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Doctor Sleep Audiobook

Doctor Sleep

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An epic war between good and evil, a gory, glorious story that will thrill the millions of hyper-devoted readers of The Shining and wildly satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

King says he wanted to know what happened to Danny Torrance, the boy at the heart of The Shining, after his terrible experience in the Overlook Hotel. The instantly riveting Doctor Sleep picks up the story of the now middle-aged Dan, working at a hospice in rural New Hampshire, 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 tween 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....

©2013 Stephen King (P)2013 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Raymond 12/01/2015
    Raymond 12/01/2015
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    "One of the best"

    I didn't think any book could top the shining,,,,,clearly I was wrong,,,,doctor sleep surpasses the shining and is a ripper of a novel,,,kudos to the king of novelists!!!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    David Lazzari 22/08/2016
    David Lazzari 22/08/2016
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    "Dr Sleep"

    Only recently returned to Stephen King after a very long break. Stopped after 'Misery' which I hadn't liked.
    Returned with 'Mr. Mercedes' which was a cracker then 'Dr Sleep' which I thoroughly enjoyed.
    Then got the audiobook versions of both.
    I've liked Will Patton since 'Falling Skies' and he brings the same abilities to his reading of this excellent novel. In many ways the audiobook is much better than the print book because of Will Patton.
    The story is well constructed and undoubtedly creepy and unsettling, crackling with suspense.
    Highly recommended

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    Veena 13/08/2016
    Veena 13/08/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "I couldn't stop listening. Very suspenseful! 😊"

    As with most of Stephen King's work, it wasn't just a story - I was taken on a journey, living as Dan Torrence or Abra Stone. Loved it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jake 21/03/2016
    Jake 21/03/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "The Shining's sequel done in the best way possible"

    This novel completely hooked me in, and the narration was beautifully done.
    Stephen King is still one of the all time greatest writers, in my personal opinion

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kimberley Connery 25/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Absolutely loved it!"

    Fantastic read. Well executed story which stayed true to its original characters. Loved the narrator, one of the best voices I've listened to. Highly Recommended!!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Hobbes 06/09/2015
    Hobbes 06/09/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "great story"

    I was amazed that this story was so good. It is great as a stand alone story but better with the knowledge of "The Shining". I definitely recommend this book.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sue 29/11/2016
    Sue 29/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Wow - great read"
    What did you like most about Doctor Sleep?

    Grabbed you right at the start and didn't let go.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    Rose in her battle with the little girl Abra


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Will is a master at making you know who is talking with the inflections in his voice he lets you feel the emotion. Very talented man.


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

    When the old grandma died Momo


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    Chrissie 11/11/2016
    Chrissie 11/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Amazing"

    Glad to see Danny turned out ok, this story really was a thriller, keeping me listening until the last second.

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    Gabrielle 27/09/2016
    Gabrielle 27/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "That narrator!!!!"

    Honestly, this book is brought to life in the most wonderful way by the narrator. Loved it.

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    Lisa 18/09/2016
    Lisa 18/09/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Doctor Sleep"

    Wow what can I say. Steven King at his best. want to read The Shining again. Thank you.

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  • Ian
    Frankston South, Australia
    1/12/13
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    "King By The Numbers"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    I'm a big Stephen King fan and have very much enjoyed his last couple. While this wasn't classic King, it was certainly an enjoyable listen.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    Finding out what happened to Danny Torrance after The Overlook burned down was the most interesting. Find out about The True Knot and, in particular, Rose the Hat, was often dull and predictable.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Will Patton?

    I have; Alas, Babylon (which was fantastic). He's pretty good here and I have no problems with his narration, though he does sometimes get a bit over-wrought.


    Was Doctor Sleep worth the listening time?

    Way more worthwhile than answering the same question you asked first off in this review. Allow me to cut and paste...'I'm a big Stephen King fan and have very much enjoyed his last couple. While this wasn't classic King, it was certainly an enjoyable listen.'There. Happy now? Good. Moving on...


    Any additional comments?

    Not his best but plenty good enough. The middle third especially is outstanding, but the first third is too long and windy and the climax is oddly formulaic for King, something which can arguably said for most of the story. It feels like a good idea not quite seen through, if that makes sense.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Sharon
    Brisbane, Australia
    2/12/13
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    "Revisit The Shining if it's been a while"

    Seriously, I liked this book but I did feel that I wish I had re-read/listened to The Shining before listening to this one.

    The Narrator - Will Patton does OK. His accents are alright but I got the feeling that there was no great love of Stephen King. Maybe I am wrong but I always felt that if I were to listen to one of these stories it would be read in a New England accent. "Heya" etc. Having said that the narrator does not impose himself and lets the story tell itself. So that is good.

    The Story - The story was alright. You really expect something extraordinary from Stephen King. Even though he has written nothing extraordinary for a long time, you still expect it. It's kind of like going out with a friend who you used to laugh with a lot. Then the friend got old and bitter. You still go out with them because you remember that you used to laugh a lot and there is always a chance that things have improved. This book is like that. I bought it because Mr King entertained me all those years ago. This book only just did that. It's not great but it's still better than most.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Minnie
    Stellenbosch, South Africa
    25/11/13
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    "A voice to DIE for!"

    Will Patton is undoubtedly my new best friend and greatest voice actor ever. I think I still have to decide whether Doctor Sleep is vintage King, i.e. better than his later books. However what is beyond argument is that Will Patton performs this book with breathtaking skill and craftsmanship.
    He creates believable good characters and voices the evil ones in a manner that gives you cold shivers.
    If Mr Patton were to read War and Peace in binary code, it would still be riveting.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Caitlin
    16/10/16
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    "A deeper look into what we've come to know as the shinning"

    I have read this book over three times n have listened too it at least four, I loved the book the shinning ever since I read my mother copy as a child my mother ended up giving me her copy when I left home n I always wounded n hoped there would be a second coming, now I hope to see a third. ( listen n find out whom I'm now wondering what happened to.) this book takes us back into Doc childhood n through to what I understand to be about his late 40 or early 50 possibly even older I lost track. So realax ( turn up ur hearing aids if u got em) n become amazed at the story that follows Dan Torrent's life as he grows up in our heads.

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  • Anna H.
    6/10/16
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    "Really enjoyed this"

    kept me interested the whole book. might have to go back and read the shining now

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  • Justin
    12/08/16
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    "Will for president"

    Will Patton as the narrator...nothing short of brilliant with his performance, thanks Will.
    Great follow on from the Shining...

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  • Matthew
    3/05/16
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    "Great stand alone book and awesome sequal"

    As usual King is outstanding, this tells a story of a grown Danny facing real grown up problems. This book has great pacing and a gripping story line!

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  • Amazon Customer
    16/07/15
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    "Good story. Terrific performance!"

    It starts of slow, but Will Patton's narration is EPIC once he gets going. Wow!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Vulindlela
    Stellenbosch, South Africa
    26/05/14
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    "A roaring good listen!!!"
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Will Patton turns this book into something more than special!!! I cannot describe the range and qualities he gives to King's characters. His voice brought chills at the right moments and expressed the vulnerability of Abra and all who were concerned for her.


    What did you like best about this story?

    King manages to construct such a believable history behind the man that is Dan Torrance. I couldn't help but see in my mind's eye and really be convinced of what Danny had become. Brilliant


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This being my first listening of Will Patton I will certainly pick up more


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I absolutely wanted to spend a full 18 hrs listening to nothing but this book. ... but y'know,...life gets in the way.


    Any additional comments?

    If anything, this story has reawakened the love I have of Stephen King's writing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Garth W
    13/05/14
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    "Gripping story. Awesome narration by Will Paton"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Doctor Sleep to be better than the print version?

    Only know the audio version but the narrator was outstanding. Really brought the atmosphere to the story (and delivered great character differentiation)


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    It was a continuously gripping story. Beautifully constructed.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No. Regrettably not.


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  • jennifer
    alfreton, United Kingdom
    26/12/13
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    "Doctor Sleep"

    If you want to listen to this book please do the shining first as this is the follow up many years after and the little boy best known as doc is all grown up. Mr King never disappoints this is a very clever story its gripping and sad ,it gave me goose bumps in places, doing both books back to back was fantastic.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tara
    Bedford, United Kingdom
    1/11/13
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    "Not What I Expected..."
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    Will Patton's narration was first class. As with some of King's best novels I really enjoy his writing when he focuses on the stories/ thoughts of the characters major and minor. In fact I would go as far as to say that really the main story line doesn't ever really do it for me in King's novels- it's all about the characterisation. This book is no exception, the story line is ok but the characters, places and situations are what make this novel so rich and full of life.My favourite King novels are The Stand, Under The Dome & 11/22/63 - this didn't quite reach the heights of these books for me but almost and certainly better than some of the others I've read. I actually enjoyed it more than The Shinning which surprised me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    The reference to Charlie Manx from Joe Hill's N0S4R2 by Halloran, I love it when books cross reference!


    Which character – as performed by Will Patton – was your favourite?

    I loved his portrayal of all of the members of the True Knot, proper hicks!


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Pretty much, towards the end I started to lose a little interest as all the action was jammed into the final third.


    Any additional comments?

    At times I felt that the narrative was a little clichéd and rushed, I loved the first two thirds but lost a little interest towards the end.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • chelynnah
    Dorset UK
    26/05/15
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    "A wonderful follow-up."
    Would you listen to Doctor Sleep again? Why?

    Yes, absolutely. There are so many layers to the story, and the narration was spectacular


    What did you like best about this story?

    I like that years had passed. I liked that Danny didn't end up just living happily ever after - that his story was more realistic to his circumstances and everything he had experienced. You don't walk away unscarred.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    This was my first experience of him as a narrator, but not my last. Unfortunately he has set the bar high and is now the narrator everyone else has to live up to.


    Any additional comments?

    Sometimes sequels can be disappointing, but that wasn't the case here. There were a couple of small character niggles from things introduced here relating to the previous book that I wasn't sure we're true to character, but they didn't bother me too much, just made me think about it a little more. I listened to The Shining right before this so it was all fresh in my mind.

    It does stand alone quite well, though it really is better appreciated if you've read The Shining. If you've only seen the movie, please make sure it's the TV mini-series rather than the Kubrick movie so it has better continuity when you follow on with this book.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Caroline B
    West Sussex
    2/10/13
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    "Exceeded expectations"

    I've never read King before but thought the film The Shining was superb, so I wanted to see what happened to that little boy. This sequel had me gripped from the first sentence. Hugely enjoyable and listening to his writing was like watching a film somehow. Great characters and an expertly crafted plot. The narrator was a perfect match for me, a great job by Patton.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • A User
    21/06/14
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    "A worthy follow up"
    What made the experience of listening to Doctor Sleep the most enjoyable?

    The narrator distinguishes each character to make them easily recognisable when they appear.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Doctor Sleep?

    At the beginning, we hear about Mr Manx and Christmasland, borrowed from Stephen's son's book, NOS4R2, which I thoroughly enjoyed last summer. It brought a smile to my face!


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Easy to listen voice, a good voice, never boring.


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

    No.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm glad to have returned to Mr King's stories, now I'm looking for to Mr Mercedes.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    28/09/13
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    "Stephen King still has it!"
    Any additional comments?

    Did you ever wonder what happened to Danny Torrance? I Know I did. My expectations were high and King delivered, once again. Wonderful audio performance by mr Will Patton. Listened to it almost continuously. absolutely wonderful

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Grzegorz
    London, United Kingdom
    11/11/13
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    "Cheap and hardly scary"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    No, I would not.
    The story starts well. It's consuming has a thrill uncovering more and more about 'the true knot' ,but that ends quickly.
    From about halfway through it becomes predictive and almost boring in consequence of events. The ancient true knot's members first depicted as horrifying become lousy and helpless in all of their actions. It's just so hard to believe that the one that ventured across earth for centuries has never had measles or never came across a sick kid with it or any other sickness. I simply don't buy it and see it as a massive flow in the plot.
    The new look at 'the shinning' as a power feels like a stretch and as if it was taken from some of the recent teen's series.
    And the end had no sense as well.
    There're just so many things that just don't make sense. Why didn't they sense Dan if his power was so great to put up a fight with Rose the hat ?! How come a ghost was able to strangle one of the true knot if for that it needs someone with shine to feed it with power.
    And 'the gas bomb' that killed them all, that was just lame.
    Also, reference to 'the game of thrones' ?! That's some really bad parenting if 12 year old is allowed to watch it, or worse read the book. It might be another way of invasive advertising like with adding names of hotel chains or car rentals. I don't see what purpose it could serve to the story and see it as a very low blow that made me cringe.

    Apart of those, when it finished I had only one feeling in my head that brought a single phrase out: 'a cheap story'.
    So, no I would not recommend it.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Stephen King? Why or why not?

    King needs to start writing something newer and fresher than rehashing ideas of vampires mixed with paranormal activities for me to get started with another of his books.
    Maybe one of the old once, though.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was ok. I simply didn't like a voice of the narrator.


    Was Doctor Sleep worth the listening time?

    Not really. I sort of feel betrayed and disappointed.
    I was expecting an exciting continuation of a thriller and got this mediocre story that may thrill girls between 12-16 years of age that may identify with a character in the story.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't rise your expectations, otherwise you're up for a disappointment.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • SDY
    Australia
    1/11/13
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    "Wicked!"

    This story is exactly what I was hoping for. I'd put this up there with Bag of Bones and The Stand, this was a very enjoyable ride. It took a while to get used to the narrator, who unfortunately gives every word a full-on performance, but the book is so good that in the end I didn't mind. It took me maybe a couple of hours to really get into it, but once it really started, I couldn't stop listening. It's not high literature, but it's pure King.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • m
    cheltenham, United Kingdom
    24/09/13
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    "Great book destroyed by a monotone reader"
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    another great book from the king sadly ruined by a very Americanised accent with the tone of a very bored and elderly history teacher emphasising at all the wrong moments.

    Buy the book but avoid the audio book version.

    11 of 19 people found this review helpful
  • tina evans
    6/12/16
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    "Brilliant"

    I listen to audio books walking the dogs and with this book they got lots and lots of long walks. Danny is just like I wanted him to be and how he "had" to be given his past. Read this book your life will be better for it!!!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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