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The Shining

Written by: Stephen King
Narrated by: Campbell Scott
Length: 15 hrs and 50 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (375 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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

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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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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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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Loved it.

Not his first book that I listened too but definitely the most terrifying. I will be downloading part 2 as soon as I am done writing this! I found the narrator a little difficult to listen to at first but I quickly realized that he has great depth in his voice acting I just didnt give him enough time to Express new characters. Cant wait to start Doctor Sleep!

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an amazing listen

just do it. narrator is fantastic and king is fantastic. definitly gets the heart racing well.

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Richard Boehlke’s Shining Review

The Shining is a heart wrenching, Thrilling and scary novel. It comprises a good story, great characters, and even a deeper meaning centring around family values. The characters are very engaging and reliable you cry when they cry you feel victorious when they feel victorious and you deeply understand their trials and tribulations. The story is a mixture of horror, thriller and literature it plays all of these aspects very well and is a great read for anyone looking for a scary but meaningful story .

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Great book

Such a wonderfully disturbing book with superb narration. It was fantastic! One of Kings best.

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great book and narration

great book full of thrills and scares would definitely listen to it again and again

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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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  • 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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  • Grant
  • 2017-08-20

Better than the movie. And the movie is amazing.

There is something otherworldly about King's talent, and he shows it off in this book. Having seen the movie several times, I was ready for something that followed the ideas on the screen pretty closely, but the book is a little different. And more cerebral than the visually stunning and sometimes disturbing Kubrick film. This is different. And in some ways better.

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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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  • 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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  • Kenni André Pedersen
  • 2019-06-15

Classic. Makes the movie look silly

What a great book. Well written, exciting and very well narrated!

I watched the movie after finishing and was utterly disappointed by it

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  • Timothy
  • 2012-11-04

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.

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  • Jacob
  • 2017-07-28

great book

loved it, such a good book with such in depth details. I strongly recommend it

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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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  • Stéphane
  • 2019-05-22

Just awesome

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