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The Shining

Auteur(s): Stephen King
Narrateur(s): Campbell Scott
Durée: 15 h et 50 min
Catégories: Littérature, Horreur
4.5 out of 5 stars (501 évaluations)

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Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.

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

Ce que les critiques en disent

"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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Scary!!

A thousand times more terrifying than the movie or mini series. I don't always love Stephen Kings work (the first book I read was Dragon Eye) but this is one of his very best and worth the listen. Also, Leave space in your freezer!

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so much scarier than I originally read

this was a "re-read" for me ans MAN, Campbell Scott does an amazing job with the narration. The voice acting scared the crap out of me and made me check my back seats as I was driving. The story is terrifying, one of King's best in my opinion. This is pure horror and Scott really makes you feel that.

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Narration

I have to admit, this is a great book but this man is a shadow of what Steven Weber was. Please show some emotion, Narrator

  • Au global
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REDRUM The movie like crazy.

loved the book however the narrator I wish had put more into this book instead he was very mellow and calm the whole time. other than that over all was a fantastic book to listen too

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The best book i've read yet!

I originally loved the movie so I picked up the book and had my mind blown the who way. This is almost an entirely different story, much more juicy and thrilling than the movie ever was. I would suggest this book to anyone who loves a good horror or enjoyed the movie and wants to see a whole new take (well original take) of the story with an ending that you will not expect.

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Disappointed!

This was a drag. Terrible. I don't know how this book became a hit. I was so excited for this one. What a shame. I mean the plot, the character monologues, the premise,... everything was/is just too slow and kept crawling. It is almost like one can write a better script by observing a bunch of lunatics in an asylum.

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Dreadful Narration

This is, by far, the dullest narration I've ever heard. Campbell Scott not only cannot be bothered to attempt at different voices for the characters, but he's also dreadfully monotone. Hours in, and it's difficult to make heads or tails of what is happening in the story, because Ben Stein here has zero charisma. This is a shame, because The Shining is truly a fantastic book. But, whoever chose Campbell Scott to narrate this seemingly did not audition him.

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Excellent in every way

I can only say good things-the best Stephen King book so far, also excellent presentation.

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Amazing Book!

This book was action packed and thrilling!! Loved every moment of it. i would highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good read

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Fantastic

Way better than the movie, love Kings writing and the Narrator brings it to life.

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  • Stéphane
  • 2019-05-22

Just awesome

The book doesn't need to be presented any more, but the reader is just gold !

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  • Jim "The Impatient"
  • 2016-06-08

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.

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  • KJ
  • 2012-09-17

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.

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  • C. Keogh
  • 2013-05-16

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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  • B. Reyes
  • 2019-08-03

Terrible Narrator

Such a good book. I’ve never saw the movie, so I didn’t really know what I was getting myself into. Everything about the book itself was amazing, the narrator was the problem. Some of the other reviews said that they liked his neutral monotone, but it took so much away from the story. It was hard for me to finish. If you want my advice, just read the book instead.

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  • Robert
  • 2016-12-18

good story, mixed narration

the narrator was inconsistent. great timing but monotone for much of the book. his telling picked up further in the book, but took awhile to get into.

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  • Elizabeth Sanders
  • 2017-05-01

Book is 5 stars, the reader is 3-4

While I enjoyed the book very much, I had to convince myself to keep listening during the first several chapters. The reader was lackluster.

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  • Tomb
  • 2019-08-19

Bad Narration

I've read this book years ago and loved it, So now wanted to have it on audible, I couldn't finish it due to the Narrator's monotone reading

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  • Bella
  • 2014-01-23

Loved it even more than the film!

Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Usually I can't read a book after seeing the movie. It is too distracting to have the movie images in my head, but this book was so different in so many ways from the film. I loved the film, but the movie was so so so much better. Loved all 10+ hours of it, and wished it could go on longer. But thankfully there is "Doctor Sleep" which I am downloading now.

Any additional comments?

If you loved the movie, treat yourself to this.

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  • mxbrwr
  • 2019-08-06

Wonderful book, lackluster performance.

As many have already stated, the reader was lackluster. While at first it helped the foreboding atmosphere of desolation and monotony, and got you into Jack's psyche as someone trying to keep his cool despite his obvious issues with alcohol and anger, once we really start getting to the meat of the interactions between characters, there is hardly any passion. Jack and Wendy's frantic screaming dialogue which should induce terror and savagery instead just sound like muffled whispers, as if the reader was trying not to disturb a neighbor with thin walls. It was a strange choice. There was characterization to distinguish different speakers, but it was very subtle. Luckily the bulk of the reading focuses on the 3-4 main characters, but that only served to highlight the lack of passionate dialogue when it counted.

As a fan of Kubrick's interpretation and using that as a benchmark, the delivery was just so lacking, which is disappointing because the characters in the novel are so much richer and deeper and more complex. I definitely recommend the book, even if it did leave a few unanswered questions, and the performance is definitely not detrimental overall, just not up to par with other great performances.

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  • Marina
  • 2018-03-26

Drowsy, Monotonous Narrator Ruins a Great Story

I LOVE Stephen King’s work, and this is no exception. The Shining deserves all the accolades it’s gotten over the years and more. It’s one of the most frightening and engaging books I’ve ever read. And so it was a deep disappointment to hear it mangled by the monotonous voice of this narcoleptic narrator. I couldn’t tell the difference between Jack and Wendy in conversation, and so it was unclear who was talking whenever there was no written indicator. In a word, it sucked. And it shouldn’t have. PLEASE redo this with a reader who isn’t half asleep at the wheel. It’s one of my favorite books, but this narrator either makes me give up in disgust or just fall asleep every time I try to listen to him talk. I can’t overstate how stunned I am that this guy got the job. What the hell happened there? A horror novel shouldn’t ever feel like a bedtime story told by an exhausted parent with half his mind on what he’d rather be doing instead. No inflection, no effort to create voices, no way to distinguish one character from another even though the three main characters are a tormented man with a nasty temper, a sweet woman struggling to hold her family together, and a brilliant little boy caught in the frozen hell between the two. Good grief! Worst narration I’ve ever heard, and the tragedy is that this book merits the best of the best.

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