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.
Before the book even begins you must endure an unbelievably long list of acknowledgements including cousins, mother-in-law, God and many, many, others. Then an endless introduction. I never made it to the content because I grew bored before the introduction finished.
Lowe is a terrible writer and much too self-absorbed to be of any use to anyone else. He talks about the importance of playfulness while being so dull and completely unplayfull in his writing.
Give this one a pass unless you're having trouble sleeping. Lowe's endless acknowledgements, alone, will lull you quickly into a deep sleep.
This audio course is for anyone who has ever suffered from grammar anxiety. Prof. Drout gives special dispensation to place prepositions at the end of sentences, to use split infinitives, and conjunctions at the beginning of sentences. He also gives you a solid defense against those grammar sticklers that make others fret over syntax: ???keep your imported Latin grammar rules to yourself!???
Thanks to Prof. Drout I now understand how to correctly use ???I??? and ???me,??? ???that??? and ???which,??? ???who??? and ???whom.??? With generous references to the history of our exquisite language and a delightful sense of humor, Prof. Drout makes all the grammar worries go away. You???ll understand why parts of our language are strange and confusing, and gain a new appreciation for those trying to learn English as a second language.
Prof. Drout reads excerpts from Beowulf and Chaucer, so you???ll hear the musical roots of our wonderful language. He explains that the evolution of English is more about conquerors, and less about scholarly progression. He discusses past scholars who have declared Latin the perfect language and, therefore, tried to force English to conform to Latin grammar. This has resulted is some of the most frustrating aspects of English.
He explains that English grammar is an art, not a science. For this reason, he rails against grammar checkers, ???let those Seattle trolls keep their green squiggly lines to themselves.???
I highly recommend this course. You???ll actually understand what a participle is and why it shouldn???t dangle. You???ll comprehend gerunds, infinitives, and modals. Not only will you gain a solid command of English, but it happens in just 7 hours; that???s amazing!
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