The Shining

The Shining

Audiobook CD - 2005
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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 his visions grow frighteningly out of control.
Publisher: [New York] : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2005.
ISBN: 9780743537001
0743537009
Characteristics: 14 sound discs (ca. 16 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Scott, Campbell

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 09, 2019

SUMMARY
Jack, Wendy, & Danny Torrance have just moved in for the winter season to the Overlook Hotel. Jack is the winter caretaker of the hotel & surrounding property. What sounds like an amazing adventure, having the entire hotel & all of its food & resources available, turns out to be the family's worst nightmare. And for 5-year-old Danny, it is LITERALLY his worst nightmare. Danny didn't have a name for his ability to foresee future events, but after meeting the hotel's cook, Mr Dick Hallorann - who also possessed this ability, he now had a name for it: the shining. Mr Hollarann couldn't sense that things may get bad for Danny while being trapped in the hotel with his family by the mounds & mounds of snow, so he told Danny to use his "shining" to call for him if he needed him. <spoiler> Jack Torrance is slowly being "taken over" by the ghosts that haunt the Overlook Hotel. He begins speaking with them, & soon he's been given a mission to destroy his wife & son. But in his effort to complete this task, Danny gets to the point when he finally remembers to call Mr Hollarann & ask for help. Dick hears Danny's cry & gets on the next plane to Denver from his winter job in Miami, FL. Things are looking bleak for Wendy & Danny as Jack is getting painfully close to completing the job. Wendy has been beaten up to near death before she barely escapes his crushing blows. She can't find Danny to try to protect him, but Dick arrives on a snow mobile just in time. He does eventually find Wendy to collect her & get her outside but not before suffering his own terrible wounds from an encounter from mad Jack. The climax of the story is when Jack finally finds Danny, standing out in the open in the 3rd floor hallway. Danny speaks words of wisdom & love to Jack, & for just a few seconds, the REAL Jack, the one that recognizes his son & remembers how much he loves him, comes to his senses & tells Danny to "run away, & remember how much I love you." Danny stands firm, but it's this final act of defiance against the ghosts that are invading his father that kills the remaining shred of his REAL father. He reminds his father that he forgot to check the boiler. Dick, Wendy, & Danny escape the hotel before it explodes due to excess pressure in the boiler. Possessed Jack & all of the ghosts die along with the haunted Overlook Hotel. </spoiler>
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PERSONAL REVIEW
I picked this book because it seemed like the list scary book I could find to fulfill my October book club category "book from a genre that makes you uncomfortable." For me, the only genre that fits this description is HORROR. Not being of fan of being scared, I don't pick up these sorts of books, but I will admit that this one had my attention & was not nearly as scary as I feared it would be. Most of the "fear factor" of the book was the idea that Jack was being demon-possessed & attempting to kill his family. But <spoiler> due to the fact that his wife & son survive & go on to rebuild their lives, it concluded with an epilogue that made everything ok for me. </spoiler> If you're like me & don't care for being scared but do like an on-theme book for the Halloween season, this might be a good choice for you.
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AGE RECOMMENDATION
16 & up (crass, vulgar, & non-PC language; profanity; attempted murder; demon possession; ghosts)
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RATING
On a scale of 1-10 stars, I give it 7.

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!

evaquin Nov 19, 2015

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!

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owllight
Aug 08, 2015

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.

GinaJoe Aug 12, 2012

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.

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paisano
Aug 11, 2012

An "oldie, but goodie " from the depths of the Stephen King collection.

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 09, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: demon possession; ghosts

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 09, 2019

Sexual Content: Description of genitals, nude bodies, mild sex scenes, provocative language

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 09, 2019

Violence: attempted murder

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jandt_mcmurray
Oct 09, 2019

Coarse Language: crass, vulgar, & non-PC language; profanity

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jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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