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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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    robert tirrell Leonard Jr 07-17-16 Member Since 2016
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    "excellent book"

    love this book, it is one of Stephen King's best, a descent into ghostly madness.

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    Savdog Annapolis, MD United States 07-15-16
    Savdog Annapolis, MD United States 07-15-16 Member Since 2015
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    "superbly executed horror"
    Any additional comments?

    I've always heard great things about this book, and I can see why. King's ability to write horror, without sounding campy, is key. Not really a ground-breaking story, but superbly executed. The narrator also did a superb job, making me jump out of my seat with how emphatic he was at certain key moments. Well done!

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    Sam 07-11-16
    Sam 07-11-16 Member Since 2016

    Looking not like a university graduate and even less like I can read, I'm fooling everyone.

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    "Except for those two skips in the playback..."
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    Fractured. Psychotic. Introspection.


    What other book might you compare The Shining to and why?

    More than one. I see (more than a bit, actually ala Jack Nicolson) parallels between "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest", "Catch 22" and "The Turn of the Screw". Three reasons:1. I'm not crazy.2. You're all crazy.3. Did that just happen?


    What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Campbell Scott does restrained furry well. There's a lot of psychologically frenetic moments in the book. He definitely added value. As with what is said, he mastered the deafening pauses in those tense moments, emphasizing what was not said. His timing is spot-on. Listening to Campbell Scott after reading the original text helped me visualize Jack Torrence as someone other than Jack Nicolson.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Time permitting, I certainly would.


    Any additional comments?

    The fifth missing star in my overall rating is due to what may be a bad download or perhaps an app glitch... For the record, I don't stream any of my audio books. I have Windows devices across the board including my phone and tested the playback on three different devices and got the same results. There were two spots in the playback that were garbled; one early on and one late in the listen. Both about a minute long. It might be just my bad luck, but if it isn't the impact is minimal and the garbled playback does not come at plot-critical moments.

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    Frae 07-10-16
    Frae 07-10-16 Member Since 2015

    Aspiring author, classic literature scholar, fantasy and horror junkie, all wrapped up in a cute little package.

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    "A very good book about alcoholism"
    Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    in the middle


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Shining?

    the topiary garden


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

    Tony


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the moments between Danny and his father.


    Any additional comments?

    this book was very strongly about struggling with alcoholism, and/or addiction. I think if you are looking for some book to help with a struggle in that sense but not your typical book, this is a good choice.

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    Jonathan 07-05-16
    Jonathan 07-05-16
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    "Classic King. Suspenseful till it's last breath."

    If you think you know the whole story from the movie, then you're in for a treat. Though I loved the movie, the book gave me a different perspective on the story that I never had before. It's also scarier than you might think, you may not want to listen to this one on the sleep timer!

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    dallas busse 07-03-16
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    "Amazing"

    absolutely stunning the way Stephen King can suck you into this story. not to mention the way the different characters are so profoundly brought to life.

    p.s if you are thinking about reading this book thinking it's going to be "the shinning" movie. it's not. the movie is good in its own sense, but this is The Shinning the way it was supposed to told

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    jordan schissell 06-30-16
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    "great book"

    the story was amazing could wait to finish it. the narrator was monotone at the beginning. making it some what a challenge to tell when he switched characters. however towards the middle he had rectified that.

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    Chris 06-29-16
    Chris 06-29-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Loved it"

    I've always loved the movie, but the book is even better. love the narrator as well.

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    P. Patel Alabama 06-27-16
    P. Patel Alabama 06-27-16 Member Since 2012
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    "The inner voices in the book are disturbing..."

    I listened to the Audible book after reading Doctor Sleep. I heard the book was better than the movie. I have to agree. The inner voices in the book are disturbing. And since I had Jack Nicholson imagined as Jack already, It's easy to imagine how Stephen King wrote the Jack character for Nicholson. Going to read Doctor Sleep again!

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    Amazon Customer 06-26-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Much better than the movie!"
    What did you love best about The Shining?

    The story in general was fantastic! I was reluctant because I thought the movie was decent, but didn't love it. The book however is SO much better! It goes much more in depth into the characters. I particularly like that you got inside the boy's head, which made him seem much more grown up and relatable than the movie. I also like that the book explains the evens as a possession of sorts rather than just cabin fever.

    I highly recommend reading this book!


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    I thought the narrator did a fantastic job with all the characters!


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