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.
"I didn't really get into it.."
Campbell Scott was great it was more the story which kind of bored me.
Not for me no, it was a bit of a pain to get through it.
I started actually reading the book as I always wanted to read it but as I am not huge on reading I switched to audiobook and unfortunately it didn't make it better. I kept drifting off while listening to it. I don't know why. I just didn't feel it. One of my favourite books is Stephen King's "The stand" but after all the hype about The Shining I am disappointed. Never even seen the film, tried to watch it the other day but switched it off after 15 minutes.
I am lucky enough to have gone my whole life never having seen the movie which I feel would have spoilt the novel. But even I am aware of the most famous scenes from the movie, "Here's Johnny" the type writer reveal, the haunted bar and so on, but this didn't spoil the novel at all as most of them aren't even in the novel. If I'm honest the scares were tame in comparison to modern horror, there was little gore but what it did have was atmosphere and truly creepy and somewhat sad horrors and it certainly made me tense and creeped out all the way through and was a total thrill. I particularly enjoyed Jacks slip into madness, I felt I was actually experiencing what it would be like. Danny is the highlight of this novel though by far, his childlike views on the world around him were extremely well thought out and the horrors he has to deal with on an almost daily basis would make most adults crumble. The narration was perfect, he doesn't use a broad range of voices like other narrators I'm used to and at first I found it difficult to follow who was who, but after the first few chapters and when the cast thins out I didn't have any issues. The ending was pleasing and satisfying although at one moment I thought it was turning into the typical Hollywood you think you've escaped, guess again ending, but it didn't, although I was waiting for the twist all through the epilogue. Overall I found it very enjoyable and couldn't stop reading it.
"amazing book and perfect rendition"
I enjoyed this immensely and it was read perfectly. It is so much better than the movie and tells the full story.
"it's OK for an introduction to horror."
the book is OK, although it does sort of drag on about the characters' pasts and only the last 8 chapters of the overall 58 are actually thrilling. It is a good book if this is your first horror book. The actual audio is good, not much else to say about it.
"I really 'enjoyed' this"
I haven't read much Stephen King and I'm not entirely sure why. I loved 11.22.63, but couldn't read Under the Dome. I loved Mr Mercedes but had to put down Dr Sleep half way through. I think it's the more straightforward horror stuff that puts me off. BUT I really enjoyed The Shining. King is a fantastic writer, a genius really.
The character of Jack Torrence was so skilfully portrayed, I felt his sadness, disappointment and desperation intensely. I was less interested when he turned properly insane and I guess this is where Stephen King's fiction and I part ways. But this is a great novel, really compelling.
I thoroughly enjoyed this. I'd heard of course about the book being a different beast from the film but I hadn't expected such changes when it came to major character attitudes and tone. You can't get Nicholson out of your mind and rightly so but this is truly the one and only story of The Overlook. Back story really flushes all aspects out beautifully and (unlike Kubrick) King cares about the characters and our experience in equal measure. It's read with great skill and not over acted. No clunky sound effects or attempts at female voices to be found. A wonderful package to be sure.
There is something about having horror narrated to you. I found myself genuinely spooked several times whilst listening to this audio book.
It's very well narrated and in my opinion better than the film!
"The film doesn't do it justice"
An absolute classic story and very well performed. I would recommend this to anyone- characters are brilliant.
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