A less monotone voice with more variation would have made this a more enjoyable experience. I was listing to this while on a road trip with my family and could only bare to listen for half an hour before I was wanting to fall asleep. I have listened to other audio books for up to 8 hours before wanting to shut it off.
Also, often times the delivery of the sentences left for some confusion about who was talking or exactly what was happening in the story line. Many occasions I was wondering if it was Danny or his mother speaking.
I have not picked what I am going to listen to next.
It was monotone and hard to follow.
I grew up less than an hour from the Stanley Hotel in Estes Park, CO and it has been my dream for over 6 years to spend a night in the beautiful, yet supposedly haunted hotel. I was excited to listen to the Shining because it is based off of Stephen King's stay in the hotel. I was sadly disappointed in how un-terrifying, simplistic, and predictable the plot line was.
I had read The Shining in 1977, when it was released. I saw the movie, and was disappointed that it strayed so far from the book. I have decided to listen to the recent King release Dr Sleep, which is a sequel to The Shining, so I thought it would be a great idea to refresh my memory - A wonderful decision - Reading King is fun, hearing his words read to you is a whole new enjoyable experience. So happy I made the choice.
The performance of Campbell Scott was superb.
I think he handled all of the characters very well.
The finale, of course - The rescue, and the demolition of the evil hotel...
I read the shining when it first came out. Recently I started listening to audio books. The PERFORMANCE is really important in audio books. Not all are created equal but honestly I figured since King's "The Shining" is a classic that the performance would have been stellar, but no. Very disappointed.
It's a classic. Great story. King at his very best.
Very monotone. Try comparing this to a reading of "the name of the rose" BIG difference.
The book, it performance? The book is great, the performance, disappointing.
This is definitely in the top ten of the audio books I have listened to.
I don't really have a favorite character, as all of them are interesting.
I enjoyed the scene with the moving yard sculpture animals coming to life.
early in the book as the lives of the main characters were being revealed. The depth of their lives and the trials they had gone through
I thought I knew the story from watching the movie several times, but the book is much much deeper. The book allows you to fully understand how fragile each of the character's minds were before heading to the resort. The fact that the resort took them over is not much of a surprise, but how they ended up dealing with it was. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found it a nice companion to Dr. Sleep, which is also a must listen to.
The story was great, much more in depth than the movie. I would have to say the gentleman who narrated the book did a fantastic job.
I tried really hard to listen to the book but the narrator was just awful. I forced myself to listen for a few hours and then switched to reading it on the kindle. I tried to listen again when it got more exciting but still no good. Monotone, no character differentiation, just blah.
I had read this when it came out and thought the story was decent but had no burning desire to read it again (which I seldom do anyway.) But when Doctor Sleep came out with Will Patton, who I think is a great narrator, I felt that I had to listen/read again or I would miss too much of Doctor Sleep.
The story itself didn't really stand the test of time it was a little slow paced for today. There were still some excellent passages, I still love the hedge animal sequences but I ended up reading them on the kindle anyway.
I haven't listened to any other books by this narrator and I think I probably won't. At least I will listen to the full audio sample before considering it.
Agreeing with all the reviewers who stated this book is much different and has more depth than the awesome movie based on this novel, I prefer the book even though I loved the movie. The descriptive skills, unforced metaphors and the raw story telling ability this author showcases, makes this one of his best books ever published. I read this just to refresh my memory before purchasing the recently released sequel Dr. Death. I am so glad I did. The narrator is outstanding and nailed it!
I am from the Central Valley in California. I love books, spoken and read, and am always looking for a good mystery, sci-fi, or fantasy novel.
I can't begin to say what a good performance means in terms of listening to a book. I had to stop two chapters in. The flat affect was too much to continue with.
The build-up and development of the characters and the Overlook Hotel. Usually I don't like TOO much build-up in a book, but I found myself wanting to know more. Having seen the Jack Nicholson movie, I wanted to know more about the characters, and this book was so much better than the movie!
The scene where Jack returns to the ballroom to talk to Lloyd. You get such a sense of everything finally falling into place (or falling to pieces for Jack), yet still having questions to be revealed later.
I've never listened to one of his performances before. In the beginning, I didn't think I was going to enjoy his narration because he was a little unemotional and even-voiced, but once the story got running, he really shined and I realized that he was perfect for this story all along.
Just that "edge-of-your-seat" feeling to see what happens next. I couldn't wait for the next time I was going to listen to this story! Knowing it was different from the movie, I was excited with the directions it went.
This was my second Stephen King book, and after finishing it, I realized why this book is considered a classic and why Mr. King developed such a fan base. If you can set your mindset to the late 1970's for this book, prepare for a very detailed descent into madness.
Yes, if you have only seen the movies, this has more background. The second movie (1997) follows the book very closely, so I was already familiar with the story, but the book gives the reader a better understanding of what is going on inside Danny's head.
I liked the character of Wendy the best- in the book. In the movies she is always portrayed as an idiot. In the book she is more "human" I could relate to Wendy in a way I just could not in the movies.
Campbell Scott did a nice job of capturing the feelings of rage that surge from a hidden place deep inside Jack. As a reader, I don't think I would have picked up on or experienced the conflicting emotions of the characters by just reading it on my own.
I'm not sure I'd have the time to sit and listen to the whole book at once. I enjoy King's books, but they are a bit long.