Length: 15 hours and 50 minutes
Published by New English Library (Hodder & Stoughton) on July 1, 1980
Narrator: Campbell Scott
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Also by this author: Skeleton Crew, The Outsider, The Stand, Christine, The Institute
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.
Barb and I are having fun checking out some retro Horror this year. We do a post every other month but we are not reading the same books. So go on over to Booker T’s Farm after you check out my pick and see what she read this month!
Here is what I thought
So I have finally done it! I finally got around to reading The Shining!
I think I was hesitant because some of his older books and I haven’t been getting along, so I worry about the wordiness and how long they are, but I actually enjoyed it! I think that was largely due to the fact that I listened to it! 🙂 I watched the movie a long time ago and while reading/listening to it I would be kind of like, I am not sure I remember this in the movie…lol. So I am sure it was a lot different and I really should go back and rewatch the movie.
So Jack is a drunk and has a bad temper and he does something to lose his job and so he takes a job as a caretaker for an old hotel. He takes his family to this hotel where they are snowed in and all alone. Danny has what is called the shining where he can see things and communicate with his mind. He meets Halloran and older man who is worried about him and his family staying in the Overlook.
The hotel is very creepy and a lot of strange things start happening especially to Danny. Wendy wants to leave but the hotel is getting to Jack and he wants to stay and there really isn’t a way to get out till someone comes and gets them but the more things happen the more Wendy wants to leave. Jack is seeing a lot of creepy things (I would have been ready to leave when the animal shaped shrubbery starts moving around!!). The house wants Danny and will do what it has to to Jack to get him and it pretty much makes Jack go a bit crazy.
I really did like this one more than I thought I would and I think it’s a lot due to the narrator and how well he captured the intensity of scenes within the book and how he sped up his reading of the scenes which made you really feel like you were right there and it just made some scene in the book super creepy!
I can’t say that I was a total fan of any of the main characters. I felt bad for Danny at times but he was kind of whiny and well Jack was a crazy jerk and Wendy was just sort of there till the end when she actually does some things. I think my favorite character was the side character Halloran.
Overall, I enjoyed it and I am glad I can say there is another King book down! 🙂 If you like horror and haven’t read it go for it!
Campbell Scott is the narrator and like I said above he just did a really good job of upping the creep factor in the book!