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Author: Stephen King Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2013 ISBN: 9781442362390
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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 devoted readers of The Shining and satisfy anyone new to the territory of this icon in the King canon.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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&, 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.”


  • A Wall Street Journal Bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune Bestseller
  • Winner of the 2013 GoodReads Readers’ Choice for Horror
  • Winner of the 2013 Bram Stoker Award for Superior Achievement in a Novel
  • A #1 San Francisco Chronicle Bestseller
  • A 2013 BookPage Best Book
  • A 2014 International Thriller Writers Award Nominee
  • Winner of the 2014 Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration
  • A 2014 Locus Award Finalist
  • An NPR Bestseller
  • A 2014 Audie Award Finalist for Best Solo Narration-Male
  • Kirkus Reviews’ Best Books, 2013
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for September 2013
  • An Amazon Top 100 Book of 2013
  • A Los Angeles Times Bestseller
  • A Washington Post Bestseller
  • New York Times Book Review 100 Notable Books, 2013
  • A Washington Post Notable Book of 2013
  • A Barnes & Noble Best Book for September 2013
  • A #1 USA Today Bestseller
  • A #1 Publishers Weekly Bestseller
  • A #1 New York Times Bestseller
  • An AudioFile Editors’ Pick for October 2013

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 4/5/2018

    " I just listened to this book for the first time. I had never read it before. I can't believe that I waited so long to enjoy the masterpiece! As always, Will Patton was a pleasure to listen to. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shannon Petrosky | 2/2/2018

    " Ohhhhh child this was good. I've always felt the Shining was unfinished. King satisfied a lot of my questions while of course giving me more. Great reader too. I really enjoyed his pace and voicing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marie | 7/24/2017

    " Like anyone who has read or listened to the Shining, it's comforting to find out what happened to little Danny Torrance. And to his SPOILER ALERT: dad... The story picks up years later and really explores his "shining" and other really weird things in this world...The vibe is different than the first book, but has it's own life, it's own monsters, but they are all so familiar. Loved it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Larry B | 8/14/2016

    " The problem with this book is that as a follow up to a classic, modern horror novel it falls short. I had always wished King would write a follow up to The Shining and was anxious to read it. The book is a decent read and a fine story but pails in comparison to the original story. Would still recommend for King fans but not his best work by far. "

About the Author

Stephen King has written more than fifty books, many hitting the #1 spot on the New York Times bestsellers list. 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, and in 2007 he received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award-winning actor and narrator. HIs narrations have earned the prestigious Audie Award for Best Fiction Narration and also won dozens of AudioFile Earphones Awards. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.