Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.
©1977 Stephen King (P)2005 Random House Audio
"A master storyteller." (Los Angeles Times)
"He's the author who can always make the improbable so scary you'll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door." (The Boston Globe)
"Scary!... Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace." (The New York Times)
Unexpected. Chilling. OMG.
If you WATCHED The Shining, you don't KNOW The Shining.
I originally wanted to download Dr. Sleep, the follow-up to The Shining. Luckily, the very first review I read of Dr. Sleep stated how great of a follow-up that was to the BOOK, not the movie. So I decided to revisit The Shining first, then proceed to Dr. Sleep.
I'm so glad I did. The book does way, way, more than the movie (even though I'm still a fan of the film), ever could. And, so much is missing in the movie than what is in the book--SO much--and a lot is misconstrued. Now I mention this not to berate the movie, because that will always be a gem in and of itself. I mention it because, like my headline says, If you WATCHED The Shining, you don't KNOW The Shining. This book is exceptional and there's is much to discover. Well, well worth the read--or should I say--listen.
Which brings us to the next point, Campbell Scott does a fascinating job narrating. He does marvelous voices which help you know which character is speaking and when. And the voices are never cheesy or overdone. He also does a magnificent job in conveying the emotions of the characters. --Not to be confused with him interpreting the emotions.
I would listen to this again and again. I literally got the chills, goosebumps, and would find myself shuddering throughout this entire read. King is a genius.
I haven't, but would love to listen to more.
An adaptation of The Shining. And I would stress "adaptation."
Life is too short to waste on bad authors.
Yes it was. While it starts off a little on the slow side, the reader soon realizes that they will be taken on a journey of the various character's internal thoughts and emotions regarding the other characters.
The hedge animals. That's all I'm going to say. Oh and Mr. Halloran was a very sympathetic character.
No, I haven't this is my first listening experience with him as a narrator.
Suspense is the best word for it. The fact that I was listening to this book during a Nor'easter here in NY did add to the ambience. The way King writes and the way Mr. Scott narrates the internal dialogue of the character, I felt I was truly inside the characters' heads.
While the book did feel slow moving, I encourage prospective listeners to hang in there because King is building a psychological/emotional foundation for the three members of the Torrance family .. .then when they move into the hotel, you start to feel it unravel.
Honestly Awesome...The story is fantastic...The narration is superb...This book never offers a dull moment, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout! You wont be disappointed
The scenes regarding room 217 were creepy as creepy can be. And Campbell Scott's voice was spot on for the mood.
This is one of those horror stories that pass the test of time. Do not be discouraged by the fact that Stephen King is a very popular/mainstream writer, he is a FANTASTIC storyteller. And this audiobook edition will send shivers down your spine.
I really don't think so, since once you know the story, it takes the thrill away.
The way the characters changed mood.
Incredible how he changed tempo, voice!
Danny, wonderfull talented kid!
Usually I can't read a book after seeing the movie. It is too distracting to have the movie images in my head, but this book was so different in so many ways from the film. I loved the film, but the movie was so so so much better. Loved all 10+ hours of it, and wished it could go on longer. But thankfully there is "Doctor Sleep" which I am downloading now.
If you loved the movie, treat yourself to this.
As a knitter and designer, I love to read but resent anything that takes me away from my knitting. Audiobooks allow me to multi-task: I can knit while I catch up on my reading. This is fantastic for me.
The novel is much better than the movie, which i watched first. Having the audiobook gives me the best of both worlds.
Been on/off with Audible since '07, when I found myself long-term in China, desperate for English language books. Love a good story.
I've listened to this audiobook at least three times. It's a classic and King at his best. Great narration and a descent into madness that is gripping and exciting every time.
This is only my 3rd King book, but I have added many more books to my wish list. I previously read "Doctor Sleep" and enjoyed it so much that I had to go back and listen to this one. Seriously, not disappointed. Can't wait to listen to more from him!
Willy Wonka of it
Because Dr Sleep was coming out and billed as a sequel to "The Shining", I figured it was time to finally listen to the critically-acclaimed source material.
I'm not sure I can say much that others have not said repeatedly over the decades, but this book was worth the hype. It's classic King told in a manner to actually elicit chills as you listen.
Though it's not 100% necessary, you'll definitely want to listen to this before Dr Sleep.
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