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 like memoirs and zombies; funny and scary stories... I smell a book!
Even if you were unaware of the Shining story this is such a great read. With all the ups downs twists turns King doesn't fail to shock and awe. Sometimes I find King books too long or drawn out but this book had me on the edge of my seat quite a few times. Superbly graphic and details plus great tie ins with all the fiction avenues!
Possibly a Dean Koontz but conversations are improved with King
Will Patton does an excellent job of making you "feel"
I was wowed a few times! Made me laugh, made me paranoid and kept me interested!
I would say top 10
Naturally Danny....this was, after all, his story! It was nice to find out what happened to him after the Overlook.
Would have been nice.
Dean Koontz never lets me down! Narrator was fabulous too!
The characters were clear, understandable and easy to visualize.
There are huge comparisons to The Shining, but also the classic The Stand.
Great flow, great characters that came together in a typical King climax.
Highly recommended to any Stephen King fan.
I love audio versions of any book, as it really takes reading to the next level, between a play/movie and reading itself. This book is over the top and I could see every part crystal clear, like I was right there watching...scary!!
The most memorable moments of Dr. Sleep was the finale at the end of the book when they meet all of the people in the rec center for a showdown.
He brought the characters to life and to try to explain to people that still "just read" is difficult, but the experience of hearing someone literally act it out through audio is truly worth every word.
Stephen King is one of the only authors that can make me laugh out loud in many parts of his books. I find him to be so down to earth and able to actually read the reader's mind to know the reaction and then blurt it out in almost exactly how one might react at that very moment in the story. He uses profanity when it should be used and sometimes little songs or poems that the moment might remind a reader of. Every time, I laugh at something in a Stephen King novel, I shake my head at his mastery of writing and knowing his reader's so very well!! Of course, I am usually on the edge of my seat with fright, as well, so his novels give a whole range of emotions and yes I have cried at times. I mostly feel like I am on a rollercoaster when reading his books and what a great ride!!
Amazing characters & story!
Dan sitting on the bench twisting the cap on the bottle fighting his demons. I felt his thirst, pain, sadness in that paragraph and I begged him not to give in :(
I actually read the book at home and listened in my car. He gives so much feeling to the voices. You feel the anger or arrogance or despair of the characters
It would be Dan. His story makes you want to hold his hand to support him through his battles
I read/listened to The Shining and Doc Sleep one right after the other. Loved both stories (never saw the movie). Stephen King proves again that what he does, he does it very well!
The characters are rich, new, and yet familiar. Will Patton shows surprising range, creating many distinct characters. From a young girl to aged beings.
Stephen King weaves this tale with tension, foreboding and dread. It's an exhilarating ride.
You don't need to be familiar with the book version of The Shining to enjoy this story, but it helps. This story stands firmly on it's own footing. It's an extremely satisfying read for any Stephen King fan.
Will Patton did an amazing job narrating this! It's a great story and has become one of my all-time favorite books. I highly recommend reading The Shining first and NOT just watching the movie, it’s worth it.
For all of you reviewers out there, I want you to know how important you are to me. Reviews are very powerful. Thought you should know.
I loved The Shining and couldn't imagine how Stephen King could come up with an equally awesome sequel, but awesome it is! This novel is full of fun surprises and S-curves, and I had a blast from start to finish. Will Patton does a terrific job, in my opinion, performing all of the various characters and conveying the appropriate mood for each scene.
If you like suspense - and even if you've never read The Shining - I highly recommend Doctor Sleep.
Potter in NC. Intense books allow for creative freedom. Busy hands+distracted brain=free forms.
I'm stepping way out on a limb with this. Mr. King has always been one of my favorite of all authors. But--it may be time to consider retirement. This book (and I'm only half way through part 2) SUCKS!
The absolute BEST of everything!! I will listen again and again. It's that good!! So glad to know what happened to sweet little Danny.
Will Patton had too many to count!!
I cannot choose!
Stephen Kings best yet. Tremendous storytelling!!
It deserved best audiobook and it won!!!
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