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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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    Leslie Elk Grove, CA, United States 08-03-14
    Leslie Elk Grove, CA, United States 08-03-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Fantastic story with fantastic narrator"

    OMG - I just loved this book. I normally do not like Stephen King stories because they're too creepy, but this one was great. There's not too much blood and guts - but a lot of terrifying suspense!

    I think that the story is excellent but what really caught me good and fast was the narrator. Will Patton is one of the best narrators I ever heard. He can work so many different characters and they are totally believable. I just finished this book about 10 minutes ago and wanted to put in this review now - excellent!

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    Robert 08-01-14
    Robert 08-01-14
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    "Sound mixing needs work"

    Doctor Sleep is a great book and any King fan will love it. Will Patton does a great vocal performance as well that really gives depth to the text. However, whoever mixed this book did kind of a poor job with the volume controls. At the start of many chapters Patton starts off in a louder voice that then settles into a normal tone. Also, when Patton is speaking as certain characters (Billy especially) his pitch and volume raise significantly. Both things would not have been a problem but the volume was not mixed down, so you go from listening at a good volume to having your inner-ears pierced by the sound of "Billy's" voice as you frantically search for the volume button. I don't know why this did not hit the mixing red line, and I'm not sure why the volume wasn't controlled, but it takes away from the book. I still highly recommend the book, but I felt this feedback was needed.

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    Tess Stickles 07-27-14
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    "Thanks for the recommendation, Bababooey!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I wasn't really interested in what happened to Danny Torrance from The Shining but this one was recommended by Gary Del'Abate from the Howard Stern show who uses Audible.

    This story builds and builds to a wonderful crescendo that kept me listening all day at work instead of just in my car. Stephen King's descriptions are outstanding and the words are perfectly read by Will Patton who has quickly become my favorite narrator.


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    BPrincess 07-27-14
    BPrincess 07-27-14 Member Since 2015
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    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Very good sequel. Leaves it for another book to be written.


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

    only the shining


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite loved it all


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

    yes


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    Sherrie 07-24-14
    Sherrie 07-24-14 Member Since 2014
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    "LOVED EVERY WORD !!!!!"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    BEST SEQUEL EVER!!!!


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

    Dr Sleep flows so naturally from The Shining its seamless. This is the 4th time I've listen to it and I'm enjoying it even more. I've always loved the nods in each book to another book and characters, I esp. liked the reference to Mr. Manx. The crossover and depth of characters make for GREAT storytelling!!!!


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

    Can't explain why Momo was my favorite character performed by Patton Just really liked it. But they were all really great, his performance was great.


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

    Rose the Hat was most memorable for me because she's so strong and/in evil, old and long knowing, but yet beaten by young innocence with good on her side


    Any additional comments?

    Can't recommend it strongly enough!

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    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 07-23-14
    Timothy College Station, TX, United States 07-23-14 Member Since 2016
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    "Good sequel to a great novel"

    This book is good, but it's not The Shining. Also, I felt it petered out a bit too early.

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    Marc Kagan Annapolis, MD USA 07-21-14
    Marc Kagan Annapolis, MD USA 07-21-14 Member Since 2015

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    "Dr. Sleep Will Haunt Your Sleep"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Danny's Abra Cadabra


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny Torrance, the psychic child who barely escaped murder from his alcoholic father and was tortured by demonic spirits in the Overlook Hotel, now has demons of his own to overcome in the form of his own alcoholism and a haunted past. Dan now has a chance to fight back against the pure evil threat that has taken up residence at the site of the destroyed hotel. He teams up with a little girl who has become the target of a malevolence that needs to murder little children just like her that have the Shining. Together they can join forces and come to realize they may be chosen by fate to face an evil they never could have imagined.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton was one of the most animated and entertaining readers I have ever experienced in my long history of listening to audiobooks. He brought each character to life in a fantastic way that only great actors can do. Whether you were the tortured, haunted Dan Torrance, the little girl Abra with massive psychic powers you are trying to hide from your parents, or members of an immortal cult that roams the byways murdering little children in order to absorb their essence, you lived these characters through the voice of someone who understands how to read these individuals with a delivery that puts you, the listener, directly inside the story.


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

    Yes but I would have hypnotically driven to Northern Canada by the time the story was over. Best to be heard, backed up, reviewed, and relished as the story speeds on.


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    MARY 07-16-14
    MARY 07-16-14
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    "Not scary"

    I had high hopes, but it was nowhere as good as The Shining was. Some parts of it were enjoyable, but overall I can't recommend it.

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    richard 07-10-14
    richard 07-10-14 Member Since 2009
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    "Much different than the movie "The Shinning""

    This book continues the story of the boy in "The Shinning" after he has grown up. I never read the book "The Shinning" because I had already seen the movie as a teenager a dozen times. I liked the movie but this story makes me want to go back and read the book. "Dr.. Sleep" is well written and interesting. I like King books because of the way he sucks you into the story. He weaves a story like few others. There is no doubt that the man can write but he has written books that are so interesting throughout, that he has left himself no way to bring them to a good climax at the end. Dr. Sleep has a satisfying end and is a stand alone story without being connected to the 'Shinning". I would recommend this book to a friend as it is a entertaining read.

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    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-07-14
    Marla Independence, MO, United States 07-07-14 Member Since 2014

    I've always loved books. Even before I could read I've loved them. Fact or Fiction, I love books. I'd sooner read a book than see a movie.

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    "King Writes a Great Sequel"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, I enjoy Stephen Kings books too much to not want to reminisce with his tales and characters.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra Stone was such a brave young little lady. You rooted for her from the beginning. Dan Torrance was heroic but scarred. His tale was very heavy. Seeing what happened to him since the Overlook made you look for a positive ending for Abra's tale.


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

    Patton reads with such emotion, so just reading it you might miss this bit of life he breaths into it.


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

    The True Knot


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