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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.
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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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