first Stephen King book that I ever read. I was in middle school when I read this book and found my favorite author. I think I liked this story because I could relate to some of the characters, and because when I read this book the first time the monsters could still hide under the sheet and kids still had the magic to destroy the monsters. Now the monsters fly passenger jets into buildings or kill their families and eat their bodies because they think God told them to, as the 10 o'clock news keeps reminding us. I didn't have time to read this book again so I got it here at Audible and it was great to relive this story again. The only problem I had was the reading of stuttering Bill's part, it could g-g-get so irritating having to listen to that on and off for 44+ hours.
Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.
This book became my constant companion at work and in the car for a few months and I was sorry (yet a little grateful) to hear it end. It really is a roller coaster of a book. I've read the book (with my eyes, don'cha know) more than a few times, but like The Talisman, I knew there were parts I was skimming just from poor reading habits and an over-anxious drive to see what comes next). Steven Weber makes this long, terrifying book so compelling I need to meet this man and give him kisses. Many, many kisses.
Yes, this is King in 1986 and his background into Derry can sometimes feel like padding, but when finished, one can take a step back and see all of the broken parts of that blackened little town and understand the whole of the wrongness that existed. It's worth the journey and the side trips and circle loops, and it's certainly worth the uncomfortable squirming.
I know the reasons King wrote some of the scenes the way he did, but knowing doesn't make it any easier to listen. Horror is supposed to make you uncomfortable, to take you out of that place you feel safe and show you things you'd rather not see, make you think about things you'd rather didn't exist. Yes, it's necessary and it might make you a little sick, but without that visceral response, it wouldn't be as memorable. The itself story has the usual King foibles - detailed, weird jumps in time, "interludes" however in a case like It, they're necessary. If written today, maybe this would have been serialized like The Green Mile, but it would not have had the same impact.
No sense in going through what the story is about, just know that the audio version is top notch and Steven Weber is an amazing narrator who gave exuberant life to all of the characters. There were no small characters in the book according to Mr. Weber, and I was glad for it.
I was recently taking a quiz on this book and for as many times as I've read it, there were things I just didn't remember. It bothered me.
So I grabbed it from Audible and Steven Weber is reading, and I've got 44 hours of horror and bliss and wonder ahead of me.
I will never not love this book.
I would rank this 9.9/10 . This is one of Stephen King's most frightening stories and it has been superbly rendered by the reader.
The suspense building throughout the story matches my original reading.
He was able to recreate the voices of all the characters with stunning precision.
This is one of the best Audible Books that I have purchased. Stephen King is a masterful writer that keeps you in suspense, though out this book that is around 46 hours on Audible. The performance is incredible. This is a must have for anyone that likes Stephen King.
The narrator did a great job. he was one of the best that i have ever head. But the book on the other hand was just too long. I felt like he could of said what he wanted in much fewer words!
SCARIER AS ADULT! I read this book when I was a teenager and it was scary then, but it's much scarier as an audiobook when listening as an adult. Pennywise has a VOICE!!
The narration was truly superb. Stephen Weber did such a wonderful job with Big Bill's stutter and his enthusiasm in the action portions made my heart race even more.
Tough choice between Pennywise and Big Bill.
There are so many philosophical nuances I'm sure I didn't remotely understand as a kid that added to the story as an adult listener.
Steven Weber takes King's detailed world and makes it shine with such a wonderful performance. Weber's talent with the naration, the sheer diversity with which each character is given, makes this book come alive. Probably one of King's most memorable works, it certainly holds a high spot in my all time favourites, and this production was thoroughly enjoyable.
I read this book year's ago, in paperback. Can't believe how much detail I forgot, but then again, the unabridged version just has so much more to offer. For those of you who don't know, this story is a coming of age story, with a few magical twists we Stephen King fans are used to, and love. Aside from the storyline, Steven Weber, the narrator, was fantastic! He brought so much energy to the book, and it was great listening to his variety of voices as he became each character. If you choose to get this audio book, and it truly is a worthwhile one full of entertainment, be prepared to commit to a long sit, as it is typically longer than others I've listened to, and in fact, may be the longest. Still, it was engaging, and I don't think you'll be disappointed.
First Bronson Pinchot blows my mind with On Stranger Tides and now Steven Weber absolutely destroys with his work reading this book. They have very different styles. Pinchot doesn't really do accents or "voices" as much as he does characters. There's serious acting talent on display in some of the books he's read. Weber does accents when necessary but his power is in story-telling, and its a power that should come with a big S on his chest. Amazing.
I have never been a big King fan, although I loved The Stand, but this book changed my opinion on the author. I'm on to Tommyknockers.
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