Audiobook Review: The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King

February 22, 2014 Review 1

Audiobook Review: The Shining (The Shining #1) by 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

Title: The Shining
Author: Stephen King
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: Doctor Sleep
Series: The Shining
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: Doctor Sleep
Narrator: Campbell Scott
Length: 15 hours and 49 minutes
Source: Purchased for Self
Genres: Horror
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Stars: five-stars

I guess with all Stephen King books I know generally what they are about going into them, I never read the back cover blurb, I simply go forth knowing I’ll love it. I choose to audio book The Shining due to the fact I purchased Doctor Sleep and had no clue it was the little boy from this one. I figured I should know more about Dan Torrance before I go into his book. After all going into The Shining I thought I was going to read about Jack Nicholson going crazy in a hotel. Oh there is so much more going on than I thought possible.

It’s been so many years since I seen The Shining that none of the movie happening clouded my listening pleasures of the book. I liked that. It is one of the many reasons I don’t watch many movies created from books. Listening to the unraveling’s of Jack Torrance on my morning commute was intense. There were so many times I was gripping the steering wheel with anticipatory wonder. Discovering that the hotel was so much more than just haunted… Oh this is one hell of a good book.

Campbell Scott does an amazing narration of this book. His voice matched the characters well. He made the narration flow smoothly and evenly. I loved his interpretations of Danny, Tony, and Hallorann. The key to enjoying any audiobook is a good narrator. Campbell Scott is exactly that.

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One Response to “Audiobook Review: The Shining (The Shining #1) by Stephen King”

  1. Melanie Simmons

    I listened to this book a few years ago. While I’m a big fan of the movie (it’s my favorite from Stephen King), I will say, as with most books, it was better than the movie. It explained so much that was left out of the movie and to see Jack’s mind unravel the way it does was amazing. Great review.