Yes. It's a great story told by an excellent storyteller.
It's King!! No comparison.
The beginning because for a little while I knew I was gonna be entertained.
Abra. Can't help but pull for her especially if you have a daughter.
King is king!! I have never read a story of his I didn't like. And though he didn't read this one the performer did an excellent job. Dare I say...better than any I have heard tell a story. I will listen to books narrated by Will Patton because sometimes the narrator can make a crappy book a book worth listening to.
Tell us about yourself! Lifelong reader and passionate pursuer of knowledge. I love Audible because I never have to stop reading.
I have read and listened to Stephen King for 40 years. He is to me, along with John Irving, one of the authors whose work will be read 100 years from now. I had wondered about Dan Torrance for years...this novel makes him come alive all over again in a wonderful and redemptive way. Abra is his best new character in many, many years. Read and/ or listen to this novel. You will NOT be disappointed.
I haven't listened to King in awhile but loved The Shining and so listened to Doctor Sleep which I loved. Now I want to go back and re-listen to all of King's books. King is a great character writer and I love that he uses senior citizens in this book to help the main character get out of trouble. Nobody has more character than seniors, gotta love them. The characters seem so real you feel like you've lost a group of friends when the story ends.
The seniors involvement in the story. I work in Long term care and the dying process can make total strangers become intimate. Dying is scary and we help them go into that great unknown as gracefully as possible. This book captures that act and the feelings attached to it.
Will Patton's voice can at times sound like the possessed Reagan in The Exorcist (the scariest movie of all time) so this adds to the fear factor.
Dan, as long as he didn't read my mind. I'd want to know more about the dying process and what happens after death.
Loved this book. You won't be disappointed.
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
What a fun book! I liked it BETTER than The Shining. Of course, that could be because I already read and vaguely remembered The Shining. In any case, Dr. Sleep transported me to another world… the world of a good book. It was a good story, and Stephen King knows how to tell good stories. I really appreciate the naturalness of his writing.
Although a person would not HAVE to have read The Shining first, I DO think it adds to the enjoyment to have the details from The Shining in the mind while going through Dr. Sleep. It adds to the fun to remember Dick Halloran, Wendy Torrance, Horace Derwent, and even Mrs. Massey from room 217!
I love mystery and thrillers.
Danny of course he's a hero
he was amazing each character was distinct and interesting it was like a movie in my head .
grandparents aren't always as sweet as they look be careful who you trust.
I hope they do make a movie but I believe they would have to remake the shining first to show it from Danny's perspective . I never understood the movie until I heard the book . Its one of King s best works in my opinion long live the king of horror! :-)
As I've gotten older, reading has become a labored event. Typeface is smaller and my arms aren't long enough to see text clearly. So, these days audiobooks are my salvation. Having said that, it stands to reason that I find the audio edition better.
Dan, aka Doctor Sleep aka Doc. At first it was painful to see little Danny from the Shining become a drifting out-of-control alcoholic. Then I had to remember. As children, we're all little packages of potential and promise. Then after life kicks the crap out of you for a decade, or so, we become scratching, clawing survivors...some are better at it than others. Dan finds his survival in a bottle, and life makes him very thirsty. Dan is the perfect example of what I love about King's characters. His stories' heroes have flaws, warts, demons and nightmares, just like the rest of us. If a falling down drunk can give up his selfish, petty needs in order to save the day, well, there's hope that all of us are capable of being heroes.
I had not heard Will Patton's performance before Doctor Sleep. However, I was so very pleased because he reminds me of the late, great Frank Muller.
The end of the book when Dan has a talk with Abra. She thinks he's scolding her about an incident when she used her shining powers to break her mothers dishes. Instead, he explains that just like her shining, she also inherited a bad temper, which needs to be controlled just as much as her supernatural powers, maybe even more so.
King is so brilliant at creating monsters and the villains in Doctor Sleep are no exception. Old aged, badly dressed soul vampires that kidnap, torture and kill children - the True Knot are up there near the top in the King monster menagerie. King still holds the record of being the only writer that scared me so badly I slept with my closet light on for month. That was back in my early twenties. Today, I don't get frightened to that extent by fantasy. There are far too many things in the real world that are much more frightening. But, King's stories can still cause my heart to race, and that's always a welcomed delight.
This is not one of my favorite books. That place is held firmly by all of the Dark Tower books. But, it was an enjoyable ride. Hell, life serves up a lot of crap, so when you can have a few days of heart-racing, what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen-next adrenalin, life just doesn't get any better than that.
I probably would not listen to Dr. Sleep again because it's not the kind of book that one gets much insight from. it's not terribly thought provoking. But it's good story.
Yes, yes, yes!!!
Yes...stay's true to his ability to play each character beyond the call of reading.
perfect Dr. sleep
Mr. King did very well with Dr. Sleep. You don't want to but this one down or fall asleep listening.
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The book is tied to The Shining and yet it pulls away and makes itself its own beast. The antagonists are well thought out, and described in ways that can be readily understood and appreciated as their own entities, removed from, yet tied into the evil of the Overlook Hotel.
Danny was the best written character. When hearing this story, I heard a little bit of King himself in Dan. I heard his pains, the way he felt certain rejection through the late 90s and early 2000s, his trouble with alcoholism, and in a way - his trouble with critics. Danny was an insightfully written character, and had transformed so much from the character of the Shining that I needed to remind myself that this was indeed same character.
The way this book deals with dealing with a bad situation (with a woman) and trying to move on from it, and yet still being haunted by it hit unfortunately really close to home. I felt those nightmares as I've had my own nightmares. The way Danny was horrified on some levels and yet the way he was strong on certain levels really spoke to me. It was unique, and a bit on the harrowing side.