I was hoping that the book would be way more in depth than the movie. It was… but in the wrong way. The first 4 hours of this book are like walking through mud, but things finally pick up, so I stuck to it! I loved the concepts involved with "The Shining" - an ability only some people possess in different amounts. I love that we get to see the insights of a young boy dealing with issues way beyond his years… But does this wonderful concept have to be lost in such a dull, "haunted house" story with cheap thrills? The horror parts of the story were unimaginative and while the Overlook Hotel itself was the most clever "character", it could have used more excitement, exploration, intelligence, and consistent follow-through. All-in-all it was less of a psychological thriller as it was a haunted house, ghost story. I have little-to-no respect for Jack's character, even his backstory is a bore. Wendy is quite plain and lacks depth. Danny is fascinating, but the book didn't satisfy my cravings for more of "The Shining" within Danny and (any) others. With all the background stories and inner dialogues, I would think I would feel something for these characters, but not really. I'm completely emotionless towards these characters and don't care if they even make it or not. Wow, harsh, I know. Towards the end, I just wanted to get through the book so I could be finished with it and move on.
Undoubtedly propulsive, scary, and enthralling, The Shining is one of Mr. King's best books, and for many reasons that cannot belong to the same conversation as Kubrick's great (but divergent) film. There are scenes of a wild imagination on display, involving snow covered hedge animals and faces expressed in gaping wounds as the book teaches its climax, ideas and images that truly separate this work from its celluloid counterpart. While not always entirely successful, this is also one of King's more lyrical and serious literary efforts. Campbell Scott's audio performance gives distinct and believable voices to each of the novel's varied cast of characters, and his reading is clear and vibrant. The fifteen hours of listening flew by for this reader.
You can never go wrong with King. if you've seen the movie but think you don't need to read the book you are mistaken. so much more in these pages. you will not be disappointed.
I have recently come to read Stephen King's works after starting with the Dark Tower series and then craving for more of his writing. I have seen the Kubrickian version of this book and man does it fall short. I thought the movie was good, but this book blew me away, like IT. Highly recommended and the narration was also excellent. Campbell Scott did a wonderful job.
I decided to revisit this book after listening to Dr. Sleep; it's fantastic. I completely forgot what a gem it is. The narrator is very good as well. I highly recommend it.
King has surely earned his name in more ways than one with this novel. Very descriptive and touching deeply into the human condition, the environment is colorful. It feels real other than the supernatural bits.
I was afraid to start my audible journey, but King's brilliant story telling was given its due justice by the reader. I loved it all from start to finish.