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- Listening Length: 44 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Penguin Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: May 13, 2010
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003M6F71G
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This is the first line of "It," the beginning to one of Stephen King's masterpieces, and probably the most incredible story I've ever read. Those who complain about it's length... they need patience. Those who complain about its characters... they need to look around at themselves and others. Those who complain about it being vulgar, vile, or horrific... that's part of the story, and not to embrace it means you miss out on something extraordinary.
In the summer of 1958, seven friends encountered something horrible in their town of Derry, Maine. This something fed on children, hunting them, preying on them, and devouring them. It could shape itself in any way It liked, whatever their nightmares suited, but always with one trademark: the semblance of a clown. The seven friends all had something in common: They had all escaped It at some point. And in that summer, they learned about It, confronted It, and killed It... or so they thought.
28 years later... A boy named Adrian Mellon is apparently thrown off a bridge by two other boys for his sexuality. It seems like an open-and-shut case, but the boys claim that there was something down below... a clown and a cloud of balloons.
Soon the friends are being called back to Derry, told that It is back. They made a vow, sealed in blood, to return if It wasn't dead. Each of them is now very successful, and the thought of returning to Derry, of going back to the horror that they'd all forgotten, is more than they can bear, but they had made a promise.
"It" is two stories being told at once.Read more ›
Since most readers are probably at least somewhat familiar with the book, I'll briefly say that "IT" is about a group of eleven-year-olds menaced by a monster (also called IT) on a child-killing rampage, which takes the shape of whatever will scare the victim most -- then, the same people reunite in their hometown as adults, to confront the thing in hopes of defeating IT once and for all.
At the very least, the book is jim-dandy entertainment, a riveting page-turner. The writing is Stephen King (admittedly not everyone's cup of hemlock) at the top of his form; the idea of a Mobius strip story/ies is clever; the stories themselves are both gripping and skillfully interwoven; the thrills and scares (and gross-outs, of course) come without letup; and the plot, though based on a simplistic and slender premise (Good Guys confront Bad Guy; who will prevail?), is a quite satisfactory cliff-hanger...
But what really puts "IT" severed head and shoulders above King's other books is the authenticity of the emotion. "IT" is the Stephen King novel with a heart -- a bloody, still-beating heart ripped out of its owner's chest -- but a heart nonetheless.
What distinguishes King's books in general from those of, say, Dean Koontz or John Coyne; and "IT" from the more mediocre of King's books; is the sensitivity and compassion (odd words for King, but in this context, I think they're fitting) with which he writes about his characters. They're kids (at least throughout the majority of the book), but they're also real people -- individuals with thoughts and feelings and likes and dislikes and hobbies and ambitions and (usually dysfunctional) families. We care about them.Read more ›
SO FIRST THE GOOD (EVEN GREAT):
1) great buildup, some genuinely scary and disturbing scenes
2) realistic character development and compelling characters in general
3) IT is a very original, strange and frightening creature...most of the way through
4) childhood events, friendships, conflicts, and experiences are realistically portrayed and sometimes even more frightening and tense than the encounters with the supernatural.
5) Despite other peoples complaints with the length, I feel that it flowed nicely and the way the novel slowly revealed events of the past while building suspense in the present time was wonderfully done.
SO WHY DID I GIVE THE BOOK 2 STARS? -- This book COMPLETELY falls apart in the last 100 pages or so. So much so that I had to shake my head and wonder if I was even reading the same book.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is the best Stephen King book I have ever read! It has a slow start as most of his books do but I could hardly put it down after awhile. Read morePublished 19 hours ago by Raven Moore
IT is just a great horror story taking you back to childhood and innocence and then showing the aftermath when that innocence is shattered. Awesome book. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kat
I read this many years ago, but it left a lasting impression on me. a very terrifying impression. It scared me so much, I don't like clowns to this day.Published 2 days ago by Deirdre
I love this movie so I got the book, life's been super busy so I haven't finished it yet but if you're going to buy it then this type of story is your cup of tea anyway. Read morePublished 8 days ago by CigarGuy79
Took me too long to get around to read this classic. It's awesome.Published 13 days ago by Sammy Darko
If you love Stephen king or even plain good writing, this book is for you. One of my favorites everPublished 15 days ago by Kindle Customer
This book is an amazing meditation on the meanings of childhood, fear, adulthood, and power.
Not for the faint of heart in terms of content or of length, but so very worth it.