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)
Stephen King wrote it, so pretty high on my list
I liked the creepiness of the Overlook
He's just got one of those voices fit for King novel narration
Uh, here's Johnny? I dunno.
Since we're speeding toward October, I figured it'd be a good time to reread this for the 5th or 6th time. I'm also gearing up for Doctor Sleep which has just finished downloading from my audible library on this beautiful 24th of September in 2013. What can I say about this novel without spoiling it? I've never read a King novel and been disappointed. How's that? The Overlook Hotel seems like a character in itself, if that makes sense. It fascinates and repels at the same time. As far as antagonists go, this hotel was pretty formidable. Oh and one more thing. I've always believed that a certain grinning man in cowboy boots and a denim jacket had a part to play in the origins of the Overlook Hotel. Wherever there's chaos and senseless violence in the Steve King universe, Flagg is never too far behind in my opinion. Just a theory, but worth considering. I only wish King had provided an afterword. It's always fun to go behind the scenes. I'm not one of those people who absolutely has to know where a writer gets his or her ideas. I just enjoy it when an author decides to chat with the reader for a bit about the book in general. Good stuff. But that's Steve King for ya. Now let me at that sequel!
The Shining starts off somewhat more slowly than many of King's other works, but it is more than worth pushing through the initial chapters to get to the meat of the plot, which revolves around the growing sense of dread and ultimately much worse visited upon the Torrance family by certain not very nice spirits inhabiting the Overlook Hotel, an isolated playground for the rich and aimless in the Colorado Rockies, where Jack Torrance, the father, is hired to serve as winter caretaker. Although there are some heart-pounding horror story moments, the reason this book shines, as it were, is the depth of the characters and their attempt to make the best of an increasingly gloomy and ultimately perilous situation. Few writers can do character development in the midst of a story featuring the supernatural as well as King can, and even fewer can make a five-year-old kid one of the heroes of a novel without coming across as overly sentimental and fluffy. Scott does a solid job narrating this book, although some of his regional accents were less than convincing.
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.
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.
Wish they had stayed true to the book when they made the movie. Way better ending! Must read/listen for any King fan. You wont be disappointed!
Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!
This is an amazing book. King really hit a home run here. If you have only seen the movie, please do yourself a favor and read or listen to this book. The depth that he delves into the character of Danny is really quite intriguing. As you follow the plunge of Jack Torrence into his own personal hell...insanity, possession, depravity...the journey is quite frightening. I also love novels where the protagonist is a child. Danny is the only one in this novel that seems to have any control over the outcome. He is the only one who truly knows what is going on, and as he struggles to keep his mother safe, and to try to help his father, I really found myself becoming attached to the 5 year old. Great story! Great narration!
I think the audio version better than print because of the narrator's performance. He never overplayed a scene. His voice had a spare, grim quality which I found bracing and well-suited to the events that marched relentlessly to their tragic end.
"The Haunting of Hill House" by Shirley Jackson is similar to "The Shining". Both are ghost stories that adeptly rely on character study. In efforts to achieve a separate sense of self, each protagonist is drawn to an unfamiliar place where they face the very uncanny malevolence they tried to flee.
For one, his voice suited the narrative. I'm not sure how to describe his voices qualities. There is a bare bones quality--grim even. He read evenly, never overplaying a scene.
I have a love of the classics and fantasy horror.
Captivating, Amazing, Hunting
Dr. Sleep, reading this before made we want to read the book. I had been a fan of Stanley Kurbicks Shining but after reading the book I can see only a few collations and wish I would of read the book along time ago.
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.
Unexpected. Chilling. OMG.
If you WATCHED The Shining, you don't KNOW The Shining.
I originally wanted to download Dr. Sleep, the follow-up to The Shining. Luckily, the very first review I read of Dr. Sleep stated how great of a follow-up that was to the BOOK, not the movie. So I decided to revisit The Shining first, then proceed to Dr. Sleep.
I'm so glad I did. The book does way, way, more than the movie (even though I'm still a fan of the film), ever could. And, so much is missing in the movie than what is in the book--SO much--and a lot is misconstrued. Now I mention this not to berate the movie, because that will always be a gem in and of itself. I mention it because, like my headline says, If you WATCHED The Shining, you don't KNOW The Shining. This book is exceptional and there's is much to discover. Well, well worth the read--or should I say--listen.
Which brings us to the next point, Campbell Scott does a fascinating job narrating. He does marvelous voices which help you know which character is speaking and when. And the voices are never cheesy or overdone. He also does a magnificent job in conveying the emotions of the characters. --Not to be confused with him interpreting the emotions.
I would listen to this again and again. I literally got the chills, goosebumps, and would find myself shuddering throughout this entire read. King is a genius.
I haven't, but would love to listen to more.
An adaptation of The Shining. And I would stress "adaptation."
Life is too short to waste on bad authors.
Yes it was. While it starts off a little on the slow side, the reader soon realizes that they will be taken on a journey of the various character's internal thoughts and emotions regarding the other characters.
The hedge animals. That's all I'm going to say. Oh and Mr. Halloran was a very sympathetic character.
No, I haven't this is my first listening experience with him as a narrator.
Suspense is the best word for it. The fact that I was listening to this book during a Nor'easter here in NY did add to the ambience. The way King writes and the way Mr. Scott narrates the internal dialogue of the character, I felt I was truly inside the characters' heads.
While the book did feel slow moving, I encourage prospective listeners to hang in there because King is building a psychological/emotional foundation for the three members of the Torrance family .. .then when they move into the hotel, you start to feel it unravel.
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