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Doctor Sleep | [Stephen King]

Doctor Sleep

Stephen King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, and the very special 12-year old girl he must save from a tribe of murderous paranormals.
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Publisher's Summary

An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, 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 tween 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....

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Taamati 11-03-13
    Taamati 11-03-13
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    "There are other worlds than these"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    maybe, but then I hardly ever read anything twice


    What did you like best about this story?

    I liked this more than I did the Shining, it expands the world more. It also has some good links from the Dark Tower series


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

    I haven't heard any of Will Patton's performances before but he is really good. I haven't been able to put this Audiobook down


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

    not yet


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ben Perth, Australia 10-17-13
    Ben Perth, Australia 10-17-13 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved this book."
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    I listen to a lot of Stephen King, and his books always entertain. However, this one is exceptionally good. I will be revisiting The Shining to catch up with Danny as a child.
    What adds to the pleasure this audio book gives, is the narration. Will Patton does an amazing job, and I felt myself being sucked in to the story. Only one other narrator has done Stephen King's tales such justice, and that was the late, great Frank Muller.
    I'm a massive fan of both audio books and Stephen King alike, but the narrator can make or break it for me. Will Patton made this book a joy to listen to.
    Bravo to Stephen for another great book, and bravo to Will for a great performance.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    "this would be great if I could play it"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    I might if I could hear it


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    .


    What didn’t you like about Will Patton’s performance?

    performance was great in part one, part two and three, who knows? They won't download!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    audible sucks


    Any additional comments?

    sort out your crappy software.

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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  • Tomtimes
    3/6/15
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    "Excellent follow up to the shining!"

    A must read for all Stephen King fans .throughly recommend
    Will Patton's narration excellent wow

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Alison
    2/2/15
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    "The Shining 2!"

    Excellent sequel, masterfully narrated. Highly recommended. If you liked the shining you'll love this. You get to see what happens to old characters and meet many interesting new ones.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Andy
    United Kingdom
    1/22/15
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    "Traditional King"

    Slow start but it warmed up and I enjoyed it. Took a while to get used to the narrator's voice but he was good after I'd synched in. King overuses some stuff such as people laughing inappropriately but you know what you're going to get. Nothing ground-breaking but solid stuff and enjoyable.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • mollymoon1
    Bristol, United Kingdom
    1/15/15
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    "Good, old fashioned, scary stuff..."

    I really enjoyed this story, despite the fact that although Will Patton read the book well, the tone was quite slow, dreary and monotonous – if you can get through that, in context with the title, then this is a solid, back to old fashioned Stephen King, scary stuff. It reminded me of the days (back in the late 70’s and early 80’s) when films and books were scary and is a great continuation of The Shining. Perfect Stephen King book, well written, exactly what you would expect from the great man and worth your money.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dan B.
    1/7/15
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    "a sequel that doesn't disappoint"
    If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

    Exciting, suspense, Gripping


    What did you like best about this story?

    The relationship between Dan and Abra


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

    Abra


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

    When Dan and Abra knew they had to work together, but couldn't tell Abra's parents, then the reaction when they did.


    Any additional comments?

    Throughly recommend this book. Wasn't expecting anything amazing, but reall really enjoyed it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Claire
    12/3/14
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    "Best listen in a long time !"
    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge fan of Stephen King and was skeptical about how The Shining could be followed, but this was a great listen and it brought a couple of old characters back to life. I could not wait to carry on listening to this book.

    The reader had a gruff voice that took a little while to adjust to but as the story went on it actually suited the tone of the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • V. Wilson
    10/7/14
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    "Magnificent"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Read so many that it is impossible to rate a single novel above others. However Doctor Sleep is up there with some of the best.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dan, Abbra and Billy. They carry the story between them.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    His characterisations were incredible as soon as he talked you knew exactly which character he was.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    No Idea


    Any additional comments?

    I have read some lukewarm comments about Doctor Sleep. I disagree completely. Having been a fan of Stephen King since his first novel 'Carrie'. I even followed him through his slightly odd years. But his last few books have been incredible. He is back at the top of his undoubted powers of storytelling. Some people have complained that it is slow. Well shame on them. Stephen King's writing style has always been to take time to draw you in to the tale and he does it with expertise. As far as I am concerned there isn't a single wasted sentence throughout the book. I also enjoyed the allusions to some of his earlier books. I kind of think that those who prefer The Shining are actually referring to the film version, which quite frankly I thought was rubbish and did the book no service whatsoever. 'Doc' Torrance deserved a second outing and Mr King gave it to us.
    My only regret was that Dick Halloran had passed.
    Doctor Sleep is a tour de force.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Elizabeth
    9/3/14
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    "Excellent sequel to The Shining!"
    What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

    I thought the performance was good overall but the girl/woman voices did sound a little too much like a guy putting on a high voice.


    Any additional comments?

    If you have read The Shining I highly recommend this. It starts off fairly slow but builds up to an exciting climax.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • WenMuz
    Scotland
    7/20/14
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    "Gripping and unforgettable"
    What did you like most about Doctor Sleep?

    The characters - well-rounded and interesting.


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

    The Shining, obviously - this being the sequel


    Which scene did you most enjoy?

    All of the scenes in which Jack is comforting the dying


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Sleep? Maybe.....


    Any additional comments?

    This was the first Audible title I tried and I wasn't disappointed. In fact, it got me hooked on the audio book. (There you go. I'm a poet and I don't even know it...)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • HMPS64
    London, UK
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    "And again"
    Where does Doctor Sleep rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Not so great actually. A good story standby on its own but as an add on to the shining it is appalling.


    What was most disappointing about Stephen King’s story?

    The follow through was poor.


    Did Will Patton do a good job differentiating each of the characters? How?

    Yes. The audio was magic and I could not put it down.


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

    The reliving of the boy dying.


    Any additional comments?

    King is a mastermind, take this as an entire new book and it rocks.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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