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)
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"Chilling October Read!"
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.
Probably other Stephen King novels, as they all seem to link together in his fantastic storytelling way.
His despondent reading made the characters come to life, all appearing bleak but interesting for reasons I don't even really understand.
From start to finish I was gripped.
"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.
"Way better than the film"
Anybody thinking that this would be a slightly more detailed version of the film is very wrong. The story has major differences- King manages to show the slow, creeping breakdown of a once loving father as he is slowly overtaken by the complete and utter evil that surrounds him. Where Kubrick hinted at the idea of the occult, King makes it abundantly clear that in his world, psychic powers, evil spirits and possessions are all too real, and he does so masterfully.
I really enjoyed it over all! I definitely didn't struggle to finish it, as the fact that I am reviewing it at 1:54 in the morning indicates. The voice acting was a little on the poor side in places, but read with style and conviction for the far largest part.
"fantastic classic story"
very well narrated . plenty of emotion in it and I didn't want to stop listening. just 1 more chapter....before I knew it I had forgotten about making dinner !!
fantastic narration, really bought the story to life...
brilliant story, loved every minute of it
"Great story and well performed"
I enjoyed this book. Even though I had read it a number of times, I hadn't realised how drawn out the story was and it's made me think carefully before trying another Stephen King. The performance was good and although I wasn't riveted, I was happy to listen to it.
"Classic scary King."
A definite must read for any horror lover or book lover. Genuinely one of the most unsettling experiences you can get from listening to a book in a dark isolated location.
loved it. Excellent story brilliantly read, a real treasure. So much better than the film.
This is an amazing book and one of the best Stephen King books out there. Highly recommend this to horror fans especially. :)
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