“The Shining” by Stephen King – narrated by Campbell Scott

I’m rather surprised that I never read “The Shining” back in the day. I haven’t read every single one of Stephen King’s novels but I thought I’d read at least the super relevant ones haha. Of course I saw the movie forever ago but really most of what I remembered about it was Danny on the tricycle encountering the ghost twins, Jack breaking down the door against the background of a tornado in the movie Twister and Danny’s imaginary friend Tony talking in a spooky voice from Danny’s finger and saying, “red rum”.

The book is really quite different from the movie, at least what I remembered of the movie. This book is not a page turner. There’s only so much action and mystery you can write into three people alone at a snowed in resort,but the spook factor was out of this world. I found my heart pounding loudly often during this book and let me tell you, I did not want to go into the damned bathroom. That is not a fun feeling when you’re blind haha!

I chose to read this book since the long awaited sequel is out and I didn’t want to rely solely on my memory of the movie, which was a good choice. The narrator made this book even creepier than it would have been to read the print, in my opinion. His yelling when Jack got angry, holy crap. And his near whispers at times were skin crawlingly awesome.

Oh, I guess I shouldn’t assume that everyone knows what this book is about. Jack is hired to be the caretaker of a luxury hotel on top of a mountain in Colorado during the winter when the hotel closes. He brings his wife and five year-old son with him despite misgivings from his boss. Turns out in the past, a caretaker who brought his family ended up going crazy and murdering his wife and children and then killed himself. As you read the book and find out about the hotel, you start to understand why. Spook fest!

Rating: Entertaining

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5 Responses to “The Shining” by Stephen King – narrated by Campbell Scott

  1. Uh, yeah! I loved this book! I am planning on getting the sequel to listen to over Christmas break, but I think I want to re-read The Shining first! I think I loved the cook, he was probably one of my favorite characters. Also, I have a favorite scene in the book, the one with the party going on that only Danny’s dad can see and experience? *shivers* soo good!

  2. Ro

    I was surprised how different the book and movie were. I kept waiting for things that happened in the movie to happen in the book but they never did. I won’t mention what so I won’t give any spoilers.

    “Doctor Sleep” freaking rocks! OMG I loved it. I think I listened to it in three days haha! At the end, King gives an afterward and he says it’s a sequel to the book, not the movie. He made it pretty clear how he felt about the movie haha.

    You know what scared me the most about “The Shining”? The bathroom. Oh, the bathroom. And the firehose. And the wasps. Yeah, definitely a freaky book. And I’m with you; I love the cook.
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  3. Yeah, I can’t wait to be able to read more for a bit. Dr. Sleep is top on my list. I know, I can’t believe how different the book and movie were… I kept waiting for more similarities, but it just isn’t that much the same! I was catching up on your blog and skipped the post on Dr. Sleep… can’t wait to go back and read that after I read it!

  4. Ro

    I can’t wait for you to read it either! I haven’t been able to talk about it with anyone haha.
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  5. HAHA, you know me, I’m always up for a good book talk! 🙂

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