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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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    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 02-06-13
    Preston Fort Jones, CA, United States 02-06-13 Member Since 2009
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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 7 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 2012
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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.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy 07-26-14
    Cindy 07-26-14 Member Since 2013

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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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 04-09-14
    David Saint Charles, MO, United States 04-09-14 Member Since 2013

    Giving out fewer stars because I was inflating my start in a way that did not differentiate the mediocre and the fantastic.

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    "Not as different from the film as led to believe"
    Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This book is in the middle of the books that I have listened to so far. It was fun, but having watched the Movie and the TV mini-series it was very much a review. If it was completely new to me it would been higher among my favorites and gotten 5 stars across.


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    I find this book to be very much in the vein of King's other works. The story is interesting. The characters have great depth. The ending was a bit lacking. I think I have felt this way about every King book, including my favorites 'The Stand' and 'Misery'.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Doc gives the blast of a 'shout' out to the chef was my favorite.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, not in one sitting, but in three to four acts.


    Any additional comments?

    If you are a fan of the Movie or Mini-series you will like this book. It is the same except in more depth for 90% of the book That 10% that is different though is very different.

    You also get a better sense that the conflict is with evil itself. The hotel being the evil manifestation. Jack is far more relate-able, and I felt sympathy for the character in the book where I did not in the movie. The movie I saw bad things help Jack to discover his bad self. In the book I saw things being use by evil to push average people into darkness to do its bidding.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Patrick Regan 04-04-14 Member Since 2014

    30 something white male. Live in San Jose, CA USA. Love horror but rarely read. Barely starting my audiobook travels. Stephen King fan.

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    "Starkly different from the movie"
    Would you listen to The Shining again? Why?

    I AM listening to the Shining again. You catch so many things the second time around that only serve to enhance what you know follows later on.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shining and why?

    Jack Torrence by far. This version of Jack, in contrast to the movie, is much more of a likable character. You end of feeling really bad for him and how he slowly goes mad. And I mean SLOWLY.


    Any additional comments?

    Much better than the movie. Puts the movie to shame. Goes further into depth with all the characters. All the back story to the characters and hotel itself are far more illuminating than a movie could ever capture.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 02-03-14
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 02-03-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Loved the Movie & LOVED this book as much"

    The book is different from the movie, but both great! Sometimes the oldies are the 'goodies' and better than SK's recent writings.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Swad 01-31-14
    Swad 01-31-14

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    "Reread this one first!"
    Any additional comments?

    I started Dr. Sleep and stopped during the first chapter. Having read The Shining when it first came out and seen the movie countless times, it was obvious from the start that refreshing The Shining NOVEL was essential. The movie veers wildly away from the book and Dr. Sleep is a sequel to the BOOK.

    The Shining still holds up today and it was thoroughly enjoyable to jump into Dr. Sleep on the heels of this great book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 12-26-13
    Tommy NEWPORT NEWS, VA, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2012

    I want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.

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    "Better than the movie"

    I know most people love the movie but I am not one of them. I had low expectations but found this a really well done, strange and interesting story. I will be looking into more by King.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 12-20-13
    Joel NEWPORT BEACH, CA, United States 12-20-13 Member Since 2007

    Joel Szerlip

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    "Not My Favorite King Novel"

    After I read Under the Dome and 11-22-63 last year I got hooked on Stephen King books and have continued that this year. After enjoying both The Stand and Joyland earlier in the year I decided to go back in his giant library of books and read The Shining. This is one of the only horror books I've ever read and now I remember why. Although The Shining is terrifying it definitely has some edge of your seat, what's around the corner moments.

    On one hand The Shining has the typical great King character development. Each of the characters are flawed in their own ways and that to me was far more interesting then the horror pieces. I also really enjoyed the science fiction pieces, the ability to read others thoughts and emotions is fascinating and in another setting would have been far more interesting.

    To me The Shining was a very entertaining book but the horror elements just wasn't my cup of tea.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Calliope 12-15-13
    Calliope 12-15-13
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    "Great King classic from the past"

    I am more of a fan of King's earlier works, and The Shining is one of his great ones. Many people know the story, probably from Kubrick's great movie but, while it is a great movie, the book is great in a different way - more spooky, less horror.

    In case you missed it, The Shining is the story of a man who lost his job as a teacher but manages to find a temporary gig, and so he takes his wife and 4 year old son to an isolated hotel in the Colorado mountains to be the winter caretaker while the hotel is shut down for the season. It's a tumultuous mix: The son has psychic powers ("shining"), the father has some anger and control issues, and the mother is trying to ignore both to keep hold of some domestic security and happiness.......but the isolation over the winter (closed roads and downed phone lines) and the haunted past of the hotel brings everything to a head in a powerful way.

    King has always used a lot of pop culture references, and this novel was published in 1977 so those will either be fond memories or unimportant mysteries to some of the listeners, depending on when they were born. The narration was good but not great - I don't think it really added or detracted from the story.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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