"A landmark in American literature" (Chicago Sun-Times) - Stephen King's number-one national best seller about seven adults who return to their hometown to confront a nightmare they had first stumbled on as teenagers...an evil without a name: It.
Welcome to Derry, Maine. It's a small city, a place as hauntingly familiar as your own hometown. Only in Derry the haunting is real.
They were seven teenagers when they first stumbled upon the horror. Now they are grown-up men and women who have gone out into the big world to gain success and happiness. But the promise they made 28 years ago calls them to reunite in the same place where, as teenagers, they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city's children. Now children are being murdered again, and their repressed memories of that terrifying summer return as they prepare to once again battle the monster lurking in Derry's sewers.
Readers and listeners of Stephen King know that Derry, Maine, is a place with a deep, dark hold on the author. It reappears in many of his books, including Bag of Bones, Hearts in Atlantis, and 11/22/63. But it all starts with It.
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"Stephen King's most mature work." (St. Petersburg Times)
"It will overwhelm you...to be read in a well-lit room only." (Los Angeles Times)
There is something wrong with the editing of this production. Many times the end of a sentence was cut off. A few times it was so abrupt I was worried I might have missed something. I downloaded the high quality one part so it may be something with that file. Happens most in the second half of the book.
I read a few reviews saying the editing is off for this... and I nearly didn't listen to it. Those reviewers I think were a bit confused because occasionally the last few words of a sentence will be continued in the next chapter... this is fairly common for writers to do so I wasn't too concerned. Also listening on double speed it just felt like a 1-second cliffhanger. On normal speed maybe people get a bit more anxious about it?
Either way -- I highly recommend this. It was awesome!!!!
I will always cherish this book since it was the first Stephen King novel I ever picked up back when I was a teen. I watched the TV movie back then and my only reason for trying to read this monster of a book at such a young age was because I needed to know if Pennywise actually said, “Kiss me fat boy!” in the book like he did in the movie (dumb, I know but I was a kid!). Sad to say, that particular line Tim Curry delivered so well was not in the book, but by the time I figure that out, I was hooked. I’ve been a Stephen King fan ever since. Now the new movie for It is coming out later this year, so I figured I would revisit the classic via audio and refresh my memory. I’m so glad that I did! I knew the story was fantastic to begin with, but Steven Weber’s performance here was top of the line! He understood the characters perfectly and delivered the story just as I expected. If you haven’t read It and you feel the book is way too long for you to tackle, give the audio a listen. It provides over 40 hours of horror, love and fond memories of what it’s like to be a kid. King leaves no stone left unturned when it comes to the fears of children and what it’s like to face those fears as a kid and as an adult. Absolutely a fantastic story!
I don't feel like the editing is bad, it's just that some chapters end in the middle of the sentence and then resume in the next chapter. It's a little jarring but not the narrators fault. (This happens a lot in the second half of the book)
This book, the story, everything about it was just amazing. The editing of the recordings, however, has made it one of the worst experiences I've had on audible.
I gave "performance" three stars for a very specific reason. During this book, the last word of certain sentences is dropped or cut off. It makes me feel like I have missed things in the book. The performance was excellent, but it seems like editing screwed up a lot. I'd recommend a different version of this book if you are looking to get it.
Like many, I take issue with the occasional clipped word at the end of a chapter. While it doesn't completely undermine what is otherwise an exceptional story by Stephen King, and audio performance by Steven Weber, the distractions they cause do jerk you out for a brief moment all too often.
The editing is poor. There are many cut off sentences, and cut off starts. Otherwise a great listen.
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