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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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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-02-13
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-02-13 Listener Since 2007

    romans55

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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!"

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful
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    Swisher 02-17-13
    Swisher 02-17-13

    Rotex

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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.


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    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 03-26-13
    Dennis Charlestown, MA, United States 03-26-13 Member Since 2014

    Born and raised in the Charlestown section of Boston. Irish-American, music (punk rock), crime & history, or anything having to do with those are my favorite subjects.

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    "Way better than the movie...& that was a classic!"

    The Shining was a book I had always wanted to read, having heard how different it was from the movie. I wasn't sure if that was good or bad because that was a classic horror movie. So many quotable scenes & lines.
    However, after listening to this book on Audible, I found it to be much better! It is completely different, but in a GREAT way!
    It not only has plot twists & scenes not in the movie, but also the characters are studied in much more detail and we see & feel what they do. It drags you in & makes you feel like you are snowed in at The Overlook.
    I wish they could do a movie that was true to the book but also, with the great acting & scenes that were such a major part of the film.
    In ending, this was a great piece of writing that explores many more subjects that are beyond a simple "horror" story.

    5 of 9 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.

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    KarenZel 01-21-17
    KarenZel 01-21-17
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    "EXCELLENT!!! Definitely better than the movies"

    Excellent book. If you are expecting it to be like the movie you will be disappointed, because the book is far better. Better ending as well.

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    Amazon Customer 01-20-17
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    "loved it"

    Kept me listening with a great story. Highly recommended. Good to listen to while driving.

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    Roseann R. Mucklo Chicago, IL 01-20-17
    Roseann R. Mucklo Chicago, IL 01-20-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Just great"

    Amazing! I love stephen king and this was perfect, also narrating was spot on. 10/10

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    Michael 01-19-17
    Michael 01-19-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Spectacular...Stephen King at his best!"

    From start to finish Stephen King has you hooked. The story of a special boy and his family and a hotel filled with guests from years and years and one very powerful force. The Torrence family's journey to and battle with the hotel puts true meaning in the phrase of if these walls could talk.

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    Andy Leigertwood 01-17-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Brilliant"

    Amazing story telling. The mind of Stephen King is truly one of wonder and creativity.

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    Amazon Customer 01-16-17 Member Since 2016
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    "OHHH MR KING, ONE OF YOUR BEST!"

    hats off 2 the narrator! can rmbr reading some of the pages 5 and 6 times, some parts were just that fricken intense! what a pleasure, this was, I slowed down like a silly when I hit chapter 50, sm1 else reading it 2 me, say what, I could have listened forever! gonna watch the movie again just 4 the heck of it! spank ur booties if you've never read this book! I still can't believe he (King) didn't JUST write this one!! great book! about 2 download the Doctor Sleep, heard narrator was on point too! Excited, MY TV is jealous........ xoxo

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