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)
strong, patient storytelling
stephen king really builds good relationships in doctor sleep, even the new heroes get a well-rounded backstory that makes their decisions more effective and give them more emotional weight
everything, patton was absolutely awesome, i firmly believe listening to patton is the best way to experience this book
well, danny is the bridge between the shining and this sequel, and he is very compelling, his story of redemption is the most surprising thing about this book, i actually cried at the end, didn't expect that
this could have been a disaster, but king really delivers a great sequel. I will say that the villains here are a bit cartoonish, and the climatic battle is over in just a couple of pages, but the real strength of the book is the relationship between danny and the other characters with the shining. that is smartly the focus of the majority of the book and it is very poignant and effective
Immigration lawyer in Kansas City. I like Character driven dramas, fantasy (monsters, magic and witches oh my!) and coming of age stories. Favs include: The Book Thief, The Game of Throne series, Harry Potter Series, Dresden Files, Nightside series, anything by Neil Gaimen, 100 Years of Solitude.
I love that this book brings back one of my all time favorite Stephen King Characters, Danny Torrence. I always wondered what happened to him
I could have listened to thins book all the way through without stopping, but on the other hand I didn't want it to end. I have often wondered where in the Stephen King Universe Danny Torrance and his Shine ended up and now I know. I didn't want it to end.
Since I read IT locked in the bathroom because I was so terrified and loved every minute of it when I was 11 I have devoured every Stephen King book I could get my hands on. This one did not disappoint. Loved it so much.
I have read a lot of Stephen King's work and have my favorites (The Stand, The Shining, The Dark Tower series, Rita Hayworth and the Shawshank Redemption,...) and a few I didn't care for (Desperation comes to mind). While this book is not his worst work, it is FAR from the best. It seemed too drawn out and could have benefited from editing out some parts. I found some of the characters believable, but was not able to get into the True Knot. Perhaps I was expecting more since I liked "The Shining" so much. Or perhaps I would have liked it better if I had read the book instead of listening to it.
Will Patton was a big factor in my dissatisfaction with "Doctor Sleep". I do not understand how some of this books' reviewers loved his performance. Most of the voices he did for the characters annoyed me. The volume level he spoke at was not consistent at all. He'd read the chapter numbers/names in a loud voice, then go into a whisper for the text of the story. Periodically he'd increase the volume, but then slip back into a whisper. This is very annoying when you predominantly listen to books while driving. I'd turn up the stereo volume to compensate and still miss parts. Then reach the next section and Will would yell "Chapter 3" at me. Because of my annoyance with the narrator, I chose to not buy "Mr. Mercedes" because Will Patton read that one as well. I'll just have to read that one myself.
Doctor Sleep ranks right at the top of all the audiobooks I've listened to so far. It brings closure to one of Stephen Kings best books (The Shining) and it is a great story on its own.
A memorable moment was at the end when Danny's father appears to lend a hand. There are many memorable moments in this book, including the connection between Danny and Lucy.
His character interpretations and his voices and inflections are great! I particularly enjoy Rose the Hat and Grandpa Flick's characters.
The torture of the little boy was difficult to listen to.
Stephen King's characters are evil and funny at the same time. I love his stories. I hope to hear what happens in Abra's life sometime.
This engaging follow up to The Shining catches up with the author as well as our protagonist, Dan Torrance. Stephen King says in the author's note that he was a well meaning alcoholic when he wrote The Shining, a book often named as one of his best. The sequel comes along many years into recovery for King and so that change of world view comes through loud and clear in Doctor Sleep, which is a look at the twists and turns in the life of the preschooler from the Shining.
My wife and I reread The Shining prior to taking on Doctor Sleep. That was not needed to enjoy the book, but I do recommend it. Stephen King fans will love this book and new readers and old alike will find themselves never looking the same at old timers cruising the country in mammoth RVs.
Stephen King is a master of surprise and he made the events in this book mesh perfectly.
Every King Book is well-thought out and has a different twist. For that reason it is hard to compare this to other King Books or other authors.
Will is so smooth and he plays the characters perfectly and brings them to life.
Unlike other Stephen King books, this one was somewhat more predictable but not obvious.
The one good thing about getting older is that in a few years I can reread/listen and enjoy them all over again :)
Koontz can be cleaver but King is solid!
I already have! This book is incredible! I did not want to ever stop listening. Once again Stephen King proves he is the best!
It's a toss up between Abra & Dan.
He does an amazing job with all of them! Rose The Hat was especially sinister! Dan Torrence was the most believable.
The entire book was moving because it was truly brilliant! I am moved by anyone who is a master of their craft and Stephen King is a Master Author!
This is one of my all time favorite books. It picks up exactly where The Shining (the book not the movie) left off. I love the book because it not only picks up where the book left off, but it also adds new twists and innovative new elements to the already deliciously twisted story of The Shining. We get to see what happens to little Danny (Doc) Torrence after he survived the Overlook, and we are introduced to a superb new cast of characters.
Most fans of King will readily admit King has his ups and downs. Doctor Sleep is definitely one of his ups. In my opinion this should be ranked among his best novels, along side It, The Stand, and of course the The Shining. The story is well developed and Kings melding of the Shining back story into this Novel was excellent, never coming off as forced.
Will Patton was outstanding as the narrator, bringing all the characters to life with voices that fit perfectly to the personalities.
Like most Stephen Kind books, it grabbed me right away. This is the sequel to "The Shining", which I have not yet read, but Will Patton is an excellent actor and he draws the listener right into the story. It follows what happens to the young boy in the first book into his adulthood and the continuation of the special gift that he has and his return to the hotel where the first book took place. Really chilling!
The dead can return.
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