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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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    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!

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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!!!

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    IAN Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10-24-13
    IAN Montreal, Quebec, Canada 10-24-13 Member Since 2008
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    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    I will listen to this again but maybe not at night.


    What did you like best about this story?

    This story was compelling enough to make me want to keep going.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Top of the world.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    The shine keeps on shining.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marcabian Fleet Commander CA United States 10-23-13
    Marcabian Fleet Commander CA United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2009

    Hail, Marcabia

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    "Good story, just not scary"

    I'm feeling very ambivalent about this one. While the story was generally entertaining and well paced, it just seemed to lack oomph. The narration was stellar and really cemented the northeastern setting King's stories are known for. King described it as "balls-to-the-wall, keep-the-lights-on horror." It just wasn't. (For comparison, Bag of Bones kept me awake nights. IT gave every clown I've seen since a sinister appearance. This story just not hitting par.)

    My chief complaint was this story just wasn't scary, or even very suspenseful, something the Shining had in spades. While the Shining was fully creepy and genuinely terrifying, the bad guys here were just not frightening to me. In fact, the Knot, a group of middle-aged RV travelers who just happen to eat the souls of psychic children, are portrayed a touch too sympathetically to be genuinely scary.

    The story has many overlong passages about alcoholism and AA. Dan's alcoholism is obviously important to the story, but his bottoming out is lackluster, and his demons seem weak. One expects a redemption story, but it never really happens, because he's never really that tormented. The character is decent, but weak.

    The story also lacks suspense in any meaningful way, the baddies are dispatched too easily, and people react in pretty unlikely ways- such as Dan deciding he must get a good night's sleep before rescuing a drugged, stranded child from a hotel room- which her parents inexplicably agree to. The story is full of weird moments like this, and more than a few deus et machina moments made a lot of the story aggravating. In the end, I was left wondering if Dan was even necessary to the plot.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 10-23-13
    Wiegand South Charleston, WV, United States 10-23-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Outstanding sequel to the Shining"

    Will Patton was the perfect narrator for this story. His voice is easy to listen to, but he has several great "character" voices too. The narration is done by the main character, and Patton's natural voice is perfect for the part. Somehow he manages to be both endearing and a little creepy at the same time.

    King has successfully provided some closure to the Shining, as well as add a whole new sub-plot. This is not a nostalgia-fest but instead a whole new creepy story with enough ties to the old story to be both familiar and suspenseful at the same time.

    All of King's books have been top-notch in both performance and story, and Doctor Sleep is no different. One of my new favorites. Oh, and yes there is enough loose ends for a follow up... (Please?)

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    Roberta HALF MOON BAY, CA, United States 10-22-13
    Roberta HALF MOON BAY, CA, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2010

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    "Wonderful! Don't hesitate, buy it!"

    I have been a fan of Stephen King for a long time, since he first started publishing. I didn't want to get my hopes up in regards to this book because the original was so good - heck, you know what they say about sequels.

    Be aware that the book takes a while to build the characters and give background information. The first half was interesting, but I started getting really hooked on the story when I was about halfway thru, when I was glued to my (car)seat, on tenterhooks and waiting anxiously for the next chapter to begin.

    King doesn't disappoint with old characters, new ones, and a really good showdown at the end. Will Patton was EXCELLENT as the narrator - he voiced Danny Torrance so well (and King wrote the character so realistically) that I'm a little embarrassed to say I had a bit of a crush on Danny when I finished the novel.

    Buy this book and listen to it - you won't be disappointed.

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    Donna Boaz, AL, United States 10-22-13
    Donna Boaz, AL, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2013
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    "EXCELLENT!!!!"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting! Terrifying! Addicting!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan Torrance was my favorite because the listener really got to know him and appreciate his experiences and his journey throughout the book!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton was EXCELLENT!!! I cannot imagine anyone but him narrating this book!! He was so believable as each character's voice!


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

    Absolutely! I literally could NOT wait for my 2 hour commute back and forth to work!!!


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent!!! Will Patton was wonderful!

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    Rachael United States 10-22-13
    Rachael United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Great book by Stephen King!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes. Because I loved the characters and story.


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

    The Shining. Because I love the "psychic" connections.


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

    Dan T.


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

    Dan T. Because he is just a normal guy with everyday problems that has this amazing ability.


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to another Stephen King novel!

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    Sandra United States 10-22-13
    Sandra United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Book . . ."
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Will Patton?

    Definitely


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

    Nothing


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

    Yes


    What character would you cut from Doctor Sleep?

    None


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed this book. King put Shining history in but just enough. One of SK's best efforts.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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