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)
I really enjoyed this book and having Will Patton read it was icing on the cake. I enjoy reading books that are a series especially when there are characters that you either care about or want to continue to follow - this book is one of those. King allows us; the readers, to follow what becomes of a character that mesmerized and entertained us (for some -years ago). Thank you Mr. King!
Audio book downloaded from audible.com. Read by Will Patton. A Stephen King good vs. evil battle. Will Patton's narration takes it from a 4-star read to a 5-star read.
I like any kind of books that are smartly written but the narrator is very important!
this book is very good.the story really moves along couldn`t stop listening.the narrator is excellent.This is how a stephen king novel should be performed !
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In the top 100. It is not something I would reread, but the first read kept you on the end of your seat.
The possibility for righting wrongs and redemption.
A good fast paced read. A little difficult to stomach at the beginning, but I hung in and am very glad I did. One of his better books.
Yes. Fans of King will love the storyline and characters. If you haven't read his work, you'll get sucked in and become a fan.
The way the story ties into The Shining, but don't want to spoil it for new readers.
Loved the narration. Kept me interested, great use of inflection and different voices to help you visualize the story and feel part of the action.
The Stand has always been my favorite book by Stephen King. I would put this in the #2 spot!
This is one of the best. I could pick about Patton's voice as Abra (I thought it was a little young for her age) but overall the narration was spot on, and the story lived up to the original. If you loved The Shining, you'll enjoy this.
The Shining, It, The Talisman. Children under attack from supernatural forces.
Abra and the spoons.
If you haven't read The Shining in a while, reread it before starting this - you'll be glad you did.
What can I say; he is the master. Ten stars and the narration just added to it. Absolutley teriffic.
I'm always like, "yeah, yeah" when I hear there will be a follow-up to an already amazing book because the sequel almost never really measures up. But, in the case of Dr. Sleep...you are the master, Stephen King! I loved everything about this audio book: the story, all of the characters and, as always, Will Patton did a truly wonderful narration (when I read Will Patton would narrate; I got very excited and preordered the book). I don't want to spoil any of the details for the "reader." If you've read The Shining, you owe it to yourself to listen to this story; you will love it -- I did and I will be listening to it again.
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Finally, after 20 years, I finally get to hear about what happened to Danny
I don't want to give away any of the story. It was memorable in every way
I've never heard Will Patton before. He did ok. Not great, but certainly not bad enough to stop listening. I just wish they could have used Steven Weber. Not a lot of people know this, but he played Jack Torrance once. So he's already familiar with the material. Also, he did an amazing job reading "IT". If you haven't heard it, I really recommend you do so.
I wish I had that kind of time. Or freedom
It's been a long time since Stephen King wrote any kind of actual horror. This has gotten closer than anything else he written in awhile. I think this is very good and very much worth the credit and time.
I keep seeing comments about the Stanly Kubrick piece of trash that shouldn't even carry the name of the shining. I suppose I'm just prejudice. The shining was one of the first books I ever read. I read it at age 9. Then I saw that garbage in my early teens. Certainly not my thing. However, if your a movie person. They made a mini series in the early or mid 90's. It's a far better adaption. Stephen Weber plays Jack Torrance. Rebecca DeMornay plays Wendy. Check it out.
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