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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.

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"Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.'' (Peter Straub)

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  • Lais
  • 10-16-17

❤️👏🌹

Loved itttttt!!!!!! ❤️ Iove the movie but the book is of course by far better. STEPHEN IS THE LONG 👑

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  • Sue Jackson
  • 04-04-16

Addictive but scary as shell!!

Would you consider the audio edition of The Shining to be better than the print version?

Yes.

What did you like best about this story?

Danny's strength as a kid through the ordeal he went through, I would have ended up a basket case after all that, OMG!!

What about Campbell Scott’s performance did you like?

Very good and a great accompaniment to the movie, as good as Jack Nicolson played the lead as an actor!!

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

When Jack turns back to his normal self for a moment and tells Danny to run and get out of The Overlook! The last moment of lucid sanity .

Any additional comments?

Great book and story

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  • Michael
  • 10-02-13

Chilling October Read!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book delivers all of the traditional ideas that you'd imagine in a horror story! It's perfect to read through October, upcoming Halloween, or any other time of the year that you want to frighten & interest yourself in a chilling tale from Stephen King's brain.

What other book might you compare The Shining to, and why?

Probably other Stephen King novels, as they all seem to link together in his fantastic storytelling way.

What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

His despondent reading made the characters come to life, all appearing bleak but interesting for reasons I don't even really understand.

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

From start to finish I was gripped.

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  • Miss C M Clifford
  • 09-30-13

Pre listen to Dr Sleep

As it was a long time since I had seen 'The Shining', and I couldn't remember if I had actually read it, I decided to listen before I tried the sequel 'Dr Sleep'
I am so glad I did. I remember the film as scarey, but don't remember really understanding the characters, who seemed to be a little two dimensional. The main purpose of the film seemed to scare, but not to really involve you.
The book is so different. OK, it is scarey, but it is Stephen King! However to me, the difference is that I understood and empathised much more with all the characters who really came to life, and I too now want to know what happened to them after The Shining.
I heard that King didn't really care for the screen adaptation, I can understand why.

The narration of the characters is good, but at times the surrounding description of unfolding events lacks atmosphere. While I consider it could be better, it does not, for me, detract from the unfolding story, so, to those, like me, whose remembrance is based on the screen adaptation, I would wholeheartedly recommend listening to this audiobook.

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  • Jennifer
  • 12-07-17

Classic.

I've had this book on my to read list for a long time. After purchasing the audio book. I had to listen to it.
The performance is very well done. And had to listen everyday to get through it.
It's a King Classic and one I know I'll be listening to again!

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  • O E Casale
  • 11-26-17

So much more than I hoped for

I have loved the film and had promised to read the book, so much more than the film and different enough they are that I know that I enjoy them both independently many more times

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  • Laura
  • 11-16-17

Enjoyable listen, narration not fantastic

Very good story of suspense and terror, though I'm surprised at the ending, expecting more from it. Jack's character development is excellent; King is the master of the back story.

Unfortunately the narration was pretty monotona from Campbell Scottl; after listening to the fantastic narration of 'IT', this got some getting used to. The voices of the characters aren't bad, but the narration of general prose was rather boring and struggled to hold my attention consistently. As the narration is of course a huge part of enjoying an audiobook, this could have gained a better review had Scott added more animation to his voice for the majority of the story.

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  • Gary George McGinley
  • 10-22-17

My new favorite Stephen King book!

A wonderful, bleak performance of Stephen King's "The Shining", this rendition of the novel is a must read for those who have seen the movie and have been left with questions. This is the best Stephen King novel I have heard so far. 10/10

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  • Tracey
  • 10-11-17

Brilliant

Forgot just how good this book was.

Gripping from start to finish.

Fantastic in everyway.

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  • 08burgess
  • 09-27-17

Good story but not well written!

Overall, i did enjoy this book however there were a few things that kept me from loving it. the story is compelling and you can get drawn in by the mystery of the Overlook.

It can be quite hard to follow at times as the story jumps between scenarios without warning and you are left confused until you realize they have gone back into a memory.

Some bits stretch unnecessarily long re wasps nest and a few others. I felt such detail wasn't important to the overall story and i found my mind wandering off. There was a scene where Jack reads some news paper clippings and the narrators voice trails off, it was quite distracting as i thought my audio was cutting out.

I'm not a fan of Stephen Kings writing style and not keen of his over use of adverbs to describe things. Saying "so and so grabbed said object victoriously" just makes me want to tear my hair out.

I can't fault Campbell Scott's performance, i thought he was fantastic at portraying all the characters. He definitely brought them to life!

I think this book works better visually, as a film or maybe a TV series? a modern remake is in order!