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)
There is no Frigate like a Book To take us Lands away Nor any Coursers like a Page Of prancing Poetry – Emily Dickinson
What a fun book! I liked it BETTER than The Shining. Of course, that could be because I already read and vaguely remembered The Shining. In any case, Dr. Sleep transported me to another world… the world of a good book. It was a good story, and Stephen King knows how to tell good stories. I really appreciate the naturalness of his writing.
Although a person would not HAVE to have read The Shining first, I DO think it adds to the enjoyment to have the details from The Shining in the mind while going through Dr. Sleep. It adds to the fun to remember Dick Halloran, Wendy Torrance, Horace Derwent, and even Mrs. Massey from room 217!
Danny of course he's a hero
he was amazing each character was distinct and interesting it was like a movie in my head .
grandparents aren't always as sweet as they look be careful who you trust.
I hope they do make a movie but I believe they would have to remake the shining first to show it from Danny's perspective . I never understood the movie until I heard the book . Its one of King s best works in my opinion long live the king of horror! :-)
As I've gotten older, reading has become a labored event. Typeface is smaller and my arms aren't long enough to see text clearly. So, these days audiobooks are my salvation. Having said that, it stands to reason that I find the audio edition better.
Dan, aka Doctor Sleep aka Doc. At first it was painful to see little Danny from the Shining become a drifting out-of-control alcoholic. Then I had to remember. As children, we're all little packages of potential and promise. Then after life kicks the crap out of you for a decade, or so, we become scratching, clawing survivors...some are better at it than others. Dan finds his survival in a bottle, and life makes him very thirsty. Dan is the perfect example of what I love about King's characters. His stories' heroes have flaws, warts, demons and nightmares, just like the rest of us. If a falling down drunk can give up his selfish, petty needs in order to save the day, well, there's hope that all of us are capable of being heroes.
I had not heard Will Patton's performance before Doctor Sleep. However, I was so very pleased because he reminds me of the late, great Frank Muller.
The end of the book when Dan has a talk with Abra. She thinks he's scolding her about an incident when she used her shining powers to break her mothers dishes. Instead, he explains that just like her shining, she also inherited a bad temper, which needs to be controlled just as much as her supernatural powers, maybe even more so.
King is so brilliant at creating monsters and the villains in Doctor Sleep are no exception. Old aged, badly dressed soul vampires that kidnap, torture and kill children - the True Knot are up there near the top in the King monster menagerie. King still holds the record of being the only writer that scared me so badly I slept with my closet light on for month. That was back in my early twenties. Today, I don't get frightened to that extent by fantasy. There are far too many things in the real world that are much more frightening. But, King's stories can still cause my heart to race, and that's always a welcomed delight.
This is not one of my favorite books. That place is held firmly by all of the Dark Tower books. But, it was an enjoyable ride. Hell, life serves up a lot of crap, so when you can have a few days of heart-racing, what-the-hell-is-going-to-happen-next adrenalin, life just doesn't get any better than that.
I probably would not listen to Dr. Sleep again because it's not the kind of book that one gets much insight from. it's not terribly thought provoking. But it's good story.
Yes, yes, yes!!!
Yes...stay's true to his ability to play each character beyond the call of reading.
perfect Dr. sleep
Mr. King did very well with Dr. Sleep. You don't want to but this one down or fall asleep listening.
Say something about yourself!
The book is tied to The Shining and yet it pulls away and makes itself its own beast. The antagonists are well thought out, and described in ways that can be readily understood and appreciated as their own entities, removed from, yet tied into the evil of the Overlook Hotel.
Danny was the best written character. When hearing this story, I heard a little bit of King himself in Dan. I heard his pains, the way he felt certain rejection through the late 90s and early 2000s, his trouble with alcoholism, and in a way - his trouble with critics. Danny was an insightfully written character, and had transformed so much from the character of the Shining that I needed to remind myself that this was indeed same character.
The way this book deals with dealing with a bad situation (with a woman) and trying to move on from it, and yet still being haunted by it hit unfortunately really close to home. I felt those nightmares as I've had my own nightmares. The way Danny was horrified on some levels and yet the way he was strong on certain levels really spoke to me. It was unique, and a bit on the harrowing side.
Not great, but I enjoyed it as a good story and listened to it quickly.
It’s almost like he didn’t know where to end it- there were at least three scenes before the actual ending- that could have resolved everything nicely. The actual ending was satisfying.
Every old man in the story-and there’s a few- sounded like a cartoon character. A little too much on the accents. Still- you can tell all of the other characters apart well, and female voices aren’t bad- not horrible whispers like some narrators.
The chapters moved from character to character well, and there were very few slow spots.
It’s not a bad listen, but if you’ve read a lot Steven King, you’ll recognize a lot of rehash. Even some of the dialog. It’s like he tore chunks from Salem’s Lot, The Green Mile and maybe a little of The Stand –and pasted them all together, but it’s not as epic as any of those stories. You expect some repeat because it’s a follow up on Danny from The Shining, but it’s like he keeps telling the same story over and over. Not that you mind if you’re a fan, it’s a story you like- but be honest about and tie it all together instead of putting it out there and pretending it’s new. It's almost like he's too tired to write something really new.
Say something about yourself!
The story and the characters did it for me....
The way it all came together at the end was great.
No, but I can say he's one of the reasons I loved this book. I've loaded up other books he narrated in y wish list...
None of them... they all are pretty weird....
I don't normally like really frightening stories but this book is a major exception. Stephen King is a masterful writer; he makes every word carry real weight. Will Patton sent a shiver down my spine just by narrating a chapter number. From the moment I started listening I was transported to another world and did not want to stop listening. It's hard now to find other audiobooks in the same league. If haven't read or listened to "The Shining" you really should read or listen to that first. Otherwise, you will be at a disadvantage. I thought "The Shining" was goof but "Doctor Sleep" is even better.
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