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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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    ALLISON BARKSDALE 12-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Exceptional"

    This is a great follow up to The Shining. Will Patton really draws you into the world of Stephen King.

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    Sherry Fascia 12-30-14
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    "Good story but..."

    Narration was great, story was great, but ending battle was a little hard to follow. I've read all things SK but for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, this one just didn't live up to expectations.

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    Stacy 12-25-14
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    "Amazing!"
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    Thank you Stephen King for telling us what happened to Danny and his mom. I understand so much more about The Shining now. The reader is amazing and I enjoyed every second!

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    CHARLES 12-19-14
    CHARLES 12-19-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Excellent Steven King"
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    Excellent, kept me interested from beginning to end, some good twists and turns in the plot.

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    Lisa 12-17-14
    Lisa 12-17-14
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    "Good one!"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    Great story, fantastic follow up to one of the best King novels.


    Any additional comments?

    A must read

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    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 12-12-14
    Amy Rexford, NY, United States 12-12-14 Member Since 2011

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    "pretty great on all fronts"

    The performance is outstanding. Just outstanding. The story is really fun to listen to because it brings back memories of The Shining I didn't know I had. I read that book as a young girl and it had a big impact. So, this was really great.

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    Lost Customer Northern Virginia, United States 11-11-14
    Lost Customer Northern Virginia, United States 11-11-14 Member Since 2011

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    "Will Patton makes this work"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's ability to convey emotion and range without going "over the top" is remarkable.


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    karen kuchen 11-09-14

    A mom who has no time to pick up a book. Before being a mom I had a book on me at all times or was reading all the time.

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    "Better then I thought it would be"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    blew my mind


    What did you like best about this story?

    How King made me feel like This book was real and not fiction


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    His voice did not drone on and his voice changed with different parts


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

    yes. and I wished i could of


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    Robert 11-05-14
    Robert 11-05-14
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    "Good King with the typical flaws"

    I'm glad Stephen King decided to follow up on the life of Danny Torrance. Both the novel and the movie are among my favorites growing up. The story is good and entertaining for the most part, but nothing that happens is really surprising or different from other King stories. Other than Danny and Abra, I really wasn't grabbed by the other characters.

    It's also a little long...could have been cut down by a couple hours...but this is typical for King. The name of the book is not fitting to the storyline...Danny's "Dr. Sleep", while important, isn't the main driver of the story.

    If you are a fan of King...this is worth the read. If you are not, or are not familiar with "The Shining" novel, then you may want to pass.

    For fans of Will Patton...he is excellent, as usual.

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    Frater Zion Las Vegas, NV 10-31-14
    Frater Zion Las Vegas, NV 10-31-14 Member Since 2012

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    "Awesome Sequel"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes! It draws you in and makes you feel all warm and cozy, then it hits you over the head with a sack of marbles.


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

    The meeting at Cloud Gap and the ensuing fight.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Abra and Dan fighting Rose The Hat at the Overlook


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

    The nightmares have come to life again!


    Any additional comments?

    Fantastic sequel from the Master Storyteller. Dan Torrance is a fully believable character and the struggles he deals with feel real and gritty, full of life. The story quietly forces you to care about the characters and the reader's performance draws you into the story even deeper than I thought possible. I have listened to it several times and I normally do no re-listen to my audiobooks.

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