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The Shining | [Stephen King]

The Shining

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.
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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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    John VALLEJO, CA, United States 06-21-13
    John VALLEJO, CA, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2013

    Interested in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Biographies and great oratory.

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    "A welcome departure from the film"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kymberly NEW HAVEN, CT, United States 05-17-13
    kymberly NEW HAVEN, CT, United States 05-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Wish they kept the movie true to the book!"
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    Better than movie!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Halloran


    What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shining and why?

    No one character stood out more than the others.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 05-16-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 05-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Read this book if you've only seen the film..."

    ...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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna San Francisco, CA 05-15-13
    Donna San Francisco, CA 05-15-13 Member Since 2013

    I love books but dont have time to read them as much anymore. Listening to Audibles since Day One I've been become an addict...I love books that are mainstream popular, whether it be fiction or non-fiction. I'll usually pick my books by reviews. Come check out my reviews to find your next favorite audible!

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    "classic"
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    classic stephen king


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny cause he's so innocent yet so intutive.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    Yet again, Danny.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    no additional comments

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    B. Skaggs United States 05-07-13
    B. Skaggs United States 05-07-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Proceed with Caution"
    What did you love best about The Shining?

    The realism of the characters...the triumphs, the pitfalls...all of Kings writings have very good character development.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dick Hallorann..his determination to get back to the Overlook Hotel was memorable and inspiring.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    The differences he gave each of the characters to make them unique and you could easily tell them apart without their names being said...


    Any additional comments?

    Very good read from Stephen King...master of Horror...but be aware there is some domestic issues that maybe hard to swallow.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer New York State 04-10-13
    Amazon Customer New York State 04-10-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Outstanding with an excellent 'creep' factor"

    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.

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    B. Thomas OKLAHOMA, United States 02-27-13
    B. Thomas OKLAHOMA, United States 02-27-13
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    "Super story and narrator."
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    No I think they are both the same. Sometimes I listened and lots of times I read.


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    The speaker was very good.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Reutes Ole USA 02-19-13
    Reutes Ole USA 02-19-13 Member Since 2011

    Rude Solo

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    "Wicked Read"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shining?

    Jack in the bar.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    He did a wonderful job .


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    It's not as scary now that Ive known the story for so long.


    Any additional comments?

    Periodically check your Basal Ganglia.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Jeanine New York, NY, United States 06-21-13
    Jeanine New York, NY, United States 06-21-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Overwritten"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Less words. He repeats himself again and again.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Anything else


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Campbell Scott?

    Yeah, he was OK


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Boredom


    Any additional comments?

    A real snoozer. Does not work well in audio fromat

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    11-05-12
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    "Just as Awesome as it was when I read it years ago"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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