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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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    Christina MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, United States 10-29-13
    Christina MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, United States 10-29-13
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    "Will Patton is a perfect choice for a great sequel"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    If given the choice, I much prefer reading than audiobooks, but Will Patton was one of the most enjoyable narrators I've heard so far. It felt more like listening to a play than someone merely reading aloud. I also love that he didn't talk super-slow like some of the narrators do.


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

    I think he did Rose really well, and I was impressed by the breadth of his character "voices." I could tell immediately who was speaking by the character he infused into each bit of dialogue.


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    BRET ODESSA, FL, United States 10-29-13
    BRET ODESSA, FL, United States 10-29-13 Member Since 2011

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    "bravo.."
    Any additional comments?

    I recently listened to 'The Shining' and to be honest..I thought it was just ok. For whatever reason I havent' really taken to King's earlier work but I really enjoy his more recent endevors (Dome, 11/22/63..ect). Doctor Sleep brings combines King's story telling
    with Will Patton who may be my favorite 'reader'. I've actually started listening to it a second time and I've only done that once before(and I've been listening for 30 years). The only problem with a work like this is..whatever I listen to next just doesn't seem to hold my interest as much. My mind is still in the Overlook.

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    Delilah Boston, MA 10-29-13
    Delilah Boston, MA 10-29-13

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    "The Sequel We Waited Decades For"

    Those of us who have shared lifetimes of reading and re-reading Stephen's The Shining have eagerly awaited it's long overdue sequel, Doctor Sleep. The Shining was written when Stephen King himself was suffering with addiction problems and is often seen as an allegory for substance abuse. Doctor Sleep, written by an author many years sober, casts The Shining's protagonist, now grown, as a recovering addict who has to deal with the demons of his drug-addled past while he faces the demons that King pens for him. This book was worth waiting for, and the audio version features an explanation and insight read by King that is most certainly worth the price of admission.

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    Duncan annapolis, MD, USA 10-28-13
    Duncan annapolis, MD, USA 10-28-13 Member Since 2005
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    "King is the "king" of audiobooks"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    top 5


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

    He is one of the best narrators I have listened to. I am not sure if I have heard anything else he has read.


    Any additional comments?

    I bounce all over Audible listening to this author and that, this genre and that. The only author that keeps me listening in my driveway after my commute home is Stephen King. I don't know why his stories grip me, but they do.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lisa United States 10-28-13
    Lisa United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2012
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    "THE PAST DEFINES THE FUTURE!!!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes! Stephen King is always so great with details and it's easy to miss some of the nuances of the story. It was a great story and I was kept very interested. Didn't want it to end.


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

    Can't elaborate without spoilers!


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

    Dan. King does a beautiful job of making him real and giving him the dimensions a real person would have.


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

    I never cried. I laughed a couple of times. However, I found myself talking out loud to the characters while I was listening. I was really into the story! I found myself cheering every time there was a "win."


    Any additional comments?

    TOTALLY AWESOME!

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    JonPaul COSTA MESA, CA, United States 10-28-13
    JonPaul COSTA MESA, CA, United States 10-28-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Kings epic ode to Alcoholics Anonymous"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The flow of the book was good, as with most King novels, and it keep my interest. The story was unique and well thought out.


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

    Ha Ha The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous. Don't get me wrong I actually work in the Alcohol and Addiction recovery field but it did seem at times that he was a bit heavy on the 12-Step stuff, King being an admitted recovering alcoholic himself, I think this book was as much about him doing his 12th step as it was to tell the story of a grown up Danny Torrence.


    Did Will Patton do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Yes, for the most part all of the voice acting was great I think they should have had a few actors do several of the parts to better define the difference between the male and female, good and bad creatures.


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

    Waned to, maybe. It would have been difficult even if I didn't have a busy schedule. I was captivated and listened for long periods toward the end but I found that it was a bit slow at times in the middle.


    Any additional comments?

    Not that it is a bad thing but to me it was very almost preachy when it came to A.A. and the 12-steps. I get how Danny was kind of like a Jack Torrence that had found the help he needed and was able to reign in his demons before it was to late. As I said I am in the field of Recovery but all the cliches and A.A. is the only way stuff has never sat well with me personally, though I have seen miracles happen it the Program and am an advocate of its work and purpose. If King wanted to write a book about his struggles with Alcoholism and his road to Recovery in A.A. I would most likely have read it and recommended it to my clients Doctor Sleep, However, as a pure work of literature was good, not extraordinary nor bad. I do find it ironic that he was in his disease when he wrote The Shining and in Recovery when he wrote Dr. Sleep but not surprised.

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    "Another fabulous book from Mr. King!!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I most definitely WILL listen to it again. The reader is the best reader I've heard since Loralei who reads the Charley Davidson books by Daynda Jones. The story is sooooo good and I can't get enough time to listen. I just don't want to put it down!


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

    The dialect is awesome!! The voices he gives the characters bring them to life!


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    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-27-13
    Janet&Greg Huntington Beach, CA, United States 10-27-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Refund, Refund, Refund...."
    What disappointed you about Doctor Sleep?

    I've read 85% of Stephen Kings novels. However this one is terrible. Why this book received a 4.5 rating is baffling to me. After two hours and 18 minutes I call it quits. There is no redeeming character or situation that appeals to me. For the readers out there that are filling their brains with this muck, good luck.


    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not write it


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator was good


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Doctor Sleep?

    all of them


    Any additional comments?

    Stephen King has gone the way of Dean Koontz....just filling pages with pure junk. At one time in my life Koontz and King were my favourite authors.

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    Susan'sEarbuds 10-27-13
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    "Chilling Complexity Keeps You Hooked"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    if you took a shining to The Shining, Dr. Sleep will please any desire you have to reconnect with the bizarre world of the hotel and Dan--the kid who survives.


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

    There are many, many scenes that I remember but here is one that happens early on. It's actually also a remembering of a scene lived within a stupor but recalled the next day. We are taken through what are awakenings and realizations but are the to Dan, but are they only that? Let's say that time is rather plastic in that scene and the listener only realizes it later in the book.


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

    Will Patton is a fabulous performer of the whole range of chilling personalities in the book. His narration intensifies the chilling and tragic edginess of the conflict in the story.


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

    Dan. He'd become a true friend, indeed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    NZ Quilter Christchurch, SI New Zealand 10-27-13
    NZ Quilter Christchurch, SI New Zealand 10-27-13 Member Since 2012
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    "A worthy 'sequel'"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    gripping, intriguing, satisfying.


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

    For me, Dr Sleep compared to other favourite King books including It and The Stand, but unlike those two it actually had a satisfying ending and didn't start running out of gas in the last quarter. I often find King novels to have wonderful beginnings and middles but deeply unsatisfying endings. Dr Sleep maintained its pace for the duration of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to mention, but I particularly liked the idea of young Dan learning how to use the 'lock boxes' in his mind.


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

    This book had me sitting in my parked car (I listen to my Audible books mainly whilst driving) more times than I can count, because I HAD to listen to the end of a chapter - always a sign of great book to me.


    Any additional comments?

    Initially I wasn't sure that I was going to enjoy Will Patton's narration, but after about 20mins or so I really started to like what he was doing with all the characters. Overall, I think he gave a masterful performance with such a wide variety of characters - young, old, male, female, - he was pleasure to listen to and his voice work really made the story come alive for me.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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