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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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    Yolanda M. Schroeder Nebraska 10-15-13
    Yolanda M. Schroeder Nebraska 10-15-13

    "Peanut'

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    "The Book is 100 times better than the movie."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It's Stephen King at his finest.


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

    When the hotel actually got a hold on Jack's mind and used his sobriety against him.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The boiler room scene where Jack thought he'd won.


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

    Yes. Unfortunately though do to needing to sleep, I read it in a weekend.


    Any additional comments?

    As one reviewer has already mentioned; do not expect the movie. Do expect a mind blowing experience.

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    Joanna Bell Manitoba Canada 10-13-13
    Joanna Bell Manitoba Canada 10-13-13 Member Since 2013
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    "A classic come to life"
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    The Shining is an enduring classic and this audio book brings it to life. A "page turner" that you can "read" even when driving! The narrator really picked up the subtle changes in characters and psyche, conveying happiness and horror with ease.
    Even after all these years Stephen Kings thrilling nightmare come to page, still sends shivers down your spine.

    Classic
    Page-turning
    Nightmare


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    Heather Edmonds, WA, United States 10-11-13
    Heather Edmonds, WA, United States 10-11-13

    Avid reader/antiquarian book collector with long commutes...LOVES Whispersync!

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    "Still bloody frightening!"
    Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I rate this five stars. The Mr. Scott was phenomenal with just the right vocal inflections and character acting at the most frightful of climaxes. Brilliant range of voices, really draws the listener in! I still can't get the sound of him singing in Danny's voice!! EEEK!!!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    SPOILER ALERT: I love Mr. Halloran (sp?), and Danny, of course. Still freaked out by the dog-man snarling in the hallway!! SUPER CREEPY!


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    Mr. Scott did a brilliant job on all characters, I felt. Again, his range was quite impressive and most believable. He truly did a great deal of justice to Jack's character, I felt, because even in the most severe pieces of the book, he was able to evoke some semblance of sympathy for the man within the monster; quite consistent with his characters throughout the book. I do hope he reads Doctor Sleep.


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

    I found myself gasping and holding my breath in anticipation at certain points. A couple of times, colleagues inquired when I spoke aloud, imploring characters to run. Hahaha!


    Any additional comments?

    I am an avid reader, and am working on a task which is menial but terribly important to my job. Audible has allowed me to break up the monotony a bit via story. When I heard that Doctor Sleep had been written, it piqued my curiosity. I recalled the book being quite different from the movie, although it has indeed been several years since I've read this book (The Shining). I've spent a decades long affair with Romantic Era poetry, Shakespeare, and Proust. It's almost Halloween, so I thought I'd be festive. It all seemed right. I was appalled at how frightening this book is, TO THIS DAY, in my adult life! Sometimes we see movies or read things as children and laugh when we revisit them with our adult perspective. I was still bloody frightened! I just purchased Doctor Sleep, and can't wait to dig into it! I truly did underestimate Stephen King, disregarded his true talent due to subject matter. This man truly can connect you with his characters. His ability to describe the contents of his mind's eye and his overall talent is something I've been reminded of and, frankly, taken aback by. My faith is restored. The reader truly did breath life into King's work, and made a fiction seem quite plausible. Many thanks indeed!

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    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 10-08-13
    Jeff Pickering, Ontario, Canada 10-08-13 Member Since 2007

    50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction

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    "ONE OF KINGS BEST SCARES"

    Not only is this possibly kings scariest book, it is also one of his best written. You can feel how the king had a full head of steam , the gears were all oiled and his writing prowess was fully erect when the synaptic party in his head left the gate. And why wouldn't you have your "A" game with a story like this one knocking around in your head-what a great story line! Family takes care of a big old haunted hotel deep in the Rockies cut off by impassible depths of snow, cut off from everyone and everything for months!

    Beyond the stuff that bumps and screams in the night, the sheer over-riding ever-present claustrophobia of this TOTALLY cut off place in the middle of nowhere was one of the scariest aspects of the story for me. Being prone to cabin fever, that, and the fact that there's no booze in the place made it scary enough for me already- never mind the rest of it.I could listen to this in bed but I had to switch to something totally comforting for the last half hour of consciousness. I found Something like wind in the willows had enough of the opposite forces to balance things out. Yes I do keep wind in the willows on my iPod despite the fact- or partly because of the fact Im over 50 and drastic comfort reads like this not only balance out Stephen King, they can also balance out reality which in my experience gets shyt loads scarier than anything King can come up with. With what's left of my dignity let me suggest you give it a try. Anywho, this is a great read/listen and fantastic in audible HIGHLY Recommended.

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    Louise Mount Sinai, NY, United States 10-08-13
    Louise Mount Sinai, NY, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Scary"

    I enjoyed the experience... The narrator was fantastic and the story was entertaining and disturbing... Could anything worse happen? Typical Stephen King fashion (how can he think of these terrible things) but I loved it!!

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    MAX&BETTY FLORIDA 10-07-13
    MAX&BETTY FLORIDA 10-07-13 Member Since 2012

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Outstanding Narrator & A Fantastic Book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    I've seen the movie but the story was more engrossing adding so much more to the characters. Also a better understanding of how the special ability of the shine works.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Character development.


    What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    OMG What an outstanding narrator. I couldn't stop listening to a 14 hour audio book...I had my headphones on all day and night!


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    D. Galloway Chattanooga, TN United States 09-27-13
    D. Galloway Chattanooga, TN United States 09-27-13

    dreamwebber

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    "A Stephen King Classic"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! It is a great balance for those who loved the original film but never read the book.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Although there are many similarities between the book and the motion picture, this story is a great character study of a man on the brink of losing his mind due to forces beyond his control and a child that is just try to understand it all.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Campbell Scott did a brilliant job in his narration of "The Shining" many of the characters (although I don't know if Scott was aware of it), seemed to take on the voices of the actors portraying them in the Stanley Kubrick film, especially Jack Torrance and Dick Halloran. If you haven't seen the film, you will still enjoy the voices the actor uses for his characters.


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

    The Overlook is the best character in the book. As far as a specific character: Jack and Danny Torrance, Dick Halloran.& the woman in room 217.


    Any additional comments?

    The Shining is a must read for any Stephen King fan. It has just the right amount of character study, psychic ability, and suspense!

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    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-21-13
    Susan Bartonville, TX 09-21-13 Member Since 2012

    Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.  

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    "Scariest book I ever read"

    I read this book when I was a teen so it is hard to compare to the Audible version, however, I believe to get the full fear factor it has to be read.

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    April MOUNT PLEASANT, IA, United States 09-19-13
    April MOUNT PLEASANT, IA, United States 09-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't finish"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Campbell Scott?

    The narrator was just too monotone for me. Stephen King is amazing. Period. Narration did not work for me.


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    Ken SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-17-13
    Ken SALT LAKE CITY, UT, United States 09-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "One of Kings best"
    What did you love best about The Shining?

    The creep factor in this story is fantastic. At points I did need to take a break and be around living people.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The hotel and Danny. I actually went to the Stanley hotel and stayed there after reading this book. (King got his idea for the Overlook at the Stanley hotel).


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The chapter about room 217. WOW.


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

    Yes, but could not because it's really scary.


    Any additional comments?

    Must read. It will make you a Stephen King fan.

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