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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.'' (Peter Straub)

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  • Michael
    Southport, United Kingdom
    10/2/13
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    "Chilling October Read!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book delivers all of the traditional ideas that you'd imagine in a horror story! It's perfect to read through October, upcoming Halloween, or any other time of the year that you want to frighten & interest yourself in a chilling tale from Stephen King's brain.


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

    Probably other Stephen King novels, as they all seem to link together in his fantastic storytelling way.


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

    His despondent reading made the characters come to life, all appearing bleak but interesting for reasons I don't even really understand.


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

    From start to finish I was gripped.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss C M Clifford
    9/30/13
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    "Pre listen to Dr Sleep"

    As it was a long time since I had seen 'The Shining', and I couldn't remember if I had actually read it, I decided to listen before I tried the sequel 'Dr Sleep'
    I am so glad I did. I remember the film as scarey, but don't remember really understanding the characters, who seemed to be a little two dimensional. The main purpose of the film seemed to scare, but not to really involve you.
    The book is so different. OK, it is scarey, but it is Stephen King! However to me, the difference is that I understood and empathised much more with all the characters who really came to life, and I too now want to know what happened to them after The Shining.
    I heard that King didn't really care for the screen adaptation, I can understand why.

    The narration of the characters is good, but at times the surrounding description of unfolding events lacks atmosphere. While I consider it could be better, it does not, for me, detract from the unfolding story, so, to those, like me, whose remembrance is based on the screen adaptation, I would wholeheartedly recommend listening to this audiobook.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    6/20/16
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    "Really enjoyed this!"

    My second Stephen King book and enjoyed this much more than Under The Dome. Really easy to listen to, couldn't put it down (so to speak) and finished it too quickly!! Nice one!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mrsmcnair
    Scotland
    6/7/16
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    "One of Stephen King's best"

    This is one of my favourite Stephen King tales, so I was delighted it was available on Audible. The narrator for me took a bit of getting used to, but seemed to improve a couple of chapters in. This is an audiobook I will be listening to again!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Eliel Cohen
    5/27/16
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    "brilliant performance"

    one of the most impressive audiobook performances I have come across out if the 50 or so I have listened to. never read the book and glad I experienced it like this for the first time.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amanda
    5/20/16
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    ". . . . beyond Imagination . . . ."

    My apologise first to Stanley but the film stole and tainted the incredible writing of this masterpiece

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amandarose
    5/10/16
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    "must read"

    even although I know this story inside out it was a totally different experience having it read to me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Henry
    4/20/16
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    "A solid performance and story."
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    Love the dead pan narration. He voiced Jack perfectly.


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

    The catchphrases and rhymes throughout got more and more funny and eery.


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    The bar scene when Jack finally looses his marbles.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    I think theres already a decent film out there.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Sue Jackson
    London, England
    4/4/16
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    "Addictive but scary as shell!!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

    Yes.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Danny's strength as a kid through the ordeal he went through, I would have ended up a basket case after all that, OMG!!


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Very good and a great accompaniment to the movie, as good as Jack Nicolson played the lead as an actor!!


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

    When Jack turns back to his normal self for a moment and tells Danny to run and get out of The Overlook! The last moment of lucid sanity .


    Any additional comments?

    Great book and story

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • sean
    3/29/16
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    "great listen from 1st word to last."

    brilliant story brilliantly narrated. just like reading a book but while working too. Shine on.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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