Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2014
Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration - Male, 2014
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special 12-year-old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
On highways across America, a tribe of people called The True Knot travel in search of sustenance. They look harmless - mostly old, lots of polyester, and married to their RVs. But as Dan Torrance knows, and spunky 12-year-old Abra Stone learns, The True Knot are quasi-immortal, living off the "steam" that children with the "shining" produce when they are slowly tortured to death.
Haunted by the inhabitants of the Overlook Hotel where he spent one horrific childhood year, Dan has been drifting for decades, desperate to shed his father's legacy of despair, alcoholism, and violence. Finally, he settles in a New Hampshire town, an AA community that sustains him, and a job at a nursing home where his remnant "shining" power provides the crucial final comfort to the dying. Aided by a prescient cat, he becomes "Doctor Sleep."
Then Dan meets the evanescent Abra Stone, and it is her spectacular gift, the brightest shining ever seen, that reignites Dan's own demons and summons him to a battle for Abra's soul and survival. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
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"Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it…Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge." (AudioFile)
"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining." (Booklist)
"…a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story." (Publisher’s Weekly)
Stanley Kubric's movie adaptation of "The Shining" is one of my favorite scary movies. So many people told me that I had to read the book that I finally did a few years ago. Now, Stephen King and his avid fans think the book is better, but I prefer the movie. "Doctor Sleep" is the story of a grown-up Danny Torrance. I was skeptical of a sequel to such a well-known story, especially after such a long time. I also approach Stephen King with caution. His books tend to be hit or miss with me. I thought "Salem's Lot" and "The Stand" rambled too much. I thought "Under the Dome" was very cliched and had a dumb ending. I love "Firestarter", "Joyland", and "11/22/63". "Doctor Sleep" falls into the category of Stephen King books that I love. I loved the characters and their relationships. The scary parts were suitably scary. Danny's character development seemed very authentic. I highly recommend this book with the caveat that you need to either read "The Shining" or see the movie before tackling this.
Will Patton's narration is practically perfect. I'm not sure if I've listened to any of his narrations before, but I surely will again. When trying to decide between text and audio, a Will Patton narration will definitely swing me to the audio.
I am a huge Stephen King fan and consider him to be one of the best authors around. All that being said, Dr. Sleep left me sleepy rather than sleepless. The story seemed contrived and predictable. It certainly did not meet the usual high King standards. I almost felt as if he had run out of ideas and decided to dust off an enthralling tale of the super natural, hoping to touch on the glory of The Shining. Don't get me wrong--I still couldn't stop listening to this sequel; I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. Perhaps another and more serious problem was the narrator. Will Patton tried to inject the missing feeling into the book with an often sonorous voice that attempted to convey fear and tension. Instead, he interfered with the story, often detracting from the tale with his overly dramatic reading of simple sentences.
However, an author as prolific and talented as Stephen King is entitled to an occasional miss. I will continue to look forward to his amazing offerings with anticipation.
I am a farrier and audiobooks really help time go by working alone. Audible makes it so much easier than using CD's!
I do a LOT of audiobooks, and now I have a new way to rate. How many "Oh, ****!" moments are there? I can't keep count on Doctor Sleep. (I do NOT like the title but smarter folks than me picked it.)
My head is still spinning. I can't tell you, there were many that made me stop what I was doing. I may listen to The Shining again and then this right after.
I was just thinking, whoever got Will to do this was a genius, I love him in the James Lee Burke series but this may even be better. He really brought all the characters right into my head, without being overpowering at any time. No one was more of a standout, it was all very smooth and creepy in the right spots. (Wait, that hateful bitch may have been over the top a little but LOOK at her!)
I got the shivers more than once.
Ah HA! I'm not the only one, eh? Can I get back to you on this? Something to do with the train, maybe. Or the Overlook, I don't know. Lots to choose from.
I told 3 friends about it and in days I got notes back that they were totally hooked on it, wondering how they had missed this one. The title may have something to do with it. I gotta tell you, I was worried when the end of the second part was approching, I was not near my house and was afraid I had not put in the last part! I might have stopped shoeing and gone home, but it was on my player, disaster averted again.
Off to listen to Duma Key again....maybe now my second favorite King book.
I am not familiar with Will Patton's readings but will now buy anything he reads. His narration was award winning perfection. I have not read much of Steven King since my college days and after listening to this book I am flooded with musings as to why I have always loved his work; perhaps it is because I grew up in Maine and find his novels quietly familiar, but I suspect mostly it is just because his books scare the crap out of me as they offer a roller coaster ride worth of fright with the hope that the ride will end and I can get off and go on with my life. I love the way Mr.King writes and this book was fantastic to listen and it was wonderful to "see" Danny again.
I liked this book as it brought the story from the Shining up to current and tied some things together that needed to be resolved. I have enjoyed the Shining once I understood that it was more about a haunted family than a haunted hotel. This was a great bring up to date of a classic story.
Doctor Sleep has qualities of several other King stories, but is not like them.
Mr. Patton did a marvelous job on this reading. He had different voices for the different characters and keep the story moving on quite well.
Don't know exactly, but I did relate to Billy Freeman.
This story had good characters, a good plot and a good setting. It completed the story of the Shining and I enjoyed the ending; that doesn't exactly wrap it up, but does bring it to an end. There were many things from original shining that are parts of this story and that was comforting.
I'm very happy that this book faithfully follows the original book, not the movie.
Although the original was written nearly 40 years ago, the story picks up right after the original and it quickly fills in the gaps to move to present day, leaving the reader with just enough of the past to tie everything into a nice little package.
Those who read The Shining will enjoy the references to the original, but the story itself is self-contained, so you don't necessarily need to read the original to enjoy it.
I've read The Shining several times so far. Oddly, I've never seen the movie version, but from what I know, although it's a great film, it's not a good adaptation of the book.
Oh goodness, can't they both be good? I have to admit there is a strong attraction and fulfillment in holding a book and reading. It has a certain attraction, a calming that no other source of entertainment can quite compare to. However with that being said, audio books allow me to have the time to listen to a book that I may not otherwise have. In our hustle and bustle world, I like many find that we have less time for the pure pleasures of life that such things as reading can provide. I like so many have a long commute to work. I drive an hour one way. With audio that means I get at least two hours a day to listen to a book. To find myself lost in another world. I'm thankful for that two hours, even if it's not the same as it would be to sit down and read a book.
There were so many; but I think one of the poignant is when Dan finds the first message on his blackboard.
I haven't before now. He did a great job
I don't know that I would rename it even if I could. At first Dr. Sleep seems................odd. But as the book goes on and you see how he's helping people; it becomes quite fitting.
Turns out, Danny Torrence has had a very rough time since the events of The Shining! This was another excellent Stephen King choice. I would have gone with 5 stars overall, but I'm using 11/22/63 and Joyland as my measuring stick and this one didn't quite resonate with me as much as those two, but it was a very excellent and meaningful story. The story moved at a good pace and was very quick to draw me in; took me less than a week to read, I think! As always, King's characters were very well developed and easy to care about. And, on the opposite end, he also gave us some pretty despicable villains, monsters, really, and some great and terrible moments of horror and fright. In addition to the entertainment value, there were also the deeper themes of death, redemption and forgiveness to reflect on. This was an excellent pick and very much worth the immediate use of my precious credit, I was not in the least disappointed and I know I will listen to this one again. Oh, and a nice choice this close to Halloween, too!
First of all, if you've only seen the movie "The Shining" and not read the novel - please for the love of whatever you consider holy - read the novel. No offense to the late, great Mr. Kubrick, but he butchered the story with that film. Anyone who has not read "The Shining" must do so before picking up this sequel or the richness of the story will be lost.
I was a little worried about a sequel as most tend to be watered-down extensions of a great story that only serve to make the writer more money. And good on the writer for that, by the way, get it! But this was a truly great story. It held me so greatly that I was irritated to have to return to real life to work, or sleep or anything else normal folks do. I just wanted to remain in the world of the story. And honestly, I was curious to see what had become of little Danny Torrance.
As the now grown Dan Torrance struggles with past and present demons, he meets a little girl who possesses the same gift that he has - the shining. It is around her stunning abilities that the story evolves as good fights evil and man fights himself. It is classic King and I highly recommend diving into this story for a truly satisfying read.
...but not before you read "The Shining" dammit.
Will Patton did a remarkable job narrating, deftly switching from the voice of an innocent little girl to the raspy growl of pure evil. I'll be searching out other books that he's narrated.
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