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)
English is not my mother tongue but I speak quite well because of the experience I have of the language.
Not really. I had lots of headache during listening to this or maybe due to the book? I was listening to it before bedtime and sometimes right after waking up. I wouldn't recommend trying to listen to this book within a few days.
It is a sequel to The Shining kind of... but that book was epic. This just tells what happened to the characters with a twist of nonhuman creatures.
His voice was a bit heavy on my ears.
Dan and Abra and the ghosts and nonhumans were quite memorable. And if you count Overlook Hotel as a character with all it's bad mojo... I was always happy to listen to bits about that
Yes, it was a scary at first but I tried getting used to all the paranormal and afterlife stuff... I guess you never get used to things like shining. It is a bit frightening especially if you have some bad tempered people yielding that kind of power
Totally awesome story great continuation of the characters from The Shining. Couldn't stop listening.
This is Kings BEST! From start to finish it is creepy - I found myself driving slower & slower on the way home just so I could listen longer. And I caught myself watching every motor home on the road.
Hi! I'm a Math Teacher who has always loved Books with a mysterious, scientific, or other-worldly flare! Time travelers are also fun!
Yes...entertaining and King rich....if I listened to it again...I know I'd pick up new perspectives.
I liked the gifted Abra! Loved the name and her email address! Great heroine with driving spirit and courage in the face of....well...Kings new breed of Monsters!!!!
Face-off at the park! No plot spoilers here!!!
Dr Sleep and a mirror. You'll get it after reading!!!
King's invented a new breed of monsters in Dr Sleep. There are peeks to the past....and new challenges for Danny. I found the story entertaining....I'd read more of Danny's adventures if available. Danny suffered a splice of inner and outer demons, which he faced cleverly. Loved the new monsters...and I have to admit to giving an RV caravan I saw recently on the highway...more than a second look!
I was reluctant to read this book as I am often disappointed in Stephen King's lack of a satisfying ending to most of his books. This book, however, had me in it's grip from the first word to the last.
I am a big fan of Stephen King, in a general sense. That is: I am not drawn to scary stories but I have enjoyed every story of his I have ever read. This being said, I have not read, and have not sought out, many of his classics. One of the best facets of the Stephen King stories I have read is his prowess with taking, in some cases, mundane objects and situations and then building them into monsters and instilling dread even more than fear into our minds.
This story is a stand-alone sequel. When I listened to this book I was driving two and a half to three hours per day so it was a quick listen especially since I frequently sat in my car upon arriving home to finish a scene or chapter.
The narrator did a good job of putting variance into his voice to represent the dialogue of different characters while avoiding the mistake (in my mind) of losing himself and his flow in drastic character voices (although some narrators do pull off vivid vocal changes to represent separate characters I tend to prefer more subtle meter and accent changes). As a result the listen felt more like a read as it depended more on my imagination than the narrators vocal acrobatics allowing me to build the character in my mind based on the words more than the performance.
I highly recommend this story: when I finished the story I went right back to the beginning and listened again. Now I have to get the first book (even though I saw the movie, once) and listen to that one, probably twice.
Say something about yourself!
This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to. The story, the writing and the narration were amazing!
Really like the narrator. Surprisingly good. Story was actually kinda mediocre for one of King's books, but one the whole not bad. Plot line didn't have the depth of most of his other work.
I have a love of the classics and fantasy horror.
Dr Sleep was slow starting for the first section. I almost returned the book for something else but by the time the second section started I was unable to shut the book off. One of the best of Stephen Kings works that I have read in the last 10 years.
Can't even compare this books to the orignal The Shining. There is no comparison.
Rose the Hat because I like to play with fire.
Will Patton's narration. I swear, I think he could read the telephone book and make it interesting! The story was pretty good, too, but Mr. Patton's narration was superb!
Rock bottom with Dan Torrence. "Candy!"
Everything! He was deep into creepy when he needed to be, easy to differentiate between characters, good pacing, excellent story-telling. I would listen to just about anything Mr. Patton cares to read.
There are some genuinely creepy passages in this book, but it cannot possibly live up to its predecessor, a fact that the author himself admits in the afterword. That being said, it is a good story, moved along at a good pace, kept me interested, held my attention. I felt that Mr. King could have really upped the stakes, though, with the tension and the horror. There was ample opportunity, but it felt like King pulled his punches, perhaps because of how beloved his characters are?
Definitely worth buying and listening to.
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