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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"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
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.
I loved the hedges that came to life.
Jack was my best by 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.
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.
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.
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.
Since listening to 'The Shining' I have been encourage to listen to more of Stephen King's work and I am currently enjoying 'Carrie'.
"better than the movie"
much more fulfilling experience than the movie
as chilling as stephen kings IT
better than the original
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
"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.
"Wished I hadn't seen the film first!"
Yes, its a good story that makes you concerned for the characters. Classic.
Danny and his psychic abilities.
Yes.that would be a luxury.
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!!
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