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The Shining Audiobook

The Shining

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Publisher's Summary

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.

What the Critics Say

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

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  • Michael
    Southport, United Kingdom
    10/2/13
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    "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.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Miss C M Clifford
    9/30/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Brian holmes
    5/4/17
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    "like the film.... love the book"

    campbel scott delivers a brilliant performance on a fantastic book.
    the story itself is addictive and difficult to stop listening to. its gripping and keeps you wanting more. scott makes this even more so with a fantastic narrative. if you havent read this book.. i recommend you do. even better... get this audable version. brilliant!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • The Hawkinses
    4/26/17
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    "Encroaching fear"

    I think that whilst the story itself is a fantastic slow burn of terror, the performance here is one of the best I've heard. The soft soothing voice switching to abrasive abuse is uncomfortable and jarring, which adds to the unsettling feeling of the story. One of King's best works, he does use the n word far too much though, like Tarantino I think he gets a 'cheap thrill' from using it in ways he can get away with.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • M. C. Wilcock
    North Yorkshire
    4/26/17
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    "Good but not his best"
    What made the experience of listening to The Shining the most enjoyable?

    Always enjoy King's books and writing style. A good build up to the story and you got to know the characters well.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    Of course - no question (read many already)


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

    Nothing in my opinion.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No


    Any additional comments?

    Too long - it struggles to keep interest 3/4 of the way through and then finishes rather quickly.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew T.
    1/21/17
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    "Way better than the film"

    Anybody thinking that this would be a slightly more detailed version of the film is very wrong. The story has major differences- King manages to show the slow, creeping breakdown of a once loving father as he is slowly overtaken by the complete and utter evil that surrounds him. Where Kubrick hinted at the idea of the occult, King makes it abundantly clear that in his world, psychic powers, evil spirits and possessions are all too real, and he does so masterfully.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • nick
    1/19/17
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    "My truth!"

    I really enjoyed it over all! I definitely didn't struggle to finish it, as the fact that I am reviewing it at 1:54 in the morning indicates. The voice acting was a little on the poor side in places, but read with style and conviction for the far largest part.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • kirsty130
    11/5/16
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    "fantastic classic story"

    very well narrated . plenty of emotion in it and I didn't want to stop listening. just 1 more chapter....before I knew it I had forgotten about making dinner !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. L. J. Mason
    SE UK
    10/31/16
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    "amazing"

    fantastic narration, really bought the story to life...
    brilliant story, loved every minute of it

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Catherine kelly
    10/26/16
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    "Great story and well performed"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoyed this book. Even though I had read it a number of times, I hadn't realised how drawn out the story was and it's made me think carefully before trying another Stephen King. The performance was good and although I wasn't riveted, I was happy to listen to it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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