It by Stephen King
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It Audiobook by Stephen King is considered to be one of the scariest and the best work of Stephen King, published in 1986. The plot opens in a fictitious town of Derry. During the 1950s there are seven children, aged around 11 years who form a band for friendship and protection-the “Loser’s Club”.They become the targets for “IT” in the form of “Pennywise the Dancing Clown”. Shortly there are five murders, the first of which is Stuttering Bill’s little brother Georgie. Bill feels compelled to end this evil that he can sense on the streets of Derry. His friends also join his cause and he ends up becoming their leader.
The group gets united and they summon the strength and courage to face IT. They also come to a pact that if IT returns they will also return to face the same. Mike, one of the members of the Loser’s Club is the only one who stays behind in Derry as others move to different places with time. Mike becomes the librarian in Derry. Mike does some research on IT and finds that IT comes back after a few years in a repeating pattern. IT feeds off the fear and anger.
The town of Derry is the host of IT. Mike gathers information and finds out in the 1980s that IT has returned. He takes it upon himself to inform the members of the Loser’s Club and ask them to come back and reunite to fight with IT. At this time all the other group members are well off and settled in their careers. Whether Mike can get the others to come and face the beast and if and how they reunite to face IT forms the remainder of the story.
It Audiobook by Stephen King received critical acclaim. It won the British Fantasy Award in 1987 and got nominated for the Locus and World Fantasy Award. Publisher’s Weekly listed it as the best-selling novel in the US in 1986. The plot is creepy and filled with horror and King’s narrative sends shivers down the reader’s spine.
The characters of the children and their horror and suffering has been craftily captured by the author. The novel is a timeless classic and one of the best horror novels ever written. This is a must-read for all readers and should not be missed.