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 finished this book last week and I'm still thinking about it. The story is incredible and the narration is phenomenal. So sad it's over. I'm having "It" withdrawals.
A great thrill ride, even more so 20 some years later. The narrator is the supreme actor of all of the characters. He must have been exhausted at the end of each recording. Great energy and delivery. Sometimes seeing or hearing from an old friend can be disappointing, but this was even better than I remembered.
I read It as a paper book many years ago and decided to give the audiobook a try when it was recently on sale. I would have been happy to spend 2 credits on this book, it is excellent. Stephen Webber does a fantastic job with the voices, he really brings you into the story with his narration, and when he does the Pennywise voice he creep me right out! Well done and I would listen to this again, all 25+ hours of it.
I am a late Stephen King lover, but a lover no less. He makes people. He puts someone you know in an extraodinary situation. But what's more, he puts them in your head and then takes them on a macabre ride. While the words may never be topped, Steven Weber is the vehicle that makes the story come alive in a way that would NEVER have happened tn any other medium. He enriches the experience. He creates an expression that enhances the literary language in a way that becomes its own valued genre. I would kiss his head if I ever met him. MWAA!
This book is a definate read if you want more backstory on the antagonist of this book and want to know just how cold of a killer IT truely was.
Hearing about all of the killing IT commited that were ommited from the movie.
It is deffinately a lot more shocking!
Husband and Wife listeners -- he listens while driving or working outside -- she listens while knitting and crocheting.
"IT" is a truly exceptional story. Steven Weber's narration and characterizations make Kings prose move easily.
Like so many of King's stories there is no "one" thing I like best. King makes his characters real(this is why his tales are frightening.) Understanding the magic of childhood and the loss of leaving the magic behind is a consistant theme throughout this story. Reading "IT" is like looking at a painting by a master, where all the brushstrokes form an image that is only made complete by being explored by a viewer.
The reunion of Bill and Silver
I have enjoyed the audio edition of this work and haven't read the print version. I will say it was easy to follow for such a large book, and my appreciation of the story didn't suffer for listening to it instead of reading it.
The narrator's various voices bring clarity to the dialogue and make clear which character is speaking.
IT as read by this narrator is a great, long story.
The narrator is fantastic. I'm not sure the audio book would be memorable if the characters were all played with the same voice. The book is a little tedious in parts but still held my attention. Worth the credit.
I would absolutely recommend this reading. It's one of my favorite books and Weber's reading made it even better. I was floored by Weber's reading. In fact, I can't think of another audio book that has had such an emotionally charged and entertaining performance.
Stuttering Bill. When you listen to Bill's often painful stutter, Weber disappears entirely. It is amazing.
I've listened to quite a few audio books at this point, and this one is easily the best that I have encountered. It is a brilliant book, with an equally brilliant performance, and that is very rare.
I read this book a really long time ago and forgot how great it is. Steve did a wonderful job narrating.
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