by Stephen King
Genre: Physiological Thriller, Horror
Date Read: 22 March 2014
Reading with my ears
Narrator: Campbell Scott
Unabridged audio - Length:
15 hours 54 minutes
As winter closed in and blizzards cut them off, the hotel seemed to develop a life of its own. It was meant to be empty, but who was the lady in Room 217, and who were the masked guests going up and down in the elevator? And why did the hedges shaped like animals seem so alive?
Somewhere, somehow there was an evil force in the hotel - and that too had begun to shine...
I read THE SHINING a lifetime ago and I still remember how scared I was – I even had to put the book aside for a bit between some of the scenes. This was the first book that scared me enough to stop me reading. I loved it!
I watched the (original) movie a week or two ago and decided to re-read (listen to) the book again. I must admit that it lost some of the scary-ness for me. This time round it felt more like a physiological thriller. It was about a man slowly losing his grip on reality and sinking into madness and not so much about a haunted hotel. I could see that Jack Torrence wanted to blame everyone around him for his own failures and short comings. Unfortunately only his wife and son was around and they made excellent scapegoats.
I have also lost some of my sympathy for Danny (I did not enjoy DR SLEEP as much as the rest of the world). I realize that he was just a little boy but I was unable to think of him as such. He seemed to be much more mature than a five year old child.
The narrator of the book, Campbell Scott did not seem like a good fit when I started. He talked too slowly and in such a dull tone. But as soon as the real story begun, he was perfect. That tone just made all the bleakness and emptiness of the snowed in hotel more real. He quite literally scared me with Jack’s screams a few times. He was an excellent fit for the story.
All in all, this was still an enjoyable read and I would definitely recommend it.