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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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    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 11-13-13
    Stephanie Clearlake, CA, United States 11-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Interesting Follow Up"

    So if you were wondering whatever happened to the young boy in The Shining (one of my all time favorite "popcorn" book reads), here's your answer. I must admit that, initially, I really disliked this book and hated what the author did with the main character, but the story got more and more interesting and I found that I was really enjoying it a few hours in. I still think Stephen King could use a good editor to pare down his sometimes excessive prose, but overall found that I really enjoyed this book. Narration was decent and the many hours I listened went by fairly rapidly.

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    Amy 11-13-13
    Amy 11-13-13
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    "Thank you Mr. King!"

    I love to read and have since I was a kid. I remember reading all of the old King novels, The Shining, Pet Sematary, Salem's Lot, Misery, It... and so many others. I remember loving and hating them at the same time. I'm not one that really likes the horror stuff... I prefer to see good triumph over evil... and I HATE when the main characters die or we are left with ridiculous cliffhangers... (just my own pet peeves as a reader). When Stephen King entered a different type of writing, beginning with The Dark Tower and on from there... I entered a different type of reading and strayed away from many of his newer novels.

    I was almost scared to get this book... scared because I was so happy that Danny and his mother had escaped and I DID NOT want to see this table turn. I could not have imagined in my wildest dreams the type of book that this would turn out to be. It was AWESOME! Don't get me wrong, I almost stopped listening at one particularly SAD and AWFUL part when I realized the nature of the evil (what happened to 'The Baseball Boy') but I stuck it out and I'm so glad I did. Even that evil came back at the bad guys with very special irony.

    This book had tremendous character development, a terrific plot, and it brought Danny's life truly full circle in a great way. The AA inclusion was relevant and integral and not the least bit of a drag. Everything was so well thought out and written... even the very realistic thought processes that would go on in the minds of regular people when confronted with some of the extraordinary circumstances. And as for the thoughts that go on in the people that have guilt or sins to atone for... well that was an emotional journey that actually brought me to tears.

    I normally listen to audiobooks while doing house chores, with a busy family I rarely have time to myself to sit down and just read. The book started out good, I didn't have a great grasp on the direction but it was very interesting... and stayed that way until about halfway through. At that point things just took off... it was like a steam engine loaded with nitrous oxide barreling toward an end that you hoped would be there for Danny and the other main characters. For the first time in my life, after many years and hundreds of audiobooks, I actually sat down at about the middle of the book and just simply listened. No cleaning, no cooking, just listening.

    I can see the difference in the writing style from his earlier books... the maturity and skill of writing in this book was absolutely captivating. "It was a very loud and awesome HOWL"... if you listen to the author's prologue you will understand.

    This book was well worth the credit... I would have even paid cash! :)

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    susan ADDISON, IL, United States 11-12-13
    susan ADDISON, IL, United States 11-12-13 Member Since 2013
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    "I will be listening to again!!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    YES!! I would listen to this book over and over! Just like a good action movie you can miss so much with one sneeze! Im planning a long drive to Disney World at least 16 hours I know if I had this book on I would make it NONSTOP! Steven King rocked it!


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

    Not knowing why he went into the "childrens store" He had thought he had been on perv-ish territory a couple scenes in the book then the childrens store... Then finding out Why! It made me giggle.
    Dont get me wrong there are a lot of Memorable moments but no spoilers from me :)


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    I loved how he talked as Rose I knew it was here every time!


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

    Uncle Doc


    Any additional comments?

    I loved this book so much! I had to listen to The Shining before I listened to Doctor Sleep. Im glad I did- only watching the movie I would have been lost.
    I am not one for sci-fi but Steven King slam dunked this book! It was not like the majority of his other books where the science fiction is really hard to believe this one is on point and kept my attention without losing me the entire book! I finished this book in no time and excited to listen again in a couple months!

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    Laura Watson Missouri, USA 11-12-13
    Laura Watson Missouri, USA 11-12-13
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    "Great Narration, Classic King"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, the narration is superb. The book is fast paced, well written, and keeps you entertained throughout. As a longtime King fan I've always wondered.what happened to Danny, now I know. A must for true King fans


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

    The Shining obviously. Classic Stephen King. Goes back to The Stand and Insomnia era.


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

    Puts voices to all the characters. He does a wonderful job!


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

    The Hat


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    DLynn 11-11-13
    DLynn 11-11-13
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    "Slow start..."

    Doctor Sleep had a bit of a slow start for me, and felt like it threw a lot of characters at you at one time...once it got going, it was a pretty good story. If you're looking for something to listen to while you're working or taking a road trip, you might like this one.

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    Kajsa Tampere, Finland 11-11-13
    Kajsa Tampere, Finland 11-11-13 Member Since 2015

    English is not my mother tongue but I speak quite well because of the experience I have of the language.

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    "Frightening as ever"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Not really. I had lots of headache during listening to this or maybe due to the book? I was listening to it before bedtime and sometimes right after waking up. I wouldn't recommend trying to listen to this book within a few days.


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

    It is a sequel to The Shining kind of... but that book was epic. This just tells what happened to the characters with a twist of nonhuman creatures.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    His voice was a bit heavy on my ears.


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

    Dan and Abra and the ghosts and nonhumans were quite memorable. And if you count Overlook Hotel as a character with all it's bad mojo... I was always happy to listen to bits about that


    Any additional comments?

    Yes, it was a scary at first but I tried getting used to all the paranormal and afterlife stuff... I guess you never get used to things like shining. It is a bit frightening especially if you have some bad tempered people yielding that kind of power

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    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 11-10-13
    Cheryl spring, TX, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2010
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    "The GREAT Stephen King"

    Totally awesome story great continuation of the characters from The Shining. Couldn't stop listening.

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    Deb Waynesville, NC, United States 11-10-13
    Deb Waynesville, NC, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A true "edge of your seat listen""

    This is Kings BEST! From start to finish it is creepy - I found myself driving slower & slower on the way home just so I could listen longer. And I caught myself watching every motor home on the road.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    arline 11-10-13
    arline 11-10-13 Member Since 2013

    Hi! I'm a Math Teacher who has always loved Books with a mysterious, scientific, or other-worldly flare! Time travelers are also fun!

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    "Great sequel to the Shining"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes...entertaining and King rich....if I listened to it again...I know I'd pick up new perspectives.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked the gifted Abra! Loved the name and her email address! Great heroine with driving spirit and courage in the face of....well...Kings new breed of Monsters!!!!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Face-off at the park! No plot spoilers here!!!


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

    Dr Sleep and a mirror. You'll get it after reading!!!


    Any additional comments?

    King's invented a new breed of monsters in Dr Sleep. There are peeks to the past....and new challenges for Danny. I found the story entertaining....I'd read more of Danny's adventures if available. Danny suffered a splice of inner and outer demons, which he faced cleverly. Loved the new monsters...and I have to admit to giving an RV caravan I saw recently on the highway...more than a second look!

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    Michal Potwin, KS, United States 11-10-13
    Michal Potwin, KS, United States 11-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Excellent Read!"

    I was reluctant to read this book as I am often disappointed in Stephen King's lack of a satisfying ending to most of his books. This book, however, had me in it's grip from the first word to the last.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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