The Shining

The Shining Audible Audiobook – Unabridged

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Listening Length 15 hours and 49 minutes
Author Stephen King
Narrator Campbell Scott
Audible.com.au Release Date 02 August 2012
Publisher Hodder & Stoughton
Program Type Audiobook
Version Unabridged
Language English
ASIN B00NX5V5L2
Best Sellers Rank 583 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
18 in Horror Fiction
46 in Suspense
51 in Horror (Books)

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Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes its creepy. Yes it scared me. Yes I loved it.
Reviewed in India on 12 November 2017
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Jane
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes its creepy. Yes it scared me. Yes I loved it.
Reviewed in India on 12 November 2017
My first Stephen King read. And I don't think I'll be reading another one anytime soon. Because this book gave me the creeps.
There have been so many books that left me disappointed despite being hyped and loved. And only very few that did live upto my expectations. Clearly, THE SHINING falls in the latter category. I had never read a horror-thriller book. I was always curious about how a book had the capability of evoking creepy disturbing thoughts in your head and leave you scared. THE SHINING made me experience all that. And that's why I loved it so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Almost perfect.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Read War and Peace instead.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy of Psychology
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3.0 out of 5 stars Genealogy of Psychology
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 13 September 2020
This is my sixth (and the last) book of Stephen King in row.
I am bit tired of reading endless side stories and characters with empty dialogues with the same Middle Class American English.
They are absolute disengager. (examples: IT, THE STAND (uncut version) )
However, this novel is sort of free of them because it is taking place in a closed environment among a few people.
There is not much space to introduce unrelated characters with loads of side dialogues, descriptions.
SK's narrative is good when he sticks to a one line of story flow, which is usually in a suspense sphere, and a few characters.

When I watched The Shining (an adaptation movie), my initial view was that it was horror / thriller movie that makes your hair stand on.
But when I read the book, I felt that movie was missing very important moral story; Genealogy of psychology.
Moral story of the book is what parents are doing to their kids is what their own parents did to them.
This is wonderfully put by Wendy's (Danny's mother) thought

In fact, weird suspense coming from of Jack's (Danny's father) abusive character starts from the right beginning before they move to the hotel.
Same goes for his mother's troubles coming from her own mother.
In fact, Jack's abuse reaches its climax at the hotel.
His is possessed by the "evil" spirit of the hotel.
But maybe, Jack was long ago possessed as a result of his trauma by his father.
Maybe he was going to the same thing on another place.

I think SK's success in horror come from the his narration of his dream/nightmares instead he is writing a horror fiction out of blue air. (That would feel always artificial)
Horror dreams are always weird, awkward, unclear, aren't they?
And that's is also what you feel in SK's novels. I think The Shining could be best example of it.
And I think what makes SK's books selling millions is that his weird, awkward dreams coupled with his ferocious story telling.
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