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)
gluten-free and happy
Top book. so exciting and scary enough that I didn't want to stop listening, but not so scary I didn't want to start listening. Great story, interesting characters and made sense in that made up kinda way.
Under the Dome.
I loved Will Patton. He was a great storyteller.
Don't plan on Sleeping after seeing Dr. Sleep!
Fun book without resorting to clique horror.
Yes. Will Patton did an amazing job of bringing this book to life.
It was great to find out what happened to Danny after the Overlook was destroyed. It was not surprising to find that he was almost destroyed as well.
It is impossible to choose. I loved everything about this book.
Maybe I'm blind as a King fan but I don't think that any other writer could pull books with such far fetched premises and make me enjoy them this much. The writing is always so entertaining and I come get sucked in to a story that on the surface should be dismissed as ridiculous. This is a book Stephen King fans will enjoy very much. The book reintroduces Dan Torrence as a grown up struggling to get his life together. He's haunted by his past and what happened at the Overlook and how it destroyed his childhood.
It's set in a classic small town that King fans will recognize in spirit and feel. The bad guys are really bad, the good guys are kinda flawed, and the book is well worth a listen.
One of the most engaging and visually stimulating books I have listened to.
Child in crib with the piano playing downstairs.
a fierceness in the voice of some of the characters that would be hard to imagine.
It was hard to stop, but very long and not a book to listen to in one sitting. It did however make me want to take long walks so I could listen to it.
Will Patton really delivered this challenging story, providing depth to each character. His narration brought out Stephen King's brilliance.
The most intriguing character in the story for me was Abra Stone, such a strong character for such a young girl.
No favorite scene, simply enjoyed the way King and Patton keep me engaged in the story, made it almost impossible to pause the story.
No change needed ....King really hit the mark
Ensure that you read/listen to the Shining prior to this book, really helps to enrich the experience.
Captivating. Horrifying. Satisfying.
It's a worthy sequel to The Shining.
I hadn't heard Will Patton before - but he's fantastic!
Abra. She's delightful. What a well rounded, fascinating character.
I listen to audiobooks while I swim, as a form of incentive. This book had me so tight in its grip, I worked out extra so I could get to the end faster. Wonderful!
I was not surprised at how well written the book was--the detail in description, people place and things. What was surprising was the narration. Will Patton was awesome! He made every character distinct as the description. I found my self staring at the screen sitting on the edge of my seat! Honestly, I don't know which is better, the storyline or the narration!
Engaging. Scary. Well-paced.
Dr. Sleep tied in so well with The Shining that the years between the two novels was almost unnoticeable. As a separate story though, it stands just as strongly as The Shining on its own.
This was my first experience with Will Patton as a narrator and I am wholly impressed. He brought this story and the characters to life. He will be narrating Mr. Mercedes as well, so on the strength of his narration alone, I anticipate it will be well worth listening.
Danny Torrance. The way his life has gone since the Overlook hotel and how his experiences there shaped him makes him a very believable character.
The concept was great. The characters were identifiable. I liked Doc all grown up. flawed but a good man in his heart..
The end was well played. Some Stephen King books peter out in the end. This story grabbed me and pulled straight through
Glad to see King back. I've been disappointed with a few of his books
I like Stephen King, and this book is no change. Very mystical, mind control type book.
Very good I like the little girl, Abba, and the guy who is communicating with her through space. Not knowing who each other are. There is a bad element also, of course, and I definitely like to hate them!
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