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 listening to books on tape for over 20 years. Starting with audio tapes, then CD's and now downloads.
I thought the characters were well developed. They were complex and interesting. Not simple characters ( I do not think I would want to hang out with most of them) but you see they are have both a good and bad side. The Evil character is very chilling and goes to the depths of our fears when we were children. The bullies are great and very mean. They probably created as must anxt as the main evil character
the Shining grabs many of the Archetypes and causes the same type of anxiety as many of these characters draw. Dreamcatcher touches on the caring and committment to one another as the characters in this book have
the main hero, Stuttering Bill
The caring and sacrafice many of the characters show each other
I had just read this book within the year but the reader did such a good job I could not stop listening to it
This is my third book from Stephen King and the narration by Steven Weber definitely make this book stand out. I liked the story and the narration that makes the characters memorable
I loved the way Richie was handled by Steven
No, but will definitely look forward for his narration now
The book was good in general, but nothing that was emotionally moving...
suspenseful, unexpected, dark
the stand, King has the ability to create a uniquely dark world where everything seems normal until the heart of the story begins to slowly emerge.
well read, very animated at times
It by far has been the best audiobook I have listened to thusfar. What a treat! No credit was wasted with this purchase! Steven Weber's narration is spectacular, and truly brings this story to life. Listening to this on long drives during the night added to the suspense. I found myself getting uncomfortable more often than not anytime Pennywise made an appearance. Normally books dont bother me, or creep me out, but listening to It did and I had already read the book, and knew what was coming. I cant rave about the narration enough.
I've been a SK fan since I was 12, but "It" had never ranked in even my top ten of my favorite works by him until I heard it in audiobook. "It" is admittedly a horror book, but it absolutely withstands the standard rule of thumb for SK books: The longer it is the better it is. "It's" moments of horror are well spaced out between wonderful moments of kids being kids and a study on friendship (as much of SK's books involving children are). The moments of horror are in classic SK fashion, gruesome but so artfully rendered that you're willing to keep reading.
For SK fans this is an excellent lynchpin in understanding what Derry is and why it is the way that it is. Definitely part of Stephen King's larger universe. (One of his most recent books, 11-22-63 has a nice nod to Derry and the events of It).
The only down side about this book is the narrator. Most of the time he's just fine, but I find that at certain moments he's too over the top for me. You can really hear the horror of the characters as if it were his own and for me, I prefer a step back.
Another thing that is worth mentioning, the telling of the story is nonlinear. It doesn't go from point A to point B, it alternates between telling the story from when the characters were 11 and 25+ years later when they're adults. There is also multiple threads to keep track of and weave together. It starts by telling each adult's story of who and what they are in their adult lives and doesn't bring them together until at least 1/3 of the way through the book. As kids, different vignettes take place with different sets of characters, and we're introduced to each child's first experience with It too. There are also moments when we jump back in Derry's history to other incidents related to It. Really, this is all pretty standard SK narrative, but if you're new to his work, its worth mentioning.
Overall, a great story, nothing about it I disliked other than a few brief moments with the narrator. This is one of the books in my library I listen to over and over again.
Why ever would I do that?
This book was downright creepy as in repulsive. Couldn't get very far into it even though I was looking forward to a great read!
This would be number 2 all time, Sandwiched between The Passage by Justin Cronin at #1 and 11/22/63 by Stephen King.
The first chapter. It shocks you into understanding, this is going to be a freaky ride.
Pennywise the Clown, just down right scary.
Like every guy that does this review, it would have to be Bev.
Long listen, but definitely worth the time. I read 11/22/63 before this book and it referenced Derry Maine. When I saw the town that It took place in was Derry Maine I just had to revisit the town and it was definitely worth the time.
It is a massive chronicaling of the town of Dairy, Maine through the eyes of a group of children. In my opinion, the plot takes a back seat to the charater and world development. This is totally acceptable since listening to the narrator Steven Weber is a real treat.
The narrator was simply incredible. Weber adds a whole new level to the listening experience. His voice for "it" is just pitch-perfect disturbing. Every character line is so fluid and believable as he adds sighs, laughter, and voice inflection. Simply a joy to listen to.
One of the better read Stephen king books I've listened to. I love the way Stephen King does charaters in his story, if your like this , then you'd like this listen, the reader makes the charaters come to life.
Many the showdown betwen Bev and her husband,,the fight between the boys and the "Wolfman" .
One of the better read Stephen king books I've listened to. I love the way Stephen King does charaters in his story, if your like this , then you'd like this listen, the Weber makes the characters come to life.
He doesn't do stutterers very well though.
Take a trip to Derry....
This is one case where I read the book, saw the movie, the movie sucked, the Book was so so. The Audiobook though is a great experience, if you never read this book or saw the movie, its worthwhile to listen to "it".
Stephen King is a craftsman with a beautiful literary voice. His words flow casually and perfectly, and culminate in so many brilliant phrasings... it's like he's nonchalantly tossing pearls in the air! I have been talking about his skill with friends, and I have been told that IT is one of his best works. I recommend IT strongly, especially since the reader, Stephen Weber, is also outstanding. Weber has an impressive vocal range, and he has the instinct and talent of a performer.... bringing an energetic cadence to sentences that you know others would read flatly. I think listening to Weber read brought more to the novel than my own mind would have, had I read it myself.
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