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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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    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
    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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    jb Plano, TX United States 02-20-14
    jb Plano, TX United States 02-20-14 Member Since 2014

    jb

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    "Big Fiction"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roman Amherst, MA, United States 10-01-12
    Roman Amherst, MA, United States 10-01-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Classic Stephen King"
    Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It was great to listen to the book after seeing both movies.
    The book is much better than either movie.


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

    the scene in room 217.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The creature which was Jack finding out that the furnace was going to blow.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Monty MANCHESTER, NH United States 09-10-12
    K. Monty MANCHESTER, NH United States 09-10-12
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    "Not nearly as horryifying as the movie!"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Campbell Scott?

    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.


    Would you recommend The Shining to your friends? Why or why not?

    No. This rendition is simply boring.


    How could the performance have been better?

    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.


    Was The Shining worth the listening time?

    Waste of time.


    2 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    R. Van Fleet MD 12-29-12
    R. Van Fleet MD 12-29-12 Member Since 2012

    Love peace and chicken grease

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    "Difficult to get through, could finish"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Big King fans might enjoy this reading


    Has The Shining turned you off from other books in this genre?

    It has turned me off to the performer and potential other King books


    What didn’t you like about Campbell Scott’s performance?

    Boring


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

    Disappointment


    1 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 09-13-12
    tomas phoenix, AZ, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2010

    if its uber popular, than i'm probly gonna read it. yeah, i'm that guy! sorry. unless its stephen king. DARK TOWER baby!!!

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    "TOO BORING TO GET THROUGH THE FIRST 2.5"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Campbell Scott?

    I currently own mor sk audiobooks than anything else, but the reader absolutely sucked!


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    i'm not sure it was SK, rather, it was the reader... too monotone.


    How could the performance have been better?

    a different reader that understands its also a performance, not just a reading.


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

    anger that i wasted a credit.


    1 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Frank Mx 11-30-12
    Frank Mx 11-30-12

    Cisco's Kid

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    "Stay Away"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    No. Narration put me to sleep


    What did you like best about this story?

    Great story when I read it. I was warned but didn't listen about the Audible edition


    What didn’t you like about Campbell Scott’s performance?

    Flat and uninspired. How did they manage to use him for this?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    I did


    Any additional comments?

    I love to listen to Mr King's work on Audible. Not this one. Very disappointing

    0 of 4 people found this review helpful
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