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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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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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    Swisher 02-17-13
    Swisher 02-17-13

    The "Tek"

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    "As Good As The First Time!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Beautifully narrated and wonderfully horrific! Stephen King's best work, beautifully written and enormously engaging.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Jack Torrance, as Stephen King demonically demonstrates his slow demise...His slow disintegration of his mind and his perceptions of the evil which is lurking in the hotel are mind blowing!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Jack Torrance entering the "empty" lounge for the "fish and goose" soiree. As the Overlook Hotel is closed for the winter, and Jack and his wife and son are the only people in the hotel, the appearance of "Lloyd", the bartender, is the harbinger of the horror that is to unfold for Jack.


    If you could take any character from The Shining out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Since there were essentially only 4 main characters in the book, Jack Torrance would be the most interesting. He had little grasp on reality and his understanding of what was real and what wasn't, was very intriguing. Asking him about what he thought of the evil forces which were forcing him to kill his wife and child would be most interesting.


    12 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Pablo 11-16-13
    Pablo 11-16-13
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    "I watched the movie first and I enjoyed the book"

    I wasn't sure if I should buy the book since I had already watched the movie but Dr. Sleep was out on the streets and I was concern that I wouldn't understand it all.

    It was a big surprise because the book and the movie are different, but I love them both.
    If you are too much into details like me, or you prefer to know why certain things happen, you will love the book. If you prefer to use your imagination and create the story on your own stick to the movie (believe me, the book has details about the background of the Overlook hotel and Mr. Jack Torrance)

    For example, why the river of blood? Why Jack goes mad? What happened in the overlook before? In the book S.K. gives you a better idea of what is happening. Yes of course you kind of know the overall plot but believe me, it changes from time to time.

    The narrator does a fine job, he keeps it exactly at the point between just telling you the story and a hint of the feeling of the moment. I personally prefer this style, too much feeling add too much of the narrator perspective of the story, and too little will not add that extra punch

    9 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 07-26-14
    Cindy 07-26-14 Member Since 2014

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    "Comatose Narration"

    I tried really hard to listen to the book but the narrator was just awful. I forced myself to listen for a few hours and then switched to reading it on the kindle. I tried to listen again when it got more exciting but still no good. Monotone, no character differentiation, just blah.

    I had read this when it came out and thought the story was decent but had no burning desire to read it again (which I seldom do anyway.) But when Doctor Sleep came out with Will Patton, who I think is a great narrator, I felt that I had to listen/read again or I would miss too much of Doctor Sleep.

    The story itself didn't really stand the test of time it was a little slow paced for today. There were still some excellent passages, I still love the hedge animal sequences but I ended up reading them on the kindle anyway.

    I haven't listened to any other books by this narrator and I think I probably won't. At least I will listen to the full audio sample before considering it.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-02-13
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-02-13 Listener Since 2007

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    "Classic King"
    Any additional comments?

    First the narrator is superb and masterfully delineates between characters. If you've seen the movie, many of the phrases will be familiar, although if you're waiting for "here's Johnny", you'll be disappointed. The narrator isn't, nor does he try to be, Jack Nicholson. In fact, the difference is refreshing, in that Jack Torrance seems more like a regular guy. When you see Jack....well, you expect a little crazy/weird from the beginning. The contrast in the actual character (not the movie character) makes the story even more chilling. Jack goes from family guy struggling with addiction, anger and family woes to a madman. I appreciate King's way of detailing things about the story that would be difficult to translate onto a movie screen. These would bore the movie-going public. The history of the hotel is fascinating and having been in a similar hotel that had quite a history (not necessarily a supernatural one), it was an interesting addition to the story.I'm glad I read this book many years ago, before the movie came out, and now again all these years later. Once you see the movie a few dozen times, you start forgetting the original work. All in all, this is a definite read for King fans and fans of this genre. He always delivers! Now, on to "Doctor Sleep!"

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 05-10-14
    Bob Watson Sapulpa, OK 05-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I already have recommended this book to several people. If you like twisted, creepy, and yet brilliant writing this book is for you.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The character development was masterful!


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator was terrible. He was dry and monotone through most of the book. It wasn't until the last quarter of the book that I could pick upon his subtle voice inflections for different characters. Although his voice for Crazy Jack Torrence was pretty good.


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

    I have read, and listened to a lot of so called scary books. This is the first book I have ever actually got a little creeped out.


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic book! Weak narration, but worth the listen.

    4 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    lou 08-09-13
    lou 08-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Life Learner that has to occasionally sprinkle some fiction into my audio entertainment. Be educated, be worldly, and keep switching gears!

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    "1st King reading."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes...I unwittingly already have. I was telling a friend that the book was not what I expected and in doing so I mentioned some parts that I really enjoyed- all the while I was advocating the indulgence and so she purchased the physical book as she hasn't caught the Audible buzz yet.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dick Hallorann. He introduced the substance of the talent of 'shining' thus helping to put Danny's capabilities in perspective. His actual involvement was limited yet very necessary!


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Voice inflection character personality. Great Job!


    If you could rename The Shining, what would you call it?

    The name is perfect. Now I understand. I ask people who love the movie do they know what the title stood for and non could answer- I explain and all were like... "Oh, wow".


    Any additional comments?

    My first King book....I expected non stop thrill- not what it was; however definitely not disappointing. I am learning to appreciate his style: very descriptive. I like.

    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 02-06-13
    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2016
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    "His Best Work"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Very well thought out and original. Not as incredible in terms of a horror story, but more as a super natural story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The idea that a hotel can be alive is great.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Scott was made to narrate for King.


    If you could rename The Shining, what would you call it?

    The Overlook


    6 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Gabe IL 09-27-16
    Gabe IL 09-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Preferred Stanley Kubrick's vision."

    Just my opinion, but I thought the book was a bit on the boring side. I know it's offensive to King fans, but Stanley Kubrick's vision of Jack and his family and how things come to be in the hotel was much scarier.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Edward Myers 09-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "As expected, better than the film!"

    It wasn't much surprise to me while listening that I would like this story much more than the film.

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    richard 09-17-16
    richard 09-17-16
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    "very entertaining"

    narrator did a great job. best book on audible ive heard in a while bbbbbnbb bbbbbb bbbbbb bbbbbb. bbbbb

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