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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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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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