"Chilling October Read!"
This book delivers all of the traditional ideas that you'd imagine in a horror story! It's perfect to read through October, upcoming Halloween, or any other time of the year that you want to frighten & interest yourself in a chilling tale from Stephen King's brain.
Probably other Stephen King novels, as they all seem to link together in his fantastic storytelling way.
His despondent reading made the characters come to life, all appearing bleak but interesting for reasons I don't even really understand.
From start to finish I was gripped.
"Pre listen to Dr Sleep"
As it was a long time since I had seen 'The Shining', and I couldn't remember if I had actually read it, I decided to listen before I tried the sequel 'Dr Sleep'
I am so glad I did. I remember the film as scarey, but don't remember really understanding the characters, who seemed to be a little two dimensional. The main purpose of the film seemed to scare, but not to really involve you.
The book is so different. OK, it is scarey, but it is Stephen King! However to me, the difference is that I understood and empathised much more with all the characters who really came to life, and I too now want to know what happened to them after The Shining.
I heard that King didn't really care for the screen adaptation, I can understand why.
The narration of the characters is good, but at times the surrounding description of unfolding events lacks atmosphere. While I consider it could be better, it does not, for me, detract from the unfolding story, so, to those, like me, whose remembrance is based on the screen adaptation, I would wholeheartedly recommend listening to this audiobook.
one of the most impressive audiobook performances I have come across out if the 50 or so I have listened to. never read the book and glad I experienced it like this for the first time.
". . . . beyond Imagination . . . ."
My apologise first to Stanley but the film stole and tainted the incredible writing of this masterpiece
even although I know this story inside out it was a totally different experience having it read to me.
"A solid performance and story."
Love the dead pan narration. He voiced Jack perfectly.
The catchphrases and rhymes throughout got more and more funny and eery.
The bar scene when Jack finally looses his marbles.
I think theres already a decent film out there.
"Addictive but scary as shell!!"
Danny's strength as a kid through the ordeal he went through, I would have ended up a basket case after all that, OMG!!
Very good and a great accompaniment to the movie, as good as Jack Nicolson played the lead as an actor!!
When Jack turns back to his normal self for a moment and tells Danny to run and get out of The Overlook! The last moment of lucid sanity .
Great book and story
"great listen from 1st word to last."
brilliant story brilliantly narrated. just like reading a book but while working too. Shine on.
"Quite different from the film but a good listen"
It's the same as the print version so no difference to report.
Other books by Stephen King. Although there are lots of paranormal elements to it; this story really reads as an exploration of alcohol addiction and it's impact on families. It is humorous, sad, desolate, hopeful, moving and terrifying in equal measure. To me, it is akin to something like Pet Sematary (child bereavement/paranormal/horror) or even Cujo (he just wants to be a good dog). This is quite different in many ways to the film so don't be expecting elevators of blood or creepy twins. There are much more worse things waiting...
Yes I think so now I have got used to it. At first I wasn't sure how I was going to get on but by the end I loved it. Dannnnyyyyy.....
The turbulent relationship between Danny and his father Jack. They love each other so deeply but they're both badly hurt by Jack's alcoholism. Their relationship really brought a tear or two to my eyes.
This was a good audio book. Although uncertain at first about the narration, I really grew into it. Some parts of the story can get a little slow (i.e. the history of the Overlook and of Horace Derwent and other shady characters) but it was much more contextual than the film. Jack's abusive relationship with his father is also explored and a parallel is drawn with his relationship with his son. This 'history repeats itself' thing tied in very nicely with the recurring murders and suicides in the bloodthirsty history of the Overlook.
"I didn't really get into it.."
Campbell Scott was great it was more the story which kind of bored me.
Not for me no, it was a bit of a pain to get through it.
I started actually reading the book as I always wanted to read it but as I am not huge on reading I switched to audiobook and unfortunately it didn't make it better. I kept drifting off while listening to it. I don't know why. I just didn't feel it. One of my favourite books is Stephen King's "The stand" but after all the hype about The Shining I am disappointed. Never even seen the film, tried to watch it the other day but switched it off after 15 minutes.