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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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    Angelique 11-19-13
    Angelique 11-19-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Couldn't Stop Listening"

    This book was fantastic. I've never been a Stephen King reader and now I'm hooked. The characters are well developed and the storyline is suspenseful. The narrator was on point with making the story come to life. I'm not sure if King had planned a part II of the Shining but both stories tie in together. There are small parts that I catch and I say "Oh yeah...I remember that." But the book is written so that if you have never read the Shining, it doesn't matter. Don't miss out on this one!

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    Norman Knoxville, TN, United States 11-19-13
    Norman Knoxville, TN, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved Every Minute Of This One!"

    We finally know what happened to Danny Torrence! redrum!!!!!!

    Very well done Mr. King.....while I don't always appreciate the few little political digs at Ronald Reagan and the bad guys being associated with conservatives at one point.....the book was great....never lost my interest and had lots of action. You can picture the story in your mind because he does such a great job of making it real. Very good character development as well.

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    mardone moorpark, CA, United States 11-19-13
    mardone moorpark, CA, United States 11-19-13 Member Since 2011
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    "I loved this book!!!"
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    I loved this book!!! It was a fun story with great narration. Its one of those books that you hate to turn off but don't want to get thru it to fast because you don't want it to end. Loved it!!Loved it!!Loved it!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 11-18-13
    Holly 11-18-13 Member Since 2012

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Thank you for taking me back to the Overlook!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    As with all of King's books, by favorite part of them all are the characters he creates. They are real, like I know them! Or could them, or have known them! He creates 3D people that have good and bad within each, just like in the real world. This I believe is what makes all of his stories so hard to put down.

    I just loved revisiting Danny, now as adult, many years down a very hard road. It is good to see where he went after the tragedy at the Overlook, what fate befell he and his mother after his father perished and how he grew up.

    I will not spoil the book but let me say it was surprising but also believable (to me at least) the set of coincidences that led to his profession, the people he meets and the events that brings him back to the Overlook once again.


    Any additional comments?

    King was my first favorite author growing up and still ranks and one of my all time favorites now in my 40s.

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    Donald R. Jordan Curwensville, Pa USA 11-17-13
    Donald R. Jordan Curwensville, Pa USA 11-17-13

    M37 Powerwagon

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    "Worth the wait for the sequal to Shinning!"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Towards the top of the pile!


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

    No. Thoroghly enjoyed Will's naration.


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

    How could I improve such a name....


    Any additional comments?

    I really enjoyed listening to this. Will's naration was more enjoyable then the Shinnings' Audible. I recommend reading/listening to the Shinning first. Thanks Stephen King for sharing this next chapter in the story!

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    donna houston, tx, United States 11-17-13
    donna houston, tx, United States 11-17-13 Member Since 2013

    Middle school teacher who loves young adult and horror books.

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    "Great Sequel to The Shinning, King is back!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, there was great suspense and fast pace actions that I am sure I can find more every time I re-listen.


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

    The park scene.


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

    Dan. Perfect grown up from the Shinning.


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    Maria 11-17-13
    Maria 11-17-13
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    "Love"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    It's a classic King with all the brilliant writing, great characters, fear, monsters...loved it all


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

    I have not. I enjoyed his narration a lot


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

    There are a few. Dr sleep of course and the little girl as well as Rose


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much. Was sad when it was over

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    Ruth Livermore, CA, United States 11-16-13
    Ruth Livermore, CA, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great followup to The Shining!"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    I thought this was a great follow-up to the original- it stands on it's own, and you don't need to have read The Shining (although admittedly it helps). The characters are really well done, the story unfolds at the right pace. I kept wanting to walk a little further just to hear more of the story. Will Patton did a great job as the reader.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked that it was complete unto itself. I thought the writing was some of the best that Stephen King has done - on a par with The Stand (which is one of my all-time favorite Stephen King books). The supernatural evil wasn't too far out; if you are a Stephen King fan, you accept some level of supernatural evil, but in some cases, I think he's pushed to limits that are hard to accept.


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

    So many choices! I wanted to know what was happening to Danny Torrance and Abra Stone, but maybe that's because they were the main characters. I also liked Dr. John Dalton - he was the voice of reason (as much as possible).


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    Christopher Miami, FL USA 11-16-13
    Christopher Miami, FL USA 11-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Good but not Spectacular"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    The performance was supurb.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan of course. Because he's a fellow alcoholic


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

    When Jack Torrence appeared.


    Any additional comments?

    Not as good as The Shining, yet what could come close, Stephen King accomplished.

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    ryan Portland, OR, United States 11-16-13
    ryan Portland, OR, United States 11-16-13 Member Since 2014
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    "I got goose bumps at every chapter"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes because it was such a grate story and because I don't want to miss anything . And because the amazing narration really captured the feel of this story.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan /doc once he had come back into himself and his abilities. Because of the full circle and because he is not jack.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    All so good but I'd say it was seeing his dad it wasn't necessary and yet it was for Dan


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I was cheering on the shiners and got more then a few strange looks from passing motorists.. Also the chills god when he describes some of the phenomenon you can just feel it.


    Any additional comments?

    Love how up to date and relevant it all felt almost real ..

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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