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Many times, and I usually do not re-read or re-listen!
Excellent plot, flow, suspense, humanness and spookiness!
I have not, but his performance was superb!
I would not re-name it.
Get this book!!!
I felt the story was decent with enough suspense to keep me interested. However, the frequent mention of specific items present in modern day pop culture will definitely keep this from becoming a timeless classic. Did anyone else notice this? I mean does he really have to say, "Then Danny opened up his HP laptop and went to Google Earth using Firefox while drinking a Diet Coke"?? It just seemed excessive and made me wonder if he gets paid for product placement like movies since he is one of the most recognized authors today. Generally, it did not detract from the story, but I felt it didn't add anything either. Other than that, it was a decent story. Not my favorite, but it kept my interest and was entertaining.
Author, Audiobook Narrator
Before I get into the review let me just say that Will Patton narrated the heck out of this book. He was great. He really put his heart and soul into it. I want to go find what else he's narrated now. Okay, on with the review.
This book was creepy and vibrant and touching and exciting and an excellent sequel to The Shining and many more things. A few years ago I never thought I would be reading books by this author. I grew up not watching PG 13 movies until I was actually 13, and I never watched any horror movies. I still don't. I'm a pretty cheerful upbeat guy who doesn't like to dwell on gruesome dark stuff. My favorite movies and books are more of the coming of age sci-fi and fantasy adventure types. I guess you could say I'm not a horror fan, that was until I read King. Many times when I would talk to friends about the love of reading and writing they would ask, "have you read any of Stephen King's books?" I would always respond by saying I wasn't into horror. Then I read his great book called On Writing where he gives a bio of his life and writes a lot about the craft of writing. So then, you guessed it, The Shining was the first King book I read. My friend let me borrow his beat up paperback copy, but I ended up grabbing the audiobook from my public library. It was really good. I went on to read many more King books after that finding that he was a great writer, even if some of his books bored me in the middle sometimes. His novella The Body is possibly my favorite book of all time. I've read it several times in the last few years. The audiobook is narrated by the legendary Frank Muller and it is amazing.
This story is about an old guy dealing with alcoholism, ghosts, evil old people who travel teh nation in RVs, and many other things. It's also about a little girl dealing with her special powers, I know nothing new to a King novel but he did a bang up job writing this one and it felt new and inventive and fresh and awesome. I'm not a drinker. I have a drink about once every two months or so. A glass of red wine, or a mixed drink at a family party. Maybe a hard lemonade. I've never had more than one drink. I've never been drunk. It would seem there isn't much to relate to in this novel for me, but there is. It's really about seeing a character hit rock bottom and deal with picking up the pieces to eventually get to a place where they can help others. It's about a lot of other things, but that's one of the main ones. I've hit rock bottom a few times. It is just about always when one of my kids are sick. I've stayed overnight in the hospital with a sick child many more times than I'd like to remember. It's different than being at rock bottom from personal bad choices, but all this to say that this book which would seem like a story I couldn't relate to was touching to me and I loved it.
I may have blogged about this in the past but I think Stephen King's main strength is that he writes great characters. I've read many of his books now and there were a few that got boring in the middle. They were bloated with info dumps, flashbacks, back story, and exposition but I always kept reading. I kept reading because in all of his books I had become very invested in his characters and I had to know what was going to happen to them. I cared about his characters. I think this strength Stephen has is why he is the king of fiction so to speak. There are many other reasons, the dude can write some brilliant prose, but I think it's the characters we all come to love that push his books to the top of the charts and keep his stories in the minds of readers. I heard Mr. King asked by an interviewer that while his books are scary there are also touching moments in them. King responded by saying that you can't be scared for a character unless you care about them. Stephen King writes characters you care about. He fleshes them out brilliantly.
So yes great characters I became invested in have carried me through some of his books with bloated middles but this book had no bloat. I loved every chapter. I never grew bored. There were some nice slower chapters where you get to explore the different places in the story, but it never got boring. This book was a fantastic read and if you like The Shinning you'll love this great sequel Doctor Sleep.
Top 10% for sure
I have not heard any of will Patton's other performances.
The story and the supernatural aspect.
This is a follow-up to "The Shining," and the reader was FANTASTIC!!!!
The Shining, by Stephen King, way back when.
ALL of them were excellent. Momo was great, but also Top Hat Rose.
Danny Torrence - fascinating!
I am waiting patiently for the best book on earth!!
This book is not the scarest book he has writen. Kind of predictable. It was worth the read if you like to attend AA.
This has been my favorite audiobook so far. I LOVED it!!!
A tie between Dan and Abra. I feel as though I grew a relationship with Dan and his battle with alcoholism, as I battled the same disease and continue to struggle with it. Abra being so innocent at times, and then terrifying in other points of the book, I related with her also.
I haven't but would love to.
The True Knot or Steam.
I HIGHLY recommend this book to Stephen King fans or anyone who enjoys a good thrill. King knows how to make you feel as though someone is standing behind you, you can feel the heat from breath on your neck, but when you turn around...no one is there.
Spoiler AlertI listened to this entire book, including the author’s epilog where King is a bit defensive of his writing style today. He reminds readers that he was a different person back in the first two decades of his career and nothing can top the first scary story we read during adolescents. He has a point. It mostly answered my question about his work. Why I find everything he has written past the 90’s ridiculous, immature and shallow. My taste in literature has changed. What thrilled me in my tens, twenties and even thirties has evolved along with my perception and expectations. King’s writing style is still geared to the adolescent and perhaps to the one within us “baby boomers.” He tries anyway; I have to give him credit for trying. Will Patton’s narration is what kept me motivated to endure nineteen annoying hours of Doctor Sleep. At times I wanted to discard this book because it was as unbearable as wearing an itchy wool sweater on a scorching August afternoon. For a sequel to The Shinning, it lacks most of what was in that story. Wendy has a couple of paragraphs and we are moved swiftly to a forty something Dan Torrance recovering alcoholic with a dead mother. His last hangover is lived and relived through out the book. Repation is rife through out this story. A good editor would have gutted fifty percent of its contents. Themes from his other novels are used in a recycled manner to keep the plot moving when it runs into dead ends. You will see shades of Dream Catcher with the mental lock boxes and file cabinets. Tommyknockers with the Hollow Demons existing on the essence of children that have ESP gifts. In the case of the antagonist, Rose The Hat wanting to keep the young protagonist Abra drugged docile and confined in order for herself and other members of The True Knot clan (hollow demons) to live off her “steam” like a milking cow. Hearts in Atlantis pops up with a character named Baseball Boy that the True Knot kidnaps from a little league game. After his torture and burial, including his baseball mitt with his name written on it, 13-year-old Abra sees his face in the newspaper among many missing children and sees what happened to him and his mitt. Contacting Dan while under the impression he is Tony (Dan’s childhood invisible friend that turned out to be a young teenage version of himself), Dan and Abra hook up giving the readers constant reminders that their difference in age and gender would only be understood as molester and victim if anyone found out. Abra mentally locates baseball boy’s body. Dan digs up his grave and brings back the mitt to Abra so she can hold it and channel what the boy went through and who killed him. King’s book IT shows up with images of Rose’s jaunty black hat in a gutter. Rose’s hat and how she wears it gets old quickly in this book. Towards the end, a plot device from The Green Mile is used when Dan sucks up Abra’s cancer riddled “Momo” aka great grandmother’s red misty last breath at the hospice. During a tedious trip to Colorado, Dan becomes ill and exhausted until the big stand off when he exhales out momo and kills off Rose’s clan with the deadly red misty breath. Dan quickly recovers once the dead momo and her cancer leave his body. Does any of this sound familiar? Why do these aging RV driving, steam inhaling from canisters filled with the left over ESP gifts of murdered children need and want Abra and children like her? In order to retain youth and health. Some members are over a millennium old, like Grandpa Flick that can no longer hold his fudge (King’s words, not mine.) How do they die? An ordinary bullet or measles they caught while inhaling the baseball boy’s steam is all that’s needed. When they die, they “cycle.” Their body starts to disappear until nothing is left but their clothing. Like War of the Worlds. Doctor Death could be an allegory or veiled attempt of riffing on the elderly that do anything and everything to sustain their life, therefore sucking up the taxable/tangible resources of the young and destroying them. The drowning man theory. Don’t try and save him; He will drown you along with him. I disliked this book for the reasons listed in most of the 1 star reviews. King writes trashy novels that try to retain innocence. Some I have enjoyed, some not.
The combination of a great story and a masterful performance by Will Patton made this novel a real page turner.
This book reminds me a little of IT. Rose is just as scary as the clown. She's the stuff of nightmares.
This is the first novel novel I've listened to performed by Mr Patton.
I listen to books at night before I go to sleep. Dr Sleep was addictive and I hated to stop,
I am now afraid of old people in RV's. This book was a surprise in many ways. It is the sequel to The Shining with the child Danny now as an adult. There are more twists and turns and unexpected joy and sorrow than I've read in a while. Stephen King is a master at the craft of having the evil creatures just keep on coming at you. This is so well done, and so unexpected, you can't put it down.