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Doctor Sleep Audiobook
Doctor Sleep
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Will Patton
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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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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-07-14
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "King Writes a Great Sequel"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy Stephen Kings books too much to not want to reminisce with his tales and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra Stone was such a brave young little lady. You rooted for her from the beginning. Dan Torrance was heroic but scarred. His tale was very heavy. Seeing what happened to him since the Overlook made you look for a positive ending for Abra's tale.


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

    Patton reads with such emotion, so just reading it you might miss this bit of life he breaths into it.


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

    The True Knot


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    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-05-14
    Tara Saunders Madison, PA, United States 07-05-14 Member Since 2012

    i love to listen!

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    "I would recommend!"

    Very good book, even if you did not listen/read The Shinning. I have found myself recommending this book several times. So it must be a good one...right?

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    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14
    Jay Pruitt Ruston, La 07-01-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Sleep Will Slip Away Once You Begin To Listen!"

    Stephen King is one of my favorite authors. He can take a simple idea and turn it into gold. I read The Shining when I was a teenager and it almost made me wet my pants!! So I was pleasantly surprised to find this sequel.
    The story takes you on a journey through a man's life that should have ended many years before but through a blind trust in I honestly don't know what he persevered.
    Will Patton is perfect as always!

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    Bart 06-29-14
    Bart 06-29-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Best Stephen King Book in Years"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. The return to the characters of The Shining was a complete success.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny. He was a fully developed character who while haunted by the past tried to help a little girl in a horrible situation.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The girl reaching out to Danny with her mind by writing on the chalk board was excellent.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Danny's love and devotion to a young girl who shared in his ability to "Shine".


    Any additional comments?

    Overall if was very good with few of the dream sequences which are used too often in the newer King books. This was a very enjoyable story.

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    Lydia Orange, NJ, USA 06-27-14
    Lydia Orange, NJ, USA 06-27-14
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    "Satisfied"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    The perfect ending


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

    Daniel's conversation with Dick Hallorann (all of them)


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Abra's 1st trap


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

    Rose the Hat


    Any additional comments?

    What a wonderful twisting journey. I enjoyed this ride and kept coming back again and again. The narrator was amazing.

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    Terry B. Connors Houston, TX 06-27-14
    Terry B. Connors Houston, TX 06-27-14
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    "Ahhh Stephen King..."
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Probably


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

    As this was a revisit of the original character in the Shining, that would have to be the comparison


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Ending


    Any additional comments?

    A good Stephen King book. Held my interest all the way through

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    Pete Long Island, NY 06-26-14
    Pete Long Island, NY 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Great sequel to The Shining"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton is great, and brings each character to life.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book, and it really shows how talented Stephen King is.

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    Lorena NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY, United States 06-23-14
    Lorena NORTH PLAINFIELD, NEW JERSEY, United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "pretty demented"

    Great story about the secret lives of people with special powers, and the creatures that lurk in the night to prey on them. The story itself is violent and twisted, but the level of care that King takes in creating these elaborate lifelike monsters with their human weaknesses, and flawed antiheroes tortured by their pasts. This book is good for anyone with the stomach for a good horror novel, for all the wimps out there, keep moving.

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    Joshua Kring 06-22-14

    The least helpful reviewer on audible.

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    "Really good... until the ending (no spoilers)"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes. It was a cool story. The fact that everything in 'The Shining' is all backstory is cool.


    Any additional comments?

    This was a really good story and Will Patton did an awesome job reading it. Yet, the ending was kind of a let down. I found it to be kind of underwhelming. It was also a little confusing.

    This is just my opinion. I would be interested to know if anyone else feels the same. So, listen to it and drop me a line.

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    mjbooknerd 06-22-14
    mjbooknerd 06-22-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Loved it! Stephen King is a great storyteller!"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's narration is perfect. He brings all of the characters to life. King's attention to detail is just the right amount to keep the reader interested but not so much that you get lost in the details.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it all tied in with The Shining and then moved on to tell another great story that tied up all the loose ends.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Rose is finally defeated and the good guys win.


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