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)
After listening to this I immediately quit my job as a hotel caretaker. I may need new pants.
Once again Stephen King proves why he's the master of the horror genre. I just can't believe that it's taken me so long to actually get to this book.
I liked the narrator. He did a great job with the different characters and their voices whether speaking or in their heads (their thoughts). The narration was seemless from one voice to another.
I liked the Hotel history the best. It was interesting to find out what happened long ago at the Overlook. I also liked how the Shining was more defined and explained in this novel (vice the movie).
How he seamlessly went from thought to spoken word with each character.
Many complain that this book was not the movie, and vice versa. They are two different stories really. The movie is a very abridged version of the book, only capturing the most exciting parts of the book. This book could be a little shorter...I'd cut out the history of Jack's father, and some other meandering stories. All in all, this was an entertaining and suspensful book. You will see how and why Jack went cuckoo at the Overlook, which is much different than the movie. I'm now reading the sequel, which I just started and am already hooked.
Structurally this book is superb, an vivid and visceral experience that anyone who was a fan of the film adaptation should explore.
Not suggested to be listened to at night, The Shining is nothing like the movie- a well told story that despite the main character's ability to see the future keeps you guessing what will happen next. Wonderful narration that actually does distinct voices for every character.
This book is far better than the movie adaptation. I'm not sure what Stanley Kubrick was thinking but what he did to Stephen King's original novel borders on criminal.
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