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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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    Montilee Royal Oak, MI, United States 03-28-13
    Montilee Royal Oak, MI, United States 03-28-13 Member Since 2010

    Just this fox who plays export analyst by day and horror writer by night.

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    "IT like you've never read"

    3/28/13

    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.

    2/5/13

    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.

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    Peter J. Macdonald Lindenhurst, IL USA 03-28-13
    Peter J. Macdonald Lindenhurst, IL USA 03-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Superlative job by the reader"
    Where does It rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The suspense building throughout the story matches my original reading.


    What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

    He was able to recreate the voices of all the characters with stunning precision.


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    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 03-25-13
    Bob Norcross, GA, United States 03-25-13
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    "Fantastic Book"

    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.

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    Jessica CHICKAMAUGA, GEORGIA, United States 03-24-13
    Jessica CHICKAMAUGA, GEORGIA, United States 03-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Good but, TOO LONG!"

    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!

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    Allyson 03-24-13
    Allyson 03-24-13
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    "Fantastic narration!"
    If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

    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!!


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


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

    Tough choice between Pennywise and Big Bill.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    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.


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    Douglas A. Payne NC 03-17-13
    Douglas A. Payne NC 03-17-13 Listener Since 2007
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    "Fantastic Narration"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Victoria Pocono Manor, PA, United States 03-16-13
    Victoria Pocono Manor, PA, United States 03-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "OMG!!!"

    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.

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    Scott 03-12-13
    Scott 03-12-13 Member Since 2011

    Picnic

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    "This is the guy from Wings?"

    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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    Steve Rochester, New York, United States 03-11-13
    Steve Rochester, New York, United States 03-11-13
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    "Good Book, Great Narration"
    Would you listen to It again? Why?

    I would listen to this again because of the narration. The actual story is excellent, however the narration was the best I've ever heard.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of It?

    The narration during It's perspective.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The last 200 or so pages. The ending was very entertaining.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole thing.


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    Jason Sandy, UT, United States 02-24-13
    Jason Sandy, UT, United States 02-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "amazing!"

    I will first start out with saying that Steven Weber ties with Frank Muller for me for my favorite narrator. Steven Weber makes these characters come to life! I find myself wanting to listen to it again just because I enjoyed his narration so much.
    That aside, the story is also amazing, king does such a great job in capturing how children think. I found myself laughing at some of the things that were said or the way they would think because I thought that same thing when I was a kid. It is a great story, some parts are disturbing but that comes with the territory. Don’t let the 45 hours scare you away from this great book, Steven Weber makes it go by like a cool summer breeze, and when it is over you find yourself wanting more.

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