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Doctor Sleep Audiobook

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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    Gavin United States 01-01-14
    Gavin United States 01-01-14 Member Since 2016

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    "An amazing and moving story"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The book is tied to The Shining and yet it pulls away and makes itself its own beast. The antagonists are well thought out, and described in ways that can be readily understood and appreciated as their own entities, removed from, yet tied into the evil of the Overlook Hotel.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danny was the best written character. When hearing this story, I heard a little bit of King himself in Dan. I heard his pains, the way he felt certain rejection through the late 90s and early 2000s, his trouble with alcoholism, and in a way - his trouble with critics. Danny was an insightfully written character, and had transformed so much from the character of the Shining that I needed to remind myself that this was indeed same character.


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

    The way this book deals with dealing with a bad situation (with a woman) and trying to move on from it, and yet still being haunted by it hit unfortunately really close to home. I felt those nightmares as I've had my own nightmares. The way Danny was horrified on some levels and yet the way he was strong on certain levels really spoke to me. It was unique, and a bit on the harrowing side.


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    Carolyn 01-01-14
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    "Enjoy King's writing skills"

    Wasn't a total "page turner" but another enjoyable story well written. Will Patton's performance was excellent as usual.

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    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 12-30-13
    Heather L. Koranteng Jersey City, NJ 12-30-13 Member Since 2012

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    "It’s exactly what you get from King- predictable b"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not great, but I enjoyed it as a good story and listened to it quickly.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It’s almost like he didn’t know where to end it- there were at least three scenes before the actual ending- that could have resolved everything nicely. The actual ending was satisfying.


    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    Every old man in the story-and there’s a few- sounded like a cartoon character. A little too much on the accents. Still- you can tell all of the other characters apart well, and female voices aren’t bad- not horrible whispers like some narrators.


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

    The chapters moved from character to character well, and there were very few slow spots.


    Any additional comments?

    It’s not a bad listen, but if you’ve read a lot Steven King, you’ll recognize a lot of rehash. Even some of the dialog. It’s like he tore chunks from Salem’s Lot, The Green Mile and maybe a little of The Stand –and pasted them all together, but it’s not as epic as any of those stories. You expect some repeat because it’s a follow up on Danny from The Shining, but it’s like he keeps telling the same story over and over. Not that you mind if you’re a fan, it’s a story you like- but be honest about and tie it all together instead of putting it out there and pretending it’s new. It's almost like he's too tired to write something really new.

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    sykespro Tampa 12-30-13
    sykespro Tampa 12-30-13 Member Since 2015

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    "Excellent First Audiobook Novel!"
    What did you love best about Doctor Sleep?

    The story and the characters did it for me....


    What did you like best about this story?

    The way it all came together at the end was great.


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

    No, but I can say he's one of the reasons I loved this book. I've loaded up other books he narrated in y wish list...


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

    None of them... they all are pretty weird....


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    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 12-30-13
    David Enzel Chevy Chase, MD USA 12-30-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Suspenseful; Couldn't Stop Listening"

    I don't normally like really frightening stories but this book is a major exception. Stephen King is a masterful writer; he makes every word carry real weight. Will Patton sent a shiver down my spine just by narrating a chapter number. From the moment I started listening I was transported to another world and did not want to stop listening. It's hard now to find other audiobooks in the same league. If haven't read or listened to "The Shining" you really should read or listen to that first. Otherwise, you will be at a disadvantage. I thought "The Shining" was goof but "Doctor Sleep" is even better.

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    Dana Brookhaven, MS, United States 12-29-13
    Dana Brookhaven, MS, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2016
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    "And I didn't really even like The Shining"
    Any additional comments?

    I thought this was awesome. Although I read most of The Shining and didn't really like it, the fact that I didn't finish it did not affect understanding of this story at all. Whether you love him or hate him, the simple truth is that Stephen King can tell a story.

    Doctor Sleep is the kind of tale that I have trouble putting down. A "just one more chapter" type of book. So much so that I also downloaded the Kindle book so that I could read it when I was unable to listen to it. Which has created a whole new addiction. I mean, the fact that it syncs across the Kindle and the audio book is fantastic. But that is another story.

    So, yes, I recommend this book. For those that loved The Shining. For those who have never read it. And for those who just love a good story.

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    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 12-29-13
    Cindy Baytown, Texas, United States 12-29-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Very engaging"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, well written, good characters.


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

    I can't say it's like anything, but perhaps Joyland.


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

    I loved the little girl, Abra and Dan.


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

    It's very long but yes, it draws you in and you want to get back to it. I was also sad to hear it end because I loved the characters so much.


    Any additional comments?

    Enjoyed this book very much.

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    Dan 12-28-13
    Dan 12-28-13
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    What did you like best about Doctor Sleep? What did you like least?

    It was like re-hashing old themes


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    I was happy it ended and think I actually zoned-out during the climax; but, I was able to infer what happened so I didn't bother with the re-play.


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    Brent SOUTH POINT, OH, United States 12-25-13
    Brent SOUTH POINT, OH, United States 12-25-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Doctor Kept Me Awake"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, and most likely will. It's well written, well performed and very entertaining.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Dan's journey. Good stuff.


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

    I wasn't sure about Will at first but he added depth to the characters and is very good at make you feel that each voice is its own.


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

    Cadabra


    Any additional comments?

    A fun ride!!

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    Chris Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-24-13
    Chris Phoenix, AZ, United States 12-24-13
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    "Meh"

    I was really excited for this one, having listened to the prologue a few months before because it was attached to Wind Through The Keyhole. That part at least, was awesome, truly scary, horrible, even unforgettable. The rest, well, lets say I would have enjoyed it a lot more if it wasn't attached to The Shining. Before anyone asks, I have read the book and seen the movie and I like them both for different reasons. The original The Shining book was excellent, and I was sad to see certain parts not make it into the movie, but I can understand why it was done the way it was.

    I guess my main problem with this book was that it was boring. I kept waiting for something to surprise me and it really never did. Plot points and twists happened, and I just didn't care. Maybe my expectations were too high, maybe I resented the fact that it had almost nothing to do with the original Shining, it just seems like the prologue and the rest of the book were written with two very different ideas in mind, I'm not sure. I've read a TON of King's work and 99% of it I absolutely love, but this just felt empty and ham handed, and I'm truly sorry because I wanted to like it so much.

    As for the performance, it was absolutely perfect, no problems whatsoever, Will Patton was at his best here, breathing life into every character, giving his all in every breath. I'll be looking out for more from him.

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