“Doctor Sleep” By Stephen King 

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By: Stephen King
Narrated by: Will Patton
Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
Release date: 09-24-13
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio

A sequel to “The Shining”? not needed. But this book changed my mind. It was not a mere sequel but actually just the continuing story of Little Danny Torrence. However Danny is not so little now, and he’s an alcoholic like his father. He still has the shining and when he’s not on a bender he uses it for good. Now a little girl has the shine and Danny is forced to come to her assistance, like Dick Hallorann did at the Overlook Hotel.

Will Patton completely captures the voice and psyche of Danny Torrence.  His voice sucked me into the story, never to be released even after the massive ending battle.

Publisher’s Summary
Audie Award Winner, Fiction, 2014

Audie Award Nominee, Solo Narration – Male, 2014

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 12-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 12-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.

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Simon & Schuster