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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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    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.

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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.

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    James 11-10-13
    James 11-10-13

    It's just me.

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    "First I'll have seconds..."
    Any additional comments?

    (No spoilers)
    I am a big fan of Stephen King, in a general sense. That is: I am not drawn to scary stories but I have enjoyed every story of his I have ever read. This being said, I have not read, and have not sought out, many of his classics. One of the best facets of the Stephen King stories I have read is his prowess with taking, in some cases, mundane objects and situations and then building them into monsters and instilling dread even more than fear into our minds.
    This story is a stand-alone sequel. When I listened to this book I was driving two and a half to three hours per day so it was a quick listen especially since I frequently sat in my car upon arriving home to finish a scene or chapter.
    The narrator did a good job of putting variance into his voice to represent the dialogue of different characters while avoiding the mistake (in my mind) of losing himself and his flow in drastic character voices (although some narrators do pull off vivid vocal changes to represent separate characters I tend to prefer more subtle meter and accent changes). As a result the listen felt more like a read as it depended more on my imagination than the narrators vocal acrobatics allowing me to build the character in my mind based on the words more than the performance.
    I highly recommend this story: when I finished the story I went right back to the beginning and listened again. Now I have to get the first book (even though I saw the movie, once) and listen to that one, probably twice.

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    Greg D United States 11-09-13
    Greg D United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2013

    Say something about yourself!

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    "Stephen King's Best Book"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is the best audiobook I have ever listened to. The story, the writing and the narration were amazing!


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

    Billy


    Any additional comments?

    Just amazing!

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    Nils heber, UT, United States 11-09-13
    Nils heber, UT, United States 11-09-13 Member Since 2009
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    "Splendid narration, moderate story"

    Really like the narrator. Surprisingly good. Story was actually kinda mediocre for one of King's books, but one the whole not bad. Plot line didn't have the depth of most of his other work.

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    Traci Akron, OH, United States 11-08-13
    Traci Akron, OH, United States 11-08-13

    I have a love of the classics and fantasy horror.

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    "Hard to put away."
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Dr Sleep was slow starting for the first section. I almost returned the book for something else but by the time the second section started I was unable to shut the book off. One of the best of Stephen Kings works that I have read in the last 10 years.


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

    Can't even compare this books to the orignal The Shining. There is no comparison.


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

    none


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

    Rose the Hat because I like to play with fire.


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    Ignatz 11-07-13
    Ignatz 11-07-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Living in the shadow of "The Shining""
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's narration. I swear, I think he could read the telephone book and make it interesting! The story was pretty good, too, but Mr. Patton's narration was superb!


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

    Rock bottom with Dan Torrence. "Candy!"


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everything! He was deep into creepy when he needed to be, easy to differentiate between characters, good pacing, excellent story-telling. I would listen to just about anything Mr. Patton cares to read.


    Any additional comments?

    There are some genuinely creepy passages in this book, but it cannot possibly live up to its predecessor, a fact that the author himself admits in the afterword. That being said, it is a good story, moved along at a good pace, kept me interested, held my attention. I felt that Mr. King could have really upped the stakes, though, with the tension and the horror. There was ample opportunity, but it felt like King pulled his punches, perhaps because of how beloved his characters are?

    Definitely worth buying and listening to.

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