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)
Some books leave us free and some books make us free. –Ralph Waldo Emerson
I have to admit that I stopped reading Stephen King for several years. I'm not sure what made me pick up this book but I was hooked from the start and could not put it down. This book reminds me of his earlier style writing and I really enjoyed it.
I really enjoyed this story. My wife and I listened to Dr Sleep on our way to Phoenix last summer, but didn't finish it. the story stuck with me for months until we again were on travel and were able to pick up where we left off quite easily. The characters just resonated and were real enough to remember without much difficulty. I really enjoyed the narrator and I thought he was a perfect choice to read this story. As even the author points out, most will not find this story as terrifying or epic as the original, but try to listen with great ears and you'll be in for a treat.
Steven King is amazing as always. This book met all expectation plus. It was very hard to put down. Phenomenal.
World history teacher and philosophy guru
Really love this book, you could tell that Stephen King spend some time on this really thinking this through. Will Patton is the best reader
When I first started listening to this book I wasn't sure about it. But I thought , well it's something to listen to while I work. But as time went on, I found myself looking forward to going to work so I COULD listen to this book. I really liked it!
One of my favorite newer King novels.
A poor narrator can make or break an audiobook and Will Patton does an excellent job. I loved discovering what happened to Dan, Wendy, Dick and meeting Abra and the characters in the story.
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