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Publisher's Summary

"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.

©1980 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Nicole 06-19-17
    Nicole 06-19-17
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    "A Classic with a Top-Notch Performance!"

    I first would like to start off with saying that I have listened to Stephen King's It four times already, and I still can't get enough of it! Stephen King is a mastermind (like always) with the beautiful attention to detail he gives for every single character's background and inner thoughts. It's captivating and sucks you into Derry, a town with a dark history, a scary present, and an uncertain future. If you're like me who saw the TV movie before reading the book, you will be shocked by how different the book is! The details of the novel makes you feel as if you have lived in Derry all of your life and live next door to all of the characters. The book is beautiful, and the performance by Steven Weber is only worthy of praise. If you thought Tim Curry was the best Pennywise you had ever seen, wait until you see what Steven Weber can do with only his voice. The performance will give you chills!

    The story of It is a dark one that must not be listened to lightly. The novel is, in my opinion, the most graphic, brutal, and original novel that Stephen King has ever written. Because the victims of Pennywise are children, one must listen at their own caution because Stephen King does not shy away from any grizzly and provocative detail that is needed to make this story as powerful and shocking as it is. The story is told in various character perspectives, however it's heavily centered around the 7 main characters voices and experiences. The additional perspectives given only adds to the depth of the intricate story that King molds. The novel goes back and forth between different point of Derry's history in order to set the stage for what has been going on in Derry, Maine long before the town was even there. The real beauty is in the character development that takes place in these time jumps. You will learn so much about all of the characters, and it will help understand and empathize all of the characters for what drives their behavior. No character can be deemed insignificant in this novel. The book is nearly 45 hours and has no dragging parts because every word is essential for the understanding of the story. The TV movie can't even begin to touch the depth that King has given this story. It truly is amazing how far this novel reaches.

    Steven Weber's performance is one that left me shaken to the core. The first time I listened to the book, I was skeptical at the thought of the audiobook being better or even comparable to the movie (crazy right?). However, 5 minutes in, I realized I was listening to a ingenius and chilling performance. Weber clearly gives each character its own voice and brings the story to life without the need for visuals. You can hear the fear, the courage, the desperation, and etc. that each character feels through his performance. When it came to the voice of Pennywise, he honestly made me feel fear (something I had not felt while watching Stephen King's It, even as a child). His rendition honestly reminded me of the sewer that It crawled out of. It was beautiful! Weber is a genius at what he does, and this novel was perfect to show the range that he can reach. From the voice of a frantic New England mother to the little children he portrayed, you felt as if these were different people all together, not just one man doing voices.

    I had modest hopes for this audiobook, and I was given a masterpiece. I will continue to listen this book because I could never tire of it.

    114 of 121 people found this review helpful
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    Mike L Lane 03-19-17
    Mike L Lane 03-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "We All Float Down Here…"

    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!

    89 of 95 people found this review helpful
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    Garrett Surratt Visalia, Ca USA 07-15-17
    Garrett Surratt Visalia, Ca USA 07-15-17 Member Since 2014

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    "This reading is missing chapters"

    Wonderful book I've read many times but have never listened. I'm only about 6 chapters in and have already found one missing section in chapter 5...whole story of Ben seeing the mummy! What the hell audible?!!

    103 of 115 people found this review helpful
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    Jim "The Impatient" 05-10-17 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "It or The Stand"

    When I first became an active reader, I asked a friend of mine, who loved Stephen King, which book she thought was his best. She thought for a long time and was pretty conflicted. She said, she was trying to decide between It and The Stand. Finally, she decided The Stand. I read The Stand because of that and yes, I listened all the way through. Back in those days I finished every book, I started, my wife still does. Boys and girls, if a book has not got you excited in the first three hours, don't waste your time. You are not breaking any laws, by not finishing a book your not enjoying. Anyways, I was okay with The Stand, but I did not love it, as many others have. After that, I did not read any King for a long time.

    After reading Misery, Cell, The Shining and Carrie, and loving them, I decided it was time to conquer another long King book and, so I listened to It. So, So glad I did. This is close to a masterpiece. It is kind of an autobiography. Kids are the main characters. I guarantee, this will pull you back to your childhood. Even though there are monsters in this, it is the humans that are the real monsters, King mentions this himself. This was written in the Eighties and King tackles Gay Bashing. These days no big deal, but in the Eighties, it was a risk on his part. He also takes on child abuse, women abuse, and discrimination against Jews, fat people, stutterers, people who wear glasses, mamma's boys and blacks.

    The book is scary and gory. I lost count of the decapitations.

    Few writers can make me listen for 45 hours. Off the top of my head, Robin Hobb, James Michener and Stephen King. You know, I change my mind, this is a masterpiece, not close to.

    I had absolutely no problems with the narrator or production.

    168 of 187 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathon M Kuyper 07-18-17 Member Since 2017
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    "great book, terrible editing"

    the book is great, but audible should give a refund for it. it is literally missing part of a chapter. then in the second half of the book the editing is terrible.

    55 of 64 people found this review helpful
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    J. Burton 08-30-16
    J. Burton 08-30-16
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    "Chapters run into each other"
    Any additional comments?

    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)
    Thanks
    J

    88 of 110 people found this review helpful
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    BMR Los Angeles 04-04-17
    BMR Los Angeles 04-04-17 Member Since 2016

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    "The editing is great!!"

    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!!!!

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    D. Weston Alabama 06-06-16
    D. Weston Alabama 06-06-16 Member Since 2015

    PyrosMagus

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    "Great performance - bad audio"

    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.

    60 of 76 people found this review helpful
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    keegan m ropp 08-07-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Great performance but the editing was awful"

    The only complaint I have has to do with the editing. It happened very many times where half a word would be cut off at the end of a section and it got frustrating to listen to.

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    Mandy 08-05-17
    Mandy 08-05-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic story! Poorly edited"

    I've read this in paper several times years ago but loved the idea of a 44 hour book for my commute. Steven Webber read the story well, although I wish he had studdied real-world stutterers more closely.
    Some edits cut off entire words in the middle of the dialogue. The edits were not seamless and you could hear most of them, taking you out of the story.
    But the story....THE STORY! This story makes me wish for a childhood even 1/10th as rich as these kids had. Mr. King never fails to overwhelm me with his language added imagery. Swoon!
    Love it! Minus 1 star because of the edits :(

    15 of 20 people found this review helpful

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