A Romance Enthusiast takes on her first Stephen King novel.

Posted November 10, 2015 by Bethany in Recommendations, Reviews / 2 Comments

A Romance Enthusiast takes on her first Stephen King novel.

The Shining A Romance Enthusiast takes on her first Stephen King novel.by Stephen King
on July 1, 1980
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Genres: Horror, Paranormal, Suspense, Thrillers
Source: Audiobook

Danny was only five years old but in the words of old Mr Halloran he was a 'shiner', aglow with psychic voltage. When his father became caretaker of the Overlook Hotel his visions grew frighteningly out of control.

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...

Audiobook Review

I have to admit to two things. First, this was my first ever Stephen King novel (and it won’t be my last). Second, I’ve only watched part of the movie when I was a teen. It scared the crap out of me so I switched it off. So going into this book I didn’t know how it would end.

I am actually surprised that I didn’t find this book scary. Was it creepy? For sure, but I really consider The Shining more of a suspense novel rather than horror. Another thing that surprised me was the major differences between the book and the classic film. A few of those differences were there was no ax, no creepy twin little girls, nor the famous Jack Nicholson quote from the film – “Here’s Johnny.”

In the film version Jack stills the show. However, in the book, little Danny’s character shines the brightest (pun intended). Danny is a smart and cool little boy. Huge chunks of the story is from his POV, and unsurprisingly, it worked. I connected with him the most. The parents though… the father was an alcoholic, abusive asshole and the mother was kind of weak. I wanted to punch them both.

Nevertheless, The Shining was an imaginatively descriptive story that pulls readers into the world Stephen King created. I can definitely see why he has been the bestselling great American novelist for decades because The Shining stands the test of time.

Narrator Note:  The narrator did a good job voicing the characters. He gave each one a distinct personality that comes across well to listeners. I rate his performance a solid 4 stars.



Let’s Discuss:

Have you read Stephen King? Have you read The Shining and watched the film adaptation? What did you think of the differences? Have you read the sequel Dr. Sleep?

About Stephen King

Stephen King was born in Portland, Maine in 1947, the second son of Donald and Nellie Ruth Pillsbury King. He made his first professional short story sale in 1967 to Startling Mystery Stories. In the fall of 1971, he began teaching high school English classes at Hampden Academy, the public high school in Hampden, Maine. Writing in the evenings and on the weekends, he continued to produce short stories and to work on novels. In the spring of 1973, Doubleday & Co., accepted the novel Carrie for publication, providing him the means to leave teaching and write full-time. He has since published over 50 books and has become one of the world’s most successful writers.

Stephen lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. They are regular contributors to a number of charities including many libraries and have been honored locally for their philanthropic activities.



2 responses to “A Romance Enthusiast takes on her first Stephen King novel.

  1. I love books by Stephen King and The Shining is one of my favorites. I saw a movies as well and even though Jack Nicholson was brilliant in it, I have to say that book is better in my opinion. But I always like books better than movies (this is booknerd in me talking) 🙂
    I still haven’t got to reading sequel but I plan to!

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