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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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A sequel that does not disappoint!

Loved it...but happy to finish, so now maybe I can get some sleep myself.

Will Patton does a brilliant job of narrating.

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I Loved it!

I couldn't have been more pleased in the way that Danny ended up. thank you

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The Immortal SFK Delivers

All around, just reading the blurb about the book wasn't doing it justice. My curiosity of little Danny is what made me give this a try. Between Will Patton delivering a perfect representation of all characters and emotions and King's way of tying words together in a way that is only him, this was a perfect read (if only gone by too fast).

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Good, really good.

So what happened to little fire starter?
Should middle aged Dan and she meet to do battle with??? Hum... Maybe the guys in yellow coats, or the three little meddlers Antropos, Curly, and Shimp?

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amazing

as usual mr king delivers narrated by one of the best another home run if you ever wondered what happened to the boy from the shining this is it and more

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Great sequel!

On its own, it's a great story. Not quite as good as the original, but getting to find out what had happened to those oh so memorable characters of the Shinning... well, saying "satisfying" just isn't good enough.
Thank you Mr King, I've been enraptured by your books/movies/stories since my late teens. Which means since you have been publishing.
Thank you to Will Patton for such a wonderful vocal rendition of this story. I like that he simply read it in a nice, smooth manner, without feeling the need to act it out. That way it remained Mr King's story, & allowed MY imagination to flesh out the characters just like I did when I got to read the book the first time.

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The Sequel

For I have only watched the movie and never read the book, The Shining. I rather enjoyed the sequel, and Will Patton amazingly brought the characters to life. The different voices he has done I could actually see the characters in my mind. That is why I give this audio five stars.

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WOW!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Doctor Sleep is a GREAT (perhaps overdue) sequel to King's 1977 masterpiece, The Shining!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Abra of course! King's extraordinary ability to view the world through a child's (Abra ... and Danny Torrence) eyes is indeed remarkable.

What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

The BEST, bar none .... totally awesome! Throughout, he sounds as if he's a great actor on stage giving the performance of his life!

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes, the gruesome death of the baseball boy.

Any additional comments?

I'm about to "reread" the shining!

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perfection, yet again

if I ever were to meet Mr. King in person, I believe I would simply shake his hand, give him one of my "mamma bear" hugs and just thank him for years of joy and horror. thank goodness he never let his stories stay hidden in his mind, never to be shared with us Constant Readers.

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Doctor Sleep kept me wide awake!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this to many friends already. It is classic King and left off almost from the first book.