We are currently making improvements to the Audible site. In an effort to enhance the accessibility experience for our customers, we have created a page to more easily navigate the new experience, available at the web address www.audible.com/access .
 >   > 
The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

Regular Price:$33.60
  • Membership Details:
    • First book free with 30-day trial
    • $14.95/month thereafter for your choice of 1 new book each month
    • Cancel easily anytime
    • Exchange books you don't like
    • All selected books are yours to keep, even if you cancel
  • - or -

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)

What Members Say

Average Customer Rating

4.6 (6573 )
5 star
 (4461)
4 star
 (1709)
3 star
 (316)
2 star
 (54)
1 star
 (33)
Overall
4.6 (6021 )
5 star
 (4265)
4 star
 (1380)
3 star
 (303)
2 star
 (46)
1 star
 (27)
Story
4.6 (5995 )
5 star
 (4020)
4 star
 (1523)
3 star
 (339)
2 star
 (65)
1 star
 (48)
Performance
Sort by:
  •  
    Anissa 03-11-16
    Anissa 03-11-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Here's Johnny"

    This is an oldie but goodie. Stephen King's, The Shining, put the movie of the same name to shame. Reading the book affords you with so much more detail and backstory.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 03-06-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Amazing!"

    This was my first audiobook and I absolutely loved it! The book was so creepy. I caught myself often saying "Ewww!" because of the amazing attention to detail during the scary parts. There were some nights it was difficult to sleep after some of the scary parts because oh how amazing of a writer Stephen King is, his attention to detail, describing what the scene looks like, it just comes to life in your imagination. Campbell Scott is an amazing narrator, he gets into all of Stephen Kings characters, you know which character is talking because he changes his voice. I can't wait to listen to my next Stephen King book: Dr. Sleep. And I would love to find more books narrated by Campbell Scott.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Todd 03-04-16
    Todd 03-04-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    18
    17
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "A STEPHEN KING MASTERPIECE"

    If u haven't heard this book then your missing out on one of the best books ever written, a must have.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Mindy Hancq 03-04-16
    Mindy Hancq 03-04-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    2
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book!"

    I love Stephen King. This is a great book, a ton better then the movie. Although the movie wasn't bad.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rena Texas, USA 03-02-16
    Rena Texas, USA 03-02-16 Member Since 2016
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    3
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Better Than Movie"

    As is most often the case, the movie didn't do justice to the story. Too many changes made in the screenplay. Very surprised that Stephen King agreed to such a major change to the ending.

    I would recommend this book to all fans of the movie. The book will answer a lot of lingering questions.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Rhonda Ottem 02-29-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    6
    4
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Great book! Enjoyed the voice of the narrator."

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book! A bit different than the movie but they usually are. I also enjoyed the narrator's voice. Sent chills down my spine several times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Amazon Customer 02-29-16
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    1
    1
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Even better than the movie"

    I was first introduced to The Shining through Stanley Kubrick's artistic and stunning movie portrayal, and was instantly a fan, growing up relishing Kubrick's movies. Finally, as an adult, I realized how critical Stephen King had been of the movie and was curious enough to give The Shining a read - or rather a listen.

    I am left utterly impressed by King's talent in the story development, the character development, and the scenic descriptions. His writing is thorough and intuitive. I now understand why he didn't care for Kubrick's version. King's characters have such a depth that I felt I knew each one personally. Furthermore, I sensed a great amount of symbolism in several of the book's themes - especially surrounding alcoholism.

    Additionally, I found that the narration by Campbell Scott was above and beyond anything I could have expected. Very colorful and full of talent. Each character had its own voice, and each sound effect was properly chilling. Well done!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Erin Elk Grove, CA 02-27-16
    Erin Elk Grove, CA 02-27-16 Member Since 2015

    No time to read. Ample time to listen.

    ratings
    REVIEWS
    7
    3
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "No room for comparison."
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    Having seen the movie one hundred times since I was a kid, reading this book was a blast. The story was haunting and engaging from beginning to end and significantly better than the movie. I completely understand why fans of the book prefer the story over the movie. This was one of the first books to every make me feel a sense of fear or anxiety while reading, which took me by surprise. A lot of this book took me by surprise. You feel like you are just as isolated from the world while listening.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the history that you get about the Overlook Hotel and the small changes in each character as the story progresses. You feel like you're locked in the hotel with the Torrance's.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was a bit slow and boring for my taste. Some parts of the story could have been made more engaging or exciting if the inflection matched the scene a little better.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    Michael James Anderson 02-26-16 Member Since 2015
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    4
    2
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "Not the best fit for narrator."

    Classic Steven King, which I love! I wasn't "thrilled" with the narrator. In the beginning I didn't know if I would make it through the whole book. Slow monotone voice. The book could have been much more thrilling had the narration been different. He did grow on me and he has a beautiful voice, just didn't fit this story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  •  
    M. Rua 02-24-16
    M. Rua 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
    HELPFUL VOTES
    1
    ratings
    REVIEWS
    13
    6
    FOLLOWERS
    FOLLOWING
    0
    0
    Overall
    Performance
    Story
    "awesome!"

    I've seen the movie like everyone else but never read the book. I liked this ending so much better! A great read!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

Report Inappropriate Content

If you find this review inappropriate and think it should be removed from our site, let us know. This report will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.

Cancel

Thank you.

Your report has been received. It will be reviewed by Audible and we will take appropriate action.