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Doctor Sleep

Lu par : Will Patton
Série : The Shining, Volume 2
Durée : 18 h et 33 min
4 out of 5 stars (2 notations)

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An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, 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 tween 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....

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • Global
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  • Sharon
  • 02/12/2013

Revisit The Shining if it's been a while

Seriously, I liked this book but I did feel that I wish I had re-read/listened to The Shining before listening to this one.

The Narrator - Will Patton does OK. His accents are alright but I got the feeling that there was no great love of Stephen King. Maybe I am wrong but I always felt that if I were to listen to one of these stories it would be read in a New England accent. "Heya" etc. Having said that the narrator does not impose himself and lets the story tell itself. So that is good.

The Story - The story was alright. You really expect something extraordinary from Stephen King. Even though he has written nothing extraordinary for a long time, you still expect it. It's kind of like going out with a friend who you used to laugh with a lot. Then the friend got old and bitter. You still go out with them because you remember that you used to laugh a lot and there is always a chance that things have improved. This book is like that. I bought it because Mr King entertained me all those years ago. This book only just did that. It's not great but it's still better than most.

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  • Global
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  • Ian
  • 01/12/2013

King By The Numbers

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I'm a big Stephen King fan and have very much enjoyed his last couple. While this wasn't classic King, it was certainly an enjoyable listen.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Finding out what happened to Danny Torrance after The Overlook burned down was the most interesting. Find out about The True Knot and, in particular, Rose the Hat, was often dull and predictable.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Will Patton?

I have; Alas, Babylon (which was fantastic). He's pretty good here and I have no problems with his narration, though he does sometimes get a bit over-wrought.

Was Doctor Sleep worth the listening time?

Way more worthwhile than answering the same question you asked first off in this review. Allow me to cut and paste...'I'm a big Stephen King fan and have very much enjoyed his last couple. While this wasn't classic King, it was certainly an enjoyable listen.'There. Happy now? Good. Moving on...

Any additional comments?

Not his best but plenty good enough. The middle third especially is outstanding, but the first third is too long and windy and the climax is oddly formulaic for King, something which can arguably said for most of the story. It feels like a good idea not quite seen through, if that makes sense.

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  • Global
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  • Minnie
  • 25/11/2013

A voice to DIE for!

Will Patton is undoubtedly my new best friend and greatest voice actor ever. I think I still have to decide whether Doctor Sleep is vintage King, i.e. better than his later books. However what is beyond argument is that Will Patton performs this book with breathtaking skill and craftsmanship.
He creates believable good characters and voices the evil ones in a manner that gives you cold shivers.
If Mr Patton were to read War and Peace in binary code, it would still be riveting.

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  • Global
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  • Raymond
  • 19/06/2019

A Good Sequel.

I worried at first that it was going to drag out and become boring before the crux of the story got started but I was wrong. Im glad I stuck with it and am now worried the film coming out later this year is going to leave out important stuff just so it can be connected to The Shining but that if it doesnt a lot of fans of the Kubrick film are gonna be pissed because the book continues King's vision of the story not Kubrick's.

  • Global
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  • R. S. Mills
  • 06/06/2019

Shining 2 - Doc strikes back

Ever wondered what would have happened to Danny if he grew up with his psychic powers?

Would he see ghosts elsewhere? How would he cope as an adult? Would he become like his father?

This is why this book was made and it’s a fantastic story of redemption for Danny. Sad, but bitter sweet.

The overall story is chock full of vampires of a sort, psychic powers of all sorts, ghosts and great call backs to the original shining.

I loved every minute of this book! I especially liked it starts as a direct sexual to the original book before the time skip.

I’ve only seen the original movie and the TV movie, but I feel I’m missing big chicks of references, but that did not spoil anything! I will now get the original shining and then re-listen. Probably but missing too much so don’t let that put you off, it’s a great book!

I hope King continues this universe with the additional characters introduced, because the world building of the Shining and what the powers can do is extremely interesting.

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  • Utilisateur anonyme
  • 06/02/2019

A frightening visit to an old friend

Having loved the Shining when I listened to it ON Audible fir the first time this sequel was a must. A great story with actual horror like few people can get right. The performance was goid, though the narrator presented an unpleasant, jarring voice for Billy Freeman. All in all still a a stellar book

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  • Monique Snyman
  • 07/12/2017

Fantastic!

A fantastic sequel to a beloved story. The narrator did an excellent job in bringing this book to life. Definitely worth the purchase.

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  • Caitlin
  • 16/10/2016

A deeper look into what we've come to know as the shinning

I have read this book over three times n have listened too it at least four, I loved the book the shinning ever since I read my mother copy as a child my mother ended up giving me her copy when I left home n I always wounded n hoped there would be a second coming, now I hope to see a third. ( listen n find out whom I'm now wondering what happened to.) this book takes us back into Doc childhood n through to what I understand to be about his late 40 or early 50 possibly even older I lost track. So realax ( turn up ur hearing aids if u got em) n become amazed at the story that follows Dan Torrent's life as he grows up in our heads.

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  • Anna H.
  • 06/10/2016

Really enjoyed this

kept me interested the whole book. might have to go back and read the shining now

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  • Justin
  • 12/08/2016

Will for president

Will Patton as the narrator...nothing short of brilliant with his performance, thanks Will.
Great follow on from the Shining...

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  • Vanessa
  • 29/06/2014

perhaps if you are a die-hard fan of The Shining..

I'm a Stephen King fan, I have read most of his books. This one is a let-down, it feels like King still owed his publisher a book, so he delivered one. Yet without the usual intriguing setting, well-crafted characters, or coherent story-line, this novel feels neglected.

Perhaps if you are a die-hard fand of The Shining, this supposed follow-up will grip you but aside from the protagonist, the connection to The Shining seems weaker than the one between 11.22.63 and It to me. I did not care about any character and I did not find the True Knots the least bit scary.

The True Knots are discribed as psychic vampires, and that's just as tired as it sounds. They are sort of like the little guys in Insomnia but with weird nicknames and costumes, somewhere between carnies and gypsies. Danny Torrance from The Shining is a recovering addidct who uses his 'shining' to make dying easier for the residents of the hospice where he works (hence his nickname, Doctor Sleep). Then there is Abra, a little girl, who also has the 'shining' but much stronger than Danny. She contacts Danny and they have been psychic friends for years before they (re-)connect to battle the True Knots.

Maybe it's because the narrator gave many of the True Knots annoying carricature-voices but I could not take them seriously, and if I can't take the evil forces seriously, the good vs evil battle becomes redundant - and with it the entire story.

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  • kgr
  • 20/10/2013

Klare Empfehlung für deutsche Hörer

Wer der englischen Sprache einigermaßen mächtig und nicht völlig David Nathan verfallen ist, sollte hier zugreifen. Will Patton liest mindestens genauso gut und da in der Übersetzung erfahrungsgemäß immer ein bisschen verloren geht, ist diese Ausgabe eindeutig die bessere Wahl!

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