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
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..."
And I mean I loved everything about it! I love Stephen King anyway but the narrator here brought this story completely alive. It was just brilliant from start to finish. I didn't want it to end! Please let Stephen webber narrate more Stephen King! they're a perfect match
I had been waiting for this to come out in audiobook format for a long time and I wasn't disappointed.
The story is very detailed and incredibly engrossing.
The narrator does and excellence job and I can't recommend this book highly enough.
Read this book many years ago, and returned to listen to the audiobook. Remains in my list of favourite books. Enjoyed listening just as much as reading this fantastic book about friendship, childhood, trust, belief, fear, and the darker things that Stephen King is so good at putting into words. I again became totally immersed in the story and characters, and the narration by Steven Weber is excellent. Fantastic!
One of Stephen King's best books. Read it 25 years ago and wonderful to revisit as an audio .
Narrator is the best I've heard yet, great voices and done with enthusiasm. Did the book justice and would like to hear more Stephen King from him. Well done, Sir!
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