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)
Je me souviens
Je suis entrée dans le monde de la littérature pour adulte avec du Stephen King. Après avoir lu une demi-douzaine de ses livres, j’ai passé à autre chose. Vingt ans plus tard, je redécouvre « It » sur Audible. À l’époque j’avais lu les 1200 pages en trois mois, aujourd’hui je l’ai écouté en une semaine.
Je me suis attachée aux personnages autant que je l’avais fait il y a vingt ans. On vient à les aimer comme un frère, une amie, un petit ami. Chaque lecteur va se retrouver en partie dans l’un ou l’autre des personnages (en espérant que ce ne soit pas en « It »…).
L’excellente narration de Steven Weber en fait une œuvre qu’on ne doit pas lire et surtout ne pas regarder (minisérie réalisée dans les années 1990), mais l’écouter.
Seul bémol, il y a parfois des longueurs, malgré tout « It » reste mon livre favori de Stephen King.
Et ne vous laissez surtout pas décourager par les 45 heures d’écoute car à la fin, vous allez en vouloir encore!
"It" is quite good, and in the hands of Steven Weber it is a joy to listen to. Weber is fantastic through all 40-some hours of this book, which is King's second-longest novel (a few pages shorter than the unabridged "The Stand").
The story itself is ambitious, with a large cast of characters and a plot that takes place in two time periods: 1958 and 1985. King basically decided to follow his seven main characters through childhood and adulthood, and to linger over each. If you think this takes a long time, you would be right. At some point you have to decide to ignore the false notes of dialogue (he indulges in Leave it to Beaver nostalgia when he writes about the 50s; the good guys have lots of corny lines), and just enjoy the arc of the story.
Without any spoiling, I will say that I was good with the story until right near the end, and one scene in particular just made me wonder what King was thinking; its unconscionable, frankly. I'm still amazed he thought it was a good idea. But, overall, I think "It" is a solid book, huge and satisfying and a great entertainment as an audio book.
I particularly the portions of the story set in the 60s,the kids are great characters.
Fast paced and very expressive, character voices keep you immersed in the story.
I know the book was written this way but the ubiquitous stuttering the reader did was horrible to listen to after the first 5 minutes. Choose another narrator if you want to listen to this.
The struggle each character had to over come.
the uniting together of different people with a common problem
I don't think I would want to read this book in one sitting maybe two or three.
I love the story except I think he doesn't have a clue when writing internal dialogue for black people. We don't go around ascribing ourselves as N_______
Was definitely a good one. There really wasn't anything I didn't like about this book. Great characters, voices, and story.
The story is good, but get's off slow as long stories like this often do. If it hadn't been for the reader's performance, i probably would have moved on to something else a long time ago. This is by far the best reading performance I've listened to, which is saying a lot since there are quite a few good readers out there.
I have always heard how terrifying It was to read, plus it is written by Stephen King. That in itself I thought I was guaranteed a good listen.
Unfortunately, I was mistaken. To sit through a book for 40+ hours, you should be gripped at least most of the time through. I had a hard time getting through multiple chunks of the storyline, and ended up fast-forwarding through bits, which I NEVER do b/c I hate to miss any of a story. But some parts were simply superfluous. Instead of being 40-something hours, it probably could have been written much better in 24 hours.
The performance was great. Mr. Weber got into the story, maintained good voices and appropriate emotional responses. For a book with a stutterer in it, I thought he did a great job with the acting of that particular voice. It did not bug me as it bugged other readers.
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I just.....well......really. A clown? That's what scared all of these children so badly? A clown? I could understand if the bad aura transformed into a clown as the target for one child, but that was it's primary form of terror? I just can't buy it. I truly wanted to be scared by the book, but when the primary terrifying forms are a clown, and later, a big spider, I just can't get past it. And I really wanted to. I hung in there for the entire mess just to see how it all panned out. Bits of it were interesting, bits were just gross, others disturbing, but the entire piece felt disconnected.
In the explanation of what "It" actually was, I was lost. There was mention of a Turtle, which I'm still unclear about, and the dark cloud with lights confused me. I'm not sure Mr. King wants us to know what "It" was, and I prefer resolution in my horror stories, especially ones where the story didn't make much sense the further I got into it.
Finally, I am glad I "read" it so I can say I did, but at the same time, it was much scarier when I didn't know what it was. I almost watched the movie on TV once, but it seemed silly to me. Maybe today's horror movies have ruined me for books? Based on my reaction to Salem's Lot by Stephen King (which I highly recommend) I think it was this story, not me.
I think Stephan King is a genius
The narrator does a wonderful job at using his voice to make it seem as if the characters are being read by different people.
Cujo. It is the simplicity of whats lurking there to scare you, that makes it a great book!
Ben Hanscom, because he sounds like he deserves a great big steak dinner after what he survived.
Perfect Halloween time audio!
I read this book when it first came out. It was a good, but very lengthy book. Steven Weber brings new life to the book by telling a story, not just reading us a book.
He read it like I imagined he characters in my head when I read it.
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