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Doctor Sleep Audiobook
Doctor Sleep
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Will Patton
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Doctor Sleep Audiobook

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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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

What the Critics Say

"Will Patton's delivery enhances King's prose in ways that make King's work so much more enjoyable in audio than just reading it…Patton's narrative voice captures the rhythm of King's words. His character voices, filled with a variety of regional American accents, remain consistent. Most importantly, the sinister aspects that embody characters and moments of this novel are superbly executed and will certainly leave listeners on edge." (AudioFile)

"King, not one given to sequels, throws fans a big, bloody bone with this long-drooled-for follow-up to The Shining." (Booklist)

"…a gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance's story." (Publisher’s Weekly)

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    Jeff Daugherty Princeton, KY USA 10-11-13
    Jeff Daugherty Princeton, KY USA 10-11-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Beyond The Shining"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    I liked this book as it brought the story from the Shining up to current and tied some things together that needed to be resolved. I have enjoyed the Shining once I understood that it was more about a haunted family than a haunted hotel. This was a great bring up to date of a classic story.


    What other book might you compare Doctor Sleep to and why?

    Doctor Sleep has qualities of several other King stories, but is not like them.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Mr. Patton did a marvelous job on this reading. He had different voices for the different characters and keep the story moving on quite well.


    If you could take any character from Doctor Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Don't know exactly, but I did relate to Billy Freeman.


    Any additional comments?

    This story had good characters, a good plot and a good setting. It completed the story of the Shining and I enjoyed the ending; that doesn't exactly wrap it up, but does bring it to an end. There were many things from original shining that are parts of this story and that was comforting.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy 10-09-13
    Tammy 10-09-13 Member Since 2013

    I am a daily commuter, 1 hour each way. Audible rides shotgun with me every day. The time flies by when I am listening to a good book.

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    "Great!"

    Not since Stu Redman in The Stand have I enjoyed and loved a character so much as Dan Torrance in Doctor Sleep. There were at least 2 scenes towards the end that had me fighting off tears. I was lost in the story and almost sobbed out loud! Will Patton did a great job with the cast of characters and I hope we get to meet some of them again. I wasn't sure I wanted to read a sequel to The Shining as it scared the crap out of me when I read it a few years ago. To me, Doctor Sleep provided a satisfying conclusion.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 10-09-13
    Lisa dudley, MA, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2013

    I love to shop & listen to audio bks

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    "Great "catch-up" of little Danny T from Shinning"

    I think SK did a fabulous job showing how a little boy named Danny Torrence grew up after going thru the Overlook ordeal and working with whatever outcome he had to work with throughout his adult life. That part was realistic, esp AA. The other part of the story just added to SK's imagination and kept us readers interested in mind telepathy as well as ghosts even coming from the old story the Shinning, As SK even admits at the end of his novel, sometimes a sequel (most times) cannot compare to the original, this one came pretty darn close. Worth the credit and more....

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 10-05-13
    Jane Chicago, IL, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Weak 3 stars. Below average for Stephen King."

    But average compared to other authors. Good ideas, weak events.

    STORY BRIEF:
    Dan was the boy in the book “The Shining.” His psychic abilities are called “shining.” In this book he is an adult alcoholic and cannot keep a job. He drinks to dim his shining senses - seeing undead spirits and reading people’s thoughts. In 2001 he meets Casey who gives him a job and insists Dan attend AA meetings every day. This saves Dan. He keeps this job for many years and continues going to AA meetings.

    Abra is born around 2001. Her psychic abilities are stronger than Dan’s. As she grows up she periodically links with Dan through mental telepathy.

    A group of evil creatures called the The True Knot travel the country in RVs. They kill humans in order to breathe their essence as they die. The essence is called “steam.” The best steam comes from humans with shining abilities. They learn about Abra and want her. The leader of the group is Rose.

    OPINION:
    Disappointing. Not a good story. It seemed like the author was just meandering around. A few parts were repetitive - like a good guy and Rose communicating telepathically with taunts and threats “I’m going to kill you.” “No you’re not I’m going to kill you.” The good guy vs. bad guy action scenes were disappointing. It was just sort of mind power causing the other guy to die. I liked the concept and the character creations. But the author didn’t do anything new or different with the events. It was too long. A lot of emphasis was on Dan’s alcoholism and his guilt about one bad thing he did in his past.

    I like the way Stephen King’s mind works, and I smiled a few times. Examples: An evil creature is looking at Dan “She was smiling the way you do when you see an old friend, or perhaps something good to eat.” Another about teeth: “Be sure you brush the back ones. That’s where the food goes to hide.”

    NARRATOR:
    The narrator Will Patton was excellent. I liked the way he sounded when two people were talking telepathically - like he was making a tunnel with his hands. I liked the way he did female voices; he softened and quieted his voice. It was good, not effeminate or weird like some male narrators.

    Genre: paranormal suspense thriller

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mike Naka 09-29-13
    Mike Naka 09-29-13 Member Since 2012

    Avid Zombie fan who's starting to listen to more and more Fantasy and Sci-Fi stories. So, my description is apt to change. Dog lover who's known to have cats. LOL C# coder, part-time prepper, B movie fan, AMC watcher, recovering but successful day trader, perpetual student, overjoyed uncle, former adrenaline junkie with a flare for cooking, and lots more. LOL

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    "rewarding conclusion to danny's story"
    Any additional comments?

    note: i've only read or listened to 3 other stephen king novel's (the shining, the stand, and the talisman) so i wouldn't be able to tell you if this was a "great" king novel, but i CAN tell you this is a truly good story.

    of all the books i've ever read or listened to, the shining is the one book i compare all others to when it comes to a good scare. to me, that is "horror." i haven't found many stories that are comparable, but maybe that's b/c i was 18 when i read it. even though it was the summer of my freshman year at college and was your typical meathead frat boy, the shining still scared me! but of course like many of you, i HAD to keep reading! LOL now in my late 30's, i was psyched to learn danny's story continued. so, i was eager to listen to doctor sleep. i wanted to know if i could be scared again.

    after listening to doctor sleep, i can safely say i wasn't scared again, but what i can say is that it was an entertaining story even though i never got the creeps. stephen king does a really good job portraying danny's life as an alcoholic. i found it kind of sad that he'd fallen to that level. i drank a lot in college, but i never felt like i had to drink just to make it to the next day. the theme of alcoholism plays a credible part of the story, especially when considering danny's family history. there's another compelling reason danny drinks, but i'd rather let you discover why instead of divulging it.

    listening to the story, i got attached to danny. i cared about his character. i was pulling for him to overcome his temptations to drink, and i found those scenes powerful and realistic.

    i really liked how stephen king integrated the character of abra into the story and how danny and abra finally come together. it's just one of those things that you keep listening for b/c you anticipate it soo much. needless to say, i had a few late nights. LOL stephen king does a good job pacing the story as danny's and abra's stories merge. i actually found myself getting kind of giddy!

    so yes, i bonded with the characters in the book. i also liked a lot of the minor characters, such as danny's friends. again, stephen king doesn't rush the story. he credibly builds frienndships so when friendship is called upon, it feels real and not contrived.

    as far as the villains, i didn't find them as scary as the overlook or its inhabitants, but the one creepy thing about them was their plainness- how they are able to hide in plain sight. geezzz...maybe i'm contradicting myself! but i can honestly say i'll never look at a rv the same way again! seriously! even though the villains didn't scare me, i LOATHED them. i soo wanted them to get their comeuppance! so on a level, i bonded with them.

    i enjoyed will patton's narration. his voice eases you into the story, his voice matches what i believe danny's would sound like.

    overall, i really enjoyed the story. if you're interested in finding out whatever happened to danny torrence, then listen to this story. it is a rewarding conclusionof his story!

    p.s. after listening to this, i'm definitely tempted to listen to more of stephen king's work, especially his older work b/c he is an exceptional storyteller!

    23 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 10-28-13
    Silvia Oakland, CA, USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Dr. Sleep Indeed! Dr. Sleepy In Fact."

    I am a huge Stephen King fan and consider him to be one of the best authors around. All that being said, Dr. Sleep left me sleepy rather than sleepless. The story seemed contrived and predictable. It certainly did not meet the usual high King standards. I almost felt as if he had run out of ideas and decided to dust off an enthralling tale of the super natural, hoping to touch on the glory of The Shining. Don't get me wrong--I still couldn't stop listening to this sequel; I just couldn't bring myself to care about any of the characters. Perhaps another and more serious problem was the narrator. Will Patton tried to inject the missing feeling into the book with an often sonorous voice that attempted to convey fear and tension. Instead, he interfered with the story, often detracting from the tale with his overly dramatic reading of simple sentences.

    However, an author as prolific and talented as Stephen King is entitled to an occasional miss. I will continue to look forward to his amazing offerings with anticipation.

    18 of 27 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries 10-14-13 Member Since 2013

    There are few things better than a good story well told!

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    "It's King and It's Good!"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Good trumps evil. Or maybe, redemption through courage. As with most of King's work, it's about the everyday monsters that steal our souls: fear, indecision, self-doubt. It's about which road to take when your back is against the wall or even knowing there is a choice. Very well done. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a good listen.


    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    jasper799 09-24-13
    jasper799 09-24-13
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    "18 hours"
    Any additional comments?

    How are there 13+ reviews on a book that was released less than 24 hours ago? The book is 18 1/2 hours long.

    81 of 129 people found this review helpful
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    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 12-26-13
    Stephanie wimberly, TX, United States 12-26-13 Member Since 2009

    I am a farrier and audiobooks really help time go by working alone. Audible makes it so much easier than using CD's!

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    "A new way to rate"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I do a LOT of audiobooks, and now I have a new way to rate. How many "Oh, ****!" moments are there? I can't keep count on Doctor Sleep. (I do NOT like the title but smarter folks than me picked it.)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    My head is still spinning. I can't tell you, there were many that made me stop what I was doing. I may listen to The Shining again and then this right after.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    I was just thinking, whoever got Will to do this was a genius, I love him in the James Lee Burke series but this may even be better. He really brought all the characters right into my head, without being overpowering at any time. No one was more of a standout, it was all very smooth and creepy in the right spots. (Wait, that hateful bitch may have been over the top a little but LOOK at her!)
    I got the shivers more than once.


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    Ah HA! I'm not the only one, eh? Can I get back to you on this? Something to do with the train, maybe. Or the Overlook, I don't know. Lots to choose from.


    Any additional comments?

    I told 3 friends about it and in days I got notes back that they were totally hooked on it, wondering how they had missed this one. The title may have something to do with it. I gotta tell you, I was worried when the end of the second part was approching, I was not near my house and was afraid I had not put in the last part! I might have stopped shoeing and gone home, but it was on my player, disaster averted again.
    Off to listen to Duma Key again....maybe now my second favorite King book.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Nicole 10-15-13
    Nicole 10-15-13
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    ""Abra" Cadabra- Steven King has done it again!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I am not familiar with Will Patton's readings but will now buy anything he reads. His narration was award winning perfection. I have not read much of Steven King since my college days and after listening to this book I am flooded with musings as to why I have always loved his work; perhaps it is because I grew up in Maine and find his novels quietly familiar, but I suspect mostly it is just because his books scare the crap out of me as they offer a roller coaster ride worth of fright with the hope that the ride will end and I can get off and go on with my life. I love the way Mr.King writes and this book was fantastic to listen and it was wonderful to "see" Danny again.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everything!


    10 of 16 people found this review helpful

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