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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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Terrific listen!

Revisiting Danby Torrence was great fun. And as always, Stephen King's masterful storytelling grips you from the first sentence to the last.

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I liked it.

I liked it. A quick listen with good pacing. Glad to finally hear about what happened to Danny after the Overlook.

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Wonderful Sequel

A fantastic follow up to a great story. Characters are flawed and complex, and I can relate to some of their problems. If you enjoyed The Shining, check it out!

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Loved it ALMOST as much as the gunslinger... In a different way.

This book is great. From start to finish it holds you and makes you want more. Awesome book from my favorite author....

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Doctor Sleep

Had a hard time getting started because this book continues with Danny's life as an adult, after living through " The Shining". I didn't want his life to be what Steven King was making it. Truthfully, I was very disturbed by it but true to the authors form, it is a real roller coaster ride was sorry when it was over. Characters really stick with you for awhile, what a concept it presents. Put on your seat belt and go for the ride.

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An awesome story narrated by an excellent actor

The book was great, I read it when it came out right after rereading the shining.
A great follow up with no disappointments.
The narration is fantastic, Will Patton did a fantastic job, his voice is perfect throughout the story and his inflections when he changes characters and expresses their emotions is amazing.

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A TREASURE IN THE KINGDOM<br />

loved it..I marvel the mind so creative that the extraordinary
becomes believable. He nourishes the imagination we cherished as children.Read reviews of the plot but it's satisfying entertainment from The King..

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A wickedly cool continuation!

I have heard plenty of discouraging things about this novel as I wound up to reading it. I can honestly tell you I have no idea how they came to their conclusions.
Stephen King has given us one of his coolest stories so far. After reading The Shining again before reading this one turned out well for me--especially at the end--due to the references.
This was a fun read and an excellent sequel, I have no complaints. All I can say to those who haven't read this one yet is this; Read "The Shining first." You don't have to but I think it would make the story as a whole, much more enjoyable.

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Captivating Read

My desire to know what happened to my childhood hero, Danny from The Shining was satisfied. This story grabbed me by the throat and didn't let go till the end. I absolutely love the freaky deaky mind magic, the paranormal events King sweetly roled out in his maniacal fashion. Thanks for the ride Mr. King. You never disappoint!

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Awesome novel and great sequel

Definitely exceeded my expectations! He novel was dark yet very redeeming as the characters like Dan find their own salvation in a small town and in the extra ordinary talents of a young girl with "the Shining". I definitely recommend!