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Doctor Sleep Audiobook

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

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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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    "Great read."

    I've never read a book written by Stephen King I didn't like and this one is no exception.

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    Shannon M Lyon 08-30-15
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    "Best in years!!"

    Fantastic performance by a great actor of an awesome book.

    Loved the shining and this completed the adventure.

    I didn't want it to end!

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    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 08-29-15
    Thomas RICHMOND, CA, United States 08-29-15 Member Since 2011
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    "Just a mess..."

    Never a big fan of King's work, I purchased this to catch up on Danny Boy only to discover a ridiculous story ripped off from "True Blood" and other zombie nonsense.

    When the book focuses on Dan's character, it shines but this is a small piece of the work.

    King evidently could not come up with a plausible meaning for the 'Shinning' so sunk to absurdity with zombie-like powers as a stand in.

    Don't waste your time on this trite mess unless you are that die hard King fan.

    On a happier note, Patton is great as always though his gravity-here eventually is as tiresome as the story line.

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    michelle zaid 08-28-15
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    loved it. page turner most definitely. so many memorable parts.. loved the how thoughtless Abra is and stunning she was and brave throughout the whole ordeal.

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    dragonflys30 08-26-15
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    "narrator only so so.."

    will patton had the tone of voice wrong in a lot of it, in my opinion. I think it would have been a little more eerie had he gotten it right.

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    Kelli B Eugene, OREGON, United States 08-25-15
    Kelli B Eugene, OREGON, United States 08-25-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Redrum all grown up"

    First off, I had no idea Will Patton was this talented as a voice actor. He's incredible! I forgot I was listening to him so many times. How he kept all these voices in his head straight I have no idea.

    We all know how talented Stephen King is -- and this is the sequel to The Shining. King says it himself -- this is the sequel to the book. If you haven't read it go and do so. It will make far more sense. It's way better than both films anyway. (What, you forgot about the made-for-TV version?)

    Danny boy is all grown up and discovers a talented little girl with more Shining than anyone else he's known. And she needs his help. The only problem is that he doesn't know who she is.

    We meet the man the scared little boy at the Overlook Hotel becomes. And so much like life, the story comes full circle.

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    gretchen n. branco 08-13-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Listened whenever I had the opportunity"

    This book didn't let me down. Very interesting to learn what became of Danny from The Shining.

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    Kyle 08-11-15
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    Very solid follow-up on the life of Danny Torrance. Story that gripped me, for sure. My one complaint is that there didn't seem to be any restrictions on the powers the various characters had, and the reader keeps learning about new ones. Not a big deal though, and the story was plenty interesting.

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    Eric Monee, IL, USA 08-09-15
    Eric Monee, IL, USA 08-09-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Novel!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Already have 3 times.


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

    Will Patton should narrate for a living and give up acting, although he is a fine actor, he really make this one come to life.


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    michael kellett 08-08-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Awesome"

    One of the best I have read. Blends perfect with original. Hope there will be a 3rd novel

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