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Doctor Sleep: A Novel

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Stephen King

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2013

Duration: 18 hours 32 minutes


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.


  • Stephen F

    Excellent sequel to the shining. Perfectly narrated. I loved every second of it. Hope they cast the movie soon.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    As a fan of The Shining I was looking forward to this sequel. Be warned, if you are looking to feel the same thing The Shining made you feel, this is not the book for you. It feels like a completely different story that shares the same characters. It is a decent book to listen to, however and I do recommend it.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Robin Barrett

    Loved it.

  • Amber Guthrie

    The sequel to The Shining, wow! Some areas of the story do get a little "weird", but the book is nonetheless a compelling listen. The narrator does a superb job on this title.

  • lynn johnson

    Phenomenal job, masterful writing, awesome story telling. Couldn't ask for better!

  • brian madore

    Decent read. Nice to get a sequel to the shining, although as times it seemed as though you knew what was going to happen. Narration got annoying real fast though, and it was hard at times to figure out if the narrator was speaking as a character or not because all his ranges sounded so similar. He sounded like Vincent Price when he narrates in the song Thriller by Michael Jackson. Needless to say after 15 hours of hearing that dreary voice, it was nice to be done with him. To be clear, the book was good- the narrator was annoying.

  • steve honick

    What a great book and the narration was fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the story.

  • Gwen Spain

    Thank you Mr. King for writing Doctor Sleep! The characters were vivid and alive ...even when they weren't! The story pulled me forward relentlessly. And Will Patton continues to amaze me with his talent as Narrator. He was absolutely flawless. I wish I could give him more than 5 stars.

  • kimberly SCoggins

    Loved this book!!!! the Narration was awesome. If you enjoyed the Shinning you will Really love this book! I got lost in the details of such an amazing story.

  • Hemant Bhonsle

    Great novel! Loved the sequel to "The Shining" and it was delivered with great narration.