An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, 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 tween 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....
©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio
Well now of coarse I am 65, but still a great fan of Audible
I am a great Stephen King fan and read everything he writes, even the shorter storys. But this is just the silliest book I have ever tried to read. I read The Shining on a fairly regular basis. So when Doctor Sleep came out I spent my credit without a qualm. After all, I can beleive in a haunted hotel with a drunk slowly going mad and as this is a follow up story about Danny, it should be good, I thought. But the idea of beings who live on the "steam" of terror, this is beyond my head to beleive in at all. I have tried to read it on several occasions, but each time I get to the "steam head" idea, my brain just yells, this is stupid. So my freinds if you can beleive in Zombies, which I am unable to do, you will probably love this book, but if you are like me, and used to Stephen Kings mind of Horror, I think like me, you should just give this one a miss.
maybe, but then I hardly ever read anything twice
I liked this more than I did the Shining, it expands the world more. It also has some good links from the Dark Tower series
I haven't heard any of Will Patton's performances before but he is really good. I haven't been able to put this Audiobook down
I listen to a lot of Stephen King, and his books always entertain. However, this one is exceptionally good. I will be revisiting The Shining to catch up with Danny as a child.
What adds to the pleasure this audio book gives, is the narration. Will Patton does an amazing job, and I felt myself being sucked in to the story. Only one other narrator has done Stephen King's tales such justice, and that was the late, great Frank Muller.
I'm a massive fan of both audio books and Stephen King alike, but the narrator can make or break it for me. Will Patton made this book a joy to listen to.
Bravo to Stephen for another great book, and bravo to Will for a great performance.
I might if I could hear it
performance was great in part one, part two and three, who knows? They won't download!
sort out your crappy software.
loved it, finished the shining a few weeks ago. didn't know this book existed and downloaded it then realised it was a sequel. awesome.
"Stick with it"
I was so looking forward to this but found it a bit boring at first and a bit of a struggle to keep interested. We then seemed to get over a hurdle as it were and it was pure brilliance! Loved it!
Someone who hasn't read the Shining, as it is well below the standard set by this book.
There are many storylines that are not really developped - he should have cut them down and concentrate on the main story of Danny and Abra. The concept of True Knots also was rather silly, nothing to compare with the evils from the Shining.
At some points - overacted, distinctive (it's pretty easy to distinguish different characters)easy to understand.
Concetta - Stephen King doesn't really give her a meaning in the story.
amazing, blown away recommend highly to all steven king fans.must read the shining before reading this as you will not get as much pleasure from it but we'll worth the read x
"Shines as bright as it's predecessor"
Enjoyed the portrait of the main character. Starts at rock bottom and begins his journey to peace and redemption
Joyland. This is another Stephen King book and like many of his works seems to capture the essence of the main character, "warts and all". The overall tone of downbeat threat comes through in both stories
The early scene where Dan really hits "rock bottom". If you read or listen to the book you will be left in no doubt as to which scene I mean.
No. Needed to be savoured and considered over time.
Great book. Excellent performance by Will Paton. His characterisation gave life to "Dan".
"Enjoyed every minute of this book."
I thought Will Patton did a really good job reading it. Loved the storyline and the back references to The Dining.
"Enjoyable but not one of his best."
I largely enjoyed this audio book but did find the end very disappointing.If you're a Stephen King fan I'm sure this will appeal but he has many better books out there.
Loved the range of voices Will Patton has and how you could very easily differentiate between characters. Deep and detailed story line and a great follow up to little Danny Torrens!!!
"A wonderful follow-up."
Yes, absolutely. There are so many layers to the story, and the narration was spectacular
I like that years had passed. I liked that Danny didn't end up just living happily ever after - that his story was more realistic to his circumstances and everything he had experienced. You don't walk away unscarred.
This was my first experience of him as a narrator, but not my last. Unfortunately he has set the bar high and is now the narrator everyone else has to live up to.
Sometimes sequels can be disappointing, but that wasn't the case here. There were a couple of small character niggles from things introduced here relating to the previous book that I wasn't sure we're true to character, but they didn't bother me too much, just made me think about it a little more. I listened to The Shining right before this so it was all fresh in my mind.
It does stand alone quite well, though it really is better appreciated if you've read The Shining. If you've only seen the movie, please make sure it's the TV mini-series rather than the Kubrick movie so it has better continuity when you follow on with this book.
Love Stephen King but for me this narration was irritating and detracted from the story. Liked the final words SK
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