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The Shining

Author: Stephen King

Narrator: Campbell Scott

Started: Apr. 5, 2022

Finished: Apr. 14, 2022

Jack Torrance has allowed his alcoholism to control many aspects of his life. This time it has led to a physical altercation with a student that has cost him his job. In order to take care of his family, Torrance has taken a position as caretaker of the Overlook Hotel in Colorado during the winter season when the hotel is closed. Jack's son, Danny, has always been a special child. He has always had an insight into situations and feelings that others do not which is referred to as the "shining". Thanks to his friend, "Tony", Danny knows that their winter at the Overlook is going to be anything but a good time.

The Overlook Hotel has a murderous past and the fact that it's mostly empty is not going to stop it from taking new people into its fold. Danny sees horrific unusual things in the hotel even before the season has officially started and wonders if they will make it out alive. As the spirits become more active, Jack becomes overtaken and sets out to murder his family in order to gain favor with those "in charge."

I have not read many Stephen King books but have discovered that I can get through them if I do them in audio. Campbell Scott is a wonderful narrator who truly brought the characters of Jack, Wendy, and Danny to life. I would gladly read something he narrates again.

I have seen this movie multiple times and have always wanted to read the book but find King difficult to read in book form. I thoroughly enjoyed finally being able to enjoy this story and look forward to enjoying more King novels in the future.

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