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Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Written by Stephen King

Narrated by Will Patton


Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Written by Stephen King

Narrated by Will Patton

ratings:
4.5/5 (749 ratings)
Length:
18 hours
Released:
Sep 24, 2013
ISBN:
9781442362390
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Audiobook

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Description

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.
Released:
Sep 24, 2013
ISBN:
9781442362390
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as ebookEbook

About the author

Stephen King is the author of more than sixty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes Fairy Tale, Billy Summers, If It Bleeds, The Institute, Elevation, The Outsider, Sleeping Beauties (cowritten with his son Owen King), and the Bill Hodges trilogy: End of Watch, Finders Keepers, and Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel and a television series streaming on Peacock). His novel 11/22/63 was named a top ten book of 2011 by The New York Times Book Review and won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller. His epic works The Dark Tower, It, Pet Sematary, and Doctor Sleep are the basis for major motion pictures, with It now the highest-grossing horror film of all time. He is the recipient of the 2020 Audio Publishers Association Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2018 PEN America Literary Service Award, the 2014 National Medal of Arts, and the 2003 National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters. He lives in Bangor, Maine, with his wife, novelist Tabitha King.   



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  • (4/5)
    After his troubling stay at the Overlook Hotel as a child, Dan Torrance wrestles with alcoholism before joining AA and taking a job in a small New England town's hospice. Nearby, Abra, a young girl with a shining stronger than Dan's ever was, psychically witnesses a violent murder of a tween who also had the shining at the hands of a group known as the True Knot, a ragtag assembly of people with various powers who have managed to stay alive for centuries by feeding on the "steam" that comes off young children with the shining when they are tortured to death. Can Dan and Abra do anything about these murders?After enjoying The Shining so much, I was looking forward to this sequel. However, with so many years passing in between the original and the sequel, King seems to have changed as a writer and this book felt a little more like The Outsider to me than The Shining in terms of style. Whereas The Shining was so small scale -- mostly just these three people up against a haunted hotel -- this book is all over the place. For starters, King pretty has to get from a young Danny Torrance battling his literal demons from the hotel, to an older Dan Torrance battling his alcoholic demons, to a still older Dan Torrance settling into his sober life and atoning for his mistakes. And, King has to introduce both Abra (and her family and her powers) as well as Rose the Hat (and her gang of True Knot followers). It takes quite a while to see how all these disparate threads are coming together, so it feels a little bit scattered and disjointed for the reader.About halfway in or so when the different plotlines finally start intersecting, then I really enjoyed the book. The relationship between Dan and Abra as two people dealing with life as a person with the shining was really quite nice. Some of the supporting characters were interesting enough while others just felt like they were there for little to no reason (or at least not enough reason to justify how much backstory had been previously given to them). Oddly enough, I felt like the villains in this book were somewhat sympathetic, and their justifications of 'just doing what's needed to survive' is technically valid to a degree. However, their ringleader Rose is awful enough to make the final faceoff between heroes and villains compelling.For the audiobook listener, Will Patton was fantastic, as always.
  • (4/5)
    It had been ages since I read The Shining and it was one of few books by Stephen King I had not read more than once. (Back in the days when I only read Dutch translated books, I re-read most of his books 3 times)

    So I decided to re-read the Shining before I started Doctor Sleep and I am glad to say this book was very different than The Shining. Different style but it did have all the connections to book 1 and I loved that.

    What a great sequel and I really loved the new characters that appeared in this book.

    Now I am sad that I have finished it and maybe have to wait a long time for a new book by SK. I have always been a fan. By that I mean I have always loved his books. I think I have never given his books less than 3 stars.
    I also read Dean Koontz who has quite a lot of misses compared to King.

    There is just one King.



    4.5 stars
  • (3/5)
    Creepy. I listened to the audio version and the professional readers did a great job.i think Stephen King wrote a really good sequel to the shining. Dr. Sleep explains what the shining is. The only part I had a little problem with is Abra's parents. I believe parents would have intervened when she was up against the True Knot cult.
  • (5/5)
    Another great story by Stephen King. I always wondered what happened to Danny, and King tells us in his unmistakable style. Not as scary as The Shining, but still capable of giving you nightmares.
  • (5/5)
    Danny Torrence is all grown up and now has to save a little girl who shines brighter than he ever did.
  • (4/5)
    Liked this a lot better than The Shining. The plot sticks together. The characters are more cohesive. The whole thing just holds up a lot better. It's more believable. I think Stephen King is a better writer now. However it wasn't perfect. I kind of feel like he could do better. Like he while the books out too fast, or doesn't give them as much depth as they could have. Like he's a bit too much flash and not enough substance. Is it too much to ask for substance in your genre fiction? Maybe, but it can be done and he always comes off seeming almost, but not quite good enough. Still a very fun read.