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 will probably listen to it again to see if I missed anything. It was great to find out how Dan's life turns out. Although a bit depressing early on, the way Steven King brings different threads in a story line together and gives Dan a purpose and impact on others is fantastic, and the story is a truly successful sequel to The Shining!
It was interesting to find out what happened to little Danny after the hotel. Very interesting story. Not really a big fan of happy endings though.
It's not what you'd call a sequel but as close as it could be considering. I considered it fabulous. As a huge fan of The Shining it paid great tribute. My first time listening to Will Patton who at first had me worried soon made me love his performance.
Was a very good listen. No real dull moments. Loved hearing about the True Knot. There should be a spinoff just on how they came to be.
Loved the book - so afraid I wouldn't. I am HUGE Stephen King fan and believe this is one of the best. Loved the characters -loved the story and narration was perfect.
Not bad, but far from The Shining. Overall, it was a bit unnecessary. The ending adds a touching final epilogue to The Shining, but that could've been told in a short story. I think a whole new novel was not needed. As far as the audio book, the narration would have Benn great if I was listening to the whole thing on headphones. The low monotone voice with occasional dramatic outbursts (like telling a scary story near the campfire), was hard to stay focused on when hearing it on speakers in the bathroom or in the car. In the end, Doctor Sleep was not bad, but it is a bit forgettable.
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