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)
Great story about the secret lives of people with special powers, and the creatures that lurk in the night to prey on them. The story itself is violent and twisted, but the level of care that King takes in creating these elaborate lifelike monsters with their human weaknesses, and flawed antiheroes tortured by their pasts. This book is good for anyone with the stomach for a good horror novel, for all the wimps out there, keep moving.
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Yes. It was a cool story. The fact that everything in 'The Shining' is all backstory is cool.
This was a really good story and Will Patton did an awesome job reading it. Yet, the ending was kind of a let down. I found it to be kind of underwhelming. It was also a little confusing.
This is just my opinion. I would be interested to know if anyone else feels the same. So, listen to it and drop me a line.
Will Patton's narration is perfect. He brings all of the characters to life. King's attention to detail is just the right amount to keep the reader interested but not so much that you get lost in the details.
The way it all tied in with The Shining and then moved on to tell another great story that tied up all the loose ends.
When Rose is finally defeated and the good guys win.
Abra- tremendous complexity to her abilities
Great range of voices and emotional expression
This was a rollicking good sequel to "The Shining".
I enjoyed the story (although I am not a horror fan). It kept my attention throughout. King is very creative with his ideas and very detailed in their development.
What I didn't like:
- too much use of causing harm to children as a currency to generate excitement
- the plot developed over a very long period of years - not a fault in itself; it just didn't seem to forward the action to stretch it out over such a long period
- Even as the intricate and well-turned strategy to go up against the massively powerful baddies took form, I couldn't help wondering "why not just stay out of their way for a few days and let them all expire from (won't spoil the surprise).
Of course, the way it happened was much more suspenseful
Loved listening to Will Patton
Not in the beginning. Middle on was spellbounding
Great follow-up to The Shining. Excellent story. Stephen King did not disappoint. Now, I want to know what happened to the ones that abandoned Rose. Did they just disappear for lack of Steam or did they get their own Steam? Hummmmm
Danny & Abra's portions were the best parts of the book. Good or evil, all of the secondary characters were entertaining too.
He did a fantastic job making each character sound unique. The only blip for me was Rose - I think he was going for macabre, but it was overdone.
I really, intensely, disliked the short, chopped up chapters. It didn't translate at all well in audio & yanked me out of the story when a new one was announced every 1-3 minutes.That said, I'd still listen to it again.
Will Patton's performance was eerie, subtle and freightening. He got it spot-on!
Any time Abra smiled her wicked, vengeful smile. She is one of my favorite new King characters.
He is aware of the suspenceful moments before the reader is, so his voice fluctuations set the mood for the scene.
Mostly. A person has to take a break now and then, though.
Misery has always been the King book that scared me the most. It is one of his few horror books that doesn't incorporate any supernatural elements, and I found Annie Wilks to be the most terrifying villian I've ever read. However, Rosie the Hat might be a close second. She is chilling in her inhuman-ness and her unfeeling-ness toward us Rubes. And her anger was dangerous to behold. Well done, Mr. King.
I love the narrator, I enjoyed the story, but it seemed to me that the battle that was built up to, was rushed at the end. I am glad that this book was written so we finally know what ever happen to the boy in The Shining. I recommend the book it was worth the time and effort for pure entertainment.
The development of the little girl into a teenager. Finding out they were related was a surprise and seemed a little soap operaish.
Love to list to him perform the parts. He does a good job that keeps the reader engaged.
When the girl realizes she has a friend who understands.
The true purpose for Danny's ability.
Definitely Danny! He had this incredible but scary gift and yet his character stayed real as an everyday person going through life with ups and downs. Through it all, he was courageous and a true hero. He didn't let the dark in!!
I really enjoyed all of it so with that being said, one of my favorites would have to be the set up battle at Cloud Gap.
Sleep deeper, as deep as you can. The pain you feel will only be a dream!
Excellent read by the narrator. I could not put it down. Stephen King is truly the best!!!
Powerful, Hopeful, Pageturner
You could tell how much Stephen King put himself into this story, and although it is still the same genre as the Shining and other Stephen King books, it is also full of hope and promise and goodness.
Kept you entertained the whole way through, an you definitely got the personalities of all the characters.
Would recommend this book to anyone, but you MUST read the Shining first. So glad I got to read the Shining for the first time (sooooo different from the movie) right before this book, and because I wanted to read this book. Excellent!
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