It Audiobook by Stephen King (REVIEW)

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Review of: It Audiobook
Stephen King

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On July 15, 2016
Last modified:July 20, 2016


It Audiobook

By: Stephen King

Narrated by: Steven Weber

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 01/01/16

It Audiobook by Stephen King

4.5 stars rating

44 hrs and 53 mins

Genre: Horror

It Audiobook Sample

It Audiobook

4.5 Hearts

It has been on my list to try for a long time. I love Stephen King and I remember watching the TV miniseries when I was in high school. However, the length of this book was always the thing that prevented me from picking it up. The book is 1,093 pages and the audio at 44 hours and 57 minutes, it is not a light read/listen. However, when I heard they were remaking this into a feature film, I decided I had to read it before it hit theaters. I’m so glad that I did. It was such a fun book.

This is the story of friendship above all else. It goes back in forth in time between when these seven kids were about eleven years old and twenty seven years later as middle aged adults. It starts with Bill’s little brother Georgie building a paper boat that he sails down the flooded storm gutters in the streets. Georgie does not survive his encounter with Pennywise the Clown. Georgie isn’t the first or the last child to go missing or be killed in Derry, Maine.

If you haven’t read the book, but have watched the miniseries, there is a second prologue that is in the book that was completely left out of the show. It is basically the preamble to how the killings start in Derry for the adult years. It also shows that Pennywise doesn’t do all of his own killing. Here, he starts a mob going after a gay couple coming out of a gay bar in the homophobic town. One of the gay men ends up dead. The clown is there, but he didn’t do the deed himself.

We learn about each of the seven members of the “losers club”, both as children and as adults. We see how all the ones who left Derry become very successful at what they do, while Mike Hanlon stays behind as the town’s librarian. It was a good thing that he did stay in town. It seems that he is the only one who remembers anything. All the others pretty much forgot everything that happened while they were in Derry. Even to the point that Bill didn’t tell his wife that his brother was murdered, just that he died. He had forgotten that his brother was murdered.

While this was a long story, I was entranced the entire time. There is not a single section of the book that I wish was shorter. Not a single part that I wish I could’ve skipped or sped through quicker. I loved learning about each of the characters, as both children and as adults. I loved watching their friendship build. Like I said, this is the story of a great friendship. Without that friendship, they never would’ve survived or won in the end (either as children or when they came back together as adults).

This story is also very, very creepy. It is a Stephen King book, after all. This book is full of some pretty creepy things. I won’t go into details, one, so as not to spoil any surprises for anyone who decides to try this book, two, so as not to gross out anyone who maybe isn’t much of a horror fan. Let’s just say that King didn’t pull any punches.

It Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

This is the first books that I’ve listened to with Steven Weber. I have to admit, he did an amazing job. I don’t know if you could’ve found a better person to narrate this book. Not only did he have to voice these characters as eleven-year-olds and as thirty-eight-year-olds. He also had to handle the many different voices from Richie Tozier, who was constantly making different voices. While there was only one girl in the “Losers Club” there were mothers and other women that he had to navigate including the mother of Eddie Kaspbrak, who sorta reminded me of Howard Wolowit’s mother (from the Big Bang Theory). Another thing that I really liked was how he would change his pace to help set the scene. There are several scenes where the kids are really scared and they are maybe running from Pennywise or something else (he didn’t always appear as a clown). He would start talking much faster as the scene intensified and then would come back to a normal pace once the scariness was over. I think he really helped me get through this book. As much as I loved the story, it would be very hard to get through a story of this length reading, but listening to it really helped bring it to life. I didn’t want it to end.

“Hi-Yo, Silver! Away!”

Stephen King

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Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1971, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.

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Narrator: Steven WeberSteven Weber (born March 4, 1961) is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Brian Hackett on the television show Wings which aired from April 1990 to May 1997 on NBC and as Sam Blue in Once and Again. He played Jack Torrance in the TV mini series remake of The Shining in 1997. He currently appears as Mayor Douglas Hamilton on “NCIS: New Orleans” in a recurring role and as Vaughn Du Clark in iZombie.


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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Dang you!!!!! I’m so mad at you right now. Not only do you have me wanting to listen it myself but you have me wanting to watch the mini series before the movie comes out. This movie scared me for LIFE, and I can’t believe I’m even contemplating giving this story another chance to scare the mess out of me. Dang it, Melanie!!

    • It is such a fun story. I’m not a good judge as to whether or not it was scary, because books and movies really don’t scare me that much, especially when they include any kind of paranormal aspect. Movies like Silence of the Lambs are way more scary, because I know that they could happen in real life. There are aspects of this story that could happen in real life, but most of it has a more paranormal feel to it. As for the miniseries, I forgot the number of great actors that are in it.

  2. I probably need to read IT before the movie comes out!! So glad you had such a good time with the audio, it seems like that’s what I’ll need to do too 😀

    Have a great weekend!!

    • This narrator is wonderful, if you’re wanting to tackle IT, I can’t recommend the audiobook enough. it was so good. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

  3. Stephen King is an amazing writer but I just can’t read his books, I have tried many times but with his level of scary I am not sure I would be able to listen to them, however, I do love to watch the movies and IT was one of my favorites besides Rose Red.

    I am a little mad they are making a new movie of IT. I think the old one is perfect and still holds up pretty well.

    Great Review Melanie!

    • I just rewatched the miniseries that they did. I loved it and I think it is still great today too. I think they are remaking it because that one was made for TV and they want to make something scarier and more R rated, which they couldn’t do on TV. From my understanding, it will be longer, two theatrical movies, so they will be able to add several of the plot points that were left out of the original. I do completely understand getting frustrated by remakes. That seems all Hollywood is doing anymore. 🙁

  4. Noooo! Clowns! Scary clowns (okay, that is a redundant… lol)! I am not a Stephen King fan. Not that I don’t think he does excellent story telling, but I’m just such a baby! I’m starting to get into horror reading… but I’m not ready for him yet. Maybe one day. You do make a very compelling argument to change my mind. 🙂 Brilly review.

    • I understand. I’ve never been scared of horror movies. I’ve been watch horror movies since I was a preteen. I also started reading Stephen King not long after starting horror movies. I sorta stopped reading horror for a long while, though I don’t know why. I think it is because I read Anne Rice and got on a vampire kick and moved to UF/PNR and forgot about horror. I’m glad I picked it back up again.

  5. I loved, loved, loved this book when I first read addictive. I get goosebumps listening to the sample.

    • This narrator was perfect for this book. He is more of an actor than a narrator, so he hasn’t done a lot of books, but I would listen to him again.

  6. It’s been years since I haven’t read one of his books but I used to love them so I know I really should go back to them! one day!

    • I went a long time without having read a Stephen King book for so many years before I picked up Christine last year. I’m so glad I decided to start reading him again. He is a great story teller.

  7. I honestly need a freaking Stephen King book in my life. I KNOW I’m missing out on a lot! <3 I love how he is known for the creepy characters and scenes and until today, I had no idea that he even wrote It…. I am shamed.

    • I do love Stephen King. He has some great books and I’m way behind on them. I’ve really enjoyed every book I’ve read by him. I haven’t read any of his more recent books, but I really want to, and soon.

  8. Wow that is one long book. I haven’t read any of Stephen King his books so far as horror isn’t really m genre and I think that’s what he writes mostly. That is great to hear that even with the length it was a great story and you didn’t wish it was shorter. Sounds like it makes each of those pages count. I never would’ve guessed this story was about friendship so much. Don’t think would be one for me due to the creepy aspect, but I am glad you enjoyed this one!

  9. Seriously, this is the creepiest book he has ever written. I am obsessed with It. Happy you enjoyed it so much.

    • I’m way behind on reading his books, so I can’t say, but it is the creepiest of his that I’ve read, that’s for sure. I went a long time without reading horror. I’m now trying to catch back up.

  10. Wow 44hrs for one audio book. that’s dedication Melanie. I’m not a bit King Fan, I loved his 11-22-63 but not much else. Glad it rang all your bells and whistles

  11. Whoa! I didn’t know it was that long! I only saw parts of the movie/series a long time ago and don’t remember much. But I’m really interested in the book since they’re remaking the movie.

    • It is a really long book. I think that is one reason it took me so long to pick it up. It is so worth the page count, especially listening. Steven Weber did such a great job with the narration.

  12. I have always been a Horror junkie but I would rather watch Horror movies than read Horror books these days. That miniseries was so darn good but a lot of times there are things in the books that are left out of the movies. Interesting that it happened with this movie and miniseries. I’m really looking forward to watching the remake. I saw a picture of the new Pennywise and he’s even creepier than the old one. “It” is the reason I don’t like clowns. lol

    • I think “IT” is the reason that a lot of people don’t like clowns. I’ve watched more horror movies than I’ve read. I’m trying to fix that, but it is slow going, as shifters are still my favorite and I can’t seem to pass up a book with them. I’m adding more and more to my list of horror books that I’ve read.

  13. I’ve never read a King book. My husband has read all his books and have a bookcase full of them.

    The Gunslinger movie has me wanting to try the first book in that series. Now that I see Weber narrates this I might try this one since it’s a short listen.

    • I just realize I had mistyped the length. It is 44 hours long. Whoops. It’s updated now.

  14. A win for me!

  15. I haven’t listened to this on audio, but I love this book. It came out when I was 11 or 12, and I read it once or twice a year for the longest time. And now that I”m thinking about it, it’s been a very long time. I need to read it again. I’m glad you enjoyed it!

    • I remember watching the miniseries on TV when I was in high school. I really enjoyed it. The length of this book kept me from ever trying it. It was much easier for me to tackle on audio. I have more time to listen than read. I was finished in less than a week.


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