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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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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

What the Critics Say

"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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    Jim "The Impatient" 06-08-16 Member Since 2016

    My taste differs from kid books to gory horror books.

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    "THE FOG OF ANGER"

    Jack's Anger
    After being amazed that a Stephen King masterpiece actually went on sale, I was again amazed at the listening again. In the first reading you may be scared over one of the scariest books ever written. In the second reading you might want to concentrate on the writing, the dissection of anger and human behavior. King could write in any genre and be considered a genius. I am only glad he chose horror. I belong to a family in which anger is very present and all those things that go through Jack's mind, happen a lot more than you probably think. Keep that in mind when you get one of those fake smiles from someone you are dealing with.

    Grab this at the sale price while you can. In five years I have rarely seen a King masterpiece go on sale.

    110 of 117 people found this review helpful
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    KJ 09-17-12
    KJ 09-17-12
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    "Don't expect the movie..."
    Any additional comments?

    I think this audiobook will suffer from people comparing it to the movie. The movie story had very little to do with the actual novel. While the movie eventually reached classic status, the story and character development veered wildly from King's vision, quite notoriously and controversially. The movie is fantastic in its own right but should stand alone. If you are looking for an audio version of the movie or Jack Nicholson's performance, you should give this a pass.

    That being said the novel is a tremendously gripping and horrifying read, bringing you along as the characters are more and more absorbed by the forces at work. The centerpiece is the hotel, and King paints an amazing picture over the course of the book, giving the Overlook a back story, a personality and a voice. Campbell Scott does an admirable job capturing the myriad of voices and emotions. A very tough assignment given that he not only has to portray a woman and child, but inner voices and distinguish between lucidity and madness. His performance did not take me out of the story at all and that is a tall order in a suspense piece. I enjoyed every minute listening to this book and when listening at night was truly scared at times.

    118 of 136 people found this review helpful
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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 05-16-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 05-16-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Read this book if you've only seen the film..."

    ...because the book is a much more well-developed story. I saw the movie as a kid and watched it again just after finishing the novel for the first time. While I can understand why the film is iconic, it is a completely different interpretation of King's story and in my opinion just doesn't have as much depth or emotion. And I'm a Kubrick fan!

    The story that most of us know: A writer takes his young family from Vermont out west to Colorado as he has taken a position as caretaker of a secluded hotel during its off season. King tackles issues such as alcoholism, self-esteem, and the strength of the family unit while telling a deliciously frightening story of the demons of the Overlook Hotel. He is one of the most talented storytellers out there, and I spent a good deal of time sitting in my driveway to listen to the end of a chapter before turning the car off and going inside my house.

    Campbell Scott put me off at first as a narrator - I thought him to be a little too monotone at first, it was lolling me into a zone, not good when one is driving. But I stuck with him and he did brilliantly acting out the different characters, particularly the violent angry ones and I felt my pulse quicken during those parts.

    I know it's said over and over again that the book is always better than the movie, but it's especially true in this case. Please treat yourself to this story, now one of my favorites by King.

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    jason 04-21-17
    jason 04-21-17
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    "Great! My First Book on Audible."

    This is the first audiobook I have ever listened too. I choose Stephen King because he is my favorite and just by chance hadn't read the Shining, one of his best know stories. So I set out on my 9 hour car trip and listened the whole way there and the whole way back. I'm hooked now. I still read paper whenever I am able but in the car there is always an audio book playing. I highly recommend this audio book. King has a great story and Scott brings it to life.

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    Timothy Central Square, NY 13036 11-04-12
    Timothy Central Square, NY 13036 11-04-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Pure Performance"

    The Shining - Review

    As to the performance: it certainly wasn't monotone. The voices are all immaculate and extremely consistent; with a smooth delivery of the constant insertion and switching of inner voice to spoken voice that keeps the listener immersed and dramatizes the story amazingly well. What people are confusing "monotone" with, I think, at the beginning of the story is a wonderful and delicate subtlety.

    As the madness sets in the dramatization becomes a very intense and accurate portrayal of the characters. I really don't understand how anyone can consider this narrator to be anything other than perfectly cast.

    The statement that comes to my mind is: "A pure performance."

    As to the story itself: there was a point at the beginning in which I distinctly remember thinking: this certainly isn't King's best work. It certainly started a little slow and a little dull; not what I'd expected from a Stephen King masterpiece. That was part one. Part two picked up well enough. After that the story continued to get better and better until the fifth part, the climax which I couldn't "put down" until I'd finished the story.

    27 of 40 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa Apache Junction 02-11-13
    Lisa Apache Junction 02-11-13 Member Since 2017
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    "A excellent read!"

    Having grown up with Kubrick's Shining I was interested in how the book would be. Now I see why Stephen King wasn't happy with the film. I found that it showed Jack Torrance as a loving caring father, missing from Kubricks adaptation. Wendy's strength is shown and Danny's love for his parents.It was great, thats all I can say. Read it, you won't be sorry!

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    Pablo 11-16-13
    Pablo 11-16-13
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    "I watched the movie first and I enjoyed the book"

    I wasn't sure if I should buy the book since I had already watched the movie but Dr. Sleep was out on the streets and I was concern that I wouldn't understand it all.

    It was a big surprise because the book and the movie are different, but I love them both.
    If you are too much into details like me, or you prefer to know why certain things happen, you will love the book. If you prefer to use your imagination and create the story on your own stick to the movie (believe me, the book has details about the background of the Overlook hotel and Mr. Jack Torrance)

    For example, why the river of blood? Why Jack goes mad? What happened in the overlook before? In the book S.K. gives you a better idea of what is happening. Yes of course you kind of know the overall plot but believe me, it changes from time to time.

    The narrator does a fine job, he keeps it exactly at the point between just telling you the story and a hint of the feeling of the moment. I personally prefer this style, too much feeling add too much of the narrator perspective of the story, and too little will not add that extra punch

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    Yvonne 03-09-13
    Yvonne 03-09-13

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    "WAAAAAY BETTER THAN THE MOVIE"

    Wish they had stayed true to the book when they made the movie. Way better ending! Must read/listen for any King fan. You wont be disappointed!

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    The Kindler 09-28-16
    The Kindler 09-28-16 Member Since 2014

    Science, Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Military History, Thrillers, Great Courses, Horror, and anything with a good story. Please forgive errors.

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    "The Overlook Wants You"

    This is one of my favorite of the King's books. This is not the kind of book to listen to when you are alone in a dark place. The ambience is a little too good. Strange occurrences and creepy hints leave most clueless about what the threats are and what they will do to the caretaker and his family. Well developed characters, environment and suspense in such a manner that you care for them and how it will end. Amazing Spook.

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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-02-13
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-02-13 Listener Since 2007

    romans55

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    "Classic King"
    Any additional comments?

    First the narrator is superb and masterfully delineates between characters. If you've seen the movie, many of the phrases will be familiar, although if you're waiting for "here's Johnny", you'll be disappointed. The narrator isn't, nor does he try to be, Jack Nicholson. In fact, the difference is refreshing, in that Jack Torrance seems more like a regular guy. When you see Jack....well, you expect a little crazy/weird from the beginning. The contrast in the actual character (not the movie character) makes the story even more chilling. Jack goes from family guy struggling with addiction, anger and family woes to a madman. I appreciate King's way of detailing things about the story that would be difficult to translate onto a movie screen. These would bore the movie-going public. The history of the hotel is fascinating and having been in a similar hotel that had quite a history (not necessarily a supernatural one), it was an interesting addition to the story.I'm glad I read this book many years ago, before the movie came out, and now again all these years later. Once you see the movie a few dozen times, you start forgetting the original work. All in all, this is a definite read for King fans and fans of this genre. He always delivers! Now, on to "Doctor Sleep!"

    12 of 21 people found this review helpful

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