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Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Написано Stephen King

Озвучено Will Patton


Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Написано Stephen King

Озвучено Will Patton

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Sep 24, 2013
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9781442362390
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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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Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.


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  • (4/5)
    After his troubling stay at the Overlook Hotel as a child, Dan Torrance wrestles with alcoholism before joining AA and taking a job in a small New England town's hospice. Nearby, Abra, a young girl with a shining stronger than Dan's ever was, psychically witnesses a violent murder of a tween who also had the shining at the hands of a group known as the True Knot, a ragtag assembly of people with various powers who have managed to stay alive for centuries by feeding on the "steam" that comes off young children with the shining when they are tortured to death. Can Dan and Abra do anything about these murders?After enjoying The Shining so much, I was looking forward to this sequel. However, with so many years passing in between the original and the sequel, King seems to have changed as a writer and this book felt a little more like The Outsider to me than The Shining in terms of style. Whereas The Shining was so small scale -- mostly just these three people up against a haunted hotel -- this book is all over the place. For starters, King pretty has to get from a young Danny Torrance battling his literal demons from the hotel, to an older Dan Torrance battling his alcoholic demons, to a still older Dan Torrance settling into his sober life and atoning for his mistakes. And, King has to introduce both Abra (and her family and her powers) as well as Rose the Hat (and her gang of True Knot followers). It takes quite a while to see how all these disparate threads are coming together, so it feels a little bit scattered and disjointed for the reader.About halfway in or so when the different plotlines finally start intersecting, then I really enjoyed the book. The relationship between Dan and Abra as two people dealing with life as a person with the shining was really quite nice. Some of the supporting characters were interesting enough while others just felt like they were there for little to no reason (or at least not enough reason to justify how much backstory had been previously given to them). Oddly enough, I felt like the villains in this book were somewhat sympathetic, and their justifications of 'just doing what's needed to survive' is technically valid to a degree. However, their ringleader Rose is awful enough to make the final faceoff between heroes and villains compelling.For the audiobook listener, Will Patton was fantastic, as always.
  • (4/5)
    It had been ages since I read The Shining and it was one of few books by Stephen King I had not read more than once. (Back in the days when I only read Dutch translated books, I re-read most of his books 3 times)

    So I decided to re-read the Shining before I started Doctor Sleep and I am glad to say this book was very different than The Shining. Different style but it did have all the connections to book 1 and I loved that.

    What a great sequel and I really loved the new characters that appeared in this book.

    Now I am sad that I have finished it and maybe have to wait a long time for a new book by SK. I have always been a fan. By that I mean I have always loved his books. I think I have never given his books less than 3 stars.
    I also read Dean Koontz who has quite a lot of misses compared to King.

    There is just one King.



    4.5 stars
  • (3/5)
    Creepy. I listened to the audio version and the professional readers did a great job.i think Stephen King wrote a really good sequel to the shining. Dr. Sleep explains what the shining is. The only part I had a little problem with is Abra's parents. I believe parents would have intervened when she was up against the True Knot cult.
  • (5/5)
    Another great story by Stephen King. I always wondered what happened to Danny, and King tells us in his unmistakable style. Not as scary as The Shining, but still capable of giving you nightmares.
  • (5/5)
    Danny Torrence is all grown up and now has to save a little girl who shines brighter than he ever did.
  • (2/5)
    Okay, but lacked punch for me. I felt too distanced from the characters. I thought 11/22/63 was brilliant so had high - perhaps too high - hopes for this one. But I didn't feel any emotional connection to the characters, something King is usually very good at with me.

    It felt a bit flabby, and there was no real sense of mounting danger, with the climax being telegraphed rather obviously early on.
  • (4/5)
    Liked this a lot better than The Shining. The plot sticks together. The characters are more cohesive. The whole thing just holds up a lot better. It's more believable. I think Stephen King is a better writer now. However it wasn't perfect. I kind of feel like he could do better. Like he while the books out too fast, or doesn't give them as much depth as they could have. Like he's a bit too much flash and not enough substance. Is it too much to ask for substance in your genre fiction? Maybe, but it can be done and he always comes off seeming almost, but not quite good enough. Still a very fun read.
  • (3/5)
    Maybe even a 2.5.... I reread The Shining to prepare for this continuation/sequel and was sorry I'd bothered. SK reiterated So Much it was exhausting.
    Not sorry I read this, but won't be recommending it.
  • (5/5)
    Classic King; loved it!
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic sequel!!!
  • (5/5)
    BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT BRILLIANT
  • (5/5)
    If you're in it for a scare and only a scare, turn back now. If you're in it because you genuinely need to know what happened to Danny Torrance and are invested in what the events of The Shining might have done to an impressionable young boy with an odd but intense power, this ones for you. There is ever the element of the strange and macabre - this is Stephen King, after all - but this one is more about psyche. More of a Hitchcock than a Wes Craven, if you feel me. That being said, King doesn't disappoint, with his signature writing style firmly in place and his ability to make the supernatural, well, natural, also solidly intact. A good read, and worth the time spent. Highly recommended.
  • (3/5)
    Short review...ok. Had it been a stand alone book, it wouldn't have been bad. But as a sequel to The Shining, it did not fill the big shoes that were left behind but that genuinely scary book.
  • (4/5)
    Stephen King's sequel to 'The Shining' features Danny Torrance as an adult. He's a recovering alcoholic, hospice worker, and fated to another large-scale Shining event. At first, and through the first third of the book, I wasn't so sure about it, wondering if SK should've have left well enough alone; but by the closing credits, I had to admire the thoroughness of the story (King picks up details and themes from the first novel and expands them); and brings in a new terror to keep you up at night... I really loved Will Patton in the couple of Dave Robicheaux titles that he narrated; but here, he was a bit over the top, and pardon me for saying so, but a bit long in the tooth for my taste.
  • (4/5)
    A very entertaining, tightly written, sequel. Not scary, and that was OK.
  • (5/5)
    Steven King is always a great read. It took longer to read only because I had so many other things going on. I'm an avid TV series watcher with numerous shows being recorded on my PVR. I didn't read the Shinning but I did see the movie. I found this book enjoyable because it wasn't trying to scare you. I don't like to write reviews. So I suggest you try it and judge for your self if you like it.
  • (4/5)
    King revisits Danny Torrance 30 years after the events of "The Shining" and addresses the legacy of alcoholism and domestic violence (and the psychic residue, both natural and supernatural) left behind by Jack. While it's not King at his very best (don't expect it to live up its inspiration), it's solid and satisfying and a must-read for King's fans. Maybe his best post-accident novel.
  • (5/5)
    What can I say? The man is truly a storyteller.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic book. I loved every part of it but now I'm a bit sad that I'm finished with it. :)
  • (3/5)
    I didn't think the original shining was that scary really. Just didn't get it that much . This is a good sequel and a god yarn for most of it until it loses its way in the final battle and become overblown, a little confused and dissolves into mind games with what feels like a lack of a real solution. Anything goes in the mind after all. Stephen King , not that scary. Now that Easton Ellis book, based on real life what was its name? Lunar park? That was truly skin crawling terror at times. I think if a book is written as a scary book then it can't help but disappoint.
  • (4/5)
    Was a little worried when I started this. A sequel to The Shining is no easy task. I tore through it though and was happy with most of it. Seeing what became of Danny was great fun to read. Overall a nice job by Mr. King.
  • (3/5)
    Doctor Sleep by Stephen King is the sequel to The Shining, and in it we find out what happened to little Danny Torrance after the horrors of the Overlook Hotel.The character of young Abra Stone was my favourite of the novel, and I thoroughly enjoyed Dan taking her under his wing and teaching her a little about the shining. The danger that was soon to unite them was a little too 'out there' for me and I wished the novel had just focussed on their lives and unique abilities. I didn't need another battle of good and evil, although the theme made sense coming from the pen of the great Stephen King. (I will say that the source of the danger was innocuous, imaginative - and definitely unique - which did make it entertaining).Here's my favourite quote, from Page 160 of the book:"I'll bring you a pine tree float, if you want. That's a glass of water with a toothpick in it."All in all, I'm glad I found out what became of Danny Torrance, but Doctor Sleep didn't blow me away.
  • (4/5)
    Another fabulous book by Stephen King. This is a perfectly executed sequel to The Shining.

    I love that little Danny Torrance has grown up and manages to get some hard sobriety time in AA. In the afterword King speculates what might have happened to Jack Torrance if he had found AA instead of trying the 'white-knuckled method' of sobriety. Danny's 'bottom' is powerfully written and is a story that many struggling with addiction can relate to.

    I would have loved to get more time in with old Dick Halloran, but I guess this wasn't really his story anyway.

    Rose the Hat and The True Knot were formidable foes for Danny and Abra, also just scary people.

    I found The Shining scarier for different reasons. King really addressed serious family issues and the horror that addiction can wreak upon people. Doctor Sleep is excellent and definitely worth the read but it lacks some of the depth and power that The Shining has because Danny, while always struggling (as addicts are forever doomed to do ) to stay sober, does stay sober, and while his 'bottom' is terrifying and terrible, it's nothing compared to what Jack Torrance's bottom was. (That is, of course, almost murdering his family while employed as a winter caretaker at a certain Overlook Hotel.)

    Anyway, read it. It does not disappoint.
  • (5/5)
    This guy just does not disappoint!! Just a great book...
  • (5/5)
    A fabulous sequel to "The Shining", picking up with Danny Torrence wbo struggles with demons in his adult life. The demons take multiple forms, both human and not human. Stephen King is a master at grabbing the reader from the beginning and holding tightly as the tale unfolds. Excellent tale!
  • (4/5)
    A better-than-average Stephen King read, with callbacks to "The Shining" (natch), but because of the subject matter, some flavor of "Thinner" and "Salem's Lot" as well.
  • (5/5)
    Awesome!!! Great read!!! Another reason King is one of my favorite authors.
  • (4/5)
    Anyone who has ever been a fan of old time Stephen King must rad this book. It is the long awaited follow up to the classic The Shining. After all these years, we get a chance to check in on Danny Torrance, the sweet and tortured little boy, who almost fell victim to his father in the Overlook Hotel. Danny has learned a thing or 2 in his years and still remains at times a tortured sole. He has turned his life around and now finds himself at the center of evil once again. Abra Stone is a young girl with a powerful shine, and Danny must help her to defeat a monstrous band of folks who want to consume her. As awlays, it is in the people and characters that King's true magic occurs. He can develop a character like so few other authors can. The tale is creepy and vile, magical and hopeful all at once. A great story by a great story teller.
  • (5/5)
    Fantastic sequel to "The Shining." The story is simultaneously told from the point of view of Danny, all grown up, and the teenage girl Abra. I would not recommend this for a younger reader, but I would recommend it for an older teen. It is graphic so I would not recommend it to anyone with a weak stomach.
  • (4/5)
    One of the good (recent) Stephen King book. We follow the life of Danny Torrance (the little kid from the shinning) as he battles against a group of person attracted to the shine.