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3.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 53.99999297797301 out of 5 4.00 (378,808 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stephen King Narrator: Campbell Scott Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2012 ISBN: 9780385360128
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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. He is a “shiner,” aglow with psychic voltage, and his frightening visions are growing out of control.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Serves up horrors at a brisk, unflagging pace.”

    New York Times

  • “The most wonderfully gruesome man on the planet.”

    USA Today

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

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Guaranteed to frighten you into fits.”

    Cosmopolitan

  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ubennyah | 2/9/2014

    " 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!:) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 A W | 2/8/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christine Pickel | 2/7/2014

    " The only book that ever gave me nightmares. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jenna | 2/6/2014

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diane Patterson | 1/31/2014

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 1/17/2014

    " 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 "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leanna Harrow | 1/12/2014

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linsay Powell | 1/3/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daphne Carter | 12/30/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ronnie, | 12/28/2013

    " Say no more, 5 stars. Got to go now and check the hedges... Sure they're moving... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adrian Guadalupe | 12/24/2013

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Travis | 12/10/2013

    " This is the 1st English book I bought. I was so reckless ;( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Len | 11/29/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary Elizabeth | 11/8/2013

    " One of my all time favorites! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Christy Burbank | 10/30/2013

    " Scariest book I've ever read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lequoise | 10/14/2013

    " My favourite horror. The bathroom scene nearly killed me and I've never been so scared of hedges. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Patricia | 9/27/2013

    " One of the scariest books I have ever read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyndsey | 7/10/2013

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Suzie Warren | 7/5/2013

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 MK | 4/8/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna Tipton | 1/7/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sean Smart | 7/10/2012

    " First book to scare me, I still check the shower at night. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Aileen | 6/2/2012

    " 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! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dann | 5/8/2012

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kevin | 1/23/2012

    " Crazy story, book is far better than the movie. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lloyd Sabin | 12/12/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ashvini | 11/20/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dawn Kreiselman | 10/20/2011

    " Stephen King is a genius!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lyzzie Opiela | 6/25/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 5/23/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lasha | 5/22/2011

    " One of my favorite books of all time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darlene | 5/21/2011

    " This may be one of my favorite books of all time... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rp | 5/21/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amber | 5/20/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Christina | 5/20/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anna | 5/19/2011

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

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 David | 5/19/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Clare | 5/17/2011

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laura | 5/17/2011

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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nancy | 5/17/2011

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheeba | 5/16/2011

    " one of my favorite books of all time! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Skip | 5/16/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Deanna | 5/15/2011

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

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About the Author
Author Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. 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.

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.