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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Rena Texas, USA 03-02-16
    Rena Texas, USA 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Better Than Movie"

    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.

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    Rhonda Ottem 02-29-16
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    "Great book! Enjoyed the voice of the narrator."

    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!

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    Amazon Customer 02-29-16
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    "Even better than the movie"

    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!

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    Erin Elk Grove, CA 02-27-16
    Erin Elk Grove, CA 02-27-16 Member Since 2015

    No time to read. Ample time to listen.

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    "No room for comparison."
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    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.


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    Michael James Anderson 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Not the best fit for narrator."

    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.

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    M. Rua 02-24-16
    M. Rua 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "awesome!"

    I've seen the movie like everyone else but never read the book. I liked this ending so much better! A great read!

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    Matt 02-22-16
    Matt 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the listen"

    I never found myself bored by the book itself nor cadence of the narrator. Will most likely listen to this again.

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    Nosh F. 02-20-16
    Nosh F. 02-20-16
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    "dry narration"

    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.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendie Storrs Idaho 02-17-16
    Wendie Storrs Idaho 02-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    "great story"

    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!

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    Evan Smith Pennsylvania 02-12-16
    Evan Smith Pennsylvania 02-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, not so great narration"

    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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