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
IT was a movie favorite of my childhood and the book surpassed my every expectations filling in so many details sadly missed out in the movie.
The narrator was spectacular in his performance and the voices he uses made for a super immersing story.
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!
This is a long story - awesome characters and plot and I was completely sucked in - I couldn't stop listening . . . until the end. The last 10% just gets too weird and left me feeling unsatisfied.
I could remove about 10 hours from this book and it not make any difference to the storyline. i could most definitely remove the bit where all the boys took turns at having congratualtion sex with Beverly at the end of the book.... wtf
And I'm no prude, but does every "bad" character need to use such horrible profanity?
This book reminded me why I stopped reading Stephen King 2 decades ago.
"Masterful - a horror classic"
Elegant, sinister, terrifying.
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.
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!
"They all float down here..."
"Excellent narration of my favourite Stephen king b"
I have over a hundred audio books in my library and this one is in my opinion number three out of that one hundred
I loved the book this is king at his best
He made all the characters unique his stuttering bill was excellent and his pennywise was totally creepy excellent narration all round
Sadly I couldn't as it is 44 hours long
Can recommend this audio book whole heartedly
One of the best narrated novels I've come across, brought to life brilliantly by Steven Weber. Struggled to turn it off and King's characterisation and description is beautiful in parts and perfectly chilling in others.
I read this book when it was first published and again now some 30 years later. Just like the characters that King brings to life so amazingly well, I find I had forgotten .... what a brilliant story teller this man is and what a fantastic book!
Add to this the incredible narration of Steven Weber..I will be searching out anything else he has read for my next read.
"Horror is where we dare not look"
This is the second time I have read this book and like with most second readings I have changed enough to find a new book under the old story, a more profound take on the true horror some children experience growing up, the biggest monster in this story is the everyday neglect and and abuse all the children in this tale suffer and how even though they leave it behind they must confront it with in the reality and constraints of adulthood; children dream, create blinds, hide in magical world or plain obliterate monsters with disregard and forgetfulness of entire events they can not deal with, but with supreme imagination with incredible survival skills that adults forget or want to forget, King illustrate this and some of the recurring trauma with incredible tact and love for innocence, he speaks for children while making their fears come alive and take shapes we can understand or should I say want to understand as monstrosities and not as everyday fears of our children, Because if people had been told that this book is about child abuse they would not have made it the success it is, much easier to sell a killer clown, who wants to hear about a little girl that is abused by her father and then her husband, or a fat hypochondriac kid that carries all his mother's fears plus and oedipal complex the size of Maine, or a boy that was bitten and abused till he becomes a monster? But it is, about this and so much more than that, the clown is just a manifestation a device for a great author to tell us you could have been them or you were them, they held hold magic, care for them or it becomes cycle of horror.
Read it, you will love it, the reasons are many, but keep your eyes open King hides the horror where we thare not look.
"Brilliant narration, stunning dialogue, too long"
Narration is one of best I've ever listened to. Seamless moving between characters and these are all different. A real tour de force. Mr Weber is amazing. Just immerse yourself in this and enjoy a break from reading it
Mr King's ear for dialogue and eye for character quirks have never been better and he does this better than anyone (since Dickens!). I listen gobsmacked by his agile mind and stunning memory and imagination
Mr W has such a gift of mimicry it is hard to overstate how good the narration is. A real find. Hope he carries on narrating Audible titles
No - at over 40 hours it needs to be listened to in parts, but book is designed that way and it is easy to fall into this pattern
Seemed as if Mr K wanted to get all the horrors out of his system in one book. Seems too long at times but on finishing you wish it could have gone on longer. This is largely due to falling in love with the characters, heroes and villains alike
"Too many words, not enough story"
I'm not generally a fan of oversized books. Once in a while I'll read an epic if the premise sounds really interesting or the prose and storytelling are especially good, but I have commitment issues. By page 400, I'm likely to want a change, and if there are still 700 pages to go, I'm inclined to get jittery. This is not so much an issue if the work is broken down into a trilogy or series, with more or less self contained volumes contributing towards a bigger story.
"It" is a single volume 1100 pages long, or over 44 hours. That's nearly as long as the original "Dune" trilogy, and much longer than "His Dark Materials". It covers a few days in 1958, and a few days in 1985, frequently switching between the two periods.
For those unaware of the miniseries and the forthcoming film, the eponymous "It" is a supernatural creature of seemingly unlimited powers who usually takes the form of a clown called Pennywise. It likes to bully, torture and murder people, especially children. The story concerns seven children (and also their grown-up selves) who form a strong friendship and who decide to take on the evil harlequin.
The most joyful aspect of the book, for me, is the perspective on childhood, both lived at the time and later remembered. The horror has its moments too, but on the whole it's a bit too arbitrary and random. If the book had been a quarter of its actual length, I think it would have been a much tighter read, losing very little of the story we get - as it is, it's heavily padded out with repetition and very long digressions which are not always interesting.
The narrator is very good, mostly, and I was tempted to give him five stars because of his Richie voices. However, I took one star off for the scenes when he's trying to be panicky or dramatic and starts shouting.
"Still my favourite book of all time."
Read it first when I was 16 and probably 3 times since. Different experience when you read it as an adult. Superb
Great book, really good narrator, if you a Stephen King fan totally recommend this book
great story, narrator was good, a little melodramatic though, he did however have a brilliant pennywise voice! ;)
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