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Doctor Sleep: A Novel | [Stephen King]

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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. 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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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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    Amazon Customer Orange County, CA 09-27-13
    Amazon Customer Orange County, CA 09-27-13 Member Since 2009

    Sandikal

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    "Better than The Shining"

    Stanley Kubric's movie adaptation of "The Shining" is one of my favorite scary movies. So many people told me that I had to read the book that I finally did a few years ago. Now, Stephen King and his avid fans think the book is better, but I prefer the movie. "Doctor Sleep" is the story of a grown-up Danny Torrance. I was skeptical of a sequel to such a well-known story, especially after such a long time. I also approach Stephen King with caution. His books tend to be hit or miss with me. I thought "Salem's Lot" and "The Stand" rambled too much. I thought "Under the Dome" was very cliched and had a dumb ending. I love "Firestarter", "Joyland", and "11/22/63". "Doctor Sleep" falls into the category of Stephen King books that I love. I loved the characters and their relationships. The scary parts were suitably scary. Danny's character development seemed very authentic. I highly recommend this book with the caveat that you need to either read "The Shining" or see the movie before tackling this.

    Will Patton's narration is practically perfect. I'm not sure if I've listened to any of his narrations before, but I surely will again. When trying to decide between text and audio, a Will Patton narration will definitely swing me to the audio.

    17 of 25 people found this review helpful
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    jasper799 Fairview, TN 09-24-13
    jasper799 Fairview, TN 09-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    How are there 13+ reviews on a book that was released less than 24 hours ago? The book is 18 1/2 hours long.

    79 of 120 people found this review helpful
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    Jeff Daugherty Princeton, KY USA 10-11-13
    Jeff Daugherty Princeton, KY USA 10-11-13 Member Since 2003
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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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 12-17-13
    Eva Hardinsburg, IN, United States 12-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Worth the wait!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Oh goodness, can't they both be good? I have to admit there is a strong attraction and fulfillment in holding a book and reading. It has a certain attraction, a calming that no other source of entertainment can quite compare to. However with that being said, audio books allow me to have the time to listen to a book that I may not otherwise have. In our hustle and bustle world, I like many find that we have less time for the pure pleasures of life that such things as reading can provide. I like so many have a long commute to work. I drive an hour one way. With audio that means I get at least two hours a day to listen to a book. To find myself lost in another world. I'm thankful for that two hours, even if it's not the same as it would be to sit down and read a book.


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

    There were so many; but I think one of the poignant is when Dan finds the first message on his blackboard.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't before now. He did a great job


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

    I don't know that I would rename it even if I could. At first Dr. Sleep seems................odd. But as the book goes on and you see how he's helping people; it becomes quite fitting.


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Michelle Lansing, MI, United States 10-18-13
    Michelle Lansing, MI, United States 10-18-13
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    "Troubled times for Danny Torrence"
    Any additional comments?

    Turns out, Danny Torrence has had a very rough time since the events of The Shining! This was another excellent Stephen King choice. I would have gone with 5 stars overall, but I'm using 11/22/63 and Joyland as my measuring stick and this one didn't quite resonate with me as much as those two, but it was a very excellent and meaningful story. The story moved at a good pace and was very quick to draw me in; took me less than a week to read, I think! As always, King's characters were very well developed and easy to care about. And, on the opposite end, he also gave us some pretty despicable villains, monsters, really, and some great and terrible moments of horror and fright. In addition to the entertainment value, there were also the deeper themes of death, redemption and forgiveness to reflect on. This was an excellent pick and very much worth the immediate use of my precious credit, I was not in the least disappointed and I know I will listen to this one again. Oh, and a nice choice this close to Halloween, too!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    C. Keogh Austin, TX 10-17-13
    C. Keogh Austin, TX 10-17-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Classic King"

    First of all, if you've only seen the movie "The Shining" and not read the novel - please for the love of whatever you consider holy - read the novel. No offense to the late, great Mr. Kubrick, but he butchered the story with that film. Anyone who has not read "The Shining" must do so before picking up this sequel or the richness of the story will be lost.

    I was a little worried about a sequel as most tend to be watered-down extensions of a great story that only serve to make the writer more money. And good on the writer for that, by the way, get it! But this was a truly great story. It held me so greatly that I was irritated to have to return to real life to work, or sleep or anything else normal folks do. I just wanted to remain in the world of the story. And honestly, I was curious to see what had become of little Danny Torrance.

    As the now grown Dan Torrance struggles with past and present demons, he meets a little girl who possesses the same gift that he has - the shining. It is around her stunning abilities that the story evolves as good fights evil and man fights himself. It is classic King and I highly recommend diving into this story for a truly satisfying read.

    ...but not before you read "The Shining" dammit.

    Will Patton did a remarkable job narrating, deftly switching from the voice of an innocent little girl to the raspy growl of pure evil. I'll be searching out other books that he's narrated.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 10-17-13
    D. DeVries Northwest, IN. 10-17-13 Member Since 2009

    I have a quilting business. Since I love to read, I cannot read a book and quilt at the same time. Now I can listen to books and quilt too.

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    "Top Notch"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I can't compare because I did not read the print book. But, the audio version is wonderful. Although I wouldn't mind having a print copy to read on a cold winter day/night. This book would be enjoyed in both audio and print.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I think I liked best the fact that Danny's story from a little boy took him to a grown man and how he battled his 'own demons' and went past them.


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

    He truly brought the characters to life for me. I have never listened to an audio book read by Patton, althoug know him from TV and the movies. I was truly very pleasantly surprised and pleased at what a fabulous job he did with all the characters.


    Any additional comments?

    I was 100% happy with the story and the reading. This one will be listened to over and over. Great job by King and Great job by Patton.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Diana louisville, KY, United States 10-16-13
    Diana louisville, KY, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2006
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    "review with a note to Will Patton"
    Any additional comments?

    This story is not "the shining part 2," it's not about the overlook hotel, it's about Danny Torrence all grown up, and it's very, very good. I will listen again, and I probably won't wait very long to do so. As for the narration...Dear Mr. Patton, I may not always remember names when I see a movie, but I remember faces, and voices. I knew yours at once. When I realized who was reading to me I was pleasantly intrigued. Now that I am through the book I am truly impressed. Mr. King created these characters, and you really brought them to life--every man, woman, and child. I will remember your name now, and I look forward to your next performance in whatever genre.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 10-14-13
    Kim Venatries Philadelphia, PA USA 10-14-13 Member Since 2010

    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.


    5 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Jeffrey Wieseman GA United States 10-10-13
    Jeffrey Wieseman GA United States 10-10-13 Member Since 2007

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    "Will Patton narrating Stephen King!!"

    Will Patton narrating Stephen King!! Go ahead and put me down for every book with this combo again audible. I re-read The Shining 2 months ago, knowing this book was coming out. Glad I did.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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