Doctor Sleep

Doctor Sleep

by Stephen King
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Doctor Sleep by Stephen King

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781442362383
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Publication date: 09/24/2013
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 15
Sales rank: 167,034
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 5.90(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty books, all of them worldwide bestsellers. His recent work includes The Bill Hodges Trilogy—Mr. Mercedes (an Edgar Award winner for Best Novel), Finders Keepers, and End of Watch—and the story collection The Bazaar of Bad Dreams. His epic series, The Dark Tower, is the basis for a major motion picture starring Idris Elba and Matthew McConaughey. It is also now a major motion picture starring Bill Skarsgård. King is the recipient of 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.


Bangor, Maine

Date of Birth:

September 21, 1947

Place of Birth:

Portland, Maine


B.S., University of Maine at Orono, 1970

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hartofak More than 1 year ago
It's as if Stephen King doesn't care if I never sleep again. If anything, better than the Shining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Like being reunited with an old friend. I was saddened to see the road Danny had taken but found myself rooting for him all the way. At times, it was easy to guess where the story might go but the fun was getting there.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Are you scared of RV's? I am now. Thanks to Stephen King I was terrified to go put gas in my minivan because there was a Winnebago at the pumps. My kids had fallen asleep- and they never fall asleep in the car. I know most kids do, but mine don't. Then the low gas light came on, even though I swear I just filled the thing the day before. Then I saw that RV. Obviously it was The Knot, straight out of the pages of this book. It's not the first time Mr. King scared me and I hope it won't be the last!
SKchick More than 1 year ago
Great Book!! I just finished and all I can say is wow! It is like we never left Danny Torrence behind and just followed him around all these years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He states his goal is to tell a Kickass story. He has absolutely succeeded. Characterizations, plots, all there. I read the book in two days, with a full time job. It's been so long since I read The Shining that I can't compare the two. I loved The Shining. I loved Doctor Sleep. Only 4 stars because it isn't literature, it's "just" a kickass read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A wonderful sequel to The Shining that both re-visited a lot of of scenes, emotions and events from The Shining, and took it in a new  and entirely different direction. There is horror, both supernatural and human, but, as with many more recent King novels, there is a lot  more about family, relationships, people, and where our choices in life can and do take us. In this sense, this book is a real departure from The Shining, but a good one. It explores a lot the themes of family history, how the past can stay with us, that life comes full circle, and how there is a little darkness even in the best person and a little light even in the worst person (also covered in Margaret Atwood's  review of the book). Underlying all of it, is the exploration of the mystery of death and how we all deserve some dignity and comfort when we face it. The death scenes are probably my favorite, and I love that Danny is once again Doc...a new and wonderful Doc.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fantastic companion to "The Shining", a moving continuation of Dan Torrance's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
just received this book. beautiful cover, am only fifty pages in but I already know its gonna be amazing. read the shining a couple years ago and have been going in order from when they were released. plowed through needful things so I could read this book. only put it down long enough to write this review. well, back to the book now
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Protagonist—Danny Torrance is a solid character, complete with the necessary flaws that give King protagonist their edge. Young Abra is also a strong character for the same reasons. The problem is this book is just too long. I started to lose interest in these stronger characters because there’s just way too much book here.  Villains:  The True Knot is rather odd, and the leader is kind of strong, but mostly they’re just weird. There’s no one with the edge of a Walking Dude or Pennywise the Clown here. Plot: The plot is hard to judge. It was probably okay, but it was just way too draw out. I found my interest waning a lot. Overall: King has written several of my favorite works. I like his old stuff and his new stuff. But sometimes he has books like this or Insomnia that just drag on. Full Dark no Stars is amazing. The Shining was really good. But this book would have been better as a much shorter novel or even a novella. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
King doesn't disappoint. Loved it! Could not put it down. Its been years since I read The Shining and this novel took me right back. Highly recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Danny Torrance reminded me so much of myself it was scarey. Struggled through growing up and alcohol addiction, brought tears to my eyes. Steve what a fantastic wrapup to the shining, bravo.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love this book and everything about it. Never want it to end
CyndiANC More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Two things: I wish I had re-read The Shining first and I will never be able to look at an RV going down the road without thinking of the True Knot. Just like I can never look at a clown.
Grate_Righter More than 1 year ago
This is a sequel that picks up shortly after The Shining left off, but Doctor Sleep takes a new and entirely different direction. The story follows Dan as he grows up, dealing with his shining, the visiting demons from the Overlook and as grows older, his own personal demons – alcoholism and drug abuse. There is horror, both supernatural and human, but, as with other recent King novels, there is introverted analysis of where our choices in life can and do take us. Dan’s addiction takes him to depths that haunt him throughout his life, even after he cleans up and gets sober, and slowly we see Dan become whole and even venerable, as he uses his shining ability to help ease the pain of those who are dying, hence the name – Doctor Sleep. This makes Dan Torrance a far-from-perfect hero, and through the story, he makes terrible mistakes and regrets them. He grows and matures and overcomes incredible obstacles to become a character the reader can admire. This is refined character development, and King doesn’t just pitch us a shiny perfect character (like you might see in any Dan Brown novel), but gives us a MC with glaring flaws and then believably builds him into a hero. While I thought Abra – a young girl with strong shining – was fine, it seemed like the author was trying too hard to make the reader like her. An odd relationship between Dan and Abra forms via shining and Dan realizes she is incredible danger and moves to protect her. The villains in the story – the True Knot, led by the beautiful Rose the Hat – are vampires of a sort, feeding on children who have the shining. By slowly killing the child, they collect steam, which keeps them young. Most are two-dimensional characters, but they are vile and frightening, and the twist of having old people, roaming the country in RVs, kidnapping and torturing children to death, is absolutely macabre. King handles the gruesome details with class and does not magnify or accentuate the torture scenes, but they are tough to get through, as they should be. If you read about a child getting tortured and don’t wince away – I do not want to know you. Some people can’t face this sort of content at all, so if that is you, please consider yourself warned. Overall, I enjoyed this book and think anyone who enjoyed The Shining will like Doctor Sleep, though they are very different stories. Do not expect this to be The Shining Part 2, but you will enjoy the scenes that draw on the first book, and yes… we do return to the Overlook. In my humble opinion, this is some of SK’s finest prose. He is in his element and keeps things moving at a good cadence. Rarely did I find myself jarred out of the story to question what was going on…. usually regarding the “one big tooth” that was apparently not used for anything, yet brought up in the story again and again. Recommended, but those who have some history with child abuse might want to steer clear. Note that Audible audiobook is narrated by Will Patton, who seems the perfect voice for this story, and delivers a fantastic performance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is less about Danny Torrance than it is a a heartfelt meandering into King's struggles with alcoholism. I would rather the story had a generic psychic guy instead of Dan in this one. The True Knot were boring, they just were and when I saw Abra described as "plucky" on the inner cover? That's never a good sign. So the thing we constantly return to, the thing that tortured Dan's soul the most as an adult was something he did once when he was drunk and not his father chasing him around a haunted mansion trying to murder him and his mother? Wait, what? It's King's book and baby, but I would rather have had Dan deal with trauma as a result of the first book than inherited alcoholism and Abra. More horrors and ghosts from his past, less uninteresting kids and far too humanized/sympathetic psychic vampires. Just my opinion. Dan should have had his own book to Shine in without any other protagonists jumping on stage to overshadow him and dilute the gravity of his journey.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely Amazing Stephen King! As an avid reader of all kinds of books, Stephen King is the greatest writer I have ever read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King at his best. Stepped right into the voice of The Shining. Really inspiring and moving!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was seventeen when I came home from school and spied a paperback copy of Salem’s Lot on the family room sofa. It was the iconic cover featuring an otherwise monochrome young female face with a perfect red teardrop of blood at the corner of her mouth. Thirty hours later I finished the story and became a Stephen King fan. As anyone who has “grown up” with Mr. King can tell you, it has been a sometimes bumpy road since in the ensuing thirty years. To his credit, Mr. King likes to experiment and is an enviable position for a writer in that he is so successful he can afford to do so. Epic slam-dunks such as The Stand and The Shining and wonderful lyrical tales such as The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon have been interleaved with bloated misfires such as Insomnia and Needful Things and mediocre tomes such as Dreamcatcher. But when Mr. King hits his stride and is on his game, he can make you disappear. Can make that most benevolent carousel – The Readers Hook – lift you gently and take you anywhere it is he decides he wants to go. The little New England town of Frazier springs up around you, replete with a quaint and remarkable tourist trap called Teenytown. You find yourself on a stained mattress in a godforsaken flophouse next to a passed-out coke-head young girl while her neglected toddler forages for something to eat in the other room. I am – depending on who you ask – a writer myself and have always marveled at Mr. Kings incredible PATIENCE in building a scene. That takes a lot of faith that your reader is not going to fall off the hook while you fawn over the origins of the instrument panel, engine and the high-hat shifter of the Teenytown Train. Mr. King is often acclaimed as a master of horror, but what he really is, is a master of storytelling. He is the Yankee codger, sitting around the crackle barrel, whittling at a geegaw, and spinning a yarn. He knows he has you, so what’s the rush? He can piece together the town of Frazier and it’s novel little tourist attraction for twenty pages and not only does the hook not drop you, you see it all and vividly. You want find it on the map and book a bus ticket and go see it for yourself. Stephen King hits his stride in Doctor Sleep. He fast-forwards twenty years or so to find The Shining’s little Danny Torrance a drunken drifter with ( like his Father before him… ) a violent streak. Through a confluence of events, he must conquer his own demons in time to help an adolescent girl ( Abra ) with the biggest Shine in history take on a vampire-like cult who feed on children with The Shine and are looking to bag their all-time trophy in Abra. Now that I have a wife and two adolescent children myself, it is impractical for me to devour a novel in a day and a half as I did long ago with Salems Lot. But I came pretty close with Doctor Sleep. I eyed the clock when I was at work, ratcheted back the seat of my Honda Accord at my son’s soccer practice and skipped the KCAL9 10 O’Clock news not once but twice to finish her off. If you like Stephen King, I suggest blocking out some down time. You’re gonna’ like this one…..
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King is an outstanding artist. He writes the most twisted books not the kindbof bad twisted but then when your like "what just happend!" I have read a few Stephen King books and my personal best would be Bag of Bones.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Stephen King at his best!
jldarden More than 1 year ago
I usually enjoy a new King story and this one was no exception. Revisiting Danny was interesting and the connection between him and his fathers' traits regarding alcoholism and anger rang true. I particularly enjoyed the scenes between Danny and Halloran reviewed in flashback, showing some of Danny's development in childhood. My problem with this story comes in with all the new tricks that can be done with the 'shine'. It brought to mind old Superman comics in the sense that when he got into trouble they would trot out a new ability that allows him to overcome. The villainess in the book was easy to dislike and I found the idea and descriptions of her gypsy gang familiar. Who has not seen these types on the road? All in all I liked this one, but felt it could have been 'meatier'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
To put this book in the horror genre seems "off", in my opinion it would be better suited as urban fantasy but besides that, I do recommend this novel. You really need no real past familiarity with the "Shining" as the important notes are recapped and in fact, having read both, this book may be disappointing to those hoping for the same "lights on" scares the prequel gives. The main characters, Dan and Abra are well developed but the antagonists seem much less so, which really is where I fell the scare factor became all but eliminated from the book. I was happy to read,while still in some sequences, King stayed away from some of the overt phalic and sexual notes that permaeted many of his previous novels and while still unnessesarily injected into some sequences he stays clear of that particular brand of writing for the most part. If anything, I can say I would absolutely buy a book from King about super powered individuals, especially if he wrote them as strong and determined as Abra is potrayed. Some areas in the book seemed too autobiographical and preachy, like the constant AA scenes or wholly underdevelopd as with the cat. They served their purpose, and given the author's own battle with the bottle they are understandable, but they still missed the mark for me and would drag me from the momentum of the chapters. While many times in the past I would feel let down by the endings of King's novels (the clown is a spider...really?). This book did not really dissappoint. The ending was somewhat telegraphed and with the underdeveloped Knot, there was not a lot of question that it would end they way it did. Not as intense as I personally would have liked but it also would have seemed odd to suddenly make the villians deeper at the final beats of the book. I recommend and have recommended this book to others but I give the caveat that not once did I even get a twinge of fear from the book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great sequel to excellent book. Fans of King will fondly recognize Danny and his grown up struggles in today's digital age. Only negative: hated to see it end. Not "scary" as some of King's works but fast paced and oddly cozy, rooting for Danny and Abra. Some surprises in the end tie it all together. I rmain amazed at King's attention to detail and fondness for his characters. Simply a must read. Preferably after re-reading The Shining! for old times' sake.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have been one of Stephen Kings constant readers for many years. I have gone through periods of burnout, but will pick up one of his books again. I was so upset with the end of DOME, that I wrote a bad review and swore off Mr King again. Then I took a chance with Dr Sleep. Swore that if I was unhappy with this ending I would never read anything he wrote again. I am sooo happy to say that I loved this book. I loved the way that he bared his soul in this one. How he explored the demons that haunt us, and reminded me how AA works, and for that I am grateful. And how lives can come full circle, that we are only as sick as our secrets, that there is hope. This is what I felt was lacking in the ending of The Dome. So not only has my faith been restored, I feel that Stephen King's has been as well. I like this book because it shows that we all have good and bad within us. Even those who do wrong still love, and those of us who are basically good still have our demons.
firerunner1965 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book! Couldn't put it down! About time King wrote something good again!