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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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.
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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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    Crystal Salt Lake City, Utah 07-01-15
    Crystal Salt Lake City, Utah 07-01-15 Member Since 2011
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    "fantastic"

    fantastic. definitely worth listening to. much better than the movie. can't wait to read next one

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    Rodney C. Woods Concord, NC 06-27-15
    Rodney C. Woods Concord, NC 06-27-15 Member Since 2013

    Roland Wodeman

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    "Scathing tell all about the hotel industry."

    After listening to this I immediately quit my job as a hotel caretaker. I may need new pants.

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    David F Henderson, TN, USA 06-26-15
    David F Henderson, TN, USA 06-26-15 Member Since 2008
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    "Great story"

    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.

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    Bobbi 06-23-15
    Bobbi 06-23-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Always strangely wonderful!"

    Just when I think I know this author, BOOM! I know him in a brand new/old way.

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    Alabaaster Potomac Falls, VA 06-09-15
    Alabaaster Potomac Falls, VA 06-09-15
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    "Detailed Backstory - Understand the Shining"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    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).


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    How he seamlessly went from thought to spoken word with each character.


    If you could rename The Shining, what would you call it?

    Intuition?


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Elizabeth Howard Bronxville, NY USA 06-07-15
    Elizabeth Howard Bronxville, NY USA 06-07-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Highly engaging"

    Structurally this book is superb, an vivid and visceral experience that anyone who was a fan of the film adaptation should explore.

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    Kaitlyn Goode 06-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A Wonderful Nightmare"

    SPOILER FREE

    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.

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    Ericksons 06-01-15
    Ericksons 06-01-15
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    "Excelent story"

    I really enjoyed both the book and the performance. An easy pleasure to listen to.

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    STEPHEN 05-25-15
    STEPHEN 05-25-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing!"

    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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    Kieth 05-21-15
    Kieth 05-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyed"

    I liked this very much. The reader can be monotone at times though. All in all I would recommend it to people wanting to know the book.

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