Doctor Sleep: A Novel

By Stephen King
Read by Will Patton

18.57 Hours 09/24/2013 unabridged
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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 twelve-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 twelve-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.

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Summary

Summary

A #1 New York Times bestseller

Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration

A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Solo Narration-Male

Winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel

Winner of the 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice for Horror

A #1 USA Today bestseller

A #1 San Francisco Chronicle bestseller

New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2013

A Wall Street Journal bestseller

A Los Angeles Times bestseller

A Washington Post bestseller

A Washington Post Notable Book of 2013

A Chicago Tribune bestseller

An NPR bestseller

A 2014 Locus Award Finalist

A 2014 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee

A Barnes & Noble Best Book for September 2013

An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for October 2013

A #1 Publishers Weekly bestseller

A 2013 BookPage Best Book

Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, 2013

An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013

An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2013

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 twelve-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 twelve-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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“King’s earlier books were full of phantasms and demons, but he grows ever more adept at rooting his dark thoughts and toughest struggles in reality…He remains amazingly resourceful. He’s so good at scaring that he can even raise goose bumps when he writes about the measles.” New York Times
“Born to be a bestseller and possibly most discussed novel of the year.” Barnes&Noble.com, editorial review
“King is a pro: by the end of this book your fingers will be mere stubs of their former selves, and you will be looking askance at the people in the supermarket line, because if they turn around they might have metallic eyes. King’s inventiveness and skill show no signs of slacking: Doctor Sleep has all the virtues of his best work. What are those virtues? First, King is a well-trusted guide to the underworld. His readers will follow him through any door marked ‘Danger: Keep Out’…because they know that not only will he give them a thorough tour of the inferno…he will also get them out alive…Second, King is right at the center of an American literary taproot that goes all the way down: to the Puritans and their belief in witches, to Hawthorne, to Poe, to Melville, to the Henry James of The Turn of the Screw, and then to later exemplars like Ray Bradbury.” New York Times Book Review
“This is vintage King, a classic good-vs.-evil tale that will keep readers turning the pages late into the night. His many fans won’t be disappointed.” Library Journal (starred review)
“King clearly revels in his tale…it shows all his old gifts, including the ability to produce sentences that read as if they’re tossed off but that could come only from someone who’s worked hard on them. His cast of characters is as memorable as any King has produced, too, from a fully rounded Danny to the tiny but efficiently lethal Abra Stone and the vengeful Andi…Satisfying at every level. King even leaves room for a follow-up, should he choose to write one—and with luck, sooner than three decades hence.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“A gripping, taut read that provides a satisfying conclusion to Danny Torrance’s story.” Publishers Weekly
“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

Reviews

Reviews

by VictoryRider 9/13/2017
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Excellent reading

A decent Stephen King sequel to The Shining, enhanced greatly by Will Patton's reading.
by Michael1 9/13/2017
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A Worthy Sequel

**Slightly Spoilerish **

I reread The Shining so that the I could segue seamlessly into Doctor Sleep. It was a good two book read with two different stories despite the similarities. I enjoyed following Dan's progression from his troubled past to coming to a comfortable existence, having crossed major hurdles of his dark, drunken existence to someone who played a role in both life and death. But moreso, I really enjoyed Dick Hallorann's story of his "black" grandpa, and I would have liked to have read more about him. This guy was very interesting, and I found myself wishing he would have had a bigger part of the story. Or rather a story of his own. Doctor Sleep . . . Dan's story picked up "steam" and really chugged along once the lines of confrontation were set. Speaking of steam, I was irritated by the use of the word "steam" . . . it didn't seem like a creation of Stephen King. I don't know what word would have been better, but ever time Rose and company took steam, I cringed. Like some of the other reviews I have seen, it seemed to wrap up too nicely. There wasn't much of a sacrifice, like the kids in IT who paid a price for what they went through despite the outcome. And then there are the stories like Pet Sematary where there was no happy ending at all. I suppose King cannot end them all in such ways. But those complaints are small complaints. Honestly, I shouldn't complain at all; I always cheer for the good guys, and hate it when good guys pay heavily in the end. Overall, I liked the book enough to give it a strong 4 out of 5 starts.

Author

Author Bio: Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 18.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English