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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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    Debi Kitcho 09-11-16
    Debi Kitcho 09-11-16

    Debi Kitcho

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    "the shining"

    it was hard to listen to because of the narrator, he made it hard for me to hear many things he said. and I didn't like the was he did the voices when things got evil. I would've rather got if in print than listen to him. I like many other books even if the story wasn't my kind just because the narrator made if worth if this one didn't. the movie was great but I really didn't care for this version of the book.

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    DeeLeitzel USA 09-10-16
    DeeLeitzel USA 09-10-16 Member Since 2014

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    "The book is soooo much better than the movie."

    This is truly a classic case of a brilliantly written book being far better than the movie version of it. You do yourselves a disservice by relying upon the film as your sole source of this Stephen King masterpiece. On top of this, the performance given by Campbell Scott, and he does perform his narration, make no mistake about it, is superb and memorable. In short, I don't think I care to see the movie again after experiencing this beautifully written book in this format. Between Mr. King's impeccable craftsmanship as a writer and storyteller, and Mr. Campbell's flawless and believable presentation of the horror, madness and achingly familiar flaws and strengths of humans, you can be assured that you will thoroughly enjoy listening to this audible offering of 'The Shining'. Five stars all around.

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    SydsAirplane 09-02-16 Member Since 2012
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    "Monotone does not equal spooky"
    Would you listen to The Shining again? Why?

    Probably not this version. Though I did enjoy the story, I did not like the narrator.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    In his monotone, soft spoken voice, most of the time either I couldn't hear him (with the volume turned all the way up) or I didn't get that that part of the story was supposed to be important. With such a slow, dull reading, there were times the voice became white noise and I had to wake myself up to continue listening.


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    kn0582 09-02-16
    kn0582 09-02-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow!"

    easy to see why so many people love this book, it was simply amazing, wow!

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    Swooden 08-30-16
    Swooden 08-30-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Never a dull moment."

    As with all of the King books I've read so far, this one kept me pulled in. I didn't want to stop listening.
    This was the first I've listened to one that was narrated by Campbell Scott and thoroughly enjoyed his performance.

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    Calico Pete 08-28-16
    Calico Pete 08-28-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A true masterpiece of terror!"

    I have read, and loved, many Stephen King books but "The Shining" is definitely a stand out classic. The creeping sense of dread the book evokes right from the start gradually, and almost unbearably, builds to a fine crescendo of horror. The characters are beatifully drawn, particularly Jack in all his complexities and, as in a number of other King novels, he interweaves something of the art of writing itself into the story. Although the shadow of the Overlook Hotel looms dark and forbidding over all, the real terror of the story, that grips you chillingly by the heart, is Jack's own demons and terrible internal struggles. The narration is absolutely perfect and although I did see the movie many years ago and will now watch it again sometime soon, I cannot imagine that the movie comes anywhere near close to the all consuming experience of the audiobook.

    This is an absolute audible must listen!

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    squid 08-24-16
    squid 08-24-16
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    "great read!!"

    excellent book! King is definitely one of the all time greatest suspense/horror writers! a definite must read!

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    donnaharvey1415 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "all of Stephen King's don't hesitate to read the"

    The narrator was wonderful as always I loved it enjoyed every minute of it could not stand to put it down until I listened to the entire thing again if you have not read Stephen King's books because you saw the movie I highly recommend reading the books all of them.

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    AM 08-23-16
    AM 08-23-16 Member Since 2016
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    "This is Stephen King... really?"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Campbell Scott?

    Stephen King has a reputation and Campbell did a good job for the narration so I'd give them anoher try but, this time was a mistake.


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    I dont know yet, probably something in french to change completly.


    Did Campbell Scott do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yep, nothing to complain about it. Main caracters are easy to identify...there is just no story.


    What character would you cut from The Shining?

    The dad I guess, he is good one day, bad the other one. I understand it must be because of the hotel spell but still...not alway coherent.


    Any additional comments?

    Dont loose your time here. Story goes and goes and you just wait for something to happend but...yet nothing. Can't tell if is does before the end... Had to stop after 7-8 hours...really too boring.

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    mvandivere 08-22-16
    mvandivere 08-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great classic story with so many details. terrific"

    great classic story with so many details. terrific character portrayal and visualizations. will listen again

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