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
Excellent sequel to The Shining yet could be read / listened to as a stand alone novel. Will Patton is the best male narrator I have listened to. Often it is the case that male narration of ladies makes them all sound like Mrs Doubtfire - however with Will this is not the case. His reading is subtle yet very complelling - instantly drawing you in. I will definately be seeking other books he has narrated. Perhaps another Steven King. I have read many Steven King novels but this is the first I have listened to. Very much enjoyed.
Doctor Sleep’s story follows Danny Torrance – the special boy who survived his father’s murderous possession by the Overlook Hotel twenty years ago – living a nomad’s life as he moves from place to place, wrestling with an alcohol problem that he uses to dull the effects of the Shining. His ability has become more powerful over the years and the demons from his childhood still haunt his waking hours and his nightmares.
King has managed to take the idea of the Shining and develop it in ways not before thought of. We encounter characters who have a fair bit of “shine” that manifests itself as different abilities. Some of these characters are good, some are evil. The latter includes the True Knot; semi-immortals who were once human, but are no longer. They survive by feeding off the “Steam” that children with the Shining produce when they are tortured to death. Of course, Danny inevitably crosses paths with them as he seeks to save a powerful child from their insane obsession. It’s a good story. Nothing wrong with it at all. It just doesn’t stand out from King’s earlier works.
As to the narration, I’ve only ever seen Will Patton in movies and was a little sceptical as to his selection as the story’s narrator. I haven’t ever seen much acting range from the man. I was wrong. Patton brings each character to life in a performance that I wouldn’t have believed possible from the understated actor. He is brilliant.
What an amazing talent this author has. I reread The Shining to refresh my memory and the first thing that popped into my head after I finished the book was that it held far less of the shock element than it did when I read it at 15, instead it held the wonder of a well crafter work of art.
Then I started on Dr Sleep. Not OVERLY enthusiastic since I always say…. I like and much prefer 'OLD SCHOOL SK". To my delight the book was marvelous. Truly even better, more layered and the plot and theme running like a double helix throughout the book.
So it did NOT scare me enough to fear to switch off my light at night. However, it kept me listening and listening for hours at a time sometimes going back a chapter if something distracted me. A brilliantly written thriller by a true master of the genre. I am sure SK will entice tons of new 15 years old and make them fear to turn off their light at night.
At the end of the audio production SK himself left a note that exactly says, only far better, what I came to realize while rereading The Shining. We grow up. We change. The stories that scared us might not scare us anymore.
About the narrator…Will Patton. This man is a master of his craft much as SK is. He gave a tenderness to some of the main protagonists that made my heart melt and ache for them. Others was hard edged and others still was totally disinterested. All though were unique and his pacing and dialogue was brilliant.
I listen to audiobooks on my 2 hour commute to work every day. Favourite authors include Michael Connelly, Stephen King, and D J Molle
It's a big call, I know - but I enjoyed this book more than it predecessor The Shining. Why? I think because the evil in Doctor Sleep is more tangible; Rose the Hat and her 'True Knot' have human-like characteristics and emotions, but they must do the unspeakable in order to survive.
One thing I love about Stephen King is his ability to create interesting and complex characters, and draw us close to them. His characters are often likeable despite their flaws. Sleep Doctor is no exception. Through Dan Torrance we glimpse the world through the eyes of an alcoholic with a disturbing past and an ability to 'shine'. Through Rose we see a vicious yet alluring leader struggling to keep her family, her True Knot, alive. And through Abra, we see a typical teenager, cocky and naïve, but with powerful physic abilities and a vengeful streak.
I thoroughly enjoyed Sleep Doctor and would recommend it to those who enjoy a good Stephen King thriller/horror.
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.
"Classic Stephen King. Engaging"
As usual with Mr King, the characterisation. His characters always evoke a response, usually caring about the good guys, but some empathy with the bad guys.
I liked the main character, I hate it when the 'hero' isn't real but too unbelievably handsome and heroic, this guy, though having just about every authors predilection to over egg his heroes’, is a rounded character.
Will Patton is a master, I don't know how he manages his nuances. He is sublime.
Oddly when the bad guys are dying!
If you are a fan of the master Stephen King, a good story, a bit of horror, or just enjoy a deep layered (no silly twists) story. Enjoy! You don't really need to have read (or watched) the shining.
Very different to The Shining but it's equal in many ways. Thank you Stephen King.
I listen to audio books walking the dogs and with this book they got lots and lots of long walks. Danny is just like I wanted him to be and how he "had" to be given his past. Read this book your life will be better for it!!!!!
I've listened to alot of Stephen king on audible and I have to say this is by far the best narrated!amazing voice and amazing story!
Once again, Stephen King's story kept me captivated till the early hours. I wonder if there will be a story about the adult Abra :)
Great story, read brilliantly. Didn't want it to end but all good thing's... I hope for another sequel but maybe that's just being greedy!
"Excellent sequel to a classic "
Being a life long King fan, I was a little sceptical probably like others in the sand boat as me. I needn't have worried this is a terrific and engaging continuation of the great classic.
"Dr Sleep review"
A long overdue but superb sequel, brilliantly descriptive and fabulously narrated by Will Patton. Would happily recommend it.
"Great fun, tense and very exciting in parts."
I read that Stephen King was quoted as saying this was a return to ' balls to the wall, keep the light on horror' which I wouldn't say describe this at all. It's quite tense with good characters and a very exciting build up. It's nice to catch up with Danny Torrance but I felt that maybe The True Knot didn't belong in the world of The Shining. This may just be me though.
When it finished I felt like I'd lost touch with friends. Will Patten brought the characters to life, which to be fair is not difficult with Mr Kings stories.
Fantastic story which still haunts my thoughts.
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