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)
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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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