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)
This book was thought provoking it kept me interested the whole time. The line between science and religion were explored in a way that was entertaining yet gave pause to many questions. One is what are line's we shouldn't cross?
The narrator was excellent. It was not the best thing I've ever read by King but I wouldn't say it was disappointing. I was satisfied with the book and happy to see Danny's story get a happy ending.
Yes I will, because I enjoyed listening to Dan Torrence and his struggles, King writes it so well.
Where do I start? Will Patton is awesome and absolutely perfect for this book. The story is a great continuation of The Shining. The characters were well developed. This was one of the best audio books I have had the pleasure of listening to.
The angry smile.
Daniel Torrance as 1A and Abra as 1B
I would take Daniel Torrance out to dinner. After all he has been through he deserves a good meal.
Listen to this book!
Let me start with the fact that this is the second book I have read...well, listened to anyways, by Stephen King, and Will Patton and Stephen King are an amazing combination! I'm thoroughly impressed with Patton's interpretation of the characters and how he brings them to life. As to the plot, this story reads like it's meant for the box office. It was fascinating and thrilling in all the right places. King has a knack for believable character development and interweaving complex and daunting story lines. I hadn't even read The Shining (I saw the moving), and he drew in the back story in such an incredible way so as to make the story inviting to new readers. The characters are realistic and authentic, and bring an element credibility to this paranormal psychological thriller. It was a really enjoyable to listen to this performance.
just a reader
really enjoyed book. only didn't give 5 stars since want to reserve for all time great books. this is an excellent super entertaining book but it isn't one I'd say will stick with me throughout the years (ie. A River Runs Through It)
Avid reader and author of fantasy novels.
Another great tale by Stephen King! Would definitly recommend for King fans and all those looking for another weird, scary, erie tale as only Stephen King can tell.
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