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Publisher's Summary

It: Chapter Two - soon to be a major motion picture in 2019!

Stephen King’s terrifying, classic number one New York Times best seller, “a landmark in American literature” (Chicago Sun-Times) - 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 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 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.

“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).

©1980 Stephen King (P)2010 Penguin Audio

Critic Reviews

"For a book with such a tiny title, Stephen King’s IT is one huge undertaking. It's a good thing actor Steven Weber is on board to perform it... Weber is skilled at wringing all the emotion, evil, and mystery out of King’s book about an ancient evil that haunts a Maine town and the seven childhood friends who band together to destroy it. He delivers a good Maine accent, a malicious clown, several women, and a giant screeching spider-thing." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Great Audiobook! Editing Clarification

Steven Weber's narration of 'It' was fantastic. That narration coupled with the writing of Stephen King made this one of the most enjoyable audibooks I've heard.

Just a note on the editing:
This book is written following the adult versions of the characters in this novel. The adults then recall events that happened during their childhood. The reason King chose to end a chapter, and seemingly begin the next chapter mid-sentence, is to show that the adult character is having a flashback to their childhood. Once you realize what King is doing, the seemingly poor ceases to be an issue.

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You’ll go deaf

The story of course is a classic. The narrator lengthened the story by a couple hours with the over exaggeration of Bills stutter. He also apparently thinks any dialogue had to be screamed as loud as possible. It’s not necessary to scream that much. I barely made it through. Not headphone friendly at all.

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A real snooze fest!

first let me say this is the only Stephan King book that I will ever buy! It's a real snooze fest. The movie were actually better. King bounce back and forth between the characters being adult then little then adult again. there is so much back story which really has nothing to do with the main plot. When it finally dose come in I'm already bored to death with the back story it comes along and I cant even enjoy it. Finally the movie did it better. they started with the kids then part two was the adults. that's how it should have been from the beginning. The movies cut all the back story out and I get to enjoy the show. sorry king fans just telling it like it is.

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WOW! Steven Weber Does an INCREDIBLE Job. Awesome.

I will be totally honest that when I saw the guy from the TV show Wings was going to be narrating IT, I was disappointed. I thought he'd just do a sub-par job and I would lose interest in the story for sure. I figured with Audible's excellent return policy I might as well give it a try. I am so glad that I did. It was clear to me almost immediately that Steven Weber was a great choice. His narration is enthusiastic and energetic. Every character has their own "voice" and he never loses his attention to detail. Having never read the book, I had no idea what I was in for. Now having finished, I can't believe I never read this book. King's SALEM'S LOT and THE SHINING are two of my favorite books of all time. IT is right up there with them and possibly even better. I can't wait to listen to IT again. I plan on getting myself a hardcover version as well to get the experience of reading it as well.

If you are on the fence with IT, trust me, it's 100% worth your time. You'll love it. I would be willing to listen to any audiobook that Weber narrates. I hope that he does additional King books. I listened via the Audible apple on my iPhone. I downloaded the high quality version and noticed no audio issues described in many other reviews.

Do IT, Download IT, You'll Love IT......You'll Float Too!

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A Masterful story about friendship inside horror

This is a MUST READ. This isn't just horror. It's an intense story of friendship spanning over 20+ years. King takes you into each character, exploring their mystery. I was hooked from moment one.

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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.

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I give up

I have 22 credits
Why do I have 22 credits?
I never could finish this book. Whenever I thought about picking up a new book I thought to myself I should finish this first.
Way too long
WAY TOO LONG
16 hours in and it hasnt picked up at all
It has not gotten better in 16 hours why keep going? 16 hours in and the main characters still haven't assembled in the town to fight the monster. What would take 1 hour in another book has taken 16+ hours. Frodo's in 2 hours leaves the shire, what is Kings excuse?
I give up. The hype is unreal, I wish I saw the movie instead.

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Sensory hell lol

I know this guy is reading the book the way it’s written but between the intentionally annoying characters (Richie and Myra) and the screaming, this was hell. There had to be a way to make this easier to listen to! Or maybe ... some things were solely meant to be read.

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I tried

There is so much set up to get through that I cannot get into this. The plot is slow moving. I really wanted to like this. I tried.

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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!

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