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 want to feel good when I complete a story & am a little harsh on depressing ones. There are a few sad ones that I love but not many.
I thought this was very well written and an overall good story. I enjoyed it very much and it has inspired me to dive a little deeper into Stephen King.
I thought the carry over from The Shinning was brilliant. Danny did not grow up so glamourous, though not many characters of King do. I love the stories of the down-trodden, they always seem to come back to kick some ass.
This story was long but I listened in my car, on the treadmill, the grocery store.... you name it. Totally captivating.
It always goes back to the demons we carry... excellent....bravo....
I liked the creativity of the storyline. Very unique.
I liked this book, but didn't love it. I thought the ending wasn't satisfying. The build up to the end is very dramatic, but I thought the ending fell a little flat.
Fair but not exceptional.
The moments between Dan and Abra are very strong. Well plotted story with a lot of satisfying resolutions. Blissfully free of any deus ex machina (a King weakness), well mostly, but the one slight cheat at the end was both minor and such a nifty moment of closure for the protagonist that it's very forgivable.
Patton is a fine actor but I wasn't fond of his reading. I won't seek out books read by him.
Very riveting in places. Fast-paced and keeps the reader engaged.
Exciting and emotionally satisfying sequel to The Shining.
First of all if you have not read the Shining, stop and do that first. Of course you can listen to this first, but you can also stick you hand in a light socket, but why would you want to.
Now....I have listened to or read every Stephen King novel. I like them all, but This is now my second favorite behind 11/22/63. It is well written and keeps up a healthy pace. I honestly could not imagine using your audible credit on any other book before this one.
Will Patton does a great job by the way, once you get the metal picture of the coach from Remember the Titans out of your head.
Yes. The Shining has always been my favorite Stephen King novel. I really didn't think a sequel could possibly match it. I was mistaken. Will Patton brings the characters alive so well. He is one of my favorite narrators anyway. If you've never heard him read James Lee Burke, please do.
Will Patton performs Rose perfect! You can really imagine her evilness! Llllloved his performance of all the characters.
when I open a book time stops,
this book made me decide to join audible. Best Narrator
Danny Torrence of course. He is awesome
He made the story come alive.
when the Tommy was killed.
I am a huge Stephen King fan and having his books in audibles makes the stories come alive.
Stephen King continues his fantastic return to form with Doctor Sleep. Following Dumas Key and Under the Dome, Doctor Sleep is not just a sequel to The Shining, it's a riveting enjoyable thrill ride that harkens back to why we fell in love with Mr. King in the first place. Clever, insightful and funny go hand-in-hand with exciting, scary and heart-stopping. I LOVE THIS GUY! Ranks among the best!
Will Patton does a fantastic job. Great storyteller! I'll look for more books read by him.
The Knot or True Knot
From very close the opening of the book, the hairs on the back of my neck stood up. Not since reading It, and Pet Cemetary had I actually had to stop reading and look around for the old rotting woman from room 237.
Everything it was spooky and touched on addiction and co-dependance, yet had a warm family angle that balanced it nicely.
both I laughed and cried.
Any true King fan will love this book.
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