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Doctor Sleep Audiobook

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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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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    Todd 03-09-15
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    "As good as the Shinning!
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    It's as good as the Shinning to me anyway, it does it justice, a must have.

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    Morgan L. 03-05-15
    Morgan L. 03-05-15 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic!"

    i couldn't stop listening! once again mr. king did not let me down! if you read the shinning you must read this!

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    Saurav K. Ghosh 03-04-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Forgot exactly how excellent Stephen King is"

    Awesome continuation of the Shining saga... I hope there are more! He can easily continue with Abra. Long Live King!

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    Steph 03-03-15
    Steph 03-03-15
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    "AMAZING!"

    I loved it! Kept me on my toes the whole time, Walking has never been so interesting before! Great book.

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    john Elkhorn, NE, United States 03-02-15
    john Elkhorn, NE, United States 03-02-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Great"

    I was not disappointed with this book at all. Great to see a extension/conclusion to a great story. Love it!

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    Monte 03-02-15
    Monte 03-02-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Enjoyed it as much as The Shining"

    Great characters, great story and a Great reader.
    Kept my attention throughout the whole story. The ending didn't leave you hanging.

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    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-01-15
    Lynda Waseca, MN, United States 03-01-15 Member Since 2008

    Variety...the spice of life! I read a variety of genres. From historical fiction, to murder mystery, to vampires and on to teen fiction.

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    "Dr Sleep was not what I expected; in a GOOD way!"

    This book is the sequel to The Shining, so I made sure to read that first and I was glad I did. This book centers on the mother and son (and the man that saves them) from The Shining. I enjoyed this book more than its prequel! It wasn't what I expected either, but I mean that in a good way. It is definitely a book that involves the supernatural, as was The Shining. In this saga, the boy (Dan Torrance) is now a man and is living with all his baggage from this past. He must try to overcome the things that still haunt him because those "things" are NOT gone, but ready to prey on another young person. In this story, we really get to know the man that Dan has become and see the depth of his character. We also get to know that pure evil exists in this world that people like Dan must face head on, lest we all fall victim to those "unknown" things around us. You'll enjoy this listen as I did. It was well worth the audible credit. Enjoy!

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    Rebecca Rogers 03-01-15
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    "Bravo for Dr Sleep!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I'm planning to start the book playing again right away. Back to back--same way I read "IT". Stephen King always scares the crud out of me and this is no exception.Will Patton's performance is the best I've ever heard. Way to commit, Mr Patton!


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

    It's unique! Compare? Who to insult?


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't do spoilers either...but pretty much any of the scenes with Rose the Hat. Whoa!


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

    Definitely Rose.


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    Andi Ackerman 02-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "So freaking fun!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Nope.


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

    Well, as hard as this may be to believe, The Shining, by an up-and-coming young author, Stephen King. Not terrifying like the Shining, but in the same flavor and very suspenseful.


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

    He can do no wrong. They were all fab.


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

    Dick Halloran's grandmother. Or Dick. Because.


    Any additional comments?

    Thanks for a great time!

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    Linda 02-28-15
    Linda 02-28-15
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    "Excellent!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I would definitely listen to Doctor Sleep a second time. It's fun to catch small details that I may have missed the first time around.


    What did you like best about this story?

    If you ever wondered about what happened to the boy in The Shining, this story tells us.


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

    Will Patton is wonderful at bringing characters to life for the reader.


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