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Author: Stephen King Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Random House Audio Audio Length: Series:The Shining Series Release Date: August 2012 Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download ISBN: 9780385360128

Publisher Description

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.

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  • “Campbell Scott brings a refreshing perspective to the spooky story. Understated, yet fully engaged, he changes point of view between Danny and his parents, leading the listener effortlessly. Scott colors the secondary characters with slight shades of regional accents, bringing them to life without overperforming them. His detached, choppy rendering of horrors from the hotel’s past contrasts with his effusive illustration of its present, wringing every drop of terror from both.”

    - AudioFile
  • “It is somehow more eerie to hear a person narrate the impending doom in a horror story than it is to read the same words on a page…[as in this] classic (and now iconic) horror tale by Stephen King.”

    - New York Times
  • “Guaranteed to frighten you into fits….with a climax that is literally explosive.”

    - Cosmopolitan
  • [King] probably knows more about scary goings-on in confined, isolated places than anybody since Edgar Allan Poe.

    - Entertainment Weekly 
  • 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 
  • Peerless imagination.

    - The Observer (London)
  • An undisputed master of suspense and terror.

    - The Washington Post 
  • A master storyteller.

    - Los Angeles Times
  • Scary! . . . Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace.

    - The New York Times
  • This chilling novel will haunt you, and make your blood run cold and your heart race with fear.

    - Nashville Banner
  • Guaranteed to frighten you into fits. . . . with a climax that is literally explosive.

    - Cosmopolitan
  • The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.

    - USA Today 

Awards

  • A USA Today bestseller

Customer Reviews

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  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Narration Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Story Rating: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Old book, but I had only seen the movie and wanted to read "listen" to the book. It is a lot like the movie, but different enough that it was a good listen. "

    - Julie, 6/4/2020
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I think that the book has really scared me to death but there are some parts of the story that are too detailed or explained, which makes the story boring. The first part of the book was boring but later on when the real story begins it really speeds up. I think if you guys wants to get frighted, you should take this book but you must be patient to get the best part of the story. Enjoy reading it!:) "

    - Ubennyah, 2/9/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This book wasn't scary exactly, it was tense and suspenseful. A good read. "

    - A, 2/8/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " The only book that ever gave me nightmares. "

    - Christine, 2/7/2014
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " i really wanted to like this one, but found myself skimming a lot of it, even when i got to the "juicy" parts toward the end "

    - Jenna, 2/6/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of King's best. A torturous, tortuous story of a man coming apart -- maybe due to supernatural reasons, and maybe due to his own mental breakdown. "

    - Diane, 1/31/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this book I read this bookI read this book "

    - Thomas, 1/17/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Lived near where this supposedly took place...wouldn't ever go skiing again! "

    - Leanna, 1/12/2014
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not sure why I chose to read this on holiday ... Includes one of King's better endings. "

    - Linsay, 1/3/2014
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " As awesome as most of King's books! "

    - Daphne, 12/30/2013
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    " Say no more, 5 stars. Got to go now and check the hedges... Sure they're moving... "

    - Ronnie,, 12/28/2013
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Good read. Hotel Overlook seems eerily familiar to Hotel California. "

    - Adrian, 12/24/2013
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    " This is the 1st English book I bought. I was so reckless ;( "

    - Travis, 12/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " the scariest stephen king movie in existence! and still the best! "

    - Len, 11/29/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my all time favorites! "

    - Mary, 11/8/2013
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    " Scariest book I've ever read. "

    - Christy, 10/30/2013
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    " My favourite horror. The bathroom scene nearly killed me and I've never been so scared of hedges. "

    - Lequoise, 10/14/2013
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    " One of the scariest books I have ever read! "

    - Patricia, 9/27/2013
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    " Excellent book, and I still need to watch the movie. It's genuinely chilling, which is difficult to find in a book. I made the mistake of reading it at night a few times, but I just couldn't put it down. "

    - Lyndsey, 7/10/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of the Best books I read and loved the movie too. "

    - Suzie, 7/5/2013
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " It was...alright. Movie was a lot better. End was corny. "

    - MK, 4/8/2013
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Written back when Stephen King could write - great story! "

    - Donna, 1/7/2013
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    " First book to scare me, I still check the shower at night. "

    - Sean, 7/10/2012
  • Overall Performance: 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5

    " Super stimulating, visual read. It seriously creeped me out and made me uneasy. I think I preferred the movie because at least it was over faster! I couldn't take the suspense! I don't know if I want to read more Stephen King, but it will definitely be awhile before I take one on again! "

    - Aileen, 6/2/2012
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I was always annoyed that the character of Dick Hallorann is downplayed so much in the film version. "

    - Dann, 5/8/2012
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    " Crazy story, book is far better than the movie. "

    - Kevin, 1/23/2012
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Really enjoyed it. It is quite different from the movie as people say, but I like both equally. I think there is room enough in my head to enjoy both. "

    - Lloyd, 12/12/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Amazing book..very few horrer books can inspire such fear in me. "

    - Ashvini, 11/20/2011
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    " Stephen King is a genius!! "

    - Dawn, 10/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " Has always been and will always be my favorite book! I read it every Halloween. "

    - Lyzzie, 6/25/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I absolutely loved this book. I followed up and watched the TV movie series on SyFy. "

    - Crystal, 5/23/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

    - Lasha, 5/22/2011
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    " This may be one of my favorite books of all time... "

    - Darlene, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " I am not huge fan of Stephen Kings' writing but this one is a good one. "

    - Rp, 5/21/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I read this for the first time when I was 10. It's on my shelf to read at least once a year, I love it that much. "

    - Amber, 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Not as instantly readable as some of King's other books, but well worth the time to stick to it. Unfortunately, the made for tv movie ruined some of this book for me, so perhaps that's why it took me so long to finish. "

    - Christina, 5/20/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I have read this book several times. I love the characters. "

    - Anna, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5

    " The first half of the book is revetting; however, the ending is a real disappointment. There is a great build up for nothing. I actually expected more. "

    - David, 5/19/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " I think this is the only Stephen King book that I have ever truly enjoyed. I do like a bit of Science Fiction!! "

    - Clare, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " This was the first Stephen King I read. Loved it. "

    - Laura, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " Great book, except the very end. This is something that Stephen King does quite a bit, unfortunately. He tells a great story and uses a contrivance to finish it. It doesn't mean I stop reading; it's just a bit jarring. "

    - Nancy, 5/17/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " one of my favorite books of all time! "

    - Sheeba, 5/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5

    " King absolutely knows how to tell a story. I love the allegorical nature of the book, pitting good against evil. I'm not a person that loves post-apocalyptic stories, but King makes me want to love this genre. One of the best reads I've had in years. "

    - Skip, 5/16/2011
  • Overall Performance: 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5

    " This was the first Steven King book I ever read. I couldn't put it down. I read the entire book in a day. "

    - Deanna, 5/15/2011

About the Author

Stephen King has written more than sixty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America. His epic works The Dark Tower and It are the basis for major motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Campbell Scott has, in addition to his numerous stage and film credits, narrated more than forty audiobooks, including This Boy’s Life and Into Thin Air, and won seven AudioFile Earphones Awards.