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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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    lynette williamswood, NS, Canada 10-12-13
    lynette williamswood, NS, Canada 10-12-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Awesome! Stephen king has done it again."
    Any additional comments?

    One of Kings all time best books. I couldn't put it down. Great to have an ending to little Danny Torrance from the Shining and how he overcame and an explanation as to what really happened at the Overlook and his Family.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 10-09-13
    JACK RENO, NEVADA, United States 10-09-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Perfection"

    Mr. King has written another perfect story and it is read perfectly by Will Patton (really wonderful narration). Seems like it may be long, but the hours whiz.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    monique Astoria, NY, United States 10-08-13
    monique Astoria, NY, United States 10-08-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Gross and Ugly - Yes!, Scary?- nope."
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    If this book were any where in the vicinity of the great short stories of Spephen King:
    "All Dark, No Sleep", or "It". Instead, it feels like a reheated bunch of junk trying to ride
    on the coattails of "The Shining. Is this book written to put a few more dollars in the bank?
    People seem to love it (see; other reviews) but I find it simply gross.





    What could Stephen King have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I gave 2 stars instead of 1 because I realize people like different things, I don't expect everyone to like what I like and vice versa. The book is listenable.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Will Patton?

    Will Patton reads too slowly and over emphasizes. Reminds me of a bottom of the barrel,
    very large print shock rag for degenerates (sorry).


    What character would you cut from Doctor Sleep?

    They are all bad.


    Any additional comments?

    I havn't finished the book yet, but I know quickly if I like something or I don't, and this book
    had me saying no from the get go, and steadily went down hill, confirming my intuitions.
    I am traveling across the country in a camper van, thats why I thought this story, with the
    RV angle would be super cool. I am sure I will give a listen again, as i have many hours on the road to fill. If my oppinion changes for the better I will repost.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LINDA 10-08-13
    LINDA 10-08-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Rivetting Recovery Story!"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Most enjoyable? Wow, how is gut wrenching story about a raging alcoholic enjoyable...well because it is a story of redemption and hope. I first couldn't listen because the narrator reads this story so well that I was personally drawn back into the pain of alcoholic co-dependency....but as the story evolved I was sucked into Dan's story and rooted for him to survive. Plus the story of "telepa-kinisis" was so cool. I loved Abra and Dan's AA sponsors.


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

    The most memorable for me was when the story took a great twist near the end. I was listening to the story and exclaimed "No f... way!" out loud. My husband wasn't sure what was wrong.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked the train scene where Dan, Dave, John, and "Abra" were faking out Rose and the True.


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

    I was especially moved when Dan had the internal struggle when he was shacked up with Deany, the coke, and her toddler. We all make decisions we later regret and harbor guilt. Have to learn to "drop the rock".


    Any additional comments?

    I wonder if this book was cathartic for Stephen and his recovery? Bravo Mr King!
    You Rock!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David Costello 10-08-13 Member Since 2005
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    "He's Back!"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Powerful, Suspenseful, Mysterious


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

    This book invokes early Stephen King novels when he was at his scariest best


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

    I've always been a fan of Will Patton from his readings of James Lee Burke books. This is as good as it gets.


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

    absolutely


    Any additional comments?

    I was afraid Stephen King had mellowed out in his later years after reading his last two books. He was just saving up for this one!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Francis Wichita, Ks 10-07-13
    Debbie Francis Wichita, Ks 10-07-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Doctor Sleep"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I enjoyed this very much. The Narrator is wonderful. His interpretation of the characters makes them come to life. I enjoy books in print, but audiobooks are a special treat!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan and Abra are both great characters. It was good to hear how Dan turned out after all the struggles he faced and eventually overcame. I enjoyed the story and all its characters.


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    Barnum 10-07-13
    Barnum 10-07-13 Member Since 2010
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    "I didn't realize how much Dan Torrance meant to me"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I guess I didn't realize how invested I was in finding out what happened to Danny Torrance. Being a "Shining" fanatic (Kubrick's version- sorry, Steve) since age 8, as well as a fan of King's books (especially "The Stand"), I was chomping at the bit for this audible release.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny--do I have to explain?
    Abra, Billy, Top Hat Rose . . . All great.


    Any additional comments?

    I was in tears, TEARS, by the end. Incredible storytelling at work!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Steve 10-07-13
    Steve 10-07-13
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    "Best Work Yet!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would very much recommend this book! The action is fast and the narration is the best I've ever heard.


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

    The Shining by this same author is a prequel from which this story resumes 40-odd years later.


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

    Danny, of course, the grown boy from The Shining who is now battling the same deamons as his father.


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

    Just great pleasure!


    Any additional comments?

    The narrator is really superb! The emotion he puts into the story, the inflection and voice tones are second to none!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-06-13
    D. Knight Nashville, TN USA 10-06-13 Member Since 2011

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    "More Folks Shinin'!"
    Any additional comments?

    As a sort of "whatever happened to...." sequel, King continues the story the Overlook's survivors. Although there weren't many "unanswered questions" left in the original book, it was nice to revisit the characters again and find out more about their lives. It is an uncanny comparison (in my opinion) to substance abusers' exorcising their demons with alcohol or drugs with those plagued by the "shining" also falling into the same trap. The emphasis on Dan's recovery was woven throughout the story. Of course, I glibly found myself saying, "gosh, no wonder he drank!". But part of the triumph to me was that during the greatest stress of his life since his childhood, Dan managed to weather these events while managing the alcohol demons in his head. Maybe I'm making too much of the similarity, but I just kept coming back to that in my mind.

    Of course, classic King cannot do no wrong as I see it. I'm glad it wasn't just a "hey let's got back to the Overlook hotel again" kind of book and it really could easily stand on it's own. Thanks, Stephen, for writing this. You're on the top of my list of people I'd love to meet. But I'm sure you're not reading this. xoxo

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    David 10-05-13
    David 10-05-13
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    "nasty narration noted"
    Would you try another book from Stephen King and/or Will Patton?

    Not with Will Patton


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Dan's back story, the missing years, and his battle for recovery in AA, some fun character types there.

    The least interesting parts were the verbatim repetitions of lines of dialogue, and other phrases and sentences. Irksome and tiresome.

    It really is a shame that since Stephen King got rich enough to buy and sell his publishers, the editors don't do their job. They need to say, "Hey Stevie Baby, good novel, now make it a great novel. Cut it by 40%".
    Still this did have a lot of the good old Stephen King stuff, like we found in The Shining, Carrie, Christine, and Salem's Lot.


    How could the performance have been better?

    His female character voices are mostly in a growling whisper, or an otherwise exaggerated unenjoyable voice. Too darn much of this. The guy also can't time his interjections...
    to interrupt his dialogue with a second voice.
    "Put your hands up and hold it--"
    "Don't shoot," he interrupted.
    Very poor.
    Did someone say this was "professional" narration?


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    only if I needed a good nap....the story does not translate into film narrative....


    Any additional comments?

    Well, not too much positive. I enjoyed reading the book mostly. The worst problem was that the narrator didn't do a good, or even passable job.

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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