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)
I'm an avid fiction reader mostly. I listen to a lot of mystery/thriller/sci fi/fantasy/ adventure stories.
I read this book in high school and really loved it, so I thought it would be nice to revisit it 20 years later. I just recently finished "It" and thought that Steven Weber did a wonderful job of reading. So excitedly I purchased this book with high expectations. It is a great story and I love audiobooks so I was really pumped to listen to it while I work. Thankfully I don't drive for a living because this narrator would have caused me to fall asleep at the wheel. His voice was completely monotone through the whole book up until the stories climax when he finally put some kind of emotion in Jack's voice. About halfway through the book he started giving the characters their own voices but still left out all forms of expression and emotion. It's really a shame too because this truly is a great story.
The narrator was shockingly in tune with the characters and made it more gripping than the actual book ; the author is my favorite in the world and that should go without saying was why I tried this story .
I will always Love all the characters in this story and I find qualities in them all that I either find in myself or some close to me but Dick Hallorann's character I would have to say was another reason I chose this story . Why ? ....He was a " key " character in helping explain the whole situation .
I would have to say that he " crushed it " !!!! I was pleasantly surprised by his grip of the story and way of getting the listener feeling involved with what is going on .
I tried to but time did not permit it .
I would be listening to this again ; even after the first time I finish it .
Riveting, terrifying, repulsive and compelling. With the taunting limericks pulling you down the rabbit hole until you pass them up in eagerness. Then they start chasing. An excellently nuanced performance.
This is King's iconic masterpiece (now with a sequel!) about an alcoholic father's descent into madness.
If you've only seen the movies, prepare yourself for something different and much better. For those of you from broken homes, prepare to recall those dark emotions because King knows them, too.
This book is scary. The realism of abuse (child and alcohol) and madness can be overwhelming, even with the supernatural elements at play inside and around the Overlook Hotel.
Read The Shining (thankfully before I saw the movie) when I was pretty young and wanted to see if it was just as scary. May have been a bit more terrified in 7th grade, but Cambell Scott's perfect narration creeped me on a wonderous new level! I couldn't wait to get in bed to stay up way too late listening...
Totally stands the test of time, and creepy enough to make me want to sleep with the lights on! The narrator is great, too. He is able to create distinct and easily distinguishable characters while maintaining believability. Overall, I would say it's fantastic!
Love to work, read, eat, take walks and laugh at cartoons. Still hoping to see Tokyo again.
I read the book first and then I watched the movie. The book gave me goose bumps. The movie was good, but missed so many interesting parts from the book. A must-read from my perspective. And if you liked it - continue with Dr. Sleep.
Such an intense story, from start to finish. I was addicted. I'm not a huge fan of the reader, his angry voice is pretty annoying. Not enough for it to be a big deal. Highly recommended book either way!
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