This book has been sitting on my bookshelf forever, about 30 years! I find big books very daunting, and this one is 1,116 pages! I decided to listen tThis book has been sitting on my bookshelf forever, about 30 years! I find big books very daunting, and this one is 1,116 pages! I decided to listen to the audiobook, and I borrowed it on Overdrive through my local library. The only problem is that the lending period is only three weeks, and then I was back in queue to wait to borrow it again. Well, I had to end up getting my own audiobook to finish it because I was #38 on the waiting list. It took me about four weeks of listening to finish this. So, was it worth it? It is satisfying to have finally read it, but it didn’t give me the thrills and chills that I was hoping for! Also, I think it could definitely have been pared down a bit.
I think most of us have a vague idea of what the book is about. Something bad happens to a group of kids in 1957, there’s an evil clown involved, and the kids grow up and return to their hometown in 1984 to finish off what they started as kids.
I loved learning about the 27-year cycle and tracing It back through history. I also enjoyed jumping back and forth between the two time periods, and seeing how the kids turned out as adults. I was excited when they reunited in Derry, and I was rooting for them all. That is, until it is revealed how Bev united the group. Seriously?! (view spoiler)[ A gangbang is what gave the group of kids their power? I’m taking a star off for that. Ugh, that spoiled the story for me. I was very disappointed with where King went with that. What was the point?? Sheer shock value? The kids said numerous times that they loved each other. Did they really have to give up their innocence? (hide spoiler)]
There are a lot of disturbing and cruel deaths, and the ones involving children and animals are always are the worst. The book opened with Georgie, and then later there is another child who drowns in the toilet. Listening to how Henry watched the poisoned dog die just turned my stomach.
As I mentioned earlier, I didn’t find the book particularly scary but the 2017 movie trailer made me jump.
Narrator Steven Weber did a great job keeping me entertained through this extremely long tome! 45 hours is a huge investment of my time, and I don’t think I would have gotten through reading this one. The audiobook definitely made it easier for me, and Weber is a great storyteller. His Richie voice always made me smile, and I did shudder a little every time I heard Pennywise. Weber breathed life into each character, and I think he nailed it!
I was very moved by Strayed’s inspiring tale of personal growth, and I felt her highs and lows as though I were right there with her!
I’ve wanted to reI was very moved by Strayed’s inspiring tale of personal growth, and I felt her highs and lows as though I were right there with her!
I’ve wanted to read this book for a long time. When I first heard about this young woman who dared to traverse the Pacific Crest Trail (“PCT”) on a solo journey, I was immediately intrigued. She was only 26 years old at the time, and the 1,100 mile hike on the Western coast took her approximately three months. My heart broke as Cheryl talked about the loss of her mother at the tender age of 22, and then the gradual distance that grew between her and her step-dad. Her biological father left when she was just a young child, and he was abusive. Cheryl married at 19, and she completely unravels after her mother’s death. She cheats on her husband, but they have an amicable divorce. Even though they still loved each other, they knew it was better to end it and they stayed friends. When she becomes addicted to heroin, it is her ex who intervenes.
Cheryl learned about the PCT one day while standing in line at a store. She saw a book about the PCT and it left a mark on her. Later, she went back to buy the book. She felt that she had found her calling, that this was something that she was meant to do.
Even though Cheryl made some unwise decisions (who doesn’t?), I loved her gutsy spunk! Doing what she did took a lot of courage and strength, and I cheered her on while listening to this remarkable story. I cannot fathom the physical toil that her body went through, but it seemed therapeutic for her. It was as though the physical pain helped to heal her heart. It was a journey for her soul.
"The father's job is to teach his children how to be warriors, to give them the confidence to get on the horse to ride into battle when it's necessary to do so. If you don't get that from your father, you have to teach yourself."
Bernadette Dunne was a good fit for Cheryl’s voice. There were points in the book that I was moved to tears by the pain and despair in Dunne’s voice. At times, I forgot that it wasn’t actually Cheryl telling the story. I think that comment speaks volumes about how authentic Dunne’s narration was.