Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Fiction and Finalist for Solo Narration—Male
Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor!
From master storyteller Stephen King, his unforgettable and terrifying sequel to The Shining—an instant #1 New York Times bestseller that is “[a] vivid frightscape” (The New York Times).
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 spunky twelve-year-old Abra Stone learns, the True Knot are frighteningly dangerous—quasi-immortal beings who live 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. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory and glorious story that will thrill the millions of devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to this icon in the Stephen King canon.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Stephen King audiobook veteran Will Patton is the perfect narrator for the horror icon’s extremely creepy follow-up to The Shining. Doctor Sleep catches up with Danny Torrance, now a recovering alcoholic coming to terms with the psychic damage he suffered as a boy. But Danny’s uneasy peace is disrupted when he’s drawn into the battle to protect 12-year-old Abra, whose unprecedented supernatural powers have attracted a sinister cabal that wants to exploit her. Patton’s delivery—both gritty and warm—shifts effortlessly between powerful emotion and stark horror. We get why Doctor Sleep won the 2014 Audie Award for fiction.
Customer ReviewsSee All
Good, but having technical difficulties
Big fan of Stephen King. The book is good, but in the middle of the Third audiobook file mine just cut off and wouldn't continue. Itunes support tried to let me re-download, but that didn't work either. It's taken itunes support a few days each time to contact me. I don't see that anyone else has had this problem?
Although I enjoyed the audio version of "Joyland" more, the story of "Doctor Sleep" is engrossing from the get-go. Not thrilled with Will Patton's narration on first "reading," admittedly he grows on you, and was better on the second listening. If you're considering buying one audiobook or the other as a matter of expense, go for "Joyland" first, both for the story and for the great narration by Michael Kelly. But do grab "Doctor Sleep" when you're flush again!
I recently saw the trailer for the Doctor Sleep movie and realized I needed to get on the bandwagon before the movie comes out. The book was incredible, the nods and references from The Shining were thoughtful and satisfying, and it was just a blast all the way through. Will Patton did a fantastic job, was so expressive and has such a range of voices. I cried, I laughed, I shared Abra’s evil smile at times. Plus, Stephen King’s knowledge and bluntness regarding AA, addiction, and recovery has me extremely grateful.