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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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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)

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    M. Rua 02-24-16
    M. Rua 02-24-16 Member Since 2013
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    "awesome!"

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

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    Matt 02-22-16
    Matt 02-22-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Worth the listen"

    I never found myself bored by the book itself nor cadence of the narrator. Will most likely listen to this again.

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    Nosh F. 02-20-16
    Nosh F. 02-20-16
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    "dry narration"

    I have become quite the Steven King fan of late, but this book didn't do it for me. Regarding the writing, my biggest problem had to do with b the inconsistent voice given to the five year old child who is one of the main characters in the story. To often it makes sudden transitions from thinking and spelling from the perspective of a small boy to that of a grown wise adult. Occasionally, King makes references to how special and beyond his years the child's is, but to often the boy cannot express even a simple vocabulary word (presumably due to his young age), yet at other times his inner vocabulary could rivals that of a young college student. The other major problem with this title came from what I felt was poor narration. The narrator feels emotionless, disconnected, and somewhat robotic in his connection to the material until the final quarter of the story. Honestly, if it wasn't for my trust in Kings storytelling, I would have quit on this book after the first twenty chapters. This is the first audible book I have read that just plain felt long, and I attribute this feeling to the uninspired narration.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Wendie Storrs Idaho 02-17-16
    Wendie Storrs Idaho 02-17-16 Member Since 2015

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    "great story"

    the awesome tale, drones by the narrator just killed it! Will Patton would knock this tale out of the park! please re-record someday. I'd totally without hesitation, repurchase this, if read by someone who DID NOT DRONE!

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    Evan Smith Pennsylvania 02-12-16
    Evan Smith Pennsylvania 02-12-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great story, not so great narration"

    The story itself is pretty good, definitely accessible and not overly dated at all. The narrator is very deadpan and monotone, with a few exceptions. When he gets to a part where a character is excited or shouting, he does this odd whisper-yell thing that really doesn't do a very good job of conveying the emotion of the character. Despite this, it certainly wasn't unlistenable. All around, I'd say it's worth the price.

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    Blane Williams 02-09-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Good book"

    classic, great book. easy to listen to, albeit not the most fascinating delivery. would recommend.

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    Branson 02-04-16
    Branson 02-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "great book mostly"

    this book was incredible, he does an amazing job of keeping you interested in every detail. towards the end I felt like it's got a little corny in places. But overall a great book

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    C. Hikade NY USA 02-03-16
    C. Hikade NY USA 02-03-16 Member Since 2015

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    "I look at the movie differently now!"

    After listening to this book, I realize the movie wasn't really that good. Scott is an excellent reader, and his "Jack" voice startled me a time or two! I would recommend this book to any Stephen King fan and any horror movie fan.

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    Amazon Customer 02-02-16 Member Since 2016
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    "liked it"

    it was good and made more sense than the movie in my opinion. Decent narrator

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    Lori Pruitt 01-27-16
    Lori Pruitt 01-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Amazing"

    This is one of my favorite books of all time, so I figured it'd be worth a shot to hear it read. At first, I wasn't sure that I liked Scott's performance, as I was finding it boring, but that also may be because the first couple chapters of the book are boring. However, once it picked up, it was phenomenal.

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