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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"Really enjoyed this!"
My second Stephen King book and enjoyed this much more than Under The Dome. Really easy to listen to, couldn't put it down (so to speak) and finished it too quickly!! Nice one!
"One of Stephen King's best"
This is one of my favourite Stephen King tales, so I was delighted it was available on Audible. The narrator for me took a bit of getting used to, but seemed to improve a couple of chapters in. This is an audiobook I will be listening to again!
one of the most impressive audiobook performances I have come across out if the 50 or so I have listened to. never read the book and glad I experienced it like this for the first time.
". . . . beyond Imagination . . . ."
My apologise first to Stanley but the film stole and tainted the incredible writing of this masterpiece
even although I know this story inside out it was a totally different experience having it read to me.
"A solid performance and story."
Love the dead pan narration. He voiced Jack perfectly.
The catchphrases and rhymes throughout got more and more funny and eery.
The bar scene when Jack finally looses his marbles.
I think theres already a decent film out there.
"Addictive but scary as shell!!"
Danny's strength as a kid through the ordeal he went through, I would have ended up a basket case after all that, OMG!!
Very good and a great accompaniment to the movie, as good as Jack Nicolson played the lead as an actor!!
When Jack turns back to his normal self for a moment and tells Danny to run and get out of The Overlook! The last moment of lucid sanity .
Great book and story
"great listen from 1st word to last."
brilliant story brilliantly narrated. just like reading a book but while working too. Shine on.
"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.
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