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)
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King's Shining is far and above the story presented in the film adaptation. With this version you are provided with context and an opportunity to relate to the main characters. Jack's slow decline into madness is written (and narrated) in such a way where I felt right there with him at times.
My only gripe is that the genuinely horrific parts were too far between. My suspense level was allowed to drop to zero a few times while we were taken back to discover the history of the hotel or the exploration of character back story. All of it necessary to provide framework and explanation, but it didn't serve the thrills and chills aspect for me.
If you're looking for a great depiction of someone slowly going mad and possibly homicidal due to cabin fever and how that works out for him, his wife and their gifted son while they purposefully lock themselves in a confined space over the winter... this book is for you.
If you're looking for a 16-hour Jack Nicholson impression because you liked the movie's one-liners, you won't be pleased.
Better than movie!
Scott gives each character their own voice, each one is very different. Some narrators aren't good at giving the different characters their own spark and personality, but Scott does.
No one character stood out more than the others.
...because the book is a much more well-developed story. I saw the movie as a kid and watched it again just after finishing the novel for the first time. While I can understand why the film is iconic, it is a completely different interpretation of King's story and in my opinion just doesn't have as much depth or emotion. And I'm a Kubrick fan!
The story that most of us know: A writer takes his young family from Vermont out west to Colorado as he has taken a position as caretaker of a secluded hotel during its off season. King tackles issues such as alcoholism, self-esteem, and the strength of the family unit while telling a deliciously frightening story of the demons of the Overlook Hotel. He is one of the most talented storytellers out there, and I spent a good deal of time sitting in my driveway to listen to the end of a chapter before turning the car off and going inside my house.
Campbell Scott put me off at first as a narrator - I thought him to be a little too monotone at first, it was lolling me into a zone, not good when one is driving. But I stuck with him and he did brilliantly acting out the different characters, particularly the violent angry ones and I felt my pulse quicken during those parts.
I know it's said over and over again that the book is always better than the movie, but it's especially true in this case. Please treat yourself to this story, now one of my favorites by King.
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classic stephen king
Danny cause he's so innocent yet so intutive.
Yet again, Danny.
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The realism of the characters...the triumphs, the pitfalls...all of Kings writings have very good character development.
Dick Hallorann..his determination to get back to the Overlook Hotel was memorable and inspiring.
The differences he gave each of the characters to make them unique and you could easily tell them apart without their names being said...
Very good read from Stephen King...master of Horror...but be aware there is some domestic issues that maybe hard to swallow.
I'm a long-standing King fan, but have never read this one. I decided to make this my first Audible selection (since the sequel, "Dr. Sleep" is coming out later this year). I couldn't be happier with my choice of "The Shining". First of all, the story is incredible (everyone knows it from the movie, but reading the book provides an entirely different perspective), and hearing it read by Campbell Scott was spectacular. His ability to convey the story can't be praised highly enough; at every level the performance was brilliant.
No I think they are both the same. Sometimes I listened and lots of times I read.
The speaker was very good.
This was a re-read in anticipation of the sequel coming soon. It felt like reading it for the first time. The context of this story has changd too, it has a lot more information than the movie did and some previously unnoticed continuity with Stephen King's Dark Tower universe now as well.
Jack in the bar.
He did a wonderful job .
It's not as scary now that Ive known the story for so long.
Periodically check your Basal Ganglia.
Less words. He repeats himself again and again.
Yeah, he was OK
A real snoozer. Does not work well in audio fromat
The Shining is a great book. I read it years ago when it first came out. Then came the movie - loved by millions... but if you've only seen the movie - it's quite different from the book and not as good as the book. If you haven't read this book you won't be disappointed. Actually you will be disappointed that you thought the movie was great until you realize the book is even better.
The narrator is excellent. I read another post that complained that his enunciation is very precise and it is. Crisp, clear and exact. Perhaps the other person would prefer a person who speaks in a lazy manner - something I personally don't care for. I give this narrator 5 stars for the excellent reading that really brought SKs book of wonderful prose to life!
I'll always like this book - it's a keeper. Except now, when I next watch the movie - I know I'll be wondering "Why did the producer change that in the movie - why didn't they stick to the book?" The movie would have been so much better.
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