finally I've read the novel, after watching Kubrick's film adaptation a hundred times growing up. I had heard King himself hated the film but I don't understand why. I think Kubrick did a good job with the adaptation. They are mostly the same besides small touches and ofcoarse the ending is totally different cuz Jack doesn't freeze in snow here ofcoarse but mainly the film was honest and the changes Kubrick made were better. I liked that the film took out the back story on the hotel and the gangsters and seediness of its past. I also liked the film's ending over the books explosion. (don't wanna spoil novel). Also one thing I strongly disliked in the novel that Kubrick omitted, the shrub animals that came to life multiple times n novel. that part was dumb. All n all the novel wasn't scary as film either. Also King didn't do the best job describing the vastness and sheer size of hotel and the emptiness. I had to keep reminding myself they were in a huge hotel cuz book didn't. All in all its still great story for which a great film was made. And I kno seeing the film first took some of bite of it away but still I did same thing with Kings It which I saw movie before reading the novel and that book still scared the crap out of me, this one didn't.
I have been going through and reading all of Stephen Kings works in order. As a kid I had seen both the movie and TV versions of the Shining, and even so I really enjoyed the book. The book gives a slightly different perspective and greater character depth than both of the video versions. While the book did not come off as frightening (perhaps because I have seen the movies so many times), however I really enjoyed the story.
This was my first audiobook and I absolutely loved it! The book was so creepy. I caught myself often saying "Ewww!" because of the amazing attention to detail during the scary parts. There were some nights it was difficult to sleep after some of the scary parts because oh how amazing of a writer Stephen King is, his attention to detail, describing what the scene looks like, it just comes to life in your imagination. Campbell Scott is an amazing narrator, he gets into all of Stephen Kings characters, you know which character is talking because he changes his voice. I can't wait to listen to my next Stephen King book: Dr. Sleep. And I would love to find more books narrated by Campbell Scott.
As is most often the case, the movie didn't do justice to the story. Too many changes made in the screenplay. Very surprised that Stephen King agreed to such a major change to the ending.
I would recommend this book to all fans of the movie. The book will answer a lot of lingering questions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A bit different than the movie but they usually are. I also enjoyed the narrator's voice. Sent chills down my spine several times!
I was first introduced to The Shining through Stanley Kubrick's artistic and stunning movie portrayal, and was instantly a fan, growing up relishing Kubrick's movies. Finally, as an adult, I realized how critical Stephen King had been of the movie and was curious enough to give The Shining a read - or rather a listen.
I am left utterly impressed by King's talent in the story development, the character development, and the scenic descriptions. His writing is thorough and intuitive. I now understand why he didn't care for Kubrick's version. King's characters have such a depth that I felt I knew each one personally. Furthermore, I sensed a great amount of symbolism in several of the book's themes - especially surrounding alcoholism.
Additionally, I found that the narration by Campbell Scott was above and beyond anything I could have expected. Very colorful and full of talent. Each character had its own voice, and each sound effect was properly chilling. Well done!
No time to read. Ample time to listen.
Having seen the movie one hundred times since I was a kid, reading this book was a blast. The story was haunting and engaging from beginning to end and significantly better than the movie. I completely understand why fans of the book prefer the story over the movie. This was one of the first books to every make me feel a sense of fear or anxiety while reading, which took me by surprise. A lot of this book took me by surprise. You feel like you are just as isolated from the world while listening.
I loved the history that you get about the Overlook Hotel and the small changes in each character as the story progresses. You feel like you're locked in the hotel with the Torrance's.
The narration was a bit slow and boring for my taste. Some parts of the story could have been made more engaging or exciting if the inflection matched the scene a little better.