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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.
The audiobook mirrors the unabridged text. Any nontraditional audio editing is intentional.
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By Nicole on 06-19-17
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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By Mike L Lane on 03-19-17
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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