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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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must read

A great story read by a terrific narrator. On the top of my favorites list.

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  • Dr J
  • Hollywood, FL, US
  • 06-08-15

Really enjoyed it

Great reader and great story. Makes car rides go by fast. Recommend this book whole heartedly.

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Good follow up

The Shining was definitely a tough act to follow but I enjoyed learning what became of young Danny Torrence. King did a great job filling us in on what has been happening to Torrence since the Shining. I would have liked more of a back story on the True, but nonetheless good job tying everything together and back to The Shining.

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Amazing story

Nothing like The Shining, it expands on the world that Danny lives in and follows him as he hits rock bottom and gets back up. Listened to it while driving cross country and found myself excited to hear what was going to happen next. Highly recommended.

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Suprisingly Good contemporary Stephen King

It took me over a year of starts and stops before I was hooked into this story. Once I was, I made it through the last 80% in one day. And I enjoyed it.

One thing for me... I have read or listened to almost every King book. I think he hasn't written anything brilliant since the end of the Carter administration. Though he occasionally gets close. Doctor Sleep gets close.

I'm rating this at only 3 stars because it felt very formulaic. I think King could do better if he was jogged out of his slumbering self satisfaction. I don't think he has tried to push the envelope in a long time.

I liked some ideas here. Im happy he did not seem to overtly pull this into the disgustingly campy universe he feels the need to pull almost everything he writes into now.

If you want to know what I would consider better than this... try Hissers by Ryan Thomas. I felt that it had a Stephen King vibe but was better than anything King writes these days.

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great sequel

i loved the book pissed me off a couple times but I loved it tho

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great book

I never know with Stephen King's books but this was a great book kept me on the seat of my pants it wasn't what I expected I can't wait to find another one

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New to King...

I loved the story, even though I usually don't like scary books. I'm new to King and didn't realize this was an extension of The Shining. Even without that set up, I was into the plot by the first couple chapters. Highly recommend.

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Too gripping to be scary

This is one sequel that was every bit as good as the original. I had to go back and watch The Shining before I read Doctor Sleep to help me remember the story that began Danny Torrance's struggle to put the ghosts of the Overlook Hotel behind him. That was before little Danny knew what he endured as a little boy was child's play compared to the True Knot and Rose the Hat. Danny also learns his "shining" was just a fraction of what others were gifted (or haunted) with. With great power comes great enemies, as Danny and Abra Stone will soon attest.

If you enjoy Stephen King novels and found The Shining a seat gripper, be sure not to miss what followed as that little boy grows up with his own nightmares.

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He's Back Finally!!!

I was a huge Stephen King fan but had grown away from his work. I didn't enjoy his books the way I used to. So I was skeptical to pick up Dr. Sleep. I am so happy I did! This took me back to the Overlook Hotel and put so many questions I didn't realize I had to sleep! I hardly ever think of the aftermath and this gave me so much to think about. I loved this book. It was filled with twists and turns and surprises I didn't see coming. I'll pick up another Stephen King book now that I've remembered what I liked about him.