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)
Although I'm a big fan of Stephen King, I had never read his book The Shining, because I was a bit afraid it would be too scary. Then when Doctor Sleep came out I decided to read the two consecutively and boy, what a read it was! Somehow Stephen King has succeeded in creating a whole new, suspenseful and thrilling book without riding on the success of The Shining. At the same time the two books merge beautifully and, at least for me, form a great unity. Dan Torrence, his family and Abra have become a real life characters. I'm so glad I've read the two books consecutively, making these Audible books an outstanding listening experience! Both Campbell Scott and Will Patton (where do they find these great readers!?) did a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. I can recommend everyone who hasn't read The Shining, to start reading it now and follow it up with Doctor Sleep. I loved it and will return to these books many times!
Psychics shouldn't drink.
Doctor John was a fantastic and well-rounded character. He's the witness, the skeptic, and the go-between.
I've been listening to books for 20 years, and I've never in my life heard a better performance. Will Patton's voice transforms, not just for different characters' dialogue, but throughout the story - to suit the mood of the scene, or the emotions of the characters in it. His voice did acrobatic tricks I've never heard, swooping up in lilting sing-song one moment, and dipping down to sinister depths the next. This book has to be heard to be believed.
I'd take Dan Torrance, as long as he didn't bring any uninvited guests.
This is quite simply the finest performance you'll hear in an audiobook this year, or maybe ever.
What a wonderfully written sequel to the Shining. Mr. King's humor, insight, compassion, brilliance and incredible timing have made this story a multilevel experience. Like his classic, the "Stand"- I'm going to re-read it someday and experience even more of his phenomenal writing talent. I really mean that! This is not merely a "scary" book, that is just a small part of the greatness of this story. Heart warming, insightful, tension building like no-body's business and, yes, scary - but with heart. Enjoy..... I did!
Dan and Abra - read it and you will know why.... :)
No, but his performance was brilliant. Yes!!
I would have all to "good" characters come over for a barbecue in my back yard.
Read it, and lets talk!!!
I will listen to this again but maybe not at night.
This story was compelling enough to make me want to keep going.
Top of the world.
The shine keeps on shining.
I'm feeling very ambivalent about this one. While the story was generally entertaining and well paced, it just seemed to lack oomph. The narration was stellar and really cemented the northeastern setting King's stories are known for. King described it as "balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror." It just wasn't. (For comparison, Bag of Bones kept me awake nights. IT gave every clown I've seen since a sinister appearance. This story just not hitting par.)
My chief complaint was this story just wasn't scary, or even very suspenseful, something the Shining had in spades. While the Shining was fully creepy and genuinely terrifying, the bad guys here were just not frightening to me. In fact, the Knot, a group of middle-aged RV travelers who just happen to eat the souls of psychic children, are portrayed a touch too sympathetically to be genuinely scary.
The story has many overlong passages about alcoholism and AA. Dan's alcoholism is obviously important to the story, but his bottoming out is lackluster, and his demons seem weak. One expects a redemption story, but it never really happens, because he's never really that tormented. The character is decent, but weak.
The story also lacks suspense in any meaningful way, the baddies are dispatched too easily, and people react in pretty unlikely ways- such as Dan deciding he must get a good night's sleep before rescuing a drugged, stranded child from a hotel room- which her parents inexplicably agree to. The story is full of weird moments like this, and more than a few deus et machina moments made a lot of the story aggravating. In the end, I was left wondering if Dan was even necessary to the plot.
Will Patton was the perfect narrator for this story. His voice is easy to listen to, but he has several great "character" voices too. The narration is done by the main character, and Patton's natural voice is perfect for the part. Somehow he manages to be both endearing and a little creepy at the same time.
King has successfully provided some closure to the Shining, as well as add a whole new sub-plot. This is not a nostalgia-fest but instead a whole new creepy story with enough ties to the old story to be both familiar and suspenseful at the same time.
All of King's books have been top-notch in both performance and story, and Doctor Sleep is no different. One of my new favorites. Oh, and yes there is enough loose ends for a follow up... (Please?)
I have been a fan of Stephen King for a long time, since he first started publishing. I didn't want to get my hopes up in regards to this book because the original was so good - heck, you know what they say about sequels.
Be aware that the book takes a while to build the characters and give background information. The first half was interesting, but I started getting really hooked on the story when I was about halfway thru, when I was glued to my (car)seat, on tenterhooks and waiting anxiously for the next chapter to begin.
King doesn't disappoint with old characters, new ones, and a really good showdown at the end. Will Patton was EXCELLENT as the narrator - he voiced Danny Torrance so well (and King wrote the character so realistically) that I'm a little embarrassed to say I had a bit of a crush on Danny when I finished the novel.
Buy this book and listen to it - you won't be disappointed.
Exciting! Terrifying! Addicting!
Dan Torrance was my favorite because the listener really got to know him and appreciate his experiences and his journey throughout the book!
Will Patton was EXCELLENT!!! I cannot imagine anyone but him narrating this book!! He was so believable as each character's voice!
Absolutely! I literally could NOT wait for my 2 hour commute back and forth to work!!!
Excellent!!! Will Patton was wonderful!
Yes. Because I loved the characters and story.
The Shining. Because I love the "psychic" connections.
Dan T. Because he is just a normal guy with everyday problems that has this amazing ability.
Looking forward to another Stephen King novel!
I really enjoyed this book. King put Shining history in but just enough. One of SK's best efforts.
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