Wednesday, October 2, 2013

[Audio Review] - Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

Title: Doctor Sleep
Author: Stephen King
Narrator: Will Patton
Series: The Shining
Genre: Horror/Suspense
Release Date: September 24, 2013

I received this book from Simon & Schuster Audio in exchange for an honest review.

Summary:  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.

Thoughts: Sadly, I have never read The Shining. But I'm familiar with the story from having seen both movie versions and was eager to see what happened to little Danny Torrence.

I loved this one! Danny's story and struggle with alcoholism was heartbreaking and amazing. I loved the character Abra. Gifted just like Danny. She was so fun to read about. Sweet but so very fierce.  The True Knots, were interesting part of the story, but really creepy. I'll never look at folks in RV's the same way again.  Doctor Sleep was an excellent read. Dark, creepy and exciting. Really everything you expect and hope for from Stephen King. 

Doctor Sleep is narrated by actor, Will Patton. He did a smashing job, so much so I forgot it was him talking. I loved all the character voices.

Score: 5 Stars

Author Website: http://www.stephenking.com

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