Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Campbell Scott

Date: August 2012

Duration: 15 hours 50 minutes


#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Before Doctor Sleep, there was The Shining, a classic of modern American horror from the undisputed master, Stephen King.

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.


  • Heather D

    My absolute favorite book ever! This was my first time hearing/reading the novel... And it's sooooo much better than the movie, and that USED to be my favorite movie! But now, I don't think i can ever watch the movie again without being utterly disappointed. They could have done so much more with the movie. What a let down! I highly recommend this book! It's amazing!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful.

  • Misty J

    Only 6 hours into the book and am amazed at all the info missing from the movie. The book is amazing. I can't to get to the end! I'm not a fan of the narrator's voices but his annunciation is great. Some times the way he starts sentences is JOLTING. Especially when he goes from Wendy's soft voice to pretty much anything else. But I still like be listening to.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful.

  • Kelly K

    Way better than the movie was awesome kept me reading until all hours of the night.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Megan A

    Campbell Scott is amazing at bringing this amazing tale to life, this is definitely a favorite of King!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Shauna W

    I love Campbell Scott as the narrator for this creepy yet wonderful tale. He is exactly what I look for in a narrator. I'm just getting into King's work and this novel was amazing. it kept me going on my long commute every day.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Katie Crane

    This book is fantastic. I first saw the movie in the miniseries before deciding to read the book. As the saying goes the book is way better than movies. The narrator did a pretty good job doing the different voices. I didn't like him at the beginning but I got used to him.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Edward B.

    great book way way different than the movie

  • Stephen L.

    Beloved classic!

  • Lauren T.

    This was as good as you’d hope it to be. True enough to the movie to give you the nostalgic feelings while reading, but different enough from the film that it’s a new story that keeps you engaged. The narrator is amazing with his inflection. Highly recommend

  • Annery M.

    Fantastic narration of a classic.

  • Steve P.

    Great Listen.

  • Anonymous

    Definitely my favorite book of all time

  • Ashley Hillman

    Love Stephen King, love the book what else can I say?

  • Gina G.

    Excellent book:) one of my favorite.

  • David Q.

    My first King book, read so many years ago. Been wanting to revisit it and Audiobooks gave me that chance. The movie was not Mr Kubrick’s best effort as he was unable to duplicate King’s mastery of insightful suspense. Narration is very good; it can’t be easy to vocally interpret that level of intensity. Nicely done. Close your eyes, put your head back and take a vivid trip to Colorado.

  • Dylan Y.

    One of the better S.K books, nice flow, not bloated, he doesn’t get distracted as he did in the book IT. Nice read

  • Anonymous

    Love the story, Love Stephen King. The narrator is a terrific actor, but such a soft reader that I had to crank up the volume on whatever listening device I was using, and no matter what kind of device, I had the damn thing all the way up. But overall, it’s amazing!

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  • Jordanna H.

    the book itself is amazing, undeniably a King masterpiece. My biggest complaint was the narration, which did ocasionally provide very good and interesting voices but was mostly dry and uninteresting to listen to. It took me a great deal of time to finish this book because the Narrator was simply so boring to listen to through most of the novel...

  • William R.

    this book is crazy

  • Chie W.

    It dragged a little at the beginning but that is his way to develop the story. It was much more scary than the movie.

  • Pia T.

    The greatest book ever. The narrator made it all come to life. I have never had any interest in horror like this until now. I’m now beginning the book “Doctor Sleep” which is a continuation of this book. Just started and already hooked. I strongly recommend it. We are following aftermath of Danny, his mother and Dick.

  • Anonymous

    One of my favorite books, the shining has a very unsettling plot that keeps the reader engaged. The book has details like Danny’s ability to shine, the hotel’s takeover of Jack, and the hedge animals that you just can’t get in the same capacity from the movie.

  • Anonymous

    This is one of favorites from Stephen King!

  • Robert G.

    Great book, so much better then the movie! Glad I read/listened to the book first! The reader was great!

  • Jonathan J.

    bad narrator

  • Jose victor G.

    Awesome story ... beautiful in its detail ... really ft jacks pain and suffering form beginning to bitter end ...

  • Marcus Johnson

    A great read and read well by the narrator. I would definitely recommend. I wasn't very familiar with how the book differed from the movie but it was pleasantly refreshing. I can understand why King was not a fan of the film as the book explores more than just the scares that impact the Torrence family. The biggest standout being the development of Mrs. Torrence as she is far from the pathetic, helpless mother portrayed in the film. Overall, I found the book entertaining, captivating, and a better story than the movie though it may not be as scary.

  • Shane B.

    Fantastic!!! I am a big fan of the movie and I love the even more. Definitely recommend. I am now on to “Doctor Sleep”

  • Amy M.

    Awesome. Well worth the listen.

  • Anonymous

    I absolutely loved this book.

  • HOPE S.

    The book is amazing as are all of King’s work but the sound quality was poor very low and it had no structure in way of tracks But I still enjoyed the experience

  • Reese S.

    one of the best books I have ever read and the narration is so good you have to read this book

  • Tracey J.

    I’ve been a King fan since the early 90s and The Shining is the first of his work that I read. It’s still my favorite. The original film that they made back in the 70s doesn’t even come close to doing this book justice. The miniseries they did later came closer, but still not better than the book. Also, this narrator did an excellent job.

  • Anonymous

    I loved this book!! Ahh can't wait to start Doctor Sleep now!

  • Jay A.

    Great book that was destroyed by a bad movie

  • Anonymous

    This book was absolutely phenomenal. It was my first introduction to Stephen King’s work and it one of his strongest novels for a reason. The characters are compelling, the hotel is terrifying and the way everything unravels in the end is absolutely tragic. I can’t speak highly enough about it. You will just have to listen to it. Great for a weekend read.

  • Allison C

    Enjoyed the book but had some trouble with the narrator. I didn't care for his voices. Sometimes it was difficult to decipher which character he was referring to. Book was excellent though.

  • pedro p

    The best horror book ever written. The characters are in isolation in a hotel which becomes another character itself the transformation of the father and submission of the mother and son makes a cocktail waiting to explode. Can't take it down.

  • Alejandra Ruiz

    My first Stephen King book will always be my favorite because of how it turned me to love the universe that he has written about. Amazing book with an even better ending.

  • Andy Heasley

    first of all, this would be my first stephen king novel. not quite what I was expecting, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I'm a big horror fan, but nothing really seems to do a whole lot for me. this didn't do too bad trying to be honest. second, the narrator. he did an amazing job with separating characters, and every time he whisper screamed I couldn't help laugh a bit. overall it was a great choice on my part!

  • David Grenfell

    A good book. Especially worthy of your time if you follow it with Doctor Sleep. This book is a bit long, but never minded it as an audiobook. While The Shining isn't quite a 4 star in my estimation, Doctor Sleep is a 4 . Not the World changing level of The Green Mile, but excellent anyway. Mr. King is still the master of bringing characters to life. Again, even more so in Doctor Sleep than in The Shining (which was more of a straight up, build the tension, horror story).

  • ronny smith

    great reading but reader spoke soft making it hard to hear the story


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