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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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    Fleas in my farmhouse 05-13-15
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    "Worth your time."

    This book was a bit longer than it needed to be, but there was good character development and sinister supernatural villains (or were they just misunderstood predators?) for Stephen King fans.

    The best part of the book was finally getting an insight into what happened to Danny, from the classic The Shining by King.

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    G. Spielmann 05-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Entertaining but not scary at all and predictable"

    I read the shining and this book one after the other.
    Doctor sleep does not share the great character development or any scars with the shining. There is basically no scars in this book.
    That said it still makes for an entertaining read but does not come close to the quality of the shining. It feels like the 2 books are written by different authors.

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    Amazon Customer 05-11-15 Member Since 2017
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    "Dr Sleep"

    I was transfixed to the story. I am so happy to see Danny is a good guy.

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    David B Child LOS ANGELES, CA, US 05-06-15
    David B Child LOS ANGELES, CA, US 05-06-15
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    "Amazingly Read"

    I was happy that this sequel stuck to the same alcoholic struggles as the shining. But I was most blown away by the reading and performance. He had such a great range of voice, easily shifting between characters. It was the first fiction audiobook I've listened to , but it was the best audio experience I've had.

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    Cory 05-05-15
    Cory 05-05-15
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    "Amazing and intense"

    Fantastic listen this book was funny sad thrilling and down right terrifying!! If you were a fan of the shining and loved it as much as I did read this book and finally figure out what just happened to Danny "doc" Torrence. Stephen king is a genuine master of horror

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    dinah 05-03-15
    dinah 05-03-15
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    "Review on "Doctor Sleep"

    loved it. and the narrator was supper! Mr. King is the greatest storyteller all time.

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    Karen 04-28-15
    Karen 04-28-15 Member Since 2012

    Some books leave us free and some books make us free. –Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    "Great Read!!!!"

    I have to admit that I stopped reading Stephen King for several years. I'm not sure what made me pick up this book but I was hooked from the start and could not put it down. This book reminds me of his earlier style writing and I really enjoyed it.

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    L. Sears 04-28-15
    L. Sears 04-28-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic sequel, yet unique in it own right."

    Amazing continuation of little Danny from The Shining and great conclusion to the story that's scared us for years and years.

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    Michael D DuBerry 04-27-15
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    "I'll never look at a Winnebago the same again."

    I really enjoyed this story. My wife and I listened to Dr Sleep on our way to Phoenix last summer, but didn't finish it. the story stuck with me for months until we again were on travel and were able to pick up where we left off quite easily. The characters just resonated and were real enough to remember without much difficulty. I really enjoyed the narrator and I thought he was a perfect choice to read this story. As even the author points out, most will not find this story as terrifying or epic as the original, but try to listen with great ears and you'll be in for a treat.

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    Michael Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-24-15
    Michael Tallahassee, FL, United States 04-24-15 Member Since 2009
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    "Another great listen"

    Steven King is amazing as always. This book met all expectation plus. It was very hard to put down. Phenomenal.

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