Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine….
©1977 Stephen King (P)2005 Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.'' (Peter Straub)
"A classic horror novel"
This is probably Stephen King's best known work. Not necessarily his best book but with the release of the movie by Stanley Kubrick (loosely based on the book), its popularity increased massively. It's tightly constructed and well realised with a smooth flow which keeps you going from start to end. It's a story I like to read every so often and now I can listen to it every so often too.
The creepiness of the 'visions' brought by the hotel and the debauchery that is played out certainly adds to the atmosphere of the story.
Campbell Scott isn't a bad reader. He does seem a little stilted at the start which could put you off the audio book but he seems to warm into the story as time goes on and as he gets into the characters, the change in tone and style starts to show through and makes listening to the text much more enjoyable.
Some guests never check out.
The book is always better than the film and this book is a prime example. In the book, Jack Torrence seems more frightening and disturbed that will have you thinking about it after you've finished it! King has a way with words, and is the true master of Horror. If you want a book that will stay part of your soul and make you scared again, like when you were young, this is perfect.
"A hotel possessed - the real story of the Overlook"
If you have seen either of the films or the TV series of this title, you may think this book holds no further surprises. You would be wrong. The director's cut is the story of a family's fight for survival against pure evil in an isolated, snow-bound hotel. On a more human level, it is the story of how families survive.
Danny, the five year old son of Jack and Wendy, sees visions. He can find things that are lost and can read his parents thoughts. When Jack takes a winter caretaker's job at the isolated Overlook Hotel, high in the mountains, Danny's "shining" awakens an evil that hunts him. What follows is a terrifying escalation of horror and suspense. Forget the films; the pictures in your own head are far more vivid and horrifying !
From a human perspective, Jack is a recovering alcoholic, whose addiction has brought his family to the brink. This job is his last chance to keep his family together, but the spirits in the hotel tempt him and taunt him to bring his son to them. In this, only his third published book, Stephen King' s own battle with alcohol adds an interesting backdrop. Addiction fills you with demons. The reason that King's narrative works so well is that normal human reactions and emotions lie at its base.
"Stephen King at his best"
I have been a latecomer to Stephen King but he is surely one of the best writers on Audible. A fantastic story well written and well read.
"I loved this book!"
I have been a fan of the movie since before I was legally old enough to watch it! As with most novels the book is better than the film (Although the imagery of Jack Nicholson works very well!). Campbell Scott narrates the book with feeling.
This book was soooo scary, the reading was lively and painted the picture beautifully. I haven't seen the film so I was new to the story but I loved it. The story got more and more tense as it unfolded. Highly recommended if you want a bit if a scare
"poor monotone narration"
I am about halfway through this novel and have read The Stand, the Dark Tower series and Under the Dome. All fantastic. This story is damn good but it is hard to get over how much better it could have been with a decent narrator. Otherwise, this would have been another 5 star Stephen King novel.
"Spot on - scary novel"
This is a classic in every sense of the word. Sinister and suspenseful - the sort of scary that you keep thinking about long after you've switched it off!
I listened to this book many years ago and forgot how creepy it actually was, the thought of being stranded in a snow storm in the middle of nowhere in a haunted hotel dont bare thinking about I wanted to refresh on this brilliant book to do Doctor Sleep after I am so glad I did.
"Horror at its best!!"
The Shining is horror at its absolute best. I saw the movie and really loved it, so I felt like I had to read the book. I'm sorry to say, but I really don't like the movie that much anymore.
King is extremely good building characters, and this book is no exception. In addition to the many breathless moments you get with chills running down your back, you really get to know the characters as well. That doesn't just make it a good story, but also a very very good book.
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