The Shining starts off somewhat more slowly than many of King's other works, but it is more than worth pushing through the initial chapters to get to the meat of the plot, which revolves around the growing sense of dread and ultimately much worse visited upon the Torrance family by certain not very nice spirits inhabiting the Overlook Hotel, an isolated playground for the rich and aimless in the Colorado Rockies, where Jack Torrance, the father, is hired to serve as winter caretaker. Although there are some heart-pounding horror story moments, the reason this book shines, as it were, is the depth of the characters and their attempt to make the best of an increasingly gloomy and ultimately perilous situation. Few writers can do character development in the midst of a story featuring the supernatural as well as King can, and even fewer can make a five-year-old kid one of the heroes of a novel without coming across as overly sentimental and fluffy. Scott does a solid job narrating this book, although some of his regional accents were less than convincing.
I already have recommended this book to several people. If you like twisted, creepy, and yet brilliant writing this book is for you.
The character development was masterful!
The narrator was terrible. He was dry and monotone through most of the book. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that I could pick upon his subtle voice inflections for different characters. Although his voice for Crazy Jack Torrence was pretty good.
I have read, and listened to a lot of so called scary books. This is the first book I have ever actually got a little creeped out.
Fantastic book! Weak narration, but worth the listen.
the narrated hardly tried to change his voice for the different characters.
great story but impossible to liten to.
Say something about yourself!
Well I've read this book twice before. The audiobook version is ok. Bad narration.
There aren't any books quite like this. Very original.
No. All characters sound exactly the same. If I had never read this, it would be more difficult to tell. He reads completely in monotone. He also sounds a little bored. Narrators can ruin amazing books. Enjoyable but could be way better. He doesn't add any drama to the story.
Why would someone want to rename the book? Silly question.
I see a lot of comments about the Stanly Kubrick movie. Firstly, that is complete trash. This is the real story of the Torrance family. The movie could never compare to this, ever. In the 90's there was a mini-series made of this book. Not a great movie but a far better adaption the what Kubrick did. Steven Weber plays Jack Torrance. He read "IT" for audible and did an amazing job. I wish he could have read this. However, this is an audiobook site. Let's save the reviews for the book. Not movies.
Born and raised in the Charlestown section of Boston. Irish-American, music (punk rock), crime & history, or anything having to do with those are my favorite subjects.
The Shining was a book I had always wanted to read, having heard how different it was from the movie. I wasn't sure if that was good or bad because that was a classic horror movie. So many quotable scenes & lines.
However, after listening to this book on Audible, I found it to be much better! It is completely different, but in a GREAT way!
It not only has plot twists & scenes not in the movie, but also the characters are studied in much more detail and we see & feel what they do. It drags you in & makes you feel like you are snowed in at The Overlook.
I wish they could do a movie that was true to the book but also, with the great acting & scenes that were such a major part of the film.
In ending, this was a great piece of writing that explores many more subjects that are beyond a simple "horror" story.
If you liked the movie- you'll love the book. Truly a masterpiece of the horror and supernatural. The narration was a perfect. It brought out the suspense and characters... A definite must listen for any Stephen King fan. Bravo!
A busy lady, just tryin' to fit her reading in where she can!
To anyone who loves a spooky story, this is a classic, the movies stay somewhat true to the story lines, but do not have the same character development as the book. I would highly recommend this audiobook.
I honestly haven't read too many haunted house or haunted hotel stories, so i don't have good comparison.
The depth of the character voices and personalities really shines through Mr. Scott's reading.
It was a film and a tv mini series.
I love this book, I have read this book about 5 times, so when I saw it on audible and thought let's see what the voice does for the story, since it was not the one I made in my mind. It was wonderful, I fell in love with the book all over again! So much better than I thought it would be!