3.5 out of 5 stars for the story.
4.5 out of 5 stars for the narration.
It might have been scarier if I had read a paperback, but no,I chose the audiobook because I was too stubborn on my resolution to listen to horror genre.
I didn't get blown by the idea of SHINING, but the narrator's voice was very multidimensional. I think I got too soothed by the voice to concentrate. Maybe?
And the book was too lagging and murderously slow especially, nearing the end, which happened to fail in the act of holding my attention. SK tried feebly to throw in some bombs here and there throughout, which kept me nodding. The ending is tragic, but yet utterly faithful to the laws of nature. But the story was good overall.
Anyways,looking forward to Doctor Sleep in far future!
Read by Campbell Scott, The Shining becomes a whole new book. When I think of Jack Torrance now, I not only remember how Jack Nicholson portrayed him in the amazing Kubrick’s film, but also who this man is through Campbell Scott’s voice. The same goes for Wendy and Danny. Campbell Scott plays with all the characters in such a way that they get to be really distinct from each other. As soon as Scott starts a new dialogue we know who’s talking, long before the narrator gives us further details. Scott’s Wendy is mellow and delicate, almost funny in her sweetness, whereas Danny is a lot more layered and often surprises us, and Jack—oh Jack—is simply terrifying. When Jack Torrance is mad, Campbell Scott makes us jump to the roof! Listening to this recording was a really good… and scary experience. It certainly made my commute to work more interesting. I may be an audiobook fan now!
I read this years ago, when the book first came out, and then later saw the movie with Jack Nicholson several times... This time I listened to Campbell Scott read it. He did a great job, and even though I knew what was going to happen it was still a great chiller. It is said, "Never judge a good book by its movie." The movie is good, but the book is better. Only thing is, you can't get the image of Jack Nicholson out of your head. In the book, the Mom is a sexy blond. The ending is different than the movie, but it is great. I wanted to read this as a refresher because I am going to listen to Dr. Sleep, Stephen King's story that follows Danny's adult life.
This is a fabulours story, second to only one other: Salem's Lot.
His writing is so "everyday life" style that you can believe it is happening.
An "oldie, but goodie " from the depths of the Stephen King collection.
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