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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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!!!
As someone who lost his father at an early age the bit near to the end ( don't worry I will not give it away) !!! I found myself close to tears .
"Excellent follow up to the shining!"
A must read for all Stephen King fans .throughly recommend
Will Patton's narration excellent wow
"The Shining 2!"
Excellent sequel, masterfully narrated. Highly recommended. If you liked the shining you'll love this. You get to see what happens to old characters and meet many interesting new ones.
Slow start but it warmed up and I enjoyed it. Took a while to get used to the narrator's voice but he was good after I'd synched in. King overuses some stuff such as people laughing inappropriately but you know what you're going to get. Nothing ground-breaking but solid stuff and enjoyable.
"Good, old fashioned, scary stuff..."
I really enjoyed this story, despite the fact that although Will Patton read the book well, the tone was quite slow, dreary and monotonous – if you can get through that, in context with the title, then this is a solid, back to old fashioned Stephen King, scary stuff. It reminded me of the days (back in the late 70’s and early 80’s) when films and books were scary and is a great continuation of The Shining. Perfect Stephen King book, well written, exactly what you would expect from the great man and worth your money.
"a sequel that doesn't disappoint"
Exciting, suspense, Gripping
The relationship between Dan and Abra
When Dan and Abra knew they had to work together, but couldn't tell Abra's parents, then the reaction when they did.
Throughly recommend this book. Wasn't expecting anything amazing, but reall really enjoyed it.
"Best listen in a long time !"
I am a huge fan of Stephen King and was skeptical about how The Shining could be followed, but this was a great listen and it brought a couple of old characters back to life. I could not wait to carry on listening to this book.
The reader had a gruff voice that took a little while to adjust to but as the story went on it actually suited the tone of the story.
Read so many that it is impossible to rate a single novel above others. However Doctor Sleep is up there with some of the best.
Dan, Abbra and Billy. They carry the story between them.
His characterisations were incredible as soon as he talked you knew exactly which character he was.
I have read some lukewarm comments about Doctor Sleep. I disagree completely. Having been a fan of Stephen King since his first novel 'Carrie'. I even followed him through his slightly odd years. But his last few books have been incredible. He is back at the top of his undoubted powers of storytelling. Some people have complained that it is slow. Well shame on them. Stephen King's writing style has always been to take time to draw you in to the tale and he does it with expertise. As far as I am concerned there isn't a single wasted sentence throughout the book. I also enjoyed the allusions to some of his earlier books. I kind of think that those who prefer The Shining are actually referring to the film version, which quite frankly I thought was rubbish and did the book no service whatsoever. 'Doc' Torrance deserved a second outing and Mr King gave it to us.
My only regret was that Dick Halloran had passed.
Doctor Sleep is a tour de force.
"Excellent sequel to The Shining!"
I thought the performance was good overall but the girl/woman voices did sound a little too much like a guy putting on a high voice.
If you have read The Shining I highly recommend this. It starts off fairly slow but builds up to an exciting climax.
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