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 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.
"It" was published when I was in high school, and was probably the first hardcover book I ever bought. I loved this book as much as I loved other Stephen King efforts, like Carrie and Salem’s Lot. When I saw that the book was finally in audio form, I didn’t think twice, I grabbed it up immediately.
Time and exposure to other works have changed my tastes to a degree, and I think "It" suffers a little due to its length. King’s writing in this story seems a little self-indulgent, and he spends time fleshing out story lines that an editor might remove from a book written by a writer with less clout. Some plot lines, which have been mentioned in other reviews, did not seem necessary upon my first reading of the book, (and still don't), but the story remains thoroughly engrossing.
As a general rule, I do not give the narration much thought, unless it is very bad, or very good. However, I think any review of this production has to mention Steven Weber’s brilliant work. His characterizations were superb, and he conveyed a great range of emotions, from joy to panic, with power and clarity without going over the top. I see this as a four star story with a six star narration, hence the five star rating.
I First read IT twenty Years ago. Being blind, I read it In audiobook form. So, I was listening very carefully to This new audio version. Well friends and Neighbors, It does Not disappoint! In fact, its actually better; if that is at all possible. Don't miss this one.
I was waiting for this one to finally come to audio book form, and it was not disappointing at all. The narrator did a great job and the story is as great as when I first read it in the 90's. Definitely one of kings best novels and one of my favorites.
This is the first book I read by Stephen King many, many years ago. Listening to it this time, made it even more terrifying and delicious! Great narrator.
If I were to rate this book on it's aspects as a horror novel, I would give it a 4 out of 5. At times I found myself more drawn to how it covered childhood friendships. There is one chapter that just ruined it for me since it's participants were children ages 10 to 11. I don't think anyone could write about a Gang Bank and make it at all tasteful when it involves children.
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