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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

Critic Reviews

"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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  • SuZQ
  • Chicago, IL USA
  • 09-09-17

Classic Stephen King & Five Star Narrator

I absolutely loved this book! I am a major Stephen King fan from way back. I have read just about everything he has written. I thought this was a fantastic sequel to The Shining & the narration was stellar! Highly recommended!

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King is the Ruler!!

Loved the story I loved it so much I want a follow up story with Abra. The narration was fantastic I love his work.

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This won't put you to sleep...

I reread The Shining before diving into this book. I forgot how much different it was as compared to the movie. I understood it a lot more.

Dr. Sleep had a lot to live up to; if you like The Shining, you will love Dr. Sleep. The main characters are human making human mistakes and bad decisions. The inhuman characters are almost like able until you ... don't want to give too much away. The narrator was perfect. His performance matched the mood of the words being read; creepy. Read this, get a little steamed then sleep well.

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  • Matt
  • Maine
  • 08-09-17

awesome book!!!!! 2nd king book this wk

loves it great book great read... Will read again!!!! king is a great writer and I'm proud to say he lives 2hrs North of me!!!

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Great sequel to the The Shining!

As usual, I love Stephen King's books and this was a great sequel to one of my favorite books The Shining. You get to see what happens to Dan Torrance and the affects of his gift; both good and bad. The book also expands upon this universe by including the predators of those with the Shining. It's a great book with great story telling Stephen King style!

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A fitting sequel to a great story and character!😎

Now we know what happened with Doc, I really enjoyed the book! A must read for any King fan.

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Suburb!!

I wasn't sure if I was going to like Doctor Sleep but it is fantastic and I loved Will Patton.

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  • J. Walker
  • Seymour, CT United States
  • 05-26-17

10 Stars!!

PLEASE re-record all of Stephen King's books with Will Patton narrating! This is the fourth of Mr. King's books that I've listened to with Will telling the story and as usual his performance was extraordinary! I can't imagine getting the same level of entertainment from reading the book or with someone else at the microphone. Absolutely loved this book and will listen again and again.

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another awesome book!

loved it! Stephen King is back! Will Patton is my favorite performer. They're a winning team!

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a must read for any fan of Steven King

If you enjoyed The Shining read this fantastic sequel. a rather different tale but a truly enthralling one. fantastic characters and a great new look at those who shine.

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