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Doctor Sleep

King, Stephen, 1947-

(Audiobook CD - 2013)
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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"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"--From publisher's web site.
Published: [New York] : AUDIOWORKS, an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio, p2013.
Edition: Unabridged.
Copyright Date: ℗2013.
ISBN: 9781442362383
1442362383
Branch Call Number: SPOKEN CD F KIN
Characteristics: 15 audio discs (18 hr.) :,digital, CD audio ;,4 3/4 in.
digital, optical, rda
audio file, CD audio, rda
Additional Contributors: Patton, Will

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Doctor Sleep, written by Stephen King, is the sequel to The Shining. This novel follows the original main character, Dan Torrance, as he deals with the trauma left behind from his childhood year spent at the horrific Overlook Hotel. Dan, to his despair, has followed his father’s footsteps and become an alcoholic himself and looks to seek help with his addiction. While Dan tries his best to stay sober and do his duty at his job at the hospice, Dan comes across a new threat: The True Knot. The True Knot is a group of immortals who feed off of “steam” from children who possess “the shining”. When the True Knot runs low on “steam” needed for survival, they come across a child named Abra, who possesses a very strong sort of “shining”. Since Abra has such a large amount of “shining” in her, she manages to get in contact with Dan using her powers. This, in turn, allows Dan to become intertwined in another battle he will have to face because of the power he possesses.

The title “Doctor Sleep” refers to Dan’s gift. Dan was born with a phenomenon dubbed “The Shining”. The shining is an ability that allows Dan to read minds and see into the future, to which he uses to his advantage when necessary. In this case, Dan uses his powers to help dying individuals pass over. He provides comfort to the ones dying, and because of this, he is given the nick name Doctor Sleep.

Stephen King, being a past alcoholic himself, writes Doctor Sleep with alcoholism in mind. The True Knot is dependent on steam, just as a Dan is reliant on alcohol. The difference between the two, however, is that Dan has realized he must change and crush his addiction, while the True Knot seem to be in denial. Stephan King has once again written a horrific but moral filled novel, allowing the reader to become completely engulfed in the story.

Jun 27, 2014
  • kaysguy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This is, to make it simple, Stephen King's best book since The Shining. He has a special connection with Dan Torrance and it shows.

May 17, 2014
  • paisano rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Stephen King continues to write outstanding works that are unique, thrilling, and entwined with a great story line. Doctor Sleep is another case in point. It helps to have read The Shining, before this novel. A very enjoyable work, I look forward to every new release from King, seldom have I been disappointed, unlike the book factory author James Patterson, who now ghost writes for a paycheck, without regard to quality...read Toys for an example of what I am talking about.

Includes a surprise twist; at least folr those who only saw the movie. Introduction by King says that this is a sequell to the book, not the movie.

Dec 03, 2013
  • GusAndAbe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

It is great to finally find out what happens to Danny.

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