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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
  • Kathryn McIntyre
    7/3/15
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    "Great book well read"

    Loved this book! Read really well and this book is exceptional. You won't regret getting this audible book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • amanda elwell
    5/3/15
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    "Loved it"

    I recently listened to Dr Sleep which I also loved. I had seen the film of the Shining but Dr Sleep made me curious as to what the film had missed out which was quite a lot. You really don't need to read The Shining to enjoy Dr Sleep or vice versa but I'm really glad I listened to both! Narration was excellent for both books.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Lionel Peter
    Newport, UK
    3/12/15
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    "Amazing"

    Having only seen the movie I really enjoyed the book, and while the reader takes a while to get into the story once he gets stay in he makes sure you're stuck in with him. Great stuff.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jean
    2/7/15
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    "the shining by Stephen king!!!"

    like it very much I was thrilled to the end!! skilful writing!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Jackie
    Sheffield, United Kingdom
    1/12/15
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    "Better than the film"

    Really enjoyed reading The Shining it was far better than the film. The tension built up & up so smoothly that I was on the edge of my seat & almost unable to put it down, A great read,

    0 of 0 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
  • 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

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