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)
The Shining was one of my favorite books and I was happy to follow up with Danny. I always wondered what happened to him. It is a bit different than I thought it would be., but a good story nonetheless. The performance was good, but not great. The voice is a little watery and his impression of a woman's voice is weird, but overall very good. There are a lot of characters and you are able to tell who is talking right away.
Its a fascinating tale that would begin on may 5th, 1989 in Mease Dunedin hospital and from there the legacy grew. I am adult now.
The shining was the first Stephen King I ever read I didn't sleep for weeks because I was afraid one night of using the restroom because of Mrs. Massey in the tub. This was a wonderful follow up. Filled with all kinds of new nightmares. I recommend to true hard-core Stephen King fans
Let me start by saying I am not a huge book reader and I am even less of an audio book listener. However on a recent road trip I listened to The Mercedes Killer. This awoke a something in me and I had to listen to more. Someone mentioned Dr. Sleep to me and how it was a sequel to the shining of which I've never read or seen the movie. I decided I would read the book before I listened to Dr. Sleep and I am glad I did. Without a doubt I wanted to know more of Danny's life as I'm sure everyone else did, so rhe day after I finished The Shining I started up Doctor Sleep anytime I was in my vehicle. Let's just say I started driving more and had to listen to it at home if I didn't want to spend a lot of money on gas. I was unsure of how this book would play out and to avoid spoilers I won't say much. I absolutely loved this book, it brought us into Danny's life where I thought he would never go and yet, you can understand why and you really care about what happens to him. I also have to say that Will Patton is amazing at reading books. Makes me feel like I am reading books wrong and he should read everyone of them to me. Do you self a favor, listen to this book.
Will Patton is my favorite narrator! The shining is one of my favorite books/movies by Stephen King. Although this was a decent book, it just did not live up to my expectations as a sequel to The Shining!
Doctor Sleep is another classic Stephen King novel wonderfully narrated by Will Patton. I listened to it while traveling through Europe. It made long train rides go by quickly.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
Love Will Patton... but this book is all over the place and I stuck with it as long as I could. Plus I do not care for books that are so outlandish. Sorry Stephen King and all his fans.
Bring me more like Shawshank redemption, Misery and Delores Claiborne. These were really good in my opinion.
A great sequel to my favorite Stephen King novel, The Shining. While it picks up the threads of that story some 30 years later, it also contains elements of Firestarter, It and The Dead Zone to great effect. And is there a better narrator at work today than Will Patton? If so, please tell me and I'll listen to their readings just for the pleasure of their performance.
About the two meanings of FEAR found in Dr. Sleep, I won't spoil your hunt for these, but I hope you'll take them and many of the other aphorisms King draws from his experience with Alcoholics Anonymous away for use on your daily life.
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