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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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Excellent! King at his best! FANTASTIC NARRATOR!

What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

The narrators depiction of changing voices was excellent!! <br/>Captioned King's story perfectly!

What did you like best about this story?

The story itself, classic King!<br/>Creepy as Hell!

Which scene was your favorite?

Danny in 217!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Their escape of course!

Any additional comments?

King at his best & the narrator made it that much better!! Amazing!

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not for me

Struggled to finish. I think the problem was that it's such a famous story that even if, like me, you haven't read it before or watched the movie, you still know how it ends. That greatly diminishes the suspense, making the quality of the writing vital to keeping you listening. And it's classic King. Long-winded.
I'm glad I used a credit on this instead of spending real money. It was an uncomfortable and surprisingly boring, not scary listen. I actually skipped ahead about three hours near the end and missed exactly nothing.
I had a hard time suspending my disbelief, not about the ghosts/evil presence, but about the characters' behavior. I'm not sure if this is a spoiler or not, but... if my partner -intentionally- broke our toddler's arm because he spilled beer over some papers, I would be out the door with my kid so fast you wouldn't see me for dust. But no. Apparently child abuse wasn't a relationship deal-breaker. AAARGH. The plot hinged on awful, stupid people doing awful, stupid things. It stressed me out. Not an enjoyable listen at all.
But yes, while I didn't enjoy it, personally, but I seem to be in the minority, so I'd still have to say you might as well try it.

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great story and great reader!

yep.. great reader. great story... intense and deeply human despite being dark. really great reader though... seriously.

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Fire, fire can kill anything.

I never get tired of this story. Solid narration, no issues with the audiobook. Now to listen to Doctor Sleep!

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One of Stephen King's finest

Fantastic totally creepy story!! I really like the extra details added to all of the characters to make them more "real" and more interesting.

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Classic King

Loved it! I saw the movie years ago, the book is so much better!

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One of the best books

I recommend any lover of good books to read this! One of my favorite novels!

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Loved it!

I already knew that the book was great going through the reviews, but together with the amazing narration I believe this was one of the best audiobook products I have purchased so far. I suggest you play it on 1.25 speeds .First few minutes might sound hurried, but your brain will soon synch with the speed.

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good performance and story

why do I need to write 20 words, take my god damned ratings and use them

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great book. great narrator.

This was an incredible story with a great plot and an even better narrator. 5/5.