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)
Yes! It's Stephen King at his finest.
When the hotel actually got a hold on Jack's mind and used his sobriety against him.
The boiler room scene where Jack thought he'd won.
Yes. Unfortunately though do to needing to sleep, I read it in a weekend.
As one reviewer has already mentioned; do not expect the movie. Do expect a mind blowing experience.
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.
Avid reader/antiquarian book collector with long commutes...LOVES Whispersync!
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!!!
SPOILER ALERT: I love Mr. Halloran (sp?), and Danny, of course. Still freaked out by the dog-man snarling in the hallway!! SUPER CREEPY!
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.
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!
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!
50yrs old / audible member for 5 yrs library. 75% nonfiction, 15% classics and 10% fiction. History/Science/biography/Eng.18th cent fiction
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.
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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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.
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!
Yes! It is a great balance for those who loved the original film but never read the book.
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.
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.
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.
The Shining is a must read for any Stephen King fan. It has just the right amount of character study, psychic ability, and suspense!
Myst/thrillers and ✨fun fantasies✨are my favorites but always open for a good story.
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.
The narrator was just too monotone for me. Stephen King is amazing. Period. Narration did not work for me.
The creep factor in this story is fantastic. At points I did need to take a break and be around living people.
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).
The chapter about room 217. WOW.
Yes, but could not because it's really scary.
Must read. It will make you a Stephen King fan.
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