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)
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.
Classic Steven King, which I love! I wasn't "thrilled" with the narrator. In the beginning I didn't know if I would make it through the whole book. Slow monotone voice. The book could have been much more thrilling had the narration been different. He did grow on me and he has a beautiful voice, just didn't fit this story.
I have become quite the Steven King fan of late, but this book didn't do it for me. Regarding the writing, my biggest problem had to do with b the inconsistent voice given to the five year old child who is one of the main characters in the story. To often it makes sudden transitions from thinking and spelling from the perspective of a small boy to that of a grown wise adult. Occasionally, King makes references to how special and beyond his years the child's is, but to often the boy cannot express even a simple vocabulary word (presumably due to his young age), yet at other times his inner vocabulary could rivals that of a young college student. The other major problem with this title came from what I felt was poor narration. The narrator feels emotionless, disconnected, and somewhat robotic in his connection to the material until the final quarter of the story. Honestly, if it wasn't for my trust in Kings storytelling, I would have quit on this book after the first twenty chapters. This is the first audible book I have read that just plain felt long, and I attribute this feeling to the uninspired narration.
the awesome tale, drones by the narrator just killed it! Will Patton would knock this tale out of the park! please re-record someday. I'd totally without hesitation, repurchase this, if read by someone who DID NOT DRONE!
The story itself is pretty good, definitely accessible and not overly dated at all. The narrator is very deadpan and monotone, with a few exceptions. When he gets to a part where a character is excited or shouting, he does this odd whisper-yell thing that really doesn't do a very good job of conveying the emotion of the character. Despite this, it certainly wasn't unlistenable. All around, I'd say it's worth the price.
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