Audio Book Review: Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) by Stephen King

March 3, 2014 Review 1

Audio Book Review: Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) by Stephen King

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 devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

Title: Doctor Sleep
Author: Stephen King
Other books by this author that we've reviewed: The Shining
Series: The Shining
Other books in this series that we've reviewed: The Shining
Narrator: Will Patton
Length: 18 hours & 35 minutes
Published by Scribner
Source: Purchased for Self
Published: September 24, 2013
Genres: Horror
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Purchase your copy: Amazon
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Stars: five-stars

I only recently listened to the audiobook of The Shining. I’m glad I had not read it years ago. After the book was over I wondered about that little boy Danny. What happened to him? Did he struggle with life due to the trauma that he experienced at the Overlook? Did his shining ability plague him all his life? Well thank you Stephen King for giving us Doctor Sleep. In Doctor Sleep you get so much more than just answers to those questions.

Dan Torrance has had a rough life. Readers get to travel with him throughout numerous years in this amazing audio book. The life he has led and the decisions (poor and good) have put him in a small New Hampshire town that will help him heal though. The healing will not come easily. He will have to fight for and earn each piece of peace he gets.

As with many King books readers are given an amazing child character to fall in love with. Abra Stone is this books child. She has the shining. She shines so bright that she has attracted the attention of the True Knot. The True Knot wants her shining for them. The shining is how they live, it is their food. Taking a child’s shining for their steam is not an easy or pretty task. It is a long and violent torture that Abra has no desire to experience.

Now let me tell you about the amazing narration that accompanied Doctor Sleep. Will Patton did an amazing job narrating this book. I enjoy him as an actor. The moment I heard his voice coming through the speakers of my Jeep I recognized it. He is totally Dan Torrance. He did the numerous characters of this book justice. I will definitely look into what other books he has narrated. He was phenomenal at that.

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One Response to “Audio Book Review: Doctor Sleep (The Shining #2) by Stephen King”

  1. Michelle Willms

    Thanks for a great review of Dr. Sleep. I’ve listened to many of King’s older books on audio, and have read Dr. Sleep. I’d love to listen to it, as well, but unless King is narrating it, I know it can be hit or miss. I appreciate you giving me a great rundown on well the reader was able to switch from one character to another. I also hate audiobooks that use more than one reader. King has never done that in the past, but you never know when someone might decide to do so.