Avid audible listener for over 10 years.
Although Stephen King is one of my favorite authors, I have hit or miss luck with his books Some I love, others I can't finish. This is one of his better ones as just as good as the original, the Shining. I always wondered what happened to the characters in the Shining, and now I know. It starts off kind of slow and "dark", but picks up the pace as it progresses. It is part your weird Stephen King novel, and part a story of redemption. I was excited to see Will Patton as narrator since I think he is one of the best. I always like his James Lee Burke narrations.
If you want to tackle something briefer, listen to Kings previous novel, Joyland. That was great too. Under the Dome, 11-22-63, and The Stand are also great. At the 50th anniversary of Kennedy assassination, 11-22-63 is a timely read.
I’m a Wife & Mother. I like reading Suspense, Classics and YA genre, but I occasionally venture out on a good recommendation. Ahem! Hint.
As this is the first audio book that I have listened to since Kindergarten, I loved it.
This is who brings on the WOW!...He really brings every character to life. He does different voices and accents that are just PERFECT for keeping track of who's speaking. Maybe its because he is an actor. I'm thinking he picked that up from the many empromptu scenes he has done. Whatever the cause, I LOVED his style.
It was very Nostalgic, suspenseful, and intriguing, but no extreme reaction. I have read other books by the author that I believe had better storylines; However, with that being said, it was still a great read.I felt like I was included in Stephen's personal life journey a little, and I appreciated the candor of it all.
Everybody should experience Stephen & Will combine their talents.
I haven't read the print version, but the narration of this was so fantastic, I'd recommend the audiobook.
Just, wow. Fans of King know that you'll often need to suspend disbelief to lose yourself in one of his novels. Doctor Sleep is no exception, but the pay-off is well worth it. It's like a reunion to see little Danny Torrance, all grown up and battling his own demons... and what the years since The Shining have done with him. And King got creative - he didn't limit himself to simply writing a sequel - this book would stand on its own merits with the introduction of Abra Stone and all she brings to the storyline.
Also? The idea that retirees driving RVs are actually an evil cult of spirits? Sheer brilliance.
First let me say that although I have been a member for a long time and have listened to SO many books, I VERY RARELY review a book and EVEN less frequently review a narrator.
I really debated to committing to this three part novel and also a sequel. What others said is true this is a sequel to the book not the movie which is one reason I really liked it. While the movie was GREAT in its own right, it was not true to the novel. If you haven't followed King from the early years it is definitely worth going back and reading (listening to) The Shining first. I started with King novels back in the early 80s and read almost every novel he wrote as soon as it came out back then. I loved this story. There were so many elements and I think King took his time developing them, holding them back, revealing them slowly. I enjoyed getting to know his characters. I liked the flashbacks and references to The Shining.
Another person commented on Rose and her band of "monsters" saying: "as far as the villains, i didn't find them as scary as the overlook or its inhabitants, but the one creepy thing about them was their plainness- how they are able to hide in plain sight. geezzz...maybe i'm contradicting myself! but i can honestly say i'll never look at a rv the same way again! seriously! even though the villains didn't scare me, i LOATHED them. i soo wanted them to get their comeuppance!"
I could NOT say it any better. I kept trying to put a face to Rose in her good and bad form. They weren't the sexy young vampires of trite stories...and NO that is not a cut to any other specific work. I just think this comment is so true and what made these not so scary villains scary in a more subtle way. King at his sophisticated best!
Now about the narrator Will Patton...I have been a fan of his from the Dave Robicheaux (sp?) novels. I have to say at first I was very distracted because I kept seeing my mind's versions of those characters who are SO different from these characters. I vaguely remember thinking I wouldn't be able to get past my past association with his previous work to relate to these characters...boy was I WRONG. I can't even identify when I shifted. Patton's narration, for me, was dead on.
I looked to see how much time was left at the end because I both wanted the battle to be over but I didn't want the novel to end.
I also have to say the last chapter was beautiful...just added to depth of the character development.
Absolutely because it is an excellent story and a superb sequel.
Rose the Hat because she was so deliciously evil.
Dan, because he was the perfect voice for the grownup Danny.
To answer this question would be a bit of a spoiler but I will say this, this is truly a great horror story. Stephen King at his best. The book is full of suspense and is a good scary story.
Sequels are hard to do and this is one of the best I have ever experienced. I was on the edge of my seat all the way through the reading of the book.
This book was fantastic. I've never been a Stephen King reader and now I'm hooked. The characters are well developed and the storyline is suspenseful. The narrator was on point with making the story come to life. I'm not sure if King had planned a part II of the Shining but both stories tie in together. There are small parts that I catch and I say "Oh yeah...I remember that." But the book is written so that if you have never read the Shining, it doesn't matter. Don't miss out on this one!
We finally know what happened to Danny Torrence! redrum!!!!!!
Very well done Mr. King.....while I don't always appreciate the few little political digs at Ronald Reagan and the bad guys being associated with conservatives at one point.....the book was great....never lost my interest and had lots of action. You can picture the story in your mind because he does such a great job of making it real. Very good character development as well.
I loved this book!!! It was a fun story with great narration. Its one of those books that you hate to turn off but don't want to get thru it to fast because you don't want it to end. Loved it!!Loved it!!Loved it!!
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As with all of King's books, by favorite part of them all are the characters he creates. They are real, like I know them! Or could them, or have known them! He creates 3D people that have good and bad within each, just like in the real world. This I believe is what makes all of his stories so hard to put down.
I just loved revisiting Danny, now as adult, many years down a very hard road. It is good to see where he went after the tragedy at the Overlook, what fate befell he and his mother after his father perished and how he grew up.
I will not spoil the book but let me say it was surprising but also believable (to me at least) the set of coincidences that led to his profession, the people he meets and the events that brings him back to the Overlook once again.
King was my first favorite author growing up and still ranks and one of my all time favorites now in my 40s.