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)
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.
I don't know why I always assumed that this was just a horror story. Stephen King rarely rights anything that's "just" one thing. This is Big Fiction. It's about family, addiction, greed, madness, heroism, the American Dream, redemption and those who refuse redemption. At moments it's funny. Others you're just very scared for this little boy and his mom.
Campbell Scott's narration is beautiful. He has a light touch with character voices. Not so much that it distracts, but enough that you know who is talking. And the long stretches of narrative are captivating. Unfortunately, it almost ruined Dr. Sleep for me (which I started immediately after) because even though Will Patton is great, I still wanted to hear Campbell Scott's voice.
It was great to listen to the book after seeing both movies.
The book is much better than either movie.
the scene in room 217.
The creature which was Jack finding out that the furnace was going to blow.
I remember reading The Shining years ago when it was released in paperback. It kept me awake all night. The film with Jack Nicholson was outstanding. Thought I would try this audiobook. YAWN! The narrator is very "monotone," and the story now didn't seem to be as thrilling as I remember it. I suppose that sometimes a movie version is better than the book. If you want horror and suspense from the "master of horror," skip this audiobook, and rent the Jack Nicholson version of the movie instead.
No. This rendition is simply boring.
Ther narrator should have put more "life" into this. I love to hear a good storyteller. The performer who read this audiobook is simply not a great storyteller.
Waste of time.
Love peace and chicken grease
Big King fans might enjoy this reading
It has turned me off to the performer and potential other King books
if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!
I currently own mor sk audiobooks than anything else, but the reader absolutely sucked!
i'm not sure it was SK, rather, it was the reader... too monotone.
a different reader that understands its also a performance, not just a reading.
anger that i wasted a credit.
No. Narration put me to sleep
Great story when I read it. I was warned but didn't listen about the Audible edition
Flat and uninspired. How did they manage to use him for this?
I love to listen to Mr King's work on Audible. Not this one. Very disappointing
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