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)
Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.
This book is the sequel to The Shining, so I made sure to read that first and I was glad I did. This book centers on the mother and son (and the man that saves them) from The Shining. I enjoyed this book more than its prequel! It wasn't what I expected either, but I mean that in a good way. It is definitely a book that involves the supernatural, as was The Shining. In this saga, the boy (Dan Torrance) is now a man and is living with all his baggage from this past. He must try to overcome the things that still haunt him because those "things" are NOT gone, but ready to prey on another young person. In this story, we really get to know the man that Dan has become and see the depth of his character. We also get to know that pure evil exists in this world that people like Dan must face head on, lest we all fall victim to those "unknown" things around us. You'll enjoy this listen as I did. It was well worth the audible credit. Enjoy!
I'm planning to start the book playing again right away. Back to back--same way I read "IT". Stephen King always scares the crud out of me and this is no exception.Will Patton's performance is the best I've ever heard. Way to commit, Mr Patton!
It's unique! Compare? Who to insult?
I don't do spoilers either...but pretty much any of the scenes with Rose the Hat. Whoa!
Well, as hard as this may be to believe, The Shining, by an up-and-coming young author, Stephen King. Not terrifying like the Shining, but in the same flavor and very suspenseful.
He can do no wrong. They were all fab.
Dick Halloran's grandmother. Or Dick. Because.
Thanks for a great time!
I would definitely listen to Doctor Sleep a second time. It's fun to catch small details that I may have missed the first time around.
If you ever wondered about what happened to the boy in The Shining, this story tells us.
Will Patton is wonderful at bringing characters to life for the reader.
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.
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