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)
The narrator was so good, you could instantly tell which character he as speaking for. I wanted to listen to the whole thing all the way through and was sad to be finished.
I have nothing negative to say. The story itself is amazing, one of my all time favorites. The performance was fantastic. I loved the voices he does for Jack and Danny, he really performs well during the intense scenes. I felt tense listening to it so job well done. I'd recommend this one to anyone, perfect for passing that time you spend commuting to and from work.
finally I've read the novel, after watching Kubrick's film adaptation a hundred times growing up. I had heard King himself hated the film but I don't understand why. I think Kubrick did a good job with the adaptation. They are mostly the same besides small touches and ofcoarse the ending is totally different cuz Jack doesn't freeze in snow here ofcoarse but mainly the film was honest and the changes Kubrick made were better. I liked that the film took out the back story on the hotel and the gangsters and seediness of its past. I also liked the film's ending over the books explosion. (don't wanna spoil novel). Also one thing I strongly disliked in the novel that Kubrick omitted, the shrub animals that came to life multiple times n novel. that part was dumb. All n all the novel wasn't scary as film either. Also King didn't do the best job describing the vastness and sheer size of hotel and the emptiness. I had to keep reminding myself they were in a huge hotel cuz book didn't. All in all its still great story for which a great film was made. And I kno seeing the film first took some of bite of it away but still I did same thing with Kings It which I saw movie before reading the novel and that book still scared the crap out of me, this one didn't.
I have been going through and reading all of Stephen Kings works in order. As a kid I had seen both the movie and TV versions of the Shining, and even so I really enjoyed the book. The book gives a slightly different perspective and greater character depth than both of the video versions. While the book did not come off as frightening (perhaps because I have seen the movies so many times), however I really enjoyed the story.
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.
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.
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