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Publisher's Summary

Jack Torrance's new job at the Overlook Hotel is the perfect chance for a fresh start. As the off-season caretaker at the atmospheric old hotel, he'll have plenty of time to spend reconnecting with his family and working on his writing. But as the harsh winter weather sets in, the idyllic location feels ever more remote...and more sinister. And the only one to notice the strange and terrible forces gathering around the Overlook is Danny Torrance, a uniquely gifted five-year-old.

©1977 Stephen King (P)2005 Random House Audio

Critic Reviews

"A master storyteller." ( Los Angeles Times)
"He's the author who can always make the improbable so scary you'll feel compelled to check the locks on the front door." ( The Boston Globe)
"Scary!... Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace." ( The New York Times)

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A Must Read

This really is an amazing book. So well written and the story is done so well. I somehow managed to go all these years without having read any of Stephen King's books until this year when I finally decided to give one a try. I read the first Gunslinger book, hoping to get into it and read the whole series before going to see the movie. But I honestly found the book a chore and barely could finish it. I was thinking that maybe Stephen King just wasn't for me when I decided to give another one of his books a try. I actually wanted to listen to "It", but after reading the reviews all talking about terrible editing, I decided to try this other classic. I'm so glad I did. This really was an amazing read. Thrilling with just the right amount of spook. I also didn't feel bogged down by King's tendency to describe in great detail everything in the room and every thought and the way it affects each character. I loved the character development, especially that of Jack.

A great read (listen?) that you will surely not regret, and will often find yourself unable to pause wanting to hear the next chapter.

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Nerve-wracking and Terrifying!

Of the several King books (It, The Stand, Salem's Lot, and now this one) I've listened to here on Audible, the Shining was probably the one that caused me the most distress. King never let up on the tension until pretty much the epilogue. On one hand, that's was fantastic, but on the other, it almost made me dread hitting the play button! I had to stop and take breathers from it several times because it was getting me so anxious! And that, to me, was its biggest flaw. I love it when a story holds me so well that I don't want to put it down. This one held too tight, and I had to push myself away so I could breathe easy again.

The performance was very good, although not amazing. Campbell Scott's range just felt a bit lacking at times. To be honest though, I think I've been spoiled a bit because I just recently finished "It", where Steven Weber's performance was just so utterly fantastic, anything short of that just seems underwhelming. Nonetheless, I would not pass up on this story just based on the performance. 4/5 stars is still very good.

If you're looking for a story that will make your heart pound for hours, this is definitely the one I suggest. Unless you have a heart condition. then you might want to speak with your doctor first. :P

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Heartwrenching

Your heart will bleed for the poor family in their struggles with darkness. Family love and internal growth all tied in to our greatest horror writers fantasies!

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Worth a (over) look

Recently i've been watching/rewatching Horror movies to get into the Halloween Spirit. I watched THE SHINING for the first time in a long time and it blew me away as an absolute masterpiece. After watching twice, I had a desire for more. I thought that the audio book was worth a shot.
Overall, i'd recommend. I think the narrator did a great job and convincingly captured the various characters in the book. The movie and book are much different but I believe the book informs the motivations/internal dialog of the movie characters. 16 hours isnt a bad length and was very manageable. My only complaint is repeated use of a certain N slur towards the end made me a little squeamish when listening in the car.(a nitpick but the truth) I am gearing up to tackle one of the 40+ hour King novels in the future. (IT or The Stand)

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The narrator makes this book

I absolutely loved the narrator of this book, he did a great job with not only the voices but telling the story. I was able to follow along perfectly.

I've never read or watched The Shining so I didn't know what to expect. This is a long audible book and I felt like the first 6 hours built up the characters and the story. When shit starts getting real you feel like you know them personally. The story isn't scary as much as it feels like it creeps and crawls under your skin and then stays there. You feel uneasy while waiting for what is happening next. The ending was a let down for me but that was only the last 20 minutes.

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fabulous

Great story, great writer, great performance. This made my two hour daily commute something I was actually looking forward to.

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Different than the movie, well worth the read

Truly enjoyed reading this version of the book. Campbell Scott's narration is perfect, and goes far to develop each of the characters. Even though this book was creepy and nerve-tingling on more than one occasion, I was sad when it ended.

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Wonderful Book

The character development is slow, but once the story continues, it keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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Better this time!

I read this a few years ago. This time, I chose to listen to it on Audible. Campbell Scott did a good job with the narration, although there were times I wish he would have learned a few songs before attempting to sing the tunes. King is a master story teller. The story is enough to make a reader stay engaged, constantly wonder what's next, and lose a little sleep. Vintage King!

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Fantastic audiobook, the narrator nails it!

Great book by King, a classic and of course full of character depth and the good vs. evil turmoil and how that plays a part in our relationships and the choices we make. Loved the story AND the narrator. Campbell was easy to listen too, changed the characters voices enough to get that complexity and nailed the insane tone of the journey into madness. Bravo!