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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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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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    D. D. Reasons The Beautiful Ozarks 04-17-16
    D. D. Reasons The Beautiful Ozarks 04-17-16 Member Since 2012

    Actress Extroidinaire

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    "Different from the movie in a good way"

    You are already familiar with the characters, but the original tale of The Shining gives them such a rich history and depth not presented in the film, this includes the character of the hotel in which most of the action takes place. What the film lacked in exposition, depth and climax, this story has in spades. It moves a little slow, but that is because the rising action is building and growing to an explosive climax. All of the questions left hanging in the film are answered in the book.

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    CJ4NIER 04-16-16
    CJ4NIER 04-16-16

    I live in the midwest in the US. I am over 65. I'd rather read than watch television. I find it's even more enjoyable w/audible added.

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    "Better than the movie!"

    I really liked the book better than the movie. The reader was great! I must find more of him.
    It was hard to get the movie characters out of my head but with the audiobook it became easier. Suddenly they came to life in their own, no longer Jack Nicholson and "Olive Oil"! Thank goodness. I realize that the movie was miscast. It would have been so much better without the strong personalities of the movie stars they picked. Nicholson made it more like a joke. Who doesn't remember "Here's Johnny" if you read or listen to the book you'll see what I mean. I think at some point I will listen to this book again.

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    Luv2Nap 04-12-16
    Luv2Nap 04-12-16 Member Since 2016

    Stephen King : serious reader

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    "Narrator"

    Narrator is terrible, no distinguish difference in characters. Very mono. Hard to keep track of story.

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    Dylan 04-07-16
    Dylan 04-07-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Good."

    I enjoyed the book. I'm only reviewing because the prompt to review the book keeps popping up every time I open my audible app.

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    chris 04-07-16
    chris 04-07-16 Member Since 2013

    Love to walk and listen. Commute and listen. I typically enjoy well developed characters mixed with a good mystery.

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    "Well paced. Enjoyable dialogue and characters"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. If you enjoy the supernatural then you would enjoy the book. It's intelligent and well written. Kinda, duh it's Stephen King.


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

    The introduction to the initial characters and the connection between Danny and DIck.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Great voices for each character.


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

    I did, and I would usually listened until I felt it was time to take a break. A few hours at a time usually 3-4.


    Any additional comments?

    I never really watched the movie. I saw bits and pieces, and since it was one of those movies that became a cult favorite, I never really cared to watch. Decades later, I decided to listen to the book mainly because I'm exploring Stephen King and the genre in general. The book moves really fast and the dialogue is enjoyable.

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    Steve Peer 04-06-16
    Steve Peer 04-06-16
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    "This is A Must Listen"

    The Shining scared me. That's saying a lot considering I'm a bit of a horror buff and have been since I was a child. It's very hard to really scare me. The Shining did that and at least one night I had to sleep with my light on. I'm a grown woman! I do find that my experiences which uncannily paralleled the Torrance family struggles probably struck a nerve which made it even more deeply disturbing.
    The narration is perfect. At first it seems bland and woody at first but this is done on purpose. As the Torrance family awakens with fear, rage and desperation Campbell Scott captures every transformation perfectly.
    **If you've had experience with an alcoholic or otherwise dangerously unpredictable loved one and love horror this story will be intensified for you. Either proceed with caution or enjoy the ride!**

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    Elizabeth 03-31-16
    Elizabeth 03-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "captivating"

    I liked the narrator, and was interesting, slightly different from the movie. I enjoyed it.

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    Brett 03-30-16
    Brett 03-30-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent audio book!"

    The narrator was so good, you could instantly tell which character he as speaking for. I wanted to listen to the whole thing all the way through and was sad to be finished.

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    Nathan Couch 03-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Absolutely Perfect"

    I have nothing negative to say. The story itself is amazing, one of my all time favorites. The performance was fantastic. I loved the voices he does for Jack and Danny, he really performs well during the intense scenes. I felt tense listening to it so job well done. I'd recommend this one to anyone, perfect for passing that time you spend commuting to and from work.

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    Amazon Customer 03-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "the shining"

    finally I've read the novel, after watching Kubrick's film adaptation a hundred times growing up. I had heard King himself hated the film but I don't understand why. I think Kubrick did a good job with the adaptation. They are mostly the same besides small touches and ofcoarse the ending is totally different cuz Jack doesn't freeze in snow here ofcoarse but mainly the film was honest and the changes Kubrick made were better. I liked that the film took out the back story on the hotel and the gangsters and seediness of its past. I also liked the film's ending over the books explosion. (don't wanna spoil novel). Also one thing I strongly disliked in the novel that Kubrick omitted, the shrub animals that came to life multiple times n novel. that part was dumb. All n all the novel wasn't scary as film either. Also King didn't do the best job describing the vastness and sheer size of hotel and the emptiness. I had to keep reminding myself they were in a huge hotel cuz book didn't. All in all its still great story for which a great film was made. And I kno seeing the film first took some of bite of it away but still I did same thing with Kings It which I saw movie before reading the novel and that book still scared the crap out of me, this one didn't.

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