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.
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 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.
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!
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.
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 read this book for the first time when I was thirteen. I wondered whether I would enjoy it as much now that I'm an adult and listened to this audiobook to see. The performance actually adds to the story, which I think is usually not the case with audiobooks. Perfect.
Addicted to audiobooks & podcasts. 5 Stars=I Loved It, 4 Stars=Enjoyed it Thoroughly, 3=Kinda Good, 2=Bad/Boring, 1=Complete Waste of Credit
I read this book when it first came out so many years ago and loved it, but it wasn't my absolute fave King title. I saw the TV series/movie years later and thought.......well, they didn't do it justice and they changed too many things - disappointing. With my knowledge of the story and the memory of enjoying it but not "to die for" loving it, I downloaded the audio version simply to add it to my collection - then it got back-burnered for awhile. What a dope! I had no idea I was sitting on such an amazing work of art - the narration of Steven Weber has officially blown me away!! This is truly one of the best audio books I have in my library - it is incredibly long but I didn't want it to end! I have always admired King's talent but I can say without reservation that if King tried to narrate it himself, he couldn't hold a candle to Mr. Weber's performance on his best day. Wow. Wow. Wow!
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