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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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    Jean B 10-30-15
    Jean B 10-30-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Outstanding"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    Campbell Scott brings the text to life. A wonderful, convincing performance.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was impossible to tell initially how much was just in Jack Torrance's head and how much was actually happening. Was he just unraveling or were there actually forces in the hotel that were taking hold of him? Another reviewer said "don't expect the movie" and that is so true. This is so much more complex and interesting than the cheesy movie.


    Which character – as performed by Campbell Scott – was your favorite?

    Jack, Danny and Dick Halloran were my favorite characters.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shining and why?

    Jack Torrance was the most memorable character. He was so tortured and had so many ghosts in his life. At first he seemed to simply be a man who had a drinking problem and then he was a man with an ungovernable temper. Complex and very believable.


    Any additional comments?

    In my opinion, easily one of Stephen King's best and the performance by Campbell Scott makes it even better.

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    nick drennen 10-29-15
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    "better than the movie"

    I liked the story better than the movie and can see why king was upset with Kubrick's film. the characters are much fuller and story was great. I can understand where changes needed to be made I think it should be remade in to a one season mini series today

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    Nicholas Lynge Pedersen 10-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story with excellent narration"

    I love Stephen King and this is one of my all-time favorites. I have to say that the narration is fantastic - probably the best I've ever listened to. Don't skip over this one. You'll be so glad you chose to listen!

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    Dakota 10-20-15
    Dakota 10-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "remake pending?"

    been a fan of the movie forever, reading the book made me want a remake!

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    93cs13 Nevada 10-20-15
    93cs13 Nevada 10-20-15 Member Since 2014

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    "So enjoyable"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Anytime people say the love the movie I tell them to read / listen to the book. Or at least Google what King has to say about the movie, that's what finally got me to listen to the book myself.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Beautiful character development and POV's. Jack really goes bonkers.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Danny and Dick's first communication.


    Who was the most memorable character of The Shining and why?

    Danny - especially because I've read Doctor Sleep. Jack going bonkers.


    Any additional comments?

    Read Doctor Sleep - even if you don't read The Shining (it's not a prerequisite).

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    Ms Tru San Diego, Ca 10-20-15
    Ms Tru San Diego, Ca 10-20-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Needs a better voice"

    One of my favorite novels. Could have found a narrator to do the book justice.

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    Robert 10-19-15
    Robert 10-19-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A terrifying thriller MASTERPIECE!"

    This story, and the amazing performance by Cambell Scott, is as riveting as it is terrifying. If you think you know the story from having seen the 1980 Stanley Kubrick movie - think again. Infinitely more suspenseful and frightening, we watch as day by day Jack Torrence has his sobriety and sanity tested by the haunted Overlook Hotel. The demons who seduce him, and the situations he must navigate with his family, are creepy beyond description. Read this with all the lights on, and with friendly company nearby - trust me. Thanks, Stephen King, Campbell Scott, and Audible, for an amazing scare!!!

    Bob Ryder
    Bloomington, IL

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    abdulaziz 10-13-15
    abdulaziz 10-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "just go buy it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    yes, because that narrator knows what's up


    What did you like best about this story?

    everything, Duh !!


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    ohhh yes, he is the best narrator i hv ever heard.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    i did not sleep 3 days so yeah :).


    Any additional comments?

    Amazing book. go buy it

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    Hiromiyamoto 10-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "A great outing from the master of modern horror!"

    Stephen King is truly one of the greats! This was a wonderful performance on the part of Campbell Scott, and a thrilling outing by horror legend, Stephen King. I'm still a big fan of the Kubrick film, but the book is truly outrageous, that cannot be stated enough. Campbell Scott does great justice to the text, and his narration brings the text to life. Overall, a great experience.

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    Edward 10-09-15
    Edward 10-09-15 Member Since 2016
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    "would recommend"

    Good book, but great performance. narrator gets the tone perfectly, and plays insane Jack well. only problem is that the audio version makes it clear how often the things insane Jack says are repeated (take your medicine, bitch, little pup). overall would recommend

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