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)
The communication between Dan and Abra in the final meeting with Rose. (spoiler alert) I was pleased that Dan's stomach ailment was not what I feared.
I have listened to the majority of James Lee Burke's novels, so I have heard Will Patton before. As far as I'm concerned, this is his most brilliant performance. He brings the book alive. The characters could never jump off the page as they are read by Patton. In my listening experience, it's surpassed only by Humphrey Bower's reading of Bryce Courtenay's books. Middlesex was wonderfully read by Kristoffer Tabori as well. Listening surpasses reading in my opinion, though I read one book on my kindle as I listen at other times to Audible. I have to keep the genres different to keep from crossing myself up.
Wouldn't change it. Since beginning The Shining with Danny being called Doc, I couldn't begin to think of another title.
I read everything by Stephen King for a while, stopped after Dreamcatchers, which I found disappointing, then thankfully returned with Duma Key, which I believe was inspired greatly by his horrific accident.
If you are a Stephen King fan of his sweeping traveler stories you will like this one. It reminds me of "The Stand".
It all made sense.
When he recalls the protagonist's time in "The Shining".
Nothing, the title was great.
Will Patton, Narrator!
Will Patton...oh wait, he's not a character in the book, but his narration brings them ALIVE! It's hard to choose a favorite when the narrator is so good at making each and every character, and each and every aspect of the story vibrant!
The guy is fantastic! Everyone who knows his acting already knows that if HE is in a movie, it's going to be GREAT! The same with his voicing skill with reading...the man is genuinely talented in everything he does.
Will Patton! Because he IS the characters in this book!
The scene where Dan awakens after a drunken night of debauchery with "Deena" is absolutely hilarious with Will Patton's narrative skill! Will Patton's vocal inflections animate each word had me laughing to hard at the mental picture of this booze-hound trying to come to life after a drunken binge...I KNOW the book is a "horror" novel, and in those sections, Will Patton's narration brings THAT alive as well, but in that one passage I was laughing so hard I almost had to pull over and seek oxygen!
OMG - I just loved this book. I normally do not like Stephen King stories because they're too creepy, but this one was great. There's not too much blood and guts - but a lot of terrifying suspense!
I think that the story is excellent but what really caught me good and fast was the narrator. Will Patton is one of the best narrators I ever heard. He can work so many different characters and they are totally believable. I just finished this book about 10 minutes ago and wanted to put in this review now - excellent!
Doctor Sleep is a great book and any King fan will love it. Will Patton does a great vocal performance as well that really gives depth to the text. However, whoever mixed this book did kind of a poor job with the volume controls. At the start of many chapters Patton starts off in a louder voice that then settles into a normal tone. Also, when Patton is speaking as certain characters (Billy especially) his pitch and volume raise significantly. Both things would not have been a problem but the volume was not mixed down, so you go from listening at a good volume to having your inner-ears pierced by the sound of "Billy's" voice as you frantically search for the volume button. I don't know why this did not hit the mixing red line, and I'm not sure why the volume wasn't controlled, but it takes away from the book. I still highly recommend the book, but I felt this feedback was needed.
I wasn't really interested in what happened to Danny Torrance from The Shining but this one was recommended by Gary Del'Abate from the Howard Stern show who uses Audible.
This story builds and builds to a wonderful crescendo that kept me listening all day at work instead of just in my car. Stephen King's descriptions are outstanding and the words are perfectly read by Will Patton who has quickly become my favorite narrator.
Very good sequel. Leaves it for another book to be written.
only the shining
No favorite loved it all
BEST SEQUEL EVER!!!!
Dr Sleep flows so naturally from The Shining its seamless. This is the 4th time I've listen to it and I'm enjoying it even more. I've always loved the nods in each book to another book and characters, I esp. liked the reference to Mr. Manx. The crossover and depth of characters make for GREAT storytelling!!!!
Can't explain why Momo was my favorite character performed by Patton Just really liked it. But they were all really great, his performance was great.
Rose the Hat was most memorable for me because she's so strong and/in evil, old and long knowing, but yet beaten by young innocence with good on her side
Can't recommend it strongly enough!
This book is good, but it's not The Shining. Also, I felt it petered out a bit too early.
Danny's Abra Cadabra
Danny Torrance, the psychic child who barely escaped murder from his alcoholic father and was tortured by demonic spirits in the Overlook Hotel, now has demons of his own to overcome in the form of his own alcoholism and a haunted past. Dan now has a chance to fight back against the pure evil threat that has taken up residence at the site of the destroyed hotel. He teams up with a little girl who has become the target of a malevolence that needs to murder little children just like her that have the Shining. Together they can join forces and come to realize they may be chosen by fate to face an evil they never could have imagined.
Will Patton was one of the most animated and entertaining readers I have ever experienced in my long history of listening to audiobooks. He brought each character to life in a fantastic way that only great actors can do. Whether you were the tortured, haunted Dan Torrance, the little girl Abra with massive psychic powers you are trying to hide from your parents, or members of an immortal cult that roams the byways murdering little children in order to absorb their essence, you lived these characters through the voice of someone who understands how to read these individuals with a delivery that puts you, the listener, directly inside the story.
Yes but I would have hypnotically driven to Northern Canada by the time the story was over. Best to be heard, backed up, reviewed, and relished as the story speeds on.
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