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)
Stephen King is the Master. And by that I mean THE Master. I've read and listened to all of his works. In his recorded remarks at the end of this work Mr. King said, "...and I'm pretty good at what I do." Yes, he is.
The book is masterfully performed by Will Patton. As I'm an avid fan of Mr. Patton and his readings of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels, I enjoyed hearing echoes of Clete Purcell in some of the dialogue in Dr. Sleep.
While long, the book is perfectly paced, excruciatingly well-organized (and that's a good thing- there are a lot of moving parts here), exquisitely edited and totally addictive. As with athletes, artists, craftsmen and statesmen, one would expect talent to wane over the decades. The opposite seems to be the case with Mr. King.
Mr. King's magic, it seems to me, is in carefully cultivating terror on the margins of one's mind - not so much from what is said or done or happens, but instead by something else that resonates just outside of one's mental peripheral vision.
While some of his earlier books seemed to be written with the movie rights and adaptation to screen in mind, this was not the case with Dr. Sleep.
Finally, I enjoyed very much Mr. King's references to AA wisdom, the nuggets of which were, like acorns, strewn along the path of this tale, adding to both the depth of the characters and the enjoyment of the reader.
Very, very well done.
I wouldn't necessarily say the audio is better than the print, it is just more convenient for me to listen to recreational books than read them.
While I enjoy listening to Will Patton, I don't think he really hit the mark with this book. His half whisper style, while gentle to the ear, seemed to fail in capturing the suspense of the story.
As a recovering alcoholic, King really nailed what it is like to fight the urge to drink even though you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. I enjoyed when he revealed his deepest secret and no one seemed to notice. It is so true to form for an alcoholic.
It was good to continue where The Shining left off. I have been hoping for years King would do the same thing with The Stand.
You just can't beat Will Patton as a audible book performer - team him up with a story by Stephen King and you have a sure hit. I enjoyed this immensely and am hoping for a sequel about Dan and Abra. :)
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.
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Not since Stu Redman in The Stand have I enjoyed and loved a character so much as Dan Torrance in Doctor Sleep. There were at least 2 scenes towards the end that had me fighting off tears. I was lost in the story and almost sobbed out loud! Will Patton did a great job with the cast of characters and I hope we get to meet some of them again. I wasn't sure I wanted to read a sequel to The Shining as it scared the crap out of me when I read it a few years ago. To me, Doctor Sleep provided a satisfying conclusion.
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I think SK did a fabulous job showing how a little boy named Danny Torrence grew up after going thru the Overlook ordeal and working with whatever outcome he had to work with throughout his adult life. That part was realistic, esp AA. The other part of the story just added to SK's imagination and kept us readers interested in mind telepathy as well as ghosts even coming from the old story the Shinning, As SK even admits at the end of his novel, sometimes a sequel (most times) cannot compare to the original, this one came pretty darn close. Worth the credit and more....
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.
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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.
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This follow on to the Shining is entertaining if predictable. The life of post Overlook Hotel Dan is actually more interesting than the main plot. Although there are ghosts and supernatural creatures I wouldn't say the book is scary in that way. The main problem is that the bad guys come across as rather silly and end up being done in more by microbes and old age than anything Dan and his posse do. Worth a read/listen but don't expect any chills.
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