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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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Stephen Kings always the best.

This book answers all the questions you'd have and then some after the shining. I love the characters and the mix of real world references with the true not. Really a great book as always!!!

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King is king of story telling. always enjoyable

I've been on audible for over a year now and finally got a king book 2 months ago. I loved it so I got this one and guess what, I couldn't stop listening. I usually like my sci-fi but I will start to mix in thrillers more often

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Superb Stephen King

Excellent story, great reader.
I love it when a plan comes together.
That's all you need to know; if you like King then of course you'll get the book.

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loved finding out what happened to Danny

The Shining was my favourite King book, so it was wonderful to find out what became of Danny. One of my favourite things was the intro and prologue by Stephen King.

The narrator was great. He really captured the vibe of each character .

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  • Sabine
  • St Petersburg, FL, United States
  • 10-27-15

Now I have to read the first one!

Great job by Will Patton. He does a wonderful job of reading King's works! Loved hearing what happened to Danny. Now we are all waiting to hear another Abra. Hope there is another book in the series.

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Excellent book listened to it a few times.

You can picture the story in your head like a movie because he describes the setting til your imagination is hand feed what it needs to complete the world he has created. The narration was easy to follow because each character was given it's own voice to tell their part of their life they have been given in this tale.

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good follow up

really enjoyed this followup to the shining. just go into this book knowing it is not as good as the shining and enjoy finding out how Danny has turned out.

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One of the best Stephen King books. ever.

If you could sum up Doctor Sleep in three words, what would they be?

shocking. deep. fulfilling.

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

Its really up there on its own pedestal. Its such a great continuation of Doc.

Which scene was your favorite?

Couldn't pick one, they are all great.

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

yes. absolutely.

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One of his best!

Any additional comments?

I loved the narrator & fell in love with this book. It is scary & well written. I did not want it to end!

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Good read.

The Shining was one of my favorite books and I was happy to follow up with Danny. I always wondered what happened to him. It is a bit different than I thought it would be., but a good story nonetheless. The performance was good, but not great. The voice is a little watery and his impression of a woman's voice is weird, but overall very good. There are a lot of characters and you are able to tell who is talking right away.