Soon to be a major motion picture starring Ewan McGregor!
Stephen King returns to the characters and territory of one of his most popular novels ever, The Shining, in this instantly riveting novel about the now middle-aged Dan Torrance (the boy protagonist of The Shining) and the very special twelve-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 spunky twelve-year-old 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. This is an epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted fans of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.
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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!
Good Book, terrible narrator
I enjoyed the book but not nearly as much as The Shining. I miss the setting of the ominous “Overlook Hotel”. I also miss Jack Torrance. As for Will Patton, the narrator, so bad, it is lispy and so grating. It definitely did not help the book experience. Ultimately, Danny Torrance is not as interesting as Jack.