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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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    Gina M. Burns 02-09-14

    Gina Marie

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    "Great sequel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This book is the sequel to a King great "The Shining" starts out a bit slow but in typical King fashion slams you into the book's story line that you cant possible put down!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra Stone because the character was so well thought out & complex


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

    The Narrator did a convincing job of his portrayal of many diverse personalities


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Rose the hat~pure evil disquised brilliantly


    Any additional comments?

    I'm not entirely sure Stephen King is human at all! lol

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 02-07-14
    Tamurill Dayspring Virtual Reality 02-07-14 Member Since 2012

    Freelance Writer

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    "Not one of his best. :("

    I have long been a fan of Stephen King, from the first book I read, Firestarter, collecting his books in hard copy for my library. His have always been books that take patience to begin as he builds his characters and sets the foundation for a fabulous plot but this one seemed to be lacking his usual flair. It was interesting and he did a nice job of continuing the story from the shining but it just didn't have the "umph" that his earlier books did.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammi Jacksonville, FL, United States 02-07-14
    Tammi Jacksonville, FL, United States 02-07-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Fantastic!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes. The narrator was wonderful. Audio is great when you have to drive a lot.


    Who was the most memorable character of Doctor Sleep and why?

    Rose. Pure evil.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Scott USA 02-06-14
    Scott USA 02-06-14 Member Since 2010

    “A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies…The man who never reads lives only one.” (George R. R. Martin)

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    "Still Some Shining Left"
    Any additional comments?

    This audiobooks is a gift for Stephen King fans. It’s a return to the type of dark, chilling stories (The Shining, It, and The Stand) that made Stephen King a household name. In Doctor Sleep Stephen King revisits The Shining’s protagonist, Danny Torrence – who is now grown up – and has retained some of his psychic, shining abilities after a long and difficult bout with substance abuse. Now, Danny faces a far more dangerous foe than he found lurking in the bowels of the Overlook Hotel – a vampire-like band of gypsies that feed off of the steam emitted from murdered children gifted with psychic abilities. However, this time Danny has an extremely powerfully ally. Will Patton does an extraordinary job with the narration. His ability to inhabit a vast array of characters – from teenaged girls to hundred-year-old vampires – and give each one their own unique personality is impressive – and really gives the audiobook an extra, theatrical dimension, that one might miss reading the novel.

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    Darcy SMYRNA, DE, United States 02-05-14
    Darcy SMYRNA, DE, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Narration Could Use Some Work"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Story was good. Not Stephen King's best work, but probably one of the better books he's put out in a while.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The volume on the narration is all over the place. The narrator goes from a whisper to a yell in the blink of an eye. I found myself adjusting the volume up and down throughout the entire book, which became extremely distracting.


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    Nelena 02-05-14
    Nelena 02-05-14
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    "Skipped a chapter"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    No, not better than the printed version


    What did you like best about this story?

    The authors ability to character sketch


    Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

    Yes


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    The audio version played through the "Cloud-Player" skipped a chapter that was crucial to the story. I am wondering where the origin of the error occurs.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-05-14
    Stacy CHARLESTON, WV, United States 02-05-14 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Excellent novel"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    This was one of King's better works. I have read several of his titles and this one is better than most, which is saying something. He didn't overload this one with disgusting or vile scenes and it's an edge-of-your-seat plot that keeps you wondering.


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amanda United States 02-04-14
    Amanda United States 02-04-14 Member Since 2013

    A true Georgia Peach! Love reading but it's hard to find the time so I am a huge fan of audiobooks.

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    "Stephen King Does It Again!"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Great. Gripping. Imaginative.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Learning about Danny Boy as an adult and how he learned to cope with the tragedies from his childhood. I liked the references to the Shining, the fact that Doc was in this book, and I really loved Abra and how everything comes full circle for Dan.


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

    Will brought the characters to life and added intensity to the story.


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    debbie privette 02-04-14 Member Since 2015
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    "so far my favorite Steven King"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    this book keep me rooting for the good guys and so thrilled every time one of the bad ones got theirs ! I cant imagine anyone else on this planet doing a better job as narrator ! I will be looking for more books told by Will Patton !


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favorite?

    Billy


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

    yes! but I wanted to make it last ..


    Any additional comments?

    I love that Mr. Steven King puts such real life in all his characters and how Will Patton brought them to life ! I love my audio books !!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 02-02-14
    Harriet Kill Devil Hills, NC, United States 02-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of the best books I've read!"
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    Stephen King has done it again. Great job! I couldn't stop listening.
    Would love to see a movie of it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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