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)
Steven Weber is so good you forget it's an audio book and just fall in. Brought back all of the magic of reading this book for the first time. I didn't think a long book could translate so well to this medium. Highly recommended!
To me this book is a masterpiece of both King's Horror writings as well as audio book narration. If you are here, you know of King's awesome abilities and I will not waste time elaborating on this story, other than to say it is a must for any King fan that has never read it. The narration by Steven Weber is absolutely amazing and will keep you thoroughly entertained and horrified from beginning to end. Bravo King and Weber. I will most assuredly purchase more Weber narrations.
Great book! Steven Weber narrates the story just right. Don't take my word for it, buy the book, you won't be sorry :o)
It is easy to forget how talented Stephen King is based on (most) of the movies made of his books. IT is layer upon layer of an expertly woven story. Each of the characters is fully fleshed out with back story that weaves back and forth with current day. An excellent audiobook not only has a compelling story, but also a good reader. Steven Webber's style feels effortless. I was really impressed with his different voices and energy level.
Steven Weber provides a wonderful voice to King's giant cast of characters. He conveys appropriate emotion at appropriate points, without ever becoming a distraction. Wonderful narrator; I hope he does more work!
I enjoyed this very much. The story was full of suspense and very difficult to stop listening to it. I highly recommend it.
This was the BEST audiobook I've heard so far. The narration is phenominal and I actually will listen to it again! I've read the book a few times and loved it and the audio just brought it to life. Steven Weber is such an AWESOME narrator, he gets so into the book. I can't say enough good things about it.
Published in 1986, _IT_ is a novel that, at the time of writing, seemed to include of all King's interests and writing skills. _IT_ is a long novel about childhood, the loss of childhood, childhood fears, monsters, childhood power, and the realization that adults can be powerful, too. For men, _IT_ will ring very true in many ways by bringing back elements of their childhood: damming a river, building a clubhouse, discussions of which monster would win in a fight, and schoolyard bullies. Not as sweeping as _The Stand_ or as other-worldly as the Dark Tower series, _IT_ is still eminently satisfying. The language is vulgar and cruel because children can be vulgar and cruel, and as can adults. _IT_ is certainly a must read for Stephen King's fans, and this narration is a must listen for those same fans.
The narrator, Steven Weber, is very gifted and handles the numerous "voices" (if you've read _IT_ you know what I mean about Richie Tozier's voices) very well. Particularly pleasing is Weber's handling of the fact that Richie's "voices" are terrible when he is eleven and get better as he becomes a successful disk jockey. Weber maintains a tight rein on the narration throughout, rising to a hysterical pitch where appropriate and his voice is well nigh perfect for narration. The narration sounds the same throughout without changes of volume, with no discernible breaks. It would be hard to say who is the better narrator, John Lee or Steven Weber.
I read the book when it first came out in the 80's and thoroughly enjoyed it. Mr. Weber does an excellent job with a very difficult task. I really hope if they ever make an audiobook of "The Stand" that they get him to read it!
Too many characters. Too little substance. If you skip right to the 6th section, I would give IT a 5* rating.
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