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)
Campbell Scott brings the text to life. A wonderful, convincing performance.
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.
Jack, Danny and Dick Halloran were my favorite characters.
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.
In my opinion, easily one of Stephen King's best and the performance by Campbell Scott makes it even better.
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
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!
Say something about yourself!
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.
Beautiful character development and POV's. Jack really goes bonkers.
Danny and Dick's first communication.
Danny - especially because I've read Doctor Sleep. Jack going bonkers.
Read Doctor Sleep - even if you don't read The Shining (it's not a prerequisite).
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!!!
yes, because that narrator knows what's up
everything, Duh !!
ohhh yes, he is the best narrator i hv ever heard.
i did not sleep 3 days so yeah :).
Amazing book. go buy it
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.
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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