The Shining

  • by Stephen King
  • Narrated by Campbell Scott
  • 15 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Danny is only five years old, but in the words of old Mr Hallorann he is a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father becomes caretaker of the Overlook Hotel, Danny's visions grow out of control. As winter closes in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seems to develop a life of its own. It is meant to be empty. So who is the lady in Room 217, and who are the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why do the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive? Somewhere, somehow, there is an evil force in the hotel - and that, too, is beginning to shine….

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What the Critics Say

"Obviously a masterpiece, probably the best supernatural novel in a hundred years.'' (Peter Straub)

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Customer Reviews

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A classic horror novel

Would you listen to The Shining again? Why?

This is probably Stephen King's best known work. Not necessarily his best book but with the release of the movie by Stanley Kubrick (loosely based on the book), its popularity increased massively. It's tightly constructed and well realised with a smooth flow which keeps you going from start to end. It's a story I like to read every so often and now I can listen to it every so often too.


What did you like best about this story?

The creepiness of the 'visions' brought by the hotel and the debauchery that is played out certainly adds to the atmosphere of the story.


What does Campbell Scott bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Campbell Scott isn't a bad reader. He does seem a little stilted at the start which could put you off the audio book but he seems to warm into the story as time goes on and as he gets into the characters, the change in tone and style starts to show through and makes listening to the text much more enjoyable.


If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Some guests never check out.


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- Steve

Stephen King at his best

Where does The Shining rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I have been a latecomer to Stephen King but he is surely one of the best writers on Audible. A fantastic story well written and well read.


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- Peter

Book Details

  • Release Date: 02-08-2012
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton