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)
I really don't think so, since once you know the story, it takes the thrill away.
The way the characters changed mood.
Incredible how he changed tempo, voice!
Danny, wonderfull talented kid!
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.
If you loved the movie, treat yourself to this.
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.
The novel is much better than the movie, which i watched first. Having the audiobook gives me the best of both worlds.
Been on/off with Audible since '07, when I found myself long-term in China, desperate for English language books. Love a good story.
Yep, 2013 was my second listen to this book, in fact. I love the novel version of this story (though I'm a big fan of the movie as well) for its wonderfully frightening elements, many of which did not make it to the movie version.
Got to be Jack Torrance. I read somewhere that the movie version of Jack Torrance is a man having failed, at career, at staying sober, at being a strong husband, while the actual original novel version of him is a man trying to improve his darkness, his failures, and his demons. He's not too far gone, and it's an exploration of his downfall, which is not inevitable.
The fantastic dialogue between Jack, Wendy, and Danny, as well as each of their inner monologues fabulously brought to life.
This is only my 3rd King book, but I have added many more books to my wish list. I previously read "Doctor Sleep" and enjoyed it so much that I had to go back and listen to this one. Seriously, not disappointed. Can't wait to listen to more from him!
Willy Wonka of it
Because Dr Sleep was coming out and billed as a sequel to "The Shining", I figured it was time to finally listen to the critically-acclaimed source material.
I'm not sure I can say much that others have not said repeatedly over the decades, but this book was worth the hype. It's classic King told in a manner to actually elicit chills as you listen.
Though it's not 100% necessary, you'll definitely want to listen to this before Dr Sleep.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
I only vaguely remember having read The Shining back when it first came out in 1977. The movie version is more firmly stuck in my mind, but it is hazy, too. So I decided to re-read this classic Stephen King book before trying the sequel, Dr. Sleep.
Although I really enjoyed reading it, I was somewhat disappointed as well. I thought I’d be on the edge of my seat and terrified. The first half or 2/3 of the novel seemed almost overburdened with foreshadowing and character development. The final 1/3 was much more exciting, and so I did come away feeling that the book almost lived up to its reputation.
Also, as usual, I really appreciated Stephen King’s writing and the structure of the novel. He is good! Now I can’t wait to watch the movie again! And then on to Dr. Sleep!
Say something about yourself!
Those who are King devotees will very likely be bemused by my review, but I've only read a couple of Stephen King's books and that was long ago, so this review is for those who, like myself, might consider themselves newcomers and relative strangers to his work.
It must be extremely difficult to write truly scary books, since so few authors seem to be able to pull it off. The Shining, however, is a masterpiece of the genre, and this audio version is perfectly executed, resulting in a work that is simply breathtaking.
What impressed me most, though, is the quality of the writing. The story is told from the inside, out. It is terrifying because of the meticulous dissection of each character's state of mind, so artfully accomplished that every thought, every action seems not only plausible but real. Not one scene, not one thought, not one word seems fabricated. There are scenes that could only occur in nightmares of the worst kind, but King transports the reader so completely that it seems it is we who are caught in the dream that is not a dream but is evil, itself.
I downloaded The Shining because of all of the hype surrounding the release of Dr. Sleep, and I decided that, if I were going to read that, I should begin at the beginning of the story. Dr. Sleep has a lot to live up to, if it's to be a worthy successor to The Shining. Although I don't read much horror fiction, The Shining would be a masterpiece in any genre. I will just join my voice to all the others who have said that it is entirely worth your time and your Audible credit. Neither the book nor the narrator could be improved upon.
After I read Under the Dome and 11-22-63 last year I got hooked on Stephen King books and have continued that this year. After enjoying both The Stand and Joyland earlier in the year I decided to go back in his giant library of books and read The Shining. This is one of the only horror books I've ever read and now I remember why. Although The Shining is terrifying it definitely has some edge of your seat, what's around the corner moments.
On one hand The Shining has the typical great King character development. Each of the characters are flawed in their own ways and that to me was far more interesting then the horror pieces. I also really enjoyed the science fiction pieces, the ability to read others thoughts and emotions is fascinating and in another setting would have been far more interesting.
To me The Shining was a very entertaining book but the horror elements just wasn't my cup of tea.
The depth of detail. Mr. King always adds those touches that make a character more real in your minds eye. That is the "magic" of any good story. I
I do not compare any book to any other. Simply because they aren't alike. You can say they are part of the same genre, same style......but over all they are different, the experience, the character, the ride if you will.
I can't say that I preferred one over another.
Yes, I hated turning it off. I'd ready if multiple times of course. However the Shining is one of the books that never gets old.
I can't say this was a truly scary story. To me it was more suspenseful than anything. Watching as a man descends deeper and deeper into madness with the supernatural help of a haunted hotel is creepy, but to me it wasn't horrifying which is what I often seen said of this story. It's well worth the read, reread or listen if you've never checked it out.
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