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3.99998515875133 out of 53.99998515875133 out of 53.99998515875133 out of 53.99998515875133 out of 53.99998515875133 out of 5 4.00 (179,904 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Steven Weber Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2016 ISBN: 9781508217114
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A promise made twenty-eight years ago calls seven adults to reunite in Derry, Maine, where as teenagers they battled an evil creature that preyed on the city’s children. Unsure that their Losers Club had vanquished the creature all those years ago, the seven had vowed to return to Derry if It should ever reappear. Now, children are being murdered again and their repressed memories of that summer return as they prepare to battle the monster lurking in Derry’s sewers once more.

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Quotes & Awards

  • It will overwhelm you…Characters so real you feel you are reading about yourself…scenes to be read in a well-lit room only!”

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A great book…a landmark in literature.”

    Chicago Sun-Times

  • “A sprawling scare-fest.”

    Philadelphia Inquirer

  • “King’s most mature work.”

    St. Petersburg Times

  • “[King’s] best novel since Firestarter.”

    People

  • “For a book with such a tiny title, Stephen King’s It is one huge undertaking. It’s a good thing actor Steven Weber is on board to perform it, all forty-five hours of it. Weber is skilled at wringing out all the emotion, evil, and mystery in King’s book.”

    AudioFile

  • “The amazingly prolific King returns to pure horror, pitting good against evil as in The Stand and The Shining…the requisite thrills are in abundance, and King’s depiction of youngsters is extraordinarily accurate and sympathetic…King is a born storyteller, and It will undoubtedly be in high demand among his fans.”

    Library Journal

  • It is a great story full of memorable events, places, and characters…what I like most about It, and what separates the book from much of the rest of King’s oeuvre, is its thoughtful exploration of that amorphous crossing of the bar from youth to maturity…It is a horrific page turner with deeper literary ambitions that it mostly fulfills.”

    SFFAudio.com

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Judy | 2/4/2014

    " I read this some time ago when I was going through a Stephen King phase. I found it disturbing. To this day clowns frighten me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kehbeth | 2/1/2014

    " Definitely one of the scarier Stephen King books I've read - though I've finished it, I'm more terrified of clowns now than whilst reading it. The ending is rather well done for King despite what people have to say. It is long but King's signature writing style makes it go by quickly and keeps you turning the pages. The only problem I have with the book is the lack of connection that I felt with the characters. Though their histories are very well developed, as well their personalities, I just felt this disconnect throughout the entire book. I think it may be from the way the reader is presented with two slices of time, one from the characters' childhood and one from their adulthood while little is given about the time in between. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Isero | 1/23/2014

    " This is my favorite book by Stephen King. I read it the summer after sixth grade, and I identified very much with the characters. It was probably the first *big book* that I read, and I remember reading it voraciously, being scared, and feeling weird at the end. The parts when the characters were adults were above my head, but the rest was very compelling. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/23/2014

    " Overall, this book was probably worth reading. At almost 1100 pages, that's saying quite a lot. However, a length between 300 and 600 pages would have really improved the overall experience. The length made it impossible to really maintain suspense simply due to the amount of time required to get through it. Also, it felt Bill Denbrough was a clear stand-in for Stephen King, so the relentless singing of Bill's praises got a little old. On the positive side, the ending was pretty good, and did justice to the long, slow buildup, which is rare for books that attempt to be epic. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Yosh Waters | 1/5/2014

    " My favorite King novel. It's amusing that King mentions in his book On Writing that a writer must be brief and not include extraneous description, while he has been notorious for doing exactly that and this is no exception. IT has to be looked at not as a single story (which, if it is, the story is remarkably shorter than this thick volume appears) but as a description of a time period - the late 50's - in a small town on the east coast where terrible things are happening. It's not just about a monster, it's about human nature. Like with a lot of King's best works, the heroes are children - and this is what makes it so scary, because they are the ones we least want to see these things happening to. If you grew up reading Goosebumps or Animorphs or any of those other series with good clean western kids defying the odds to save the day... this book will have quite the effect on you. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Philip | 1/4/2014

    " This was so close to being another amazing book by King, but it got really weird and wildly inappropriate at the end and just really messed up my ability to enjoy the characters I had learned so much about. This must be a prime example of one of King's famous bad endings. I don't regret listening to the audiobook, but will probably not re-read it. Steven Weber's narration was outstanding, one of the best performances I've heard lately. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 She-ra's A' DragQueen | 1/4/2014

    " I'm good on this one... a bunch of grown up nerds fighting a sewer clown? Fuck's sake man, come up with something slightly plausible. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Amy | 1/1/2014

    " Amazing...but I saw the movie 1 million times first and it was almost exactly the same. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tanith | 12/23/2013

    " Terrified me as much as the Movie did when I was a kid....though linked a lot of his bad characters. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jujues | 11/23/2013

    " Stephen King is the master and this book scared the $#&! out of me. Must be because I am scared of clowns! Great story - great read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracey Fahy | 11/9/2013

    " I was a little let down by the last chapter but it was still a great journey to get there!!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/22/2013

    " Best book I think I have ever read. It was so scary. I once heard that Stephen Kings his ideas from his dreams, if that is true then he has got some pretty messed up dreams. This book was great I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lucy Garcia (Cooper) | 9/6/2013

    " Awesome...until the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Martinez | 8/11/2013

    " One of my all time favorite King books! To this day, I think of it as I get near drainage grates, etc.! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mitch | 5/23/2013

    " The best fiction book that I have ever read. Stephen King's inhuman passion for detail keeps this book from being rushed or glanced over. From begining to end, he never pulls any punches. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Midwifetobe | 5/17/2013

    " Scary book in two parts about an evil clown who lives in the sewer and frightens children and even murders a couple and their journey into adulthood still haunted by this evil monster "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sal | 12/4/2012

    " This book is one of King's best works. I loved this book. It is one one of King's scariest, and for King's books I feel the scarier it is, the better. A brilliant read!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Laura Jess | 9/28/2012

    " My absolute favorite book when growing up. I just reread it and while I didn't have the some awesome book feeling, it was a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 John | 9/16/2012

    " One of the great books of Kings career --- still thinking about it years later and would recommend it to anyone. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nancy Lin | 7/3/2012

    " Scared the crap out of me "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron Lawson | 5/11/2012

    " Scared the crap outta me!!! Scar I'll never heal "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan Krwlng | 3/31/2012

    " Despues de 5 meses logre terminar uno de los mejores libros que he leido en mi vida por segunda vez... Tantas emociones encontradas en esas mas de 1500 paginas sobre los miedos y la amistad... Jamas voy a dejar de admirar a Stephen... Aqui abajo todos flotamos, y tu tambien flotaras :D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maureen Mantrop-utterback | 11/6/2011

    " very long....read it after the movie the first time. Can't get tired of reading Stephen King "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Frank | 10/7/2011

    " Very good.... especially if you read it when you are younger... =D "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michelle Floyd | 8/6/2011

    " I never saw the movie and was going through a "Stephen King Phase" where I had to read all his books. This book was SO good. Detailed, descriptive and could take you to the past and back to present time without skipping a beat. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kiesha Runion | 7/28/2011

    " as a person with a clown fear this book was scary as hell. if only the movie was as great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan Loach | 7/19/2011

    " It's been a long, long time since I read this beast of a book but I bloody loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charles | 6/3/2011

    " Best book I've ever read... period. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rosa | 5/28/2011

    " Awesome book. A must read for fans of horror and suspense "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MissJimix | 5/25/2011

    " As one of the many kids that were scared to death when the movie came out I just HAD to read this book. It was too long and depressing for my liking. Almost made me want to vomit at some point. Great development of the characters, it really does feel like you are reading about real people. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Charles | 5/23/2011

    " Stephen King is sick. What he makes the kids do at the end of the book, should be illegal to even write about! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 5/23/2011

    " Loved the book, loved the movie! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 5/23/2011

    " Very freaky book. Can be a little confusing at times, but an overall good sci-fi thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stel | 5/21/2011

    " Everything was superb, until the alien spider. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chilly | 5/18/2011

    " I think this was my favorite book from Stephen King! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jamie | 5/18/2011

    " This book scared the crap out of me. I'm still afraid of clowns to this day! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather | 5/17/2011

    " Normally I really like King's longer-winded books, but this one was really hard to get through without occasionally thinking that not everything was necessary to include. I still enjoyed it but it's definitely not one of my favorites from Stephen King. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ryan | 5/17/2011

    " This book is to far out there to even be scary ... haven´t read any thing else by King, and this book didn´t make me want to try any more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia | 5/16/2011

    " Read this back in the day, and then saw the movie. The book was alot better than the movie. Big book, but it's a page turner! "

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

About the Narrator

Steven Weber, an actor and an Earphones Award–winning narrator, made his film debut in 1984 in The Flamingo Kid and has since acted in numerous films and television series, including Wings and The Shining. He has also appeared in many stage productions, including National Anthems and the Broadway musical The Producers.