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 fantastic. I've never been a Stephen King reader and now I'm hooked. The characters are well developed and the storyline is suspenseful. The narrator was on point with making the story come to life. I'm not sure if King had planned a part II of the Shining but both stories tie in together. There are small parts that I catch and I say "Oh yeah...I remember that." But the book is written so that if you have never read the Shining, it doesn't matter. Don't miss out on this one!
We finally know what happened to Danny Torrence! redrum!!!!!!
Very well done Mr. King.....while I don't always appreciate the few little political digs at Ronald Reagan and the bad guys being associated with conservatives at one point.....the book was great....never lost my interest and had lots of action. You can picture the story in your mind because he does such a great job of making it real. Very good character development as well.
I loved this book!!! It was a fun story with great narration. Its one of those books that you hate to turn off but don't want to get thru it to fast because you don't want it to end. Loved it!!Loved it!!Loved it!!
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As with all of King's books, by favorite part of them all are the characters he creates. They are real, like I know them! Or could them, or have known them! He creates 3D people that have good and bad within each, just like in the real world. This I believe is what makes all of his stories so hard to put down.
I just loved revisiting Danny, now as adult, many years down a very hard road. It is good to see where he went after the tragedy at the Overlook, what fate befell he and his mother after his father perished and how he grew up.
I will not spoil the book but let me say it was surprising but also believable (to me at least) the set of coincidences that led to his profession, the people he meets and the events that brings him back to the Overlook once again.
King was my first favorite author growing up and still ranks and one of my all time favorites now in my 40s.
Towards the top of the pile!
No. Thoroghly enjoyed Will's naration.
How could I improve such a name....
I really enjoyed listening to this. Will's naration was more enjoyable then the Shinnings' Audible. I recommend reading/listening to the Shinning first. Thanks Stephen King for sharing this next chapter in the story!
Middle school teacher who loves young adult and horror books.
Yes, there was great suspense and fast pace actions that I am sure I can find more every time I re-listen.
The park scene.
Dan. Perfect grown up from the Shinning.
It's a classic King with all the brilliant writing, great characters, fear, monsters...loved it all
I have not. I enjoyed his narration a lot
There are a few. Dr sleep of course and the little girl as well as Rose
I loved this book so much. Was sad when it was over
I thought this was a great follow-up to the original- it stands on it's own, and you don't need to have read The Shining (although admittedly it helps). The characters are really well done, the story unfolds at the right pace. I kept wanting to walk a little further just to hear more of the story. Will Patton did a great job as the reader.
I liked that it was complete unto itself. I thought the writing was some of the best that Stephen King has done - on a par with The Stand (which is one of my all-time favorite Stephen King books). The supernatural evil wasn't too far out; if you are a Stephen King fan, you accept some level of supernatural evil, but in some cases, I think he's pushed to limits that are hard to accept.
So many choices! I wanted to know what was happening to Danny Torrance and Abra Stone, but maybe that's because they were the main characters. I also liked Dr. John Dalton - he was the voice of reason (as much as possible).
The performance was supurb.
Dan of course. Because he's a fellow alcoholic
When Jack Torrence appeared.
Not as good as The Shining, yet what could come close, Stephen King accomplished.
Yes because it was such a grate story and because I don't want to miss anything . And because the amazing narration really captured the feel of this story.
Dan /doc once he had come back into himself and his abilities. Because of the full circle and because he is not jack.
All so good but I'd say it was seeing his dad it wasn't necessary and yet it was for Dan
I was cheering on the shiners and got more then a few strange looks from passing motorists.. Also the chills god when he describes some of the phenomenon you can just feel it.
Love how up to date and relevant it all felt almost real ..
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