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.
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"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 like to think I'm pretty desensitized and can handle whatever an author might throw at me- be it dead babies, savage murders, etc. However, I admit there were a few parts of this book that I had to fastforward a little because it reached something in me I didn't want to face. This book is very long and though the mini-series shows a lot from this book, there are a lot of parts that are new to someone who has never read the book. The narration was terrific. One of the best I've heard. And there were some parts that were a little cheesy, but overall this was Stephen King at his most talented. Some audiobooks you feel like it takes you weeks to get through three hours. However, I blasted through this audiobook over a matter of two weeks with the feeling it had only taken a few hours to listen to. It flows, is touching in many ways, and is very entertaining.
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Bravo to the two Stephens, King and Weber. Stephen Weber is, in my mind, now the official "Voice of King".
Despite my ongoing love affair with Stephen King's writings, I have never been a big fan of his audio books because the narration has always been a bit off. Even when King reads his own stuff, it's obviously a reader reading.
But Weber is simply fantastic narrating "It"! He doesn't so much read the text as he tells the story ... I feel like we're all sitting around a camp fire and he's telling this really engrossing (albeit long!) ghost story that more than succeeds in scaring us all to quivering lumps of jelly!
Now if he would just sit down with a copy of "The Stand", and let us hear it the way we have always read it for ourselves ... clasping the covers in a death grip, turning each page with trepidation, and getting to know the intimate workings of terrific cast of characters in an out-of-this-world world.
One of Stephen King's longest novels (a mere 26 pages shorter than the uncut version of The Stand), "IT", is a prime example of what makes King a great writer. The theme of horror merely serves as a framework for what really matters -- the characters and the town and events that shape their personalities and relationships.
The narrator, Steven Weber, does an excellent job.
With the compelling story and great narration, "IT" will keep you engaged for (literally - at over 44 hours) days.
This is a mondo long book - and without someone like Steven Weber to breathe life into the characters and really commit to the story - I don't know if it would have translated into audio form. This gets 5 stars just for the way Steven Weber read it - much less the incredible story.
I first read 'It' when I was about 16 years old (around the first time it came out in paper back), and it terrified me then, but I loved it. I have read it several times since then, but probably not within the past decade or so, although I've always had a copy of it on my bookshelf. It has remained one of my favorite Stephen King novels of all time.
We were taking a trip in September and I wanted a nice, long novel to listen to on the plane and the other travel portions of our trip, and because I love this story, and based on the reviews by other listeners, I decided to make this my vacation listen.
I have not even finished listening to the entire novel yet (this is a very long story at almost 40 hours), but I had to write a review to say that Steven Weber does the most phenomenal, amazing, detailed job of narrating this twisted and terrifying tale. The different voices he uses for each character, including that of Beverly and the few other female characters in this story (one of my favorites is Eddy's mother, and as adult Eddy, his equally neurotic wife), is just astonishing. You know who each character is just from the voice he uses during normal narration, but where he really shines is when he is voicing one of the "Trashmouth" Tozier characters, or the painful stutter of "Stuttering" Bill Denbrough, not to mention the various accents of the novel's other characters. The different voices that he is capable of really absorb you into this story and bring it to life; the voice he uses for the different incarnations of "It" are truly terrifying.
I would highly recommend this audio book to anyone that loved this novel as a reader, but I would also very highly recommend it to anyone that has never read the book. Mr. Weber is a fantastic narrator, and I will actively seek out other works that he has contributed to based on his reading of this novel alone.
I read this book in college when it came out. For me it is far and away my favorite of King's novels. But the reader really takes hold of this book by the throat. His energy and passion make listening to this an absolute treat.
My advice- buy this book.
With a combination of the best in fiction writing and the best in performance, five stars isn't enough for this book. Weber brings every character to life almost to the extent that it feels like an ensemble performance. And if you are basing your opinion of this book on the movie, just get that out of your mind. Its a fabulously rich story with characterizations classic of King. Don't pass this one up. 40 hours goes by faster than any book I've ever listened to. I finished it and started right back up at the beginning to enjoy it again.
I have been waiting for YEARS for them to release IT in audio format. Steven Weber who played Jack Torrence in the mini-series remake of The Shinning does an outstanding job and this will hopefully not be his last narration. I read this book for the first time as a young adult and fell in love with it. The kids knew that there were monsters but MOST the adults didn't believe. I to was a social outcast at school and had and still do have an over active imagination. This really brought the book to life. I was leery of sewer grates and the creek and wooded area by my house for a MONTH after reading this. King is at his supreme best when he has time to wander through a story peek in all the nooks and cranny's and explore the ins an outs. IT will draw you in and hold you to the last word. You will NOT be disappointed in this terrifying jaunt to a little town called Derry. Now if they will release The Stand i will be one happy(well happier) camper!
king's ruined me for all other audio books, this was an adventure. Story is extremely detailed, sick and twisted...narrator is superb. absolutely loved IT
I've read this book many times and have the movie DVD. Have always loved it, and I think Mr. Weber does a great job telling the story, especially with Richie Tozier's accents!
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