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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"I couldn't stop listening!!!!!"
I can't pick just one thing I liked about the book. I loved all of it. I couldn't put it down! As soon as I pressed play - I was hooked
The narrator was fantastic. He makes u love/hate each character. Every character is distinctive.
The book make me laugh, cry, angry, disgusted. U can't help but have an emotional connection to some of the characters.
I hope and prey they make this book into a movie!!!!!! And I hope they keep it true to the actual story
Great story enjoyed it more than The Shining. Satisfying ending.
Yes if i could.
If you enjoy stories linked with people's psychic abilities you will enjoy this. Not over done. At first I thought when is it going to get started as it seemed to dwell on the alcoholism of the main character but once the story kicked in I did not want to stop listening.
This was a cracking good story that had me hooked straight off. Stephen King's strength, I think, is in the way he gets you into his characters' heads, and thereby letting them get into yours. (This was helped by the absolutely brilliant narration of Will Patton whose performance was a master class in voicings, dynamics and story telling.) King's a very natural writer, and his dialogue sparks with beautiful home-spun idioms which really do bring the people to life. I don't think Doctor Sleep is particularly scary, but it is dark and tense, and that'll do for me. So, overall, an extremely enjoyable book that I would recommend to anyone who - like myself - always knew there was something sinister about motor homes ...
"As compared to 'The Shinning'"
I've scored this book low but in direct comparison to 'The Shinning', which I gave 5 stars in all categories. The plot and premise are bit over elaborate and the story is a bit flabby. I didn't get any cold fingers running down my spine as I did when I read 'The Shinning'. I wouldn't not listen to it, but perhaps just lower your expectations. It just wasn't a worthy sequel in my opinion , but it's a good story and it's well read.
"Mildly interesting story, over acted narration."
Kick all the Hocus Pocus mumbo jumbo to the curb and replace it with the chilling supernatural horror that made the original such a classic
For Stephen King to realize he writes horror and to stop fighting against it and to just do what he does best. The best horror fiction out strips all other genres as to feel scared you have to care for the characters and story.
As usual these people feel as though they have to act the parts, putting on dumb voices at different volume which has you constantly having to turn it up and down. Instead of a man trying to sound like a 11 year old girl, simply read the story with integrity and passion. The over acting is annoying and pulls you out of the story with every squealing accent and cry baby pronunciation. When he's just reading it as normal, its fine.
To stop hoping that Stephen King will recapture the brilliance, originality and lightening in a bottle excellence of his earlier work. Labeling this The Shining Book 2 only begs for comparison.
Mildly interesting, an OK read. Prologue starts well, before King assassinates the characters that we thought we knew and replaces ghosts and demons with spiritualist garbage. Interest peeks when it pays homage to the original.
I have every one of Stephen King's books and the books published in the last 10 years are no way near as good as his early books and this one is no exception. I waited with baited breath for this book to come out only to find it was a let down. King seemed to be using filling to make the book longer, lots of descriptions which I thought weren't needed. There were references made from his son Joe Hill's book NOS4A2. The first half of the book seemed to be all about Dr Sleeps alcoholic addiction which got to be quite boring. The story itself was only partly about Dr Sleep the main character being a young girl he made a connection with when she was born. I enjoyed the book but it didn't keep me hooked. I had no problem putting it down to do other things.
I listened to The Shining before taking this book on which I recommend to anybody. The story follows on fantastically in a way that I did not expect and it gripped me to the end.
Obviously The Shining, but I think when you compare the two, this tops it.
The narration was fantastic!
Stephen King is my all time favorite author and his craftsmanship and prowess in his trade shines though in this fantastic tale.
"Another Brilliant Audiobook from the King"
This is the 3rd Stephen King Audiobook that I have listened to. I don't know what it is about his books but no other author so far has managed to make films in my head so well while listening to the audiobook. Obviously part of that credit goes to the narrator but without the book content it wouldn't matter.
I can see why some people are saying that the story lacked a little substance but that doesn't change the fact that you will listen to this one start to finish and come away completely entertained. I especially liked the wave at the end!
If this is your first Stephen King audio book then I would definitely recommend it and then you should listen to "The Stand" and "Under the Dome".
"A Good Scare!"
It is the first time I have listened to Will Patton, he brought all the characters to life, and was totally believable with the speech nuances for each of them.
This book scared the life out of me, even so, I never wanted to put it down.
Dan Torrence is a great character and I'm sure Steven King could carry on with the Dr Sleep theme. I have only seen the film of the Shining, so the audiobook is going to be my next listen.
"At first, it sounds like Cartman"
YES, YES, YES!!!! I would recommend this to ANYONE! Brilliant!
Yes, this book is VERY emotional because you see where Danny and his mother went - what they went through after the Overlook Hotel - how can it NOT be emotional?
The narrator throws you for a moment - but then you get in to the story. And WOW what a freaking story! I laughed, I cried, I thanked God for Steven King in the middle of the night when I couldn't' sleep.
The book creeped me out, scared me a tiny bit - but mostly I just enjoyed the darned thing. I do love Steven King and how his weird mind works.
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