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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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    Joseph Schifilliti Georgia 10-18-13
    Joseph Schifilliti Georgia 10-18-13

    joe the shmoe

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    "Here's Dannnnyyyyy"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Stephen King can be trusted to take you to the edge of the chasm of hell and then drop you in. And then miraculously bring you home.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The sympathy I came to feel for the evil ones, The True Knot.


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

    Abra


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    Pam Dallas, OR, USA 10-18-13
    Pam Dallas, OR, USA 10-18-13 Member Since 2007
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    "King knocks it out of the park!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I have recommend this book to my friends. King is at his best in this book.


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

    I had read that the character Dan in Dr Sleep was continued from The Shining. I was compelled to listen to it before Dr Sleep was released to re-familiarize my self with the story and character Danny. I thought this book was better than The Shining.


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

    Dan was so relatable in his struggles with alcoholism and charming when he used his supernatural skills for good to help the sick and elderly to "pass over".


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

    Abra who ends up being Dan's niece is the most memorable. Her supernatural talents are stronger than Dan's. She pairs with Dan and they reign triumph over evil (the True Knot).


    Any additional comments?

    Mr King, we want more stories like this please!

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    Amazon Customer Acton, ON, Canada 10-18-13
    Amazon Customer Acton, ON, Canada 10-18-13 Member Since 2002
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    "Another great Stepnen King Book!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, but then I listen/read Stephen Kings books over and over again!


    Any additional comments?

    I liked re-visiting the characters from the Overlook. He did a wonderful job bringing it all back :) and continuing the story.

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    Laura 10-18-13
    Laura 10-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Stephen King Does It Again!"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Unique & Thought Provoking


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan - he is complex and let's face it - he's the kid from the Shining ;-)


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


    Dan


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

    Rose the Hat


    Any additional comments?

    A sequel for such a block-buster iconic hit such as the "Shining" was a big risk, but one I am glad Stephen King took! I really like this book and did not want it to end. I almost did not read it but I am so glad I did! Stephen King fans will not be disappointed
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    Joe Gilbert, AZ 10-17-13
    Joe Gilbert, AZ 10-17-13 Member Since 2010
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    "If you Like Stephen King, Get This Book !"

    If you liked The Shinning (the book) you will definitely enjoy Dr. Sleep. It is classic King. A very good story line, true to life characters you can relate to, laugh out loud humor and yes, evil things! I read a few reviews before I bought this book and almost did not get it. Yes, it definitely has a lot of AA things in it, but it is necessary for the story and it is not over done. If you Like Stephen King, Get This Book !

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Wheat Ridge, CO, United States 10-17-13
    William Wheat Ridge, CO, United States 10-17-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Trash"

    This is just trash. Not interested in a baby who had premonitions that planes were going to crash in the world trade center on Sept 11. Or about how a girl who was sick of being raped by her father stuck a needle through his balls and then through his eyeball. Lots of child molestation. lots of incest. lots of disturbing stories mixed with lots of sappiness.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    D. Galloway Chattanooga, TN United States 10-16-13
    D. Galloway Chattanooga, TN United States 10-16-13

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    "Still shines! but not in the original 1977 way."
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I loved Campbell Scott's audible version of "The Shining" and at first I wasn't sure I liked Patton's version which was much darker. After listening to the story in full, I can't imagine a better voice for many of the characters in the book, especially "Rose the Hat." He is able to maintain a wide variety of voices, and give life to each individual character. I am not sure Scott would have been able to pull this off, even though he is a talented actor himself.


    Would you recommend Doctor Sleep to your friends? Why or why not?

    If you are a Stephen King fan, you are going to read it, so my opinion is really mute. If you are a fan of the movie, I would recommend reading "The Shining" because Dr. Sleep is based on the novel "The Shining" and not the Kubrick film. It might be confusing when you learn that for example, Dick Hallorann survived the film. In the original novel, the Overlook Hotel, in my opinion; was the main character. In this sequel, the main character is no longer The Overlook Hotel, and for me that is why this novel shouldn’t be considered a sequel.

    There are 3 central storylines: Danny Torrance-middle aged trying to get his life together through AA, Abra-a girl with supernatural powers stronger than Danny’s, and a group of RV travelers called the “True Knot. These characters aren’t vampires because they can die and they don’t suck blood. They live off the steam of those with psychic abilities.

    The characters intertwine when Abra, a young girl who gains the"shine" on a murder that takes place in a distant town. Tony who is not only Danny’s childhood friend, but also currently Abra’s; links the two kindred spirits together to help solve the mystery of the murder and bring the evil doers to justice.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    One of my favorite scenes in the book (without giving anything away) involved bringing back one of the original Shining characters, Horrace Derwent in one of the final scenes.


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

    I wouldn't say there was a part of the book that particularly moved me...but I did feel proud of Danny for overcoming some of his childhood and alcholic demons.


    Any additional comments?

    Does the story work? Personally, I wish Stephen King had not combined the characters of the Shining with the new characters in this book. The Shining, in my opinion was scary because we were witnessing Jack Torrance’s personal demons and the circumstances that brought them to life. Danny's character fell flat in that regard. The True Knot, could have made for a stand alone story.

    I found that the silly names of the True Knot and the voices Patton used for some of the characters funny and not scary. I am not sure I was supposed to laugh though.

    If I could give Stephen King advice, I would say first, find a new editor! The first part of the story seems slow but has great character development. Then it appears the editor thought the story was moving too slowly and started chopping incomplete storylines without reviewing their importance to the reader. For example, there was great story building for 2 of the major characters of the True Knot, yet the storylines of their demise left me disappointed. I also wish King wouldn't use frequent crutches in his books like repeating phrases over and over again for emphasis. In this book's case the phrase referring to the child and the cocaine. We get the point! The first part read as a novel and the second part read as a screenplay. I wish I could have read the original unedited version.

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    Lightning Sun Valley, Idaho, United States 10-16-13
    Lightning Sun Valley, Idaho, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2003
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    "Stephen King Kills It! And so does Will Patton!"

    Excellent sequel to his classic - "The Shining". This is Stephen King at his best! I am a huge SK fan. I consider myself one of his consummate readers. My only question about this long awaited audiobook was if Will Patton was a good choice to narrate this story. I know that SK is very selective about picking the best of the best to read/record his work. I enjoy Will Patton as an actor - BUT - can he give us a good performance and keep us engaged for more than 18 hours of narration? Does he have the talent and range with characters that makes a great narrator?
    Answer: YES! Wow, I was pleasantly (or maybe frighteningly) impressed with Will and his performance in Doctor Sleep. I should never have questioned Will Patton. He was the perfect choice to read Doctor Sleep.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 10-16-13
    Kristi Richardson Milwaukie, OR, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2011

    An old broad that enjoys books of all types. Would rather read than write reviews though. I know what I like, and won't be bothered by crap.

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    "Favorite writer and narrator!"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    The characters always stand out in a King novel. Even the bad guys have a story to tell. I love the way he weaves the characters in and out of each others lives. Not his scariest but a wonderful ending to the story of the Shining.


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

    I would compare it to his son Joe Hill's Nos48tu which was scarier but they both create wonderful people that you really pull for. They could be you or me and you want everything to turn out ok for them.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    My favorite Patton book is Deliverance by James Dickey but this is a close second.


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

    Need a vacation? Go back to where it all began...


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the book and highly recommend it!

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 10-15-13
    Bonnie Taylor Salt Lake City, UT, US 10-15-13 Member Since 2007
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    "A Home Run!"

    I really enjoyed this book and having Will Patton read it was icing on the cake. I enjoy reading books that are a series especially when there are characters that you either care about or want to continue to follow - this book is one of those. King allows us; the readers, to follow what becomes of a character that mesmerized and entertained us (for some -years ago). Thank you Mr. King!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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