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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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    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 03-06-14
    Nathan SPRINGVILLE, UT, United States 03-06-14 Member Since 2013

    Love my family....along with guitars, cameras, and a good book!

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    "Everyone shines a little...."

    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!

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    Glitter 02-27-14
    Glitter 02-27-14
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    "a well wrought psychological ghost story"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    "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.


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

    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.


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    Traci Akron, OH, United States 02-21-14
    Traci Akron, OH, United States 02-21-14 Member Since 2015

    I have a love of the classics and fantasy horror.

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    "Exciting"
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    Captivating, Amazing, Hunting


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    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.


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    Randa Inkster, MI, United States 02-17-14
    Randa Inkster, MI, United States 02-17-14
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    "If you WATCHED The Shining, you don't KNOW The Shi"
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    Unexpected. Chilling. OMG.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't, but would love to listen to more.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    An adaptation of The Shining. And I would stress "adaptation."


    Any additional comments?

    [[still shuddering]]

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    Lorelei Honeywolf 02-13-14

    Life is too short to waste on bad authors.

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    "Extremely well developed characters!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    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.


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

    The hedge animals. That's all I'm going to say. Oh and Mr. Halloran was a very sympathetic character.


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, I haven't this is my first listening experience with him as a narrator.


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

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    KRAMER New York, NY USA 02-10-14
    KRAMER New York, NY USA 02-10-14 Member Since 2014

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    "WOW!"
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    Honestly Awesome...The story is fantastic...The narration is superb...This book never offers a dull moment, keeping you on the edge of your seat throughout! You wont be disappointed

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    Brenda 02-06-14
    Brenda 02-06-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Scariest book ever"
    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes regarding room 217 were creepy as creepy can be. And Campbell Scott's voice was spot on for the mood.


    Any additional comments?

    This is one of those horror stories that pass the test of time. Do not be discouraged by the fact that Stephen King is a very popular/mainstream writer, he is a FANTASTIC storyteller. And this audiobook edition will send shivers down your spine.

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    Moises 01-24-14
    Moises 01-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Spoooky!!!"
    Would you listen to The Shining again? Why?

    I really don't think so, since once you know the story, it takes the thrill away.


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

    The way the characters changed mood.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Incredible how he changed tempo, voice!


    If you could take any character from The Shining out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Danny, wonderfull talented kid!


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    michelle v. payne Los Angeles 01-23-14
    michelle v. payne Los Angeles 01-23-14

    http://modernmusicmaker.com/

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    "Loved it even more than the film!"
    Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Usually I can't read a book after seeing the movie. It is too distracting to have the movie images in my head, but this book was so different in so many ways from the film. I loved the film, but the movie was so so so much better. Loved all 10+ hours of it, and wished it could go on longer. But thankfully there is "Doctor Sleep" which I am downloading now.


    Any additional comments?

    If you loved the movie, treat yourself to this.

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    Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller Mississippi State, MS (Starkville, MS) United States 01-18-14
    Dr. Phyllis Bell Miller Mississippi State, MS (Starkville, MS) United States 01-18-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Better than the movie"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    As a knitter and designer, I love to read but resent anything that takes me away from my knitting. Audiobooks allow me to multi-task: I can knit while I catch up on my reading. This is fantastic for me.


    Any additional comments?

    The novel is much better than the movie, which i watched first. Having the audiobook gives me the best of both worlds.

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