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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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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

"Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.'' (Peter Straub)

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  • 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
  • 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
  • alex
    United Kingdom
    12/13/13
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    "better than the movie"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    much more fulfilling experience than the movie


    What other book might you compare The Shining to, and why?

    as chilling as stephen kings IT


    Have you listened to any of Campbell Scott’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    n/a


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    better than the original


    Any additional comments?

    i loved this book, extremely scary listen, left me shivvering in the dark, much more engrossing than the movie, and made said movie look pretty pedestrian, the topiary animals especially were horrifying, highly recommended

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Valerie
    Canterbury, United Kingdom
    12/5/13
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    "A Tour de force"

    I must confess that I usually have preferred those of Stephen King's books that he has narrated but this was so well narrated that it did not matter.

    The story is one of King's all time greats and I had read it many years ago but as with many books having them spoken in your ears brings a whole new dimension and level of enjoyment, this was no different. It is a good place to start if you are new to Stephen King's books and a great place to renew your acquaintance if you like me read his books year ago.

    The story is beautifully crafted and full of genuine chills and that sick sense of inevitabilty that grips you when you can see the outcome but know that nothing can prevent that downward slide into horror. I thoroughly recommend it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • v monteleone
    10/31/13
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    "Wished I hadn't seen the film first!"
    Would you listen to The Shining again? Why?

    Yes, its a good story that makes you concerned for the characters. Classic.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny and his psychic abilities.


    What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

    Superb narration.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes.that would be a luxury.


    Any additional comments?

    Wish I could of read the book before seeing the film - I kept making comparisons and seeing film clips in my mind. Now I want to watch the film again to check out how it compares with the book!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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