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)
There were a few things that just seemed out of place. I won't give anything away, but there were a few sexual encounters that were inappropriate given the characters' ages, and the ultimate encounters with "It" did not satisfy expectations.
No. Not satisfying considering it's length.
Good performance. Some of the characters' accents were annoying (and frankly sometimes cringe worthy), but I'm willing to concede that it might be the characters' themselves that are annoying.
Not really. Is there an abridged version out there?
Story depth, connections to childhood fears, multiple time sequencing
Blend of childhood and adult views of the same person
"It"... scariest voice ever
Yes but had to break it up... spellbinding
King knows how to play on our most basic fears. Alone in the dark...
King uses the history of Derry to set up this masterpiece of horror.
The burning of the black spot and the ax murder in the bar.
It is the perfect title, you cannot express what it was.
I'm a king fan, and this is one of his best.
I've been a big fan since I was young. I've read the book and watched the movie several times and decided that I wanted to listen to it as I was doing my commute. King has a way in this story of integrating past and present seamlessly. It never feels forced or contrived.
The characters in It are among some of my favorites in any of his books. They're all so perfectly flawed in ways that are very easy to relate to.
The storyline, itself, is creative and draws you in. While it's a little predictable at times, it's not in a way that you mind.
I just love Ben Hanscom. He was what made the story real for me. A quiet, unsung, hero.
I absolutely loved listening to Weber read this story. I wish he could read all of the books that I listen to. His pace was perfect and he really seemed to enjoy telling the story, instead of just going through the motions. He brought these characters to life for me, even more so than the movie did.
While I wouldn't say that I had any extreme reactions, I did catch myself listening really hard. I would get totally caught up in what was happening to these characters.
I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys a good story. Weber did such a great job in narrating and King isn't one of the most recognized writers of our time by happenstance.
Engineer, wife, audiobook addict. I live for those books that you just cannot put down.
I listened to this book because I really wanted to listen to 11/22/63 and a reviewer suggested that one should listen to IT first because of a parallel in the books in the City of Derry. (Now that I've listened to both books, I can assure you that one does not need to listen to IT to enhance the story in 11/22/63). I don't usually like horror books but I have to admit that this book really held my attention and kept me involved right until the end. Plus, I love how long it is. The bargain hunter in me really likes to maximize my entertainment hours for the credits. The best part of this audiobook, by far, was the narrator. There could be no better narrator for this story. He was perfection.
The entire story was memorable. It truly is a great book that keeps you invested from beginning to end and this one really did.
Steven Weber was the most amazing narrator that I could have ever imagined. His performance was nothing short of spellbinding. I really hope to listen to other recordings by Weber.
It was a scary book. I don't typically read horror books and I've never been a huge Stephen King fan. I couldn't listen to this at bedtime. I had to leave myself enough time to watch a sit-com or something to reset before going to bed so I wouldn't have bad dreams.
Great performance, excellent story if you like a good scary story. It's super long but Weber's performance combined with King's story-telling ability will keep you coming back.
The cast of characters, and the overall terror provided by the CLOWN!!!!
The overall plot with small flashback plots inter-weaved into the story.
He ability to project the characters thoughts/feelings.
The dog getting poisoned was just...no good...
Steven Webber gave an amazing reading/performance. I have tried, unsuccessfully, on several occasions, to make it through this book in print format. It is a long, extremely non-linear tale. Hearing it done in this amazing way made the story more gripping and interesting.
Scary. Kings monsters are scary, but the devil inside every day people is even scarier. the dark side of human nature was written in excellent detail and this story definitely kept me up at night.
I don't know why I keep reading these books, but I love them, and would recommend It.
No. Although the story was well written I don't know if I could sit through listening to all the hate that was going on in the book.
My favorite character started out as Ben. He seemed to be the most stable of the characters but towards the end of the book I liked Richie. Steven Weber performed all the voices of Richie pretty well
At some point I probably will, Steven Weber really brought the characters to life.
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