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Based on the description and reviews, I felt sure I would like this. Unfortunately I found it so unbearable that I couldn't finish. The characters did not resonate for me - I didn't care about anyone, and while I found the story at first interesting, the overall tone quickly became maudlin and sickly sweet. I've enjoyed this narrator on other books, but in this one his voice sounded like one long extended sigh...frankly I found this book depressing. I'm glad others enjoyed it; I just couldn't.
I've read The Shining multiple times; it remains one of my all-time favorite books - ditto the movie. I was a bit reticent to listen to the audio version as I didn't want to taint my love of the story with the wrong narration. I had nothing to worry about - Campbell Scott is perfect for this book. I consider this King's masterpiece - even after multiple readings/listenings/viewings, The Shining still thrills and captivates me - and yes, it still sends shivers up my spine.
A wonderfully written story about the dark side of small town life. The author uses multiple points of view to great effect; unfolding a tale that is both horrifying and mesmerizing. The desperation of poverty looms large, but there is kindness as well, and fierce loyalty to family and friends. I loved the narrators' voices, which felt authentic and just right to me. Wonderful story, narration and characters. Highly entertaining. A win on all levels.
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