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To the children, the town was their whole world. To the adults, knowing better, Derry, Maine, was just their hometown: familiar, well ordered for the most part. A good place to live. It was the children who saw - and felt - what made Derry so horribly different.

In the storm drains, in the sewers, IT lurked, taking on the shape of every nightmare, each one's deepest dread. Sometimes IT reached up, seizing, tearing, killing....

The adults, knowing better, knew nothing. Time passed, and the children grew up, moved away. The horror of IT was deep buried, wrapped in forgetfulness. Until they were called back, once more to confront IT as IT stirred and coiled in the sullen depths of their memories, reaching up again to make their past nightmares a terrible present reality.

©1986 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio

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Superb Narration

The narration enhanced the greatness of the story .
I have already watched the movie but listening to it made me imagine everything so well that I fell in love with the story all over again.

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Eerie reminder

So this book made me think back to my childhood and hit the nail on the head on how when we are children the world seems so different. Funny how the older we get the less durable and because of that we take less risks. I loved how the past and present play out at the same time and how children had to become grown up before their time to fight a seemingly unstoppable evil!

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Terrifyingly Wonderful

Incredibly absorbing and intricate story with impeccable vocal performance. Enjoyed every second of it, a true Stephen King classic come alive with Webers many voices.

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You'll float too

Great voices and reading.

I enjoyed this a lot, and down here you'll enjoy it too.

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Could of done with an editor

Once you listen to this story, you feel that there was much that could of been cut out to get the story moving. Some things are just fillers like characters and descriptions of action. I think the sex scenes were not needed and there were opportunities missed where the book could of been more heavily layered and scarier. I am sure if Stephen King was to write this book again he would make it even better. Will be interesting to see how the new film version works with this book. Steven Weber is excellent with the narration. Worth listening to even before tucking into bed.

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Excellent performance

I have read this book many years ago and thought it was quite good. This time around I thought it was a bit too long.

Steven Weber's performance was however excellent. He gave life to the book and I will definitely look for other books that he narrated

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Obscene

Great performance by the narrator but this book is obscene and painfully, painfully drawn out. It goes over the same territory again and again and is full of horror for the sake of horror. I've read many Stephen King books and enjoyed most but this will be my last. It is littered with often perverted sexual acts involving children. I don't see why this is necessary and I felt sick to the stomach listening to these moments. At a length of over 45 hours, I would steer well clear of this one.

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Good but too long

The story was too meandering with no proper flow. The narrator was excellent though, and made you feel part of the story

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  • Catbark
  • 09-21-16

Masterful - a horror classic

If you could sum up It in three words, what would they be?

Elegant, sinister, terrifying.

What did you like best about this story?

Stephen King has stated that his aim for "It" was to write his thesis on horror - to include everything that scared him as a child and adult. I think he has achieved this. It's a masterwork in terror. Although he has better known books, this for me is his scariest work. It is a long work following the youth and grown-up lives of several friends in a small Maine town. Both the children and the adults they become have well-realised damages and fears, and this relatability makes the scary encounters even more powerful. An iconic work I would recommend to anyone who fancies a chill sent expertly down their spine.

What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

Steven Weber reads immensely well, with passion and flair. It's more of a performance than a straight read, with each character given a distinct voice. And perhaps most important of all - his Pennywise is blood-curdling!

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

"They all float down here..."

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  • Simon
  • 07-29-17

It, Three Decades Later . . .

It, the shortest of titles for probably one of the longest books most of us will ever read in this genre.

It, the simplest of titles for probably one of the deepest and multi-layered horror books in existence.

It really is something special and one of my personal all-time favourite books though I wonder how people coming fresh to it now might see it. More to the point I doubt such a book as this would survive a modern editor’s attentions intact. King didn’t throw everything but the kitchen sink at it he threw that first and then started ripping up the floor tiles and threw them and everything else besides at it too. The book follows the stories of a group of children and how they find each other through the debris of their dysfunctional childhoods and then into their adult lives using a non-linear dual timeline to cover both. Each of them suffers a form of abuse and of course with it being King are not spared from more supernatural horrors. King imbues each of his characters with real depth and personality. He doesn’t seem to believe in extras either with even bit part characters like bar men and a taxi driver who only appear fleetingly being given detail and personality of their own.

The narration. I was somehow expecting creepy but Steven Weber is bright and breezy, particularly well-suited to the childhood parts and moves things along at a refreshing pace. Where he scores highly is the way he almost literally throws himself into the emotion of each of King’s carefully realised situations. The combination of writer and narrator is stunningly powerful at times and the tension ratchets up to extreme levels during the most important encounters.

As you read through the book what’s impressive is that King holds the attention both to the coming of age tale of the children including their experience of bullying, parental situations and the like as he does with the outright horror of It. The adults have equally compelling tales, as does the town of Derry itself. By the end of the book you will feel like a regular Derry old-timer able to recount tails of its history to any young ‘uns that might happen along.

The only question in my mind is for anyone coming to this fresh. Listening to King’s other classics like The Stand and The Dead Zone, stories I am re-visiting decades later, I have been delighted by how vibrant and fresh they’ve felt after all this time. With It I do have some nagging doubts. Clowns weren’t exactly new in horror when King wrote the book in 1986 but in the intervening years we’ve had a lot of horror clowns and they have become a quite hackneyed aspect of horror. Coupling that with the lack of editorial censure King was subjected to and I do suspect some might not find it as entertaining as I have.

In all though, regardless of those things this is one of the absolute horror classics and the way that King ends it for this group of grown-up children is incredibly poignant. This is a long journey and a dark path to tread but I am so glad I walked it again thirty years on. In a way that parallel to the story made me feel in some small way a part of It.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-09-17

gripping

Despite its length it never feels like it is dragging, allowing you to become enthralled in the characters lives and sucks you in like a vacuum to story

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  • Rich M
  • 11-24-17

Read IT!

Great way to consume a must read. Listened to IT every day on my commute. Highly recommended. Don't miss IT!

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  • S. Taylorson
  • 11-20-17

Fabulous

Well and truly enjoyed this Stephen king book, draws you in and frightens you, the narrator nailed each character with his voice, be warned this is not for the feint hearted, it is graphic in places but ever so enjoyable.

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  • GillyK
  • 09-29-17

Mostly brilliant but overloaded

Well I managed to complete this in about 4 months compared to the two years it took me as a teen ha ha! I think this is the rare occasion that I prefer the mini series and film, only because the cut out all the unecesary waffle. There were the interlude parts that dragged on for ages and I just didn't care..I would prefer to just concentrate on the story of the Losers club and Pennywise. I think the history parts would still have been effective if made shorter. This narrator was the definite highlight., he was fantastic and very talented especially at doing the voice of IT. Very chilling at times. I feel that the mini series and film cut out the right stuff that should have been left out. I do definitely recommend this book if you have the spare hours required to finish it. It's a challenge!

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  • Tony
  • 07-10-17

This interpretation

I have read this book many times, but this interpretation went way beyond anything I'd imagined.

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  • Luke
  • 01-17-17

Fantastic

I had been waiting for this to come out in audiobook format for a long time and I wasn't disappointed.
The story is very detailed and incredibly engrossing.
The narrator does and excellence job and I can't recommend this book highly enough.

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  • T. Davies
  • 10-18-16

One of his best!

First read this long novel about twenty years ago- a brilliant read (took me about six months if memory serves! ). When I saw it on Audible, I knew I had to have it; had to visit my old friends in Derry again. I wasn't disappointed at all. Superbly read by Steven Weber. Highly recommended :-)

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  • Barbara Murray
  • 01-14-17

I loved, loved, loved this book!

And I mean I loved everything about it! I love Stephen King anyway but the narrator here brought this story completely alive. It was just brilliant from start to finish. I didn't want it to end! Please let Stephen webber narrate more Stephen King! they're a perfect match

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  • Travis
  • 10-13-16

unbelievable narration.

absolutely loved it. griping story the whole way through. loved it all. ill now listen to it again

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-08-16

One of my favorite SK books

It's a great story that I have read at least twice. Having it read to me was very enjoyable. The voices done by Steven Weber were extraordinarily good. Thank you and well done. Looking forward to my next book!

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  • Steve
  • 10-18-16

Steven Weber brings it to life

I've read this book twice, but the passion in Steven Weber's reading was amazing and added an extra dimension. Well done.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-17

just WOW!

Would you listen to It again? Why?

I've read this book a few times and to find it on audio was a bonus, well written and well read.

What other book might you compare It to, and why?

I dont think it can be compared to any other book, its a journey of its own.

What about Steven Weber’s performance did you like?

This Steven Weber guy is amazing, one of the BEST narrators I have ever heard on an audiobook, He keeps you interested...no wait, wrong word....he keeps you ENTHRALLED with his range of voice

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

because of the narrator i just wanted to listen to this book in one go but being so long and only listening to it at work that was impossible.

Any additional comments?

If anyone is looking for a narrator for anything, this Steven Weber guy is your man!

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  • Nathan Munro
  • 03-29-17

beautiful and horrific.

With a story line so deep that it leaves you drowning in a torrent of horrific experiences, Stephen Kings It is like a parasite, sucking fear out of the darkness, digesting and excreting it as love. The character development is so complete that the reader feels not only that they know the characters, but that they are involved with them and an invisible player in their stories
An undeniably brilliant story told in masterful style.

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  • Cords Mortimer
  • 10-06-16

Great performance, amazing story.

Not often the narrator is this quality, I find. Story's of King's usual amazing standard.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-26-17

Narrator really draws you in

Fantastic novel, with an excellent narrator who really delivers on every syllable. Would highly recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-14-17

Enjoyable performance, but meandering writing.

I am a fan of Stephen King so I was rather disappointed when I found that I just didn't enjoy IT. IT's barely scary and the writing is so meandering you can feel King simply trying to increase the word count. I was grateful for Steven Weber's enthusiastic performance, but I can't recommend this one due to the writing issues.

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  • Mrs
  • 03-06-17

Steven Weber is the best narrator on Audible!

The book is so vastly different to both the movie versions, but there is so much in it, and it is so cleverly intertwined, it's definitely worth the effort to get to the end. Amazing King, as usual....

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  • Thomas
  • 11-07-16

perfect

perfect from start to finish. best narrator I've heard yet. absolute joy to listen to!

3 of 4 people found this review helpful