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Doctor Sleep Audiobook

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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    Lorena NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY, United States 06-23-14
    Lorena NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "pretty demented"

    Great story about the secret lives of people with special powers, and the creatures that lurk in the night to prey on them. The story itself is violent and twisted, but the level of care that King takes in creating these elaborate lifelike monsters with their human weaknesses, and flawed antiheroes tortured by their pasts. This book is good for anyone with the stomach for a good horror novel, for all the wimps out there, keep moving.

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    Joshua Kring 06-22-14

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    "Really good... until the ending (no spoilers)"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes. It was a cool story. The fact that everything in 'The Shining' is all backstory is cool.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really good story and Will Patton did an awesome job reading it. Yet, the ending was kind of a let down. I found it to be kind of underwhelming. It was also a little confusing.

    This is just my opinion. I would be interested to know if anyone else feels the same. So, listen to it and drop me a line.

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    mjbooknerd 06-22-14
    mjbooknerd 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it! Stephen King is a great storyteller!"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's narration is perfect. He brings all of the characters to life. King's attention to detail is just the right amount to keep the reader interested but not so much that you get lost in the details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it all tied in with The Shining and then moved on to tell another great story that tied up all the loose ends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rose is finally defeated and the good guys win.


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    "King still has his magic"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    The characterizations.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra- tremendous complexity to her abilities


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Great range of voices and emotional expression


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This was a rollicking good sequel to "The Shining".
    I enjoyed the story (although I am not a horror fan). It kept my attention throughout. King is very creative with his ideas and very detailed in their development.

    What I didn't like:
    - too much use of causing harm to children as a currency to generate excitement
    - the plot developed over a very long period of years - not a fault in itself; it just didn't seem to forward the action to stretch it out over such a long period
    - Even as the intricate and well-turned strategy to go up against the massively powerful baddies took form, I couldn't help wondering "why not just stay out of their way for a few days and let them all expire from (won't spoil the surprise).
    Of course, the way it happened was much more suspenseful

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    Patricia 06-18-14
    Patricia 06-18-14
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    "Thrilling"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Loved listening to Will Patton


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

    Intensity


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not in the beginning. Middle on was spellbounding


    Any additional comments?

    Great follow-up to The Shining. Excellent story. Stephen King did not disappoint. Now, I want to know what happened to the ones that abandoned Rose. Did they just disappear for lack of Steam or did they get their own Steam? Hummmmm

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    Allison Dallas, TX, United States 06-16-14
    Allison Dallas, TX, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Enjoyable"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    Danny & Abra's portions were the best parts of the book. Good or evil, all of the secondary characters were entertaining too.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He did a fantastic job making each character sound unique. The only blip for me was Rose - I think he was going for macabre, but it was overdone.


    Any additional comments?

    I really, intensely, disliked the short, chopped up chapters. It didn't translate at all well in audio & yanked me out of the story when a new one was announced every 1-3 minutes.That said, I'd still listen to it again.

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    Daniel Lloydminster, SK, Canada 06-10-14
    Daniel Lloydminster, SK, Canada 06-10-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Will Patton was terrific!"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's performance was eerie, subtle and freightening. He got it spot-on!


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

    Any time Abra smiled her wicked, vengeful smile. She is one of my favorite new King characters.


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

    He is aware of the suspenceful moments before the reader is, so his voice fluctuations set the mood for the scene.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Mostly. A person has to take a break now and then, though.


    Any additional comments?

    Misery has always been the King book that scared me the most. It is one of his few horror books that doesn't incorporate any supernatural elements, and I found Annie Wilks to be the most terrifying villian I've ever read. However, Rosie the Hat might be a close second. She is chilling in her inhuman-ness and her unfeeling-ness toward us Rubes. And her anger was dangerous to behold. Well done, Mr. King.

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    Hazel Walker Indiana, USA 06-07-14
    Hazel Walker Indiana, USA 06-07-14 Member Since 2012
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    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    I love the narrator, I enjoyed the story, but it seemed to me that the battle that was built up to, was rushed at the end. I am glad that this book was written so we finally know what ever happen to the boy in The Shining. I recommend the book it was worth the time and effort for pure entertainment.


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

    The development of the little girl into a teenager. Finding out they were related was a surprise and seemed a little soap operaish.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Love to list to him perform the parts. He does a good job that keeps the reader engaged.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When the girl realizes she has a friend who understands.


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    Tonya 06-03-14
    Tonya 06-03-14 Member Since 2015
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    "OUTSTANDING!!!"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    The true purpose for Danny's ability.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Definitely Danny! He had this incredible but scary gift and yet his character stayed real as an everyday person going through life with ups and downs. Through it all, he was courageous and a true hero. He didn't let the dark in!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I really enjoyed all of it so with that being said, one of my favorites would have to be the set up battle at Cloud Gap.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Sleep deeper, as deep as you can. The pain you feel will only be a dream!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent read by the narrator. I could not put it down. Stephen King is truly the best!!!

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    Heather 05-31-14
    Heather 05-31-14 Member Since 2008
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    "New Stephen King Fan, and Absoutely LOVED this Boo"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, Hopeful, Pageturner


    What did you like best about this story?

    You could tell how much Stephen King put himself into this story, and although it is still the same genre as the Shining and other Stephen King books, it is also full of hope and promise and goodness.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Kept you entertained the whole way through, an you definitely got the personalities of all the characters.


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

    The Girl.


    Any additional comments?

    Would recommend this book to anyone, but you MUST read the Shining first. So glad I got to read the Shining for the first time (sooooo different from the movie) right before this book, and because I wanted to read this book. Excellent!

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