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)
live love listen
Yes because it was such a grate story and because I don't want to miss anything . And because the amazing narration really captured the feel of this story.
Dan /doc once he had come back into himself and his abilities. Because of the full circle and because he is not jack.
All so good but I'd say it was seeing his dad it wasn't necessary and yet it was for Dan
I was cheering on the shiners and got more then a few strange looks from passing motorists.. Also the chills god when he describes some of the phenomenon you can just feel it.
Love how up to date and relevant it all felt almost real ..
I read or watch the Shining years ago and really did not understand what was going on.. With Dr. Sleep I get what happened and what Dan has been doing since... Super LOVED it. It is Stephen King like before...
The storry, and the unexpected turns this storry takes
Abra and Danny and the thing they share,
Totaly grate reader, I will listen more to this guy
Althow this storry goes on for more than 18 hours, Its stil to short..
and I guess thats what makes a good book...
If you've ever questioned what happened to the surviving Torrences after The Shining, King delivers a thoroughly enjoyable answer. I listened to it for Halloween, and it was a great choice. I am going to listen again soon.
I have listened to a few Audible books. This one was as good as all the rest, maybe better.
At first I was not sure if I was going to like Will Patton's style. But it quickly grew on me. Buy the end I was swallowed whole.
Shining 2, the search for steam.
A complete guide to RV'ing in America.
As the World Turns.
While reading I could not help wonder if Mr. King was telling us about Danny Torrance or himself. I looked forward to this book from the moment I heard it was coming out. I was not disappointed. But then again, Mr. King very rarely disappoints. I was frightened, disgusted, and very nervous, and I didn't want it to end.
PREFACE: In my opinion, Stephen King is one of the greatest
In "Doctor Sleep" King provides us the answers.
While listening to the beginning of the novel, I was very disappointed with Danny (now in his thirties, he goes by "Dan"). There is no indication that his "shine" played more than a small part in his adult life. And despite the fact that his father was a published author and possible intellectual, Dan has achieved almost nothing as an adult. The only way he is similar to his father is that he is an alcoholic. An alcoholic with an almost unmanageable temper. He supports himself by working as an orderly in hospitals, nursing homes and sometimes hospitals. He has no roots. His mother is dead, he's lost contact with Dick, and due to his drinking and violent urges he hasn't settled down for more than a couple of months. He drifts from city to city, job to job, one night stand to another.
Then one day he hits what he considers his rock bottom. He moves to New Hampshire, gets a job in a nursing home and joins AA.
But "Doctor Sleep" is not only about Dan. King provides us not only with a slew of co-protagonists, characters friendly and not, plus his AA pals. Alcoholics Anonymous is so central to the book that the organization and its founders can almost be considered a character in the book. There is also a Queen Bee of a villainess who, due to the long life her evil has provided her, taken charge of a brigade of similar beings, called the True Knot. Her accomplices aren't just stock characters and neither are their victims.
Using shifting points of view we not only develop strong connections to the other main characters, but are introduced to Dan's co-protagonist (Abra Stone) at her birth; a scene remarkably similar to the one in "The Shining". King intertwines her - and her life and that of and her family- not only with Dan, but also with the Knot.
Of course, the novel includes a number of "showdowns," a long journey, and a penultimate victory for the good guys.
Sparkles? There are plenty, ranging from small ones like a miniature train (large enough to be ridden), a fabulous Italian great-grandmother, a cat named "Azzi" and . . .
OOPS! Here comes a tiny spoiler(?)
a main character, a physician, called "Dr. John." For those of you who are not acquainted with the musician Dr. John, here is a brief description: He plays a New Orleans jazz and Creole type of music which is very strongly influenced by Voodoo culture and imagery. The musican's name is that of a historical character named Dr. John. This mythology (legend) includes a great voodoo queen named Marie Leveau.
(Marie is the French version of the name "Mary," which is the name of the venomous "queen" of the True Knot.)
There are more and better sparkles - the two biggest are tear jerkers - one concerning Abra's family history and a bigger and better one at the end of the big battle. Look out for them.**
I'm sorry the review is so long, but the novel is not a short one either and deserves a great deal of attention.
*I don't remember how Dick's last name was spelled or even mentioned in "The Shining," but the unusual spelling of his last name is an important element in the story.
**I forgot that there is another sparkle at the "beginning" of their final battle. Cry away, I did.
Loose ends tying in. Something I didn't love about Bag of Bones was the sheer amount of themes and characters loosely flying around (completely personal opinion). The plot twists in this work are just right, the story is more coherent, and the characters are quite likable, including the True Knot.
EVERYTHING. At first, I was a bit confused and disappointed King's particular and slightly nasal voice wasn't on the narrating end... but I found the reason why soon enough. Patton has become my favorite narrator along King and Gaiman. The amount of characters and depth he can give to his narrations is nothing short of standing-ovation-worthy.
YES. It's one of those books you can just lay on the couch listening all day to.
I'm really enjoying the story quite a bit and I think the narrator really adds to my enjoyment. I love the way he captures the emotional content of the story.
I listen to be enthralled. The experience must transport me from my daily life of work and responsibility. What books qualify?
The story is one of redemption, as told through an abyss.
The evil and the good, working in tandem in the story.
I gane not heard other performances.
It made me listen. It was scary, so I couldn't say I was happy or sad over it.
So if you were wondering whatever happened to the young boy in The Shining (one of my all time favorite "popcorn" book reads), here's your answer. I must admit that, initially, I really disliked this book and hated what the author did with the main character, but the story got more and more interesting and I found that I was really enjoying it a few hours in. I still think Stephen King could use a good editor to pare down his sometimes excessive prose, but overall found that I really enjoyed this book. Narration was decent and the many hours I listened went by fairly rapidly.
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