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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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    Amazonaholic Austin, Tejas 11-05-13
    Amazonaholic Austin, Tejas 11-05-13
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    "The King is BACK!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes


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    First 11/22/63, then Joyland, and now Dr. Sleep. King hit the trifecta!If you were a King-o-phile that wandered off while he struggled to find his voice again, wait no longer. Dr. Sleep brings back Danny Torrance and a host of compelling, believable characters that drive the story. Something I think he's been missing for a while. Granted, there is some shameless plugging of his son's book NOS4A2 with references to Charlie Manx, but I guess that's to be expected.Danny seems like a real guy with real problems. He's not just struggling with his paranormal gifts, he's struggling with alcoholism...just like his father did.And this is a unique story line, not just Round 2 of Danny vs. the Overlook. Steve-o came up with a great premise for this story, and it kept me riveted.It would be remiss of me to not comment on Will Patton's performance. This is the first time I have listened to him as an audiobook narrator, but it won't be the last. I thought he did a great job of giving unique voices/speech patterns to each character. And he had an interesting way of handling King's typical inter-mixed dialogue and thought sequences. I am always leery of new narrators they bring in for King books, but Will Patton ranks up there with the best by Ron McLarty and Stephen Weber.This is a sequel to "The Shining", though, so you may want to read that first. You won't be lost without it, but much of the context will be missing. Please notice that I said "read"...

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    Conni Bittinger 11-05-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Will Patton is so amazing!"
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    Will Patton is my favorite reader by far. Really brought all the characters to life!

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    Patsy brush prairie, wa, United States 11-05-13
    Patsy brush prairie, wa, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Dr. Sleep was amazing. one of the best books"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    The story was gripping and one I wanted to not end I couldnt wait to get back to it. I hadn't read the Shining, so you didn't have to have it to know the story. This book was AMAZING


    What did you like best about this story?

    hard to pin point


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

    The Crows voice was the best


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    Harold Augusta, GA, United States 11-05-13
    Harold Augusta, GA, United States 11-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Pure King"

    Just as the red sneaker from Pet Cemetary showed up in Insomnia, King has closed a loop on a young boy possessed of amazing talents and coached by a chef who always said "One day it will be your time to teach". The story is amazing in its believability (a King word), the characters so perfectly written to bring a reality to story that should be unbelievable. "Essence vampires" - no one would have ever dreamed of these beings much less how inocuous they are in our society.

    This is King at his best, I never thought Insomnia or the Stand would be outdone, but this short novel (compare to the above 2) is my favorite. Good (Abra) and Evil (Baseball Boy) are so black and white and the suspense at the end is god awful but is why it is PURE King and why I pre-ordered the book. I was NOT disappointed.

    To Abra and Dr. Sleep - sweet dreams!

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    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 11-04-13
    Cynthia PLAINVIEW, TEXAS, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Great Book!"

    I really enjoyed this book. I had never read The Shining so got it before this one came out and then got Dr. Sleep. It was great to find out what happened to Danny. I really enjoyed it and just wish my husband would hurry and finish it so we can discuss it. If you enjoyed The Shining then you will love this one too! Will Patten was excellant as usual!!

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    Sally A. Enright BLOWING ROCK, NC, US 11-04-13
    Sally A. Enright BLOWING ROCK, NC, US 11-04-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Some Things Just Go Together..."

    Wow! Stephen King and Will Patton! I really don't think it gets better than this. This sequel to "The Shining" is really everything a Stephen King book should be...fast paced, exciting and scary. And with the absolutely fabulous Will Patton narrating, it only gets better. Patton is a man of (apparently) a million voices. He adds depth and believability to each character. I really don't think anyone does it better than Will Patton. To team with one of my all time favorites, Stephen King, it's like all my favorite holidays rolled into one!

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    Pamela WEST LEBANON, INDIANA, United States 11-04-13
    Pamela WEST LEBANON, INDIANA, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great Stephen King at his best"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Wonderful sequel to the Shining. If you haven't read the Shining in a while, I highly recommend that you read it first then read Dr. Sleep. The book is a roller coaster with a few slow spots, but overall it is excellent. Highly recommend for a weekend read.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Abra was my favorite. She is a spunky kid who has growing pains throughout the entire book. Great character development.


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

    YES, did not want to turn it off. Carried my phone around with ear pieces in!!! Got lots of house work done.


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    Christina United States 11-04-13
    Christina United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2013

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    "Narration of the novel makes it shine"

    Steven King is the undisputed master of horror and suspense, and "Doctor Sleep" is a worthy follow up to his classic haunted hotel novel, "The Shining." I sped through this novel, finishing it in less than a week. King did a stellar job answering the question, whatever happened to Danny, while delving into some of his own inner demons. "Doctor Sleep" is written to be both honest and entertaining.

    However, Will Patton does an amazing job performing the narration of this new novel. His contribution is noteworthy in its own right for anyone who appreciates the art of audio story telling. While lesser narrators may get in the way of a good story with awkward character speech or stilted reading, Patton paints a rich illustration of King's piece. If for no other reason, I recommend picking up this book for the chance to hear the talents of this narrator.

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    Amazon Customer Espanola, NM, United States 11-04-13
    Amazon Customer Espanola, NM, United States 11-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "This book does not disappoint"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    I love how we finally get to see what happens to Danny after the Shining. It's an awesome story, and at first I hated it. But I think it's because I was so incredibly disappointed in Danny and how is life was turning out. I felt like a parent disappointed in their child because they made poor decisions. The story is satisfying, suspenseful, and even funny at times. I loved listening to this book.


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

    All of them. Though to be honest Will Patton's voice kinda threw me off at first because he kinda sorta sounds like George Carlin. But after a while I got into his voice and the way he told the story, so it was a very enjoyable performance. All of the voices he did were very good, and helped you become immersed in the story even more.


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

    I laughed, cried, and as I stated earlier, felt extreme disappointment and even pride at certain points in the book.


    Any additional comments?

    Read or listen to The Shining first, before you get this book. It helps you understand the main character, and even helps you to become more attached to him.

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    debbie seguin, TX, United States 11-03-13
    debbie seguin, TX, United States 11-03-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Stephen King always great!"

    I really loved this book , I could Picture Dan growing up with all the demons that would haunt him from the shining. The characters were well developed and I enjoyed this book . The story line was different yet very much Stephen King.

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