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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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    Shari PA, USA 10-25-13
    Shari PA, USA 10-25-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Wonderful sequel!!!!"

    I find some of Stephen King's books to be tiresome of late. This is not one of those. This is the story of Dan Torrance after The Shining. There was no disappointment. I was enthralled by "the shining," Abra, and the evil characters in the book. The narration was wonderful. We walk through the years with Dan as he deals with life after the loss of his father. He has to come to grips with who he is in time so he can help a little girl named Abra deal with the dangerous people coming to find her.

    A must read (or listen-to).

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    B. McHugh Oxford, PA 10-24-13
    B. McHugh Oxford, PA 10-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Not disappointed."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is not a fan of sequels. Stephen King continues the story not where it left off, but where it would be.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Teresa Cupertino, CA, United States 10-24-13
    Teresa Cupertino, CA, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Thank Goodness Stephen King is writing sequels..."
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Grown-up Danny Torrance


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan Torrance has become an incredibly complex man. Layers and layers of depth built into his character though not surprising considering what he's been through since he was a very young child. He's a sad man, though if Stephen King were to write, how Dan Torrance felt about himself by the end of the book I don't think Dan would view himself as sad. He is a layered, complex man who accepts who he is and makes no excuses for himself.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    He is able to emote with each character, whether they be young or old.


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

    It definitely was a book I could not stop listening too, in fact, I'm back listening to The Shining because of Dr. Sleep.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm really pleased that Stephen King is revisiting some of his classics, it's natural to want to know what happened to Danny Torrance at the end of The Shining. I also wanted to know what happened to Jack Sawyer at the end of The Talisman which you find out if you read "Black House" I hear Stephen King and Peter Straub might be writing a "final" book to The Talisman. Stephen King doesn't necessarily write HEAs but he does write satisfying endings to his stories. This audiobook hooked me in from the start!

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    steve champion fresno, CA United States 10-24-13
    steve champion fresno, CA United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2012
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    "I always wondered what happened to Danny..."

    I think SK is getting soft... Not to be a spoiler, but NONE of the good guys die!!
    The bad guys are great and the story is wonderful, however the bad guys do things that they wouldn't do... They are 1000 year old creatures, who would have had to learn from mistakes over low those many years, but the leader makes the same mistakes over and over... I thought SK was setting constant reader up for a huge twist... but it never came...
    Im satisfied but I wanted more!!

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    Julius washington, DC, United States 10-24-13
    Julius washington, DC, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Too Easy"

    This was such a clean feeling book...Not quite what I would hope for from Steven King WuTang Style oh well...still wanted to get to the end....

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    J. Fermenich Madison, WI 10-24-13
    J. Fermenich Madison, WI 10-24-13 Member Since 2012

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    "Stephen King has found his groove back."
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The story's originality was so refreshing. In a genre where telepathy is cliche' and every plot line seems to have been explored a thousand times before, Doctor Sleep is full of new ideas and original twists.


    Any additional comments?

    It took a few chapters for me to get used to Will Patton's style of narration. The character voices were a bit distracting from time to time, almost closer to voice acting than straight narration which for some books is needed, but Stephen King's writing usually makes it very clear who is speaking what dialogue, so I don't think the voice acting is as necessary as it is with other writers.

    That being said, once I got sucked into the story, I couldn't stop listening. Bravo Mr. King.

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    Pamela Cleveland OH, United States 10-24-13
    Pamela Cleveland OH, United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2011
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    "You'll Sleep When You're Dead"

    What an excellent book. I really hope that King considers a sequel so we find out what Abra becomes as we did Dan.

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    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 10-24-13
    Sophie Smeenk Netherlands 10-24-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Great initiation!"

    Although I'm a big fan of Stephen King, I had never read his book The Shining, because I was a bit afraid it would be too scary. Then when Doctor Sleep came out I decided to read the two consecutively and boy, what a read it was! Somehow Stephen King has succeeded in creating a whole new, suspenseful and thrilling book without riding on the success of The Shining. At the same time the two books merge beautifully and, at least for me, form a great unity. Dan Torrence, his family and Abra have become a real life characters. I'm so glad I've read the two books consecutively, making these Audible books an outstanding listening experience! Both Campbell Scott and Will Patton (where do they find these great readers!?) did a fantastic job of bringing these characters to life. I can recommend everyone who hasn't read The Shining, to start reading it now and follow it up with Doctor Sleep. I loved it and will return to these books many times!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    N. Alexander Hollywood, CA 10-24-13
    N. Alexander Hollywood, CA 10-24-13
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    "The greatest audiobook performance, ever."
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Psychics shouldn't drink.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Doctor John was a fantastic and well-rounded character. He's the witness, the skeptic, and the go-between.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I've been listening to books for 20 years, and I've never in my life heard a better performance. Will Patton's voice transforms, not just for different characters' dialogue, but throughout the story - to suit the mood of the scene, or the emotions of the characters in it. His voice did acrobatic tricks I've never heard, swooping up in lilting sing-song one moment, and dipping down to sinister depths the next. This book has to be heard to be believed.


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

    I'd take Dan Torrance, as long as he didn't bring any uninvited guests.


    Any additional comments?

    This is quite simply the finest performance you'll hear in an audiobook this year, or maybe ever.

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    Gail H. Cramer Susanville, CA United States 10-24-13
    Gail H. Cramer Susanville, CA United States 10-24-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Perhaps THE best Stephen King EVER!"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    What a wonderfully written sequel to the Shining. Mr. King's humor, insight, compassion, brilliance and incredible timing have made this story a multilevel experience. Like his classic, the "Stand"- I'm going to re-read it someday and experience even more of his phenomenal writing talent. I really mean that! This is not merely a "scary" book, that is just a small part of the greatness of this story. Heart warming, insightful, tension building like no-body's business and, yes, scary - but with heart. Enjoy..... I did!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan and Abra - read it and you will know why.... :)


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

    No, but his performance was brilliant. Yes!!


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

    I would have all to "good" characters come over for a barbecue in my back yard.


    Any additional comments?

    Read it, and lets talk!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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