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The Shining | [Stephen King]

The Shining

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?
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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.

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"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
  • Christine
    Ilminster, United Kingdom
    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
  • Fran
    8/10/14
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    "Film awful. Book not much better"
    What would have made The Shining better?

    Having seen the film years ago I was aghast at how poor it was. Over the last twenty years I have seen it three more times and my initial "Cor blimey what load of crap" feeling hasn't altered. Knowing that Stephen King disliked the film I decided to listen to the book to see whether Mr Kubrik's interpretation deserves my derision. In fairness, the book is not great. I'm glad I've read it and can sleep soundly in the knowledge that Stan did a bad job of a bad book.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Harleen
    London
    7/18/14
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    "Sheer brilliance from King"
    Any additional comments?

    It's one of the most iconic horrors of the 20th century and boy does it live up to its name! The narration is excellent, the story gripping and engaging. I finished it in two days- I couldn't stop listening. Highly recommended.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Darren - UK
    6/26/14
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    "I have mixed feelings about this book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Oh yes, despite my reservations about this book I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in horror books. Also this audio version is well narrated the reader has a nice voice and the recording is of good quality.


    Any additional comments?

    This is in many respects a very great book, however I have many issues with it. I'm not going to say to much about this book as so many others have before me and I have nothing to say that has not already been said. My main issue with the book is that is essentially the a traditional ghost story, now some of us believe in ghosts and some of us don't but whether we do or not,we understand that there are certain aspects of parapsychology that make up the folklore that surrounds such panomaner such as hauntings and psychic abilities. And most authors writing in this fealed stick to the folklore in order to make their story feel authentic, even if we all know they are pure fiction. At first it seems that this is just such a story many people believe that a building can be haunted and many people believe that people have psychic powers. So far so good, but the book tries to stretch the imagination too far for instance, when the topiary animals come to life and start chasing people around. In one part a "Bush bunny" frantically hopping around is described as one of the most terrifying things to happen in the whole story. It's at this point you mined goes "BUSH BUNNY!" you have gone form quite a deep dark ah serious book to bush bunnies and scenes that seem like they belong in "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" or The Wizard of Oz. for me seems like these totally detract from an otherwise good book especially when is so unnecessary. Now in a book like "Christine" the premise of the book requires the author embraces the realm of fantasy.But in "The Shining" the main story dose doesn't require such flights of fancy. Oh, and I nearly forgot that after gating mortally wounded jack continues to go about raising hell like Jason form " A Nightmare on Elm Street" again this is totally unnecessary for the plot of the book and it only serves to remind the reader that this is not a book about things that could maybe happen but a book of total make believe. Now compare this to the film "The Exorcist" and I am aware that comparing books to films is a bit like comparing apples and oranges. But I will stick with this as a comparison as "The Exorcist" is so well known. In that movie we are asked to believe in something that most of the us would believe to be only superstition and even people who still believe in exorcism would struggle with the extreme case we see in the "The Exorcist" . However, because the movie dose not stray out of the folklore surrounding exorcism it has a kind of integrity that "The Shining" does not. I know started out saying that I was going to keep this short. Oh well...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Matthew
    6/20/14
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    "Amazing - So Much Better Than The Film"
    If you could sum up The Shining in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing story told very well. If you've seen the film (which is good) the book blows it out the water.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen
    Stourbridge, United Kingdom
    2/12/14
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    "This is not the film"

    Excellent throughout and have now just finished Dr Sleep. Liked the film but this is so much better and you care for the characters. Narration is top notch.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Gmcevoy
    Belfast
    12/15/13
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    "solid but not my cup of tea"
    Would you try another book written by Stephen King or narrated by Campbell Scott?

    Yes


    If you’ve listened to books by Stephen King before, how does this one compare?

    Favourably


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Performance grand but volume spikes during Jacks shouting parts was quite jarring and uncomfortable.


    Was The Shining worth the listening time?

    Just about for me


    Any additional comments?

    .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. B. P. Thompson
    Berkshire, England
    12/15/13
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    "Fantastic Book"
    What did you like most about The Shining?

    This book is just one of those that you cannot put down from the moment you start to read it. The amount of detail the author has gone to explain the scene, wounds and bodies is just amazing. I am looking forward to reading the sequel and will definitely be reading this again.


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

    I loved the hedges that came to life.


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

    Jack was my best by far.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Scotland
    12/14/13
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    "Classic Thriller"
    Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Having never seen the film, that is so talked about and is such a classic in many peoples minds, I was more interested in the book. It has all the elements that I would expect from a Stephen King novel, the mystery and the strong empathy and attachment to the characters and their outcome. There are many mystery / thriller / supernatural writers out there, but Stephen King, in my mind, always stands out above the rest - there are never any predictable moments or the ridiculous elements that make you disbelieve. Everything in the book is purposeful and carefully organised, with nothing superfluous in order to 'pad out' the writing. With his writing, you are pulled into the world he creates and you are involved in the story as if you were actually there.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    There are many character that stand out, but of course Danny is the clear and most outstanding. He is the character that holds the story together - a young child that has the wisdom and understanding far beyond his age and beyond that of his parents. His development through the book shows his maturity, as he realised that the difference between the actions of his parents and those of the hotel, which have taken over.


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

    I enjoyed listening to the narrator as he calmly travelled through the pages of this book. He was able to deliver the tone and mood of the story, without being over dramatic or taking away from the writing. I could clearly imagine the characters through the voices that he used to depict them. Sometimes narration in other audio books can become silly, when putting on the voices of children in particular, but Campbell Scott was able to bring a mature and credible interpretation of the characters and the mood.


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

    When the character of the cook comes to the aid of the family and his journey to 'The Outlook' was moving. I enjoy reading about courage and characters who come to the aid of others, especially despite the personal cost to them.


    Any additional comments?

    Since listening to 'The Shining' I have been encourage to listen to more of Stephen King's work and I am currently enjoying 'Carrie'.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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