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)
This story picks up right after Danny and his mom escape the Lookout Hotel. What happens to a kid who has been through that? How do you not continue in your father's footsteps? Do you have a choice? And to top if off, Danny has a gift that may just be a curse.
I'm afraid Will Patton, though excellent, suffered in comparison to Campbell Scott (who I'd just heard read The Shining). The characters are all really well defined and distinctive. But the sense that he's *reading*you*a*scary*story* is just a little too pronounced for my taste.
I can't say I loved this book in audio form when I might have loved it in paper form, maybe because of Will Patton. It was impossible to get a good volume because he goes from shout to mumbled whisper constantly. His sentences start out strong, and he ends them with barely audible mush. Drove me crazy. I'm on the last few chapters, and speeded it up to 1.5 just so I can finish and be done with it.
Another quibble - I would have loved to hear more about the intervening years with his mom, Wendy. She has no presence in this book, and I wanted to know more about how she survived the Overlook horrors.
I appreciated the connections to The Shining but found them to be too few and far between. I really was hoping for more of a connection to Danny's childhood than I got. This felt like a story that could have stood alone and instead due to a few threads tying the story to. Danny's youth is pitched as a sequel of sorts but it really doesn't feel to me like a logical next step to those events. As always Stephen King can write amazing character that I want to know more about and each seems unique,
Not sure I have a favorite, I wanted it to be Danny. Wanted it to feel like reconnecting with an old friend, but it didn't feel that way to me,
He does a nice job with the characters and they feel distinctive,
No, I was happy to do it in stages. It's not short and at the end you want to feel like you've been on a journey,
I hear ya
Gave me chills, again!
on my third listen! Highly recommend to "Shining" and "King" Fans!
What fun I had with this book! Having re-read The Shining recently, I was fresh and in tune with all of the references. Danny turned out realistically, and satisfyingly how I may have imagined him.
There were some plot lines that turned out a bit anti-climactic, but that does not surprise me with Stephen King. I swear I almost never remember how the evil is erased in any of his books! Like, the details, I mean. The climax never makes much impression on me. However, I can't think of a King book that did not take me for a wild ride and keep me captivated while the characters work things out!!!! This book was no exception and embracing Danny came very easily for me, as The Shining was one of my first SK novels and it holds a very dear place in my minds bookshelf.
Yes. Even if you haven't read The Shining, I think you can follow the plot and enjoy every frightening turn. Stephen King has always had a way of making the unbelievable believable.
Avid reader, but like to craft or drive while I read, so Audible is perfect.
I have listened twice, one of his grestest stories and I have been a fan sinve Salems Lot
Performance of the reader was amazing, did not read the print version
Kind of has a Tommyknockers feel to it
A good book allows the imagination to create wondrous images that no special effect ever could. Characters become like treasured friends.
This story made me feel like I did when I read my first few King books. I did not want to put it down.
I knew as I started reading who it was and loved that he was being brought back to finish his story started so long ago. I have been wanting that to happen for a long time. With a master storyteller like King I had a clear picture of how his life was for the last 20 odd years in the blink of a few pages and thoroughly enjoyed watching him finally see his full potential and true self shine through.
Wonderful job! I knew which character was speaking without a thought. His voice led my imagination from scene to scene in vivid color seeing each person in my minds eye as if they were standing in front of me.
!!A GREAT READ FROM BEGINNING TO END!!
I imagine not, it's well narrated
I expected more after the great climax of the story
Very good one, change of pace, etc.
Not anything in particular
Good book, although the shining is epic
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