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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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    Stephanie Portland, WA US 10-26-13
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    "had so looked forward to this book..."
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Will Patton?

    No. His books have disappointed me 99% of the time.


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

    Moved the story along....he goes on too many tangents making it arduous to listen to.


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

    Don't know...depends If story was appealing.


    What character would you cut from Doctor Sleep?

    No way to answer that as entire story would change and who knows for better or worse.


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    ELSBETH whittier, CA, United States 10-25-13
    ELSBETH whittier, CA, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Lived up to expectations...."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Yes. Will Patton did a great job. This is one of those times where I'm even listening at work....I cannot press pause!


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

    Probably the Shining....although I cared more about the characters in this book.


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

    Billy


    If you could rename Doctor Sleep, what would you call it?

    not sure, the title seems appropriate


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    Josephine Milford, CT, United States 10-25-13
    Josephine Milford, CT, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2011

    LOVE LOVE LOVE AUDIBLE. My Three hour daily commute is now enriched and relaxing.

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    "Stephen King has done it again"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Worth the wait


    What did you like best about this story?

    The strong characters


    Which scene was your favorite?

    AA meetings with sponser


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

    It made me do all of the above


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    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 10-25-13
    Julie Jones Stevenson Ranch, CA United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Stephen King at his best"

    After just reading The Shining for the first time then going straight to Doctor Sleep it was a fun ride indeed. Doctor Sleep did exactly what I need an audio book to do...make me not want to get out of the car when I get home and look forward to getting in the car the following morning to listen some more. The story was great. Just when I thought I had figured something out I was surprised all over again. I just finished the book and am already sad because I will miss listening on the way home. I truly loved this book.

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    sglittle Cartersville, GA, United States 10-25-13
    sglittle Cartersville, GA, United States 10-25-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Stephen King does not disappoint with this sequel."
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    Aside from the great story, Will Patton delivered a riveting performance. It was one of the best narrations I have had the pleasure of listening to.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Stephen's humanization of the substance abuser and the personal hell they go through. I loved the fact that Danny was able to do what his father couldn't by putting down the bottle and learning to live as a man free of alcohol.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The moment when Danny and his father's ghost connected with a familiar gesture of love. I cried and cried.


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

    Rose of course! The beauty with the jaunty top hat and the monster that lurked beneath the mask of youth and guile, she was a formidable foe.


    Any additional comments?

    I don't think the story could be improved upon, loved it!

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    Shari 10-25-13
    Shari 10-25-13

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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 10-24-13
    B. McHugh 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.


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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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    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 10-24-13
    Julius 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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