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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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    Swad 01-31-14
    Swad 01-31-14

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    "Read The Shining First"
    Any additional comments?

    If you've never read The Shining, read it a dozen or more years ago, or have only seen the movie, get a copy of The Shining and devour it before starting this one. You won't be sorry and this awesome and creepy story will have that much more dimension for you.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph tabb, Vatican City State (Holy See) 01-31-14
    Joseph tabb, Vatican City State (Holy See) 01-31-14 Member Since 2010
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    "King at his best"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I didn't read it only listened to it...but i can imagine reading it was even close to listening


    What did you like best about this story?

    i was on the edge of my seat for the whole book


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    Jodina LEXINGTON, OHIO, United States 01-30-14
    Jodina LEXINGTON, OHIO, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it!"

    Gotta love the Overlook:) The story was quite creepy and the speaker was perfect!

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    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 01-30-14
    Bette Gustine, CA, United States 01-30-14 Member Since 2008
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    "A Huge Disappointment."

    I guess I'm a minority to hate this book, but it was awful. I I've enjoyed many of Stephen Kings earlier works, so I recently bought 'The Shining' to read, since I'd only seen the movie. Both book and movie were great, but very different from one another. I bought 'The Shining' in preparation for King's "Sleep Doctor". "Sleep Doctor" was difficult to follow, none of the characters were likeable or scary-evil and the story rambled on until I wasn't sure if I was back at Part 1 or in Part 3. I want a refund.

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    Fred long beach, CA, United States 01-29-14
    Fred long beach, CA, United States 01-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Another masterful King novel!"

    The Shining was one of only a few books I had not read by Stephen King. So, I bought the Kindle book and read it before I listened to Doctor Sleep. The stories compliment each other very well in ways that I cannot explain without spoiling the fun. Doctor Sleep is a much more exciting story. It's not as dark and brooding as The Shining. Stephen King is only getting better with age. Great characters, great story, and a perfect ending!

    Kudos to Will Patton for a wonderful narration full of unique and character fitting voices.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 01-29-14
    Amazon Customer Unchartered Territories 01-29-14 Member Since 2009

    Look upward and see the wonders I've seen

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    "Redrum, Redrum 30 years later ..."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The Shining was the first Stephen King novel I read. Years later I traveled to Colorado and saw a place like The Overlook in the mountains and read The Shining again on the trip home. Picking up this book was like visiting with an old friend after not seeing them for a very long time.


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

    It's prequel The Shining. The Shining and some of his earlier books was Stephen King writing at his best. In the last ten years he has written Under the Dome, 11-22-63 and Doctor Sleep and it is like Sherman set the WayBack machine and we have younger Stephen King writing again. I love the characters in this book, specifically Danny now Dan Torrance.


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

    Dan Torrance. Hands down. He was so real. Beautifully flawed and human. Abra Stone who was such a wonderful reminder of little Danny Torrance.


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

    Shining on...


    Any additional comments?

    Mr. King's last three books have given me an even greater regard for him as an author. I will admit I stopped reading him around Rose Madder, but picked him up again with Under The Dome and it is like reuniting with an old friend. Not only have I enjoyed the three books mentioned earlier but also his wonderful Joyland.

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    Jeff Platte City, MO, United States 01-28-14
    Jeff Platte City, MO, United States 01-28-14 Member Since 2012
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    "I loved this book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I really enjoyed Will Patton's style and the story was back to Stephen King's original style. It was so good, that sometimes I sat in my driveway so I could hear the last of a chapter. I was very disappointed when it ended.


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    Mike garman 01-28-14
    Mike garman 01-28-14 Member Since 2014
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    "A SHINING example of Stephen King"

    The much requested[according to King]sequel to "The Shining" does not disappoint !!
    IF you have not listened to the unabridged version of "The Shining" I suggest you do so first.
    The great thing about about this is when you get the typical "Let Down" because an engrossing story is over and you want more.........You have "Doctor Sleep" to look forward to !!
    While Doctor Sleep is a continuation...It is not just more of the same....
    Different plot,different situation but with the main character .......well........I don't want to give anything away.
    "Doctor Sleep" stands by itself but by listening to"The Shining" you will enrich your enjoyment of "Doctor Sleep",especially if you only saw the movie[different experience]or read the book years ago.King is at his best in both books.Masterful story telling,intriguing plot,all the things you expect from Stephen King who draws from both his drinking and recovery days.
    Without giving away the plot,the horror and fear part comes from the mundane world around us that we would never suspect that must be dealt with by a person far from perfect,beset by his own inner demons and many of the problems we all face.
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    Will Patton narrating Stephen King........what's not to like ??

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    Jill-O SPOTSYLVANIA, VA, United States 01-24-14
    Jill-O SPOTSYLVANIA, VA, United States 01-24-14 Member Since 2015

    Amazon is my favourite way to shop!

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    "One The Best Ever Listens!"
    Any additional comments?

    Wow, what a great book! Stephen King is the best story spinner of our time. I put off reading (listening to) this book since it is the sequel to The Shining, and I had read that decades ago and didn't know that I would remember it fully. SK just weaves the story so well and even though I think I read The Shining probably 30 years ago, this story draws you in within a few moments. I think it's probably one of SK's best and it was really fun to see what had become of "the little boy from The Shining". This is set primarily in current day and I don't think any SK fan, any fan of the genre, or any person who is just looking to be entertained would be able to stop thinking about this book long after they've finished reading or listening to it.

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    Beth Claremont, CA, United States 01-23-14
    Beth Claremont, CA, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Chilling and Creepy"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The descriptions and sound effects were good. made my hair stand up on the back of my neck at times.


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

    I gave this as a gift. The best part was the excitement upon receiving it from my girlfriend.


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

    he was engaging.


    Any additional comments?

    I am happy with my purchase. Well done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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