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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"Great book well read"
Loved this book! Read really well and this book is exceptional. You won't regret getting this audible book.
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.
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.
"the shining by Stephen king!!!"
like it very much I was thrilled to the end!! skilful writing!!!
"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,
"Film awful. Book not much 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.
"Sheer brilliance from King"
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.
"Amazing - So Much Better Than The Film"
Amazing story told very well. If you've seen the film (which is good) the book blows it out the water.
"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.
"solid but not my cup of tea"
Performance grand but volume spikes during Jacks shouting parts was quite jarring and uncomfortable.
Just about for me
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