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Doctor Sleep Audiobook
Doctor Sleep
Written by: 
Stephen King
Narrated by: 
Will Patton
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Doctor Sleep Audiobook

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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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    M. Abner Indiana 04-14-14
    M. Abner Indiana 04-14-14
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    "Better Than I Expected"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    This is an unfair question. I have never listened to an audiobook twice. There are just too many stories I'm excited to get to. However, I will be recommending this book to everyone I know.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan Torrance is my favorite character. I loved watching him grow throughout this story.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    At first I thought that Will Patton was just too over the top. But, as I listened longer and heard his character voices I found that he was a great choice for the reader of Doctor Sleep.


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

    There was no particular moment that moved me. I just really enjoyed seeing what happened to little Danny Torrance.


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    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 04-07-14
    L. Brown Sacramento, CA USA 04-07-14
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    "WOW. My first Stephen King Novel"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Top 10


    What did you like best about this story?

    I stayed interested the entire time and ever lost my attention. I like Danny and listening to all that he went through in his life. I loved his connection with Abra. Momo was awesome. Rose was something else.


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

    He was amazing. I made each character have a personality of their own. I would listen to this again.


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

    Those nice RV driving people aren't always who you think they are...


    Any additional comments?

    This was my first Stephen King novel. I have listen to his short stories or seen the movies that were adapted from his books. But wow, this was worth it and I am now hooked. He is an amazing story teller. I was not scared from this book. It was creepy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Raymond Boynton Beach, FL, United States 04-05-14
    Raymond Boynton Beach, FL, United States 04-05-14
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    "King and Patton -- a masterpiece of horror,fantasy"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Did not read printed addition


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

    The Shining, of course.


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

    He has done great work for James Lee Burke, who with King is one of my top favorites.


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

    Both!


    Any additional comments?

    I hope both these artists continue to produce!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    db Kansas City, Mo 04-04-14
    db Kansas City, Mo 04-04-14 Member Since 2015

    dugbuddy

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    "I really expected a lot more from this book"
    What do you think your next listen will be?

    H.P. Lovecraft read by Wayne June


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Odd character voices that appeared to be characatures rather than characters.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    it had moments where references to other books or characters might lead to something far more grand, but never developed. It could have been grand... it should have been grand.


    Any additional comments?

    Alcohol appears to be the main villain in this book. it certainly puts up more of a fight than any of the other antagonists. I was so looking forward to a grand adventure and thrill ride... instead, I got a temperance lecture. whee.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    K. St Gallen, Switzerland 04-03-14
    K. St Gallen, Switzerland 04-03-14 Member Since 2016
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    "One of King's best, excellent reader"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I've listened to. Not as riveting as King's "11.22.63" (which is Stephen King's absolutely BEST book ever--and the Audible version is one of my all-time, top-10 audiobooks), but very good and worth spending the 19+ hours it took to listen to it. It's not as scary as The Shining (which scared me to death, but maybe because I'm older now, it wouldn't have the same effect on me as it did in the 70s), but it is by Stephen King so prepare yourself for some very evil characters.


    What did you like best about this story?

    You don't need to have read The Shining to be able to follow this book, but if you have read The Shining (seeing the movie doesn't count), you will want to find out what happened to Danny Torrance by listening to this book, that's what I liked best about this book.


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

    I haven't listened to Will Patton before, but I will definitely look for other books read by him. His reading of Doctor Sleep was flawless and made for a very enjoyable listening experience.


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

    Abra and her grandmother, Chetta, were the most memorable characters, however even minor characters, like Billy or Dr. John, were vital to the story. Dick Hallorann is also back and just as charming as ever.


    Any additional comments?

    .

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 04-02-14
    Codger Hyannis, MA USA 04-02-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Finally - Stephen King as good as I remember."

    After wading through "Cell" and "11/26/1963", I started wondering where the Stephen King that I enjoyed was. While not as innovative as "Carrie" or as just plain scary as "'Salem's Lot", "Doctor Sleep” stands alongside its predecessor as a good read that can provide more than just chills. It haunts you all the way through and leaves you fulfilled at the end.

    Good Job all the way around.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Steven 04-01-14
    Steven 04-01-14
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    "This is a great Stephen King book. Whew!"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    As with every Stephen King book, the characters are so well developed you feel like you know them.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Both Dan and Abra. Very good interplay between the characters. Very believable characters.


    Any additional comments?

    This is an excellent Stephen King book. I've read 80% of his books, and I'd put this one in the top 30% for sure. I enjoyed the twists and turns, the plot, the characters, and the ending. Thanks Mr. King for a very thrilling and enjoyable listen. The performer was a little distracting at times, in his character voicings, but not all that bad. The rest of the performance was exceptional.

    3 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    DebaDeb Houston, TX 04-01-14
    DebaDeb Houston, TX 04-01-14 Member Since 2010

    Just looking for an enjoyable story! Books are my passion.

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    "Yep...it felt like old times!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely. Especially if they like some people, felt King had lost his edge over the years. He's back!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Hard to say.


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

    Yes, and as usual, he was spot on.


    If you could take any character from Doctor Sleep out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Abra. Such a wise little girl.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jared L. Jozsa RAYMORE, MO, US 04-01-14
    Jared L. Jozsa RAYMORE, MO, US 04-01-14
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    "Danny Torrance; all grow'd up"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Amazing Character Development


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that this focused so much on one character. I love King's work, and character development is one of his most admirable and skillful traits (in my opinion). When all is said and done, you really feel a deep connection with Dan Torrance - especially if you have read 'The Shining'. King does an amazing job forcing you to care about him - you're right there with him during his darkest moments, and you get to relish in his redemption, too. I personally didn't think this book was scary in the slightest - which only speaks to Stephen King's skill as a writer - at least when compared to some of his earlier work (The Shining, 'Salem's Lot, Pet Semetary, etc.).


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Paired with the excellent character development, Patton's voice work brings Dan to life - his voice embodies the emotions of all the characters perfectly.


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

    As obvious as this answer is - I would have to say Dan. I felt a connection with him when I read 'The Shining', as his relationship with his father struck a chord with me. I have a young son and although I've never beaten him, I could relate to Jack's yearning to be a better husband/father and to support his family. Getting to revisit Danny as an adult was a true blessing, and there is nothing I would have changed about his character.


    Any additional comments?

    Not necessarily a 'fright-fest', but a good character study regarding overcoming the struggles of one's past.

    "..that was then and this is now. Because the past is gone, even though it defines the present.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andreas Henriksson Sweden 03-31-14
    Andreas Henriksson Sweden 03-31-14

    Lover of sci-fi and the occasional horror story. Philosophical inclinations. English is my second language.

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    "Strong characters, lesser narrative"
    Any additional comments?

    I recently read an interview with Joe Hill. He argued that a good idea for a story can only draw readers in; what makes them go on reading is the characters. That could be the epigraph for Doctor Sleep, and indeed for most of King's oeuvre.

    Dan from The Shining grows up, inherits his father's drinking problem, get to know a girl with a big "shine" whom he takes under his wings - only to end up in a face off with a bunch of quasi-vampires, living of the shine of tortured young children.

    I never was a huge fan of King, but I have read his novels as acceptable entertainment. Doctor Sleep is the quintessential King to my mind; very likeable (and very American) protagonist and some enjoyably evil antagonists, who "vibrate" with your darker nature. These characters work their way through a narrative that starts out with a good idea, but then becomes extremely predictable and much too long. In this case I would say we get the story (and what is going to happen) from about 1/3 into the book. I continued listening just because of the characters.

    King himself admits to having written Doctor Sleep because he wanted to know what happened to the people from The Shining. And I kind of agree with him, characters are important and he is an expert in describing (very American) personalities. BUT I simply don't agree character development is the be all and end all of good novels. Doctor Sleep (and several of King's other novels) is missing something and I could not help noticing: it is missing idea development. Yes, people sucking life force out of phychic kids by turturing them is a good idea. But you can't write a whole novel on that theme by just filling up the rest with good characters! A short story for sure, but not 540 pages! That soup becomes too thin.

    Or that is what I think and I seem to be in minority. Mind you, it is not that I hated Doctor Sleep or thought it was "King's worst novel". King's recipe for novels work up to a point, but it does not five-stars books make.

    (In parenthesis, King's protagonists are all so very American. They struggle with some problem and triumph by living the American dream. Interestingly, his antagonists are usually less American and more European, often making references to "the old continent" and having traits reminiscent of the old, feudal aristocracy. Could not help noticing the quasi-vampires in Doctor Sleep had had a history as travellers in Europe, a notion problematically drawing on the imagery of European Romanies. Someone should do a study on the representation of ethnicities in King, could be revealing.)

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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