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.
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Yes. I have been waiting, and requesting, for this audiobook since last year! I really enjoyed the story. The narrator voiced the characters well, and complimented the narrative.
Kids getting together to fight a cosmic force of evil. What more do you want?! The ending was a little weak, nevertheless, as with a lot of King's novels.
He's an excellent narrator. His accent certainly helps. Being British, when I read a book, I naturally read it in a British English accent - which isn't suitable, really, for this book.
I think the childhood scenes, especially when Bill Denbrough's brother was murdered.
This audiobook is missing a couple of sentences throughout the narrative (I was following the book while listening, occasionally); also, chapters sometimes end in the middle of a sentence. This does not happen often, however.
This is a great book. Having read it before I was very wary of listening to the audio version, as I was very worried it would spoil the book.
Initially I was still not sure, but having just finished, I know it is very well read. I have listen to it without being aware of the length of the book and fully into the story.
The story was so compelling and the characters well written. The narration was excellent it really delivered the story at a fast pace. Couldn't stop listening, great book.
It has always been one of my favourite of King's, and the audio version didn't disappoint - the reader was just great!
I have to say Bill's stuttering did start to grate a little, but it was, I'm sure, supposed to.
The only negatives I really have around it are the same things that I remember thinking last time I read this, maybe 8 or 9 years ago - some of the Derry backstory could have been done away with. e.g. the long passages about the Black Spot fire, the gangster shooting, and the crazy lumberjack massacre thing. I mean, they gave you the feel of the 'spirit' of Derry, but they each could have been a LOT shorter. A lot.
Overall though - loved it. What a classic.
Two Stephen King TV adaptations scarred my childhood, "Salem's Lot" and "IT". Clowns are just not fun entertainment, they're scary as anything!!!
I liked this book as it reminded me of my childhood, I was a tomboy and hung out with the boys and played all summer until it was time to go home, good times. These kids live in a town where kids have been going missing, but their parents don't seem particularly bothered about keeping an eye on them. So they gang up together and try to take on the ancient enemy that masquerades as a clown.
The performance is excellent and certainly added drama while I was listening late at night! Loved the first half but gradually lost interest as the mysteries of the story gradually unfolded. Enjoyed Under the Dome and The Stand far more.
First read this long novel about twenty years ago- a brilliant read (took me about six months if memory serves! ). When I saw it on Audible, I knew I had to have it; had to visit my old friends in Derry again. I wasn't disappointed at all. Superbly read by Steven Weber. Highly recommended :-)
Interesting to re-read and have clown sightings popping up in the news! As if the world knows what is on my brain in my commute to work. Very well read.
I really enjoyed the book, should appeal to a wide audience. I found it quite complex and in places difficult to follow, but it's lay out made it more interesting. not his best but up there with them
I enjoy a Good Horror Story, having read & reread anything by Stephen King, James Herbert, Graham Masterton etc & (more recently) M.R James.
...Was & Always will be a Personal Favourite SK Book, this Audiobook confirmed that. Awesome!
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