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
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"Solid Follow-up to the Shining"
I was looking forward to this book as I enjoyed The Shining. It was interesting to see what happened to Dan and I think the character was well developed. I really enjoyed Joe Hill's NOS 4R2 and I enjoyed the few references to that book. I also remembered the reference from Joe Hill's book to this.
The main idea behind this book is similar to the story of NOS 4R2. The clear difference is the involvement of the "shining/steam". If you want to hear the idea of "the shining" developed you will like this book.
I see some complains about Will Patton's performance but I didn't have a problem with this. I have not heard any of his other work.
Although the story was exciting enough it wasn't a book that I couldn't put down. I didn't particularly relate to Abra and found Dan's role more interesting.
I was disappointed that the cat and its abilities wasn't explored more.
"At last - a new King book"
I cannot say that I wondered what happened to Danny after The Shining but I was quite intrigued to see the blurb saying that this was a continuation of his story.
I really enjoyed it and was really drawn into it. The best thing was that it didn't matter that there was much from The Shining that I had forgotten. There were references back to the first book but I think that a reader of Dr Sleep would not need to have read The Shining.
I found that the concepts used in the book put a new slant on the nature of shining without conflicting with the original story which was very clever.
A great story of flawed good guys and nasty but understandable bag guys.
Full marks on this one.
"A pleasant followup"
If you know The Shining then this is a fairly easygoing addition to find out where the little boy ended up. It isn't too intense a story, and it's a good listen with Will Patten voicing it.
Hearing such a gruff voice playing any of the female characters was a treat.
You'll never look at old people the same way again
Even if you've not read the first book it's still a good listen as it makes a good standalone too
"A great follow up"
I would not listen to this again, but there are very few books that I would.
Obviously Danny was the most interesting character, finding out what happened to this little boy had me gripped almost from the start.
Will Patton was excellent,.
I liked the end of this book, won't reveal but there was an interesting little twist. Not a big 'sixth sense' type twist bit still very interesting.
I found this book was just a little slow in paces, but that was mainly because I wanted it to hurry up so I could find out what happens.
"Steaming good book!"
Well I haven't read the book (though I have bought it for a friend's birthday present) - but I loved the audio book. This was extremely well read which added to the enjoyment of the story I would say.
Let's face it, it is a completely unlikely plot. However it was a great yarn, and the plot hung together really well/was very well thought out. Was gripping & a real page-turner. The plot caught one's interest straight away. (but won't give anything away). Give it a go!
Not sure about the word 'enjoy' :), but the scene in the cinema is extremely memorable (and revolting).
Yes. (Deeny?)'s baby. (Tragic and oh so true to life.)
Classic quote "Am I still human"? "Do you care"?
"Doctor Sleep - a satisfying and rewarding listen"
I enjoyed listening to Doctor Sleep, I was slightly dubious at first, mainly because of some other reviews, but I soon slipped into the story and was pleased with the sequence of events and characters and linking through to the Shining. I had heard about the cat previously and was interested to find him in this story. I enjoyed the performance as well - all good. I wonder what will happen to Abra in later life...
Great listen. I smashed through this book while moving house. They say moving is second only to a bereavement, but this audiobook made it a pretty painless experience.
"Brilliant, loved it"
I will listen again at some point. I will get the audio version of The Shining and listen to both consecutively. Both are compelling stories with very real characters.
The battle in the car park with the 'True Knot'
I loved Will Patton's narration. The pace and tone perfect for the story and distinctive voices for the characters.
'Sometimes they come back...'
An unpredictable story, what classic out of the box King this is. It's like a lost King masterpiece from the 80s.
Traditional creepie stuff. Steam and cycling. Mysteries and unpredictable happenings.
I loved the reader from the start. He kept me hooked while the story built.
To many to mention.
"A potential classic!"
Yes. If you're a King fan, then I think this has all the hallmarks of a classic. Loved the characters, story, atmosphere and narration. There's a point in the story at which it just clicked and it felt like a good 'old fashioned' King story, kind of a "ah yes, there it is.." moment.I'm not saying its quite up there with Salem's Lot, Pet Semetary or IT, but for me, its without doubt getting back that way. Roll on the next one!
Dan T. Read it and make up your own mind.
For me, he got the characters voices spot on. His various accents were good, too.
If I had that sort of time on my hands, yes. Great way to kill a long haul flight!
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