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)
This was my first audiobook and I absolutely loved it! The book was so creepy. I caught myself often saying "Ewww!" because of the amazing attention to detail during the scary parts. There were some nights it was difficult to sleep after some of the scary parts because oh how amazing of a writer Stephen King is, his attention to detail, describing what the scene looks like, it just comes to life in your imagination. Campbell Scott is an amazing narrator, he gets into all of Stephen Kings characters, you know which character is talking because he changes his voice. I can't wait to listen to my next Stephen King book: Dr. Sleep. And I would love to find more books narrated by Campbell Scott.
As is most often the case, the movie didn't do justice to the story. Too many changes made in the screenplay. Very surprised that Stephen King agreed to such a major change to the ending.
I would recommend this book to all fans of the movie. The book will answer a lot of lingering questions.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A bit different than the movie but they usually are. I also enjoyed the narrator's voice. Sent chills down my spine several times!
I was first introduced to The Shining through Stanley Kubrick's artistic and stunning movie portrayal, and was instantly a fan, growing up relishing Kubrick's movies. Finally, as an adult, I realized how critical Stephen King had been of the movie and was curious enough to give The Shining a read - or rather a listen.
I am left utterly impressed by King's talent in the story development, the character development, and the scenic descriptions. His writing is thorough and intuitive. I now understand why he didn't care for Kubrick's version. King's characters have such a depth that I felt I knew each one personally. Furthermore, I sensed a great amount of symbolism in several of the book's themes - especially surrounding alcoholism.
Additionally, I found that the narration by Campbell Scott was above and beyond anything I could have expected. Very colorful and full of talent. Each character had its own voice, and each sound effect was properly chilling. Well done!
No time to read. Ample time to listen.
Having seen the movie one hundred times since I was a kid, reading this book was a blast. The story was haunting and engaging from beginning to end and significantly better than the movie. I completely understand why fans of the book prefer the story over the movie. This was one of the first books to every make me feel a sense of fear or anxiety while reading, which took me by surprise. A lot of this book took me by surprise. You feel like you are just as isolated from the world while listening.
I loved the history that you get about the Overlook Hotel and the small changes in each character as the story progresses. You feel like you're locked in the hotel with the Torrance's.
The narration was a bit slow and boring for my taste. Some parts of the story could have been made more engaging or exciting if the inflection matched the scene a little better.
Classic Steven King, which I love! I wasn't "thrilled" with the narrator. In the beginning I didn't know if I would make it through the whole book. Slow monotone voice. The book could have been much more thrilling had the narration been different. He did grow on me and he has a beautiful voice, just didn't fit this story.
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