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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"Quite different from the film but a good listen"
It's the same as the print version so no difference to report.
Other books by Stephen King. Although there are lots of paranormal elements to it; this story really reads as an exploration of alcohol addiction and it's impact on families. It is humorous, sad, desolate, hopeful, moving and terrifying in equal measure. To me, it is akin to something like Pet Sematary (child bereavement/paranormal/horror) or even Cujo (he just wants to be a good dog). This is quite different in many ways to the film so don't be expecting elevators of blood or creepy twins. There are much more worse things waiting...
Yes I think so now I have got used to it. At first I wasn't sure how I was going to get on but by the end I loved it. Dannnnyyyyy.....
The turbulent relationship between Danny and his father Jack. They love each other so deeply but they're both badly hurt by Jack's alcoholism. Their relationship really brought a tear or two to my eyes.
This was a good audio book. Although uncertain at first about the narration, I really grew into it. Some parts of the story can get a little slow (i.e. the history of the Overlook and of Horace Derwent and other shady characters) but it was much more contextual than the film. Jack's abusive relationship with his father is also explored and a parallel is drawn with his relationship with his son. This 'history repeats itself' thing tied in very nicely with the recurring murders and suicides in the bloodthirsty history of the Overlook.
"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.
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.
I just couldn't stop listening, the book just had me hooked.
Danny, I loved the way he tries to explain to himself why adults do things
It was extremely well read, with great intonation
The scene when Danny and his mother put Jack in the pantry was jam-packed with suspense.
Just loved the book from start to finish
A great listen. Campbell Scott does a great job but here is a story that may benefit from a louder reader, as I struggled in some points to hear, though I am in a loud office. Would recommend
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