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 would as the narrator does an excellent job showing the Jack's fall to madness.
I think my favorite scene was where Jack was in the elevator and Danny and Wendy both began seeing some of what he was.
I would recommend breaking this into smaller segments, taking time to absorb the ambience.
The shining is a thriller and one of my favorite Stephen King books I have listened to. It portrays a struggling family clinging on to hope and finding hope in a hotel. But the hotel has a sinister side only those who have worked there before know of. Jack finds a bunch of old newspaper clippings in the basement and quickly learns he is in a world of trouble. This part reminds me of Sinister when he finds the films in the attic.
You are already familiar with the characters, but the original tale of The Shining gives them such a rich history and depth not presented in the film, this includes the character of the hotel in which most of the action takes place. What the film lacked in exposition, depth and climax, this story has in spades. It moves a little slow, but that is because the rising action is building and growing to an explosive climax. All of the questions left hanging in the film are answered in the book.
I live in the midwest in the US. I am over 65. I'd rather read than watch television. I find it's even more enjoyable w/audible added.
I really liked the book better than the movie. The reader was great! I must find more of him.
It was hard to get the movie characters out of my head but with the audiobook it became easier. Suddenly they came to life in their own, no longer Jack Nicholson and "Olive Oil"! Thank goodness. I realize that the movie was miscast. It would have been so much better without the strong personalities of the movie stars they picked. Nicholson made it more like a joke. Who doesn't remember "Here's Johnny" if you read or listen to the book you'll see what I mean. I think at some point I will listen to this book again.
Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.
Yes. If you enjoy the supernatural then you would enjoy the book. It's intelligent and well written. Kinda, duh it's Stephen King.
The introduction to the initial characters and the connection between Danny and DIck.
Great voices for each character.
I did, and I would usually listened until I felt it was time to take a break. A few hours at a time usually 3-4.
I never really watched the movie. I saw bits and pieces, and since it was one of those movies that became a cult favorite, I never really cared to watch. Decades later, I decided to listen to the book mainly because I'm exploring Stephen King and the genre in general. The book moves really fast and the dialogue is enjoyable.
The Shining scared me. That's saying a lot considering I'm a bit of a horror buff and have been since I was a child. It's very hard to really scare me. The Shining did that and at least one night I had to sleep with my light on. I'm a grown woman! I do find that my experiences which uncannily paralleled the Torrance family struggles probably struck a nerve which made it even more deeply disturbing.
The narration is perfect. At first it seems bland and woody at first but this is done on purpose. As the Torrance family awakens with fear, rage and desperation Campbell Scott captures every transformation perfectly.
**If you've had experience with an alcoholic or otherwise dangerously unpredictable loved one and love horror this story will be intensified for you. Either proceed with caution or enjoy the ride!**
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