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)
I loved the story and the characters. Will Paton does such an incredible job narrating too. Stephen King does author's notes at the end of the book read by him, you'll love it.
Along with many others, I loved The Shining and this sequel lives up to it! It is so interesting to hear what happened to Danny, and the story is terrifying!
Canadian. I write some. Teach some. mistrust everyone but me.
There are large sections of Doctor Sleep that I absolutely loved. There are also large sections (entire chapters) that probably should have been left on the editing room floor. It made the book hard to get through in spots but I'm glad I stuck it out. The ending is perfect. I'd heard there was one section that made readers cry and, sure enough, I hit that spot and got all weepy.
At times creepy and horrifying, at others poignant and emotional, this is a solid book for any King fan.
Not as original as the Shining but still this book will considered to be one of his best.... Read one page, you will not drop the book off your hand till you read the whole book... wait to see the movie :) hint! Hint !
Bibliophile, yogi wanna be, makeup loving housewife!
This is the most riveting audiobook I have ever listened to. Engaging and profound. I was interested in all of the characters and the story was engrossing!
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