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Publisher's Summary

Featuring a conversation with the authors!

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: What might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: They become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent; and while they sleep they go to another place....

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

©2017 Stephen King (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Loved And Hated

Sleeping Beauties, to keep it simple, while I loved the story and narrator did a tremendous! job at brining each individual charter to life. I absolutely HATED the ending. The novel spends the whole book building up too what I thought would be an amazing climatic ending, only have the story just peter out and end so disappointingly borning. The ending left me with the thought of "Why the hell did I just waste my time on this?"

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Not bad, not great

It’s a decent book. In the interview at the end Owen and Stephen King state they were going to write this as a tv show - it shows. This reads more like a weekly tv episode then a novel. So so.

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Disappointing

I wanted to love this book, after all it's Stephen King! But... I felt like I could tell when he was writing and when his son Owen was writing. It just didn't have the pacing of a typical King book of the genre. It seemed to go off on too many tangents and subplot developments that didn't seem necessary to the story. I found myself getting bored and wishing something, anything, would happen to push the story on but it tended to get bogged down in so many places. I feel like I'm committing sacrilege because I do enjoy so many of Mr. King' s books.... Just not this one.

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Entertaining and thought provoking

Our family recently played the book while driving for a vacation getaway.
The story was interesting and captivating, but the characters and their life experiences made for good family discussions.
(sorry, no spoilers)

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Disappointingly Weak - Sorry ... but Honest.

Can't believe I feel this way about a book by my all time number one favorite author 'whose every book I've read so far has been deep and attention holding. Several of his books I've read two or three times, but I have to be honest. This book just didn't have the pacing of a King book. It was way too easy to guess and predict the end way before it ever came, and it seemed to go off on way too many unnecessary angles & subplot developments that made it difficult to not get bored. Just not up to par, and often felt bogged down. As much as I love all King’s books, whether written alone or with other authors (i.e. especially Straub), I would say that buying this book was very regrettable.

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Weak for Stephen King

Big time SK fan but this was one of his weaker books. Just couldn’t quite get too into it. Decent voice actor

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Can I get a refund?

Seems like a good plot, but the narrator is impossible to listen to. Can't finish this one.

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Worth listening to every minute

Really enjoyed the book. I couldn’t wait for the next time to read it. Looking forward to listening to more audiobooks by both Stephen King and Owen King.

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Pretty good

I listen to a lot of audiobooks while driving and this book was overall pretty good although the chapters and transitions to story characters were a little hard to follow at times but pretty happy with it.

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Disappointed

I struggled to finish this one. It's a really cool concept but it dragged on far too long. I found that the idea was super cool but there wasnt enough material. I only liked it because I liked the story, I just wished a lot of the details were left out.

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  • 2019-06-26

one of my bottom 5 King novels

The performance was amazing, loved the narrator. The story starts out strong, however, is plagued with too many characters to keep up with, a confusing and boring middle and lackluster ending. It's worth listening to, but only if you can get it for free.

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  • kristenv
  • 2019-06-03

dragged on longer than needed

the story could have ended so much sooner. it dragged on and just wasnt enjoyable

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  • Stephen Strange
  • 2018-03-29

Too many analogies/similes, too many segways

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Too many analogies/similes, too many segways. I lost focus several times due to journeys down paths that should not have been explored.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleeping Beauties?

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Was Sleeping Beauties worth the listening time?

No. Easily could have been 1/3rd the size.

Any additional comments?

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, so – to me – this book is a letdown. The story is solid, but too drawn out. Too many analogies/similes, too many segways. I lost focus several times due to journeys down paths that should not have been explored.I’ll be hard-pressed to buy another Owen King/Stephen King combination.

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  • Amblyopic
  • 2018-06-07

Man bashing for 25 hours...

Let me preface this review by saying that I believe in equality for all sexes, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations. But this book was ridiculously over the top when it comes to man bashing. Every plot and twist revolves around how poorly men treat women.

Let’s just say that if Stephen King’s name wasn’t on this book, I doubt it would have been so popular on its own merits. If this is a sign of Owen King’s future writing, I’ll definitely be passing.

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  • Red Fipps
  • 2018-10-29

Boring

My wife and I are Stephen King fans but this one fell flat. It was overtly political and pandering in a very clumsy way. Jabs were taken at social issues and political figures with all the subtlety of rock in your shoe. This book was hard to get excited about and the lack of a discernable climax didn't help matters. The narrator had such a bad fake southern accent that it was distracting.

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  • Zachary
  • 2019-01-08

unbelievably bad.

Made it a little more than half way. One of the dumbest books I've ever read.

The performer made it significantly worse than it needed to be.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2018-06-19

Just pathetic!!

I love almost all Stephen king novels, but I want my money back on this one. No plot, no purpose, the worst character development and an ending nothing short of lazy. The narrator was ok, but could have done a better job distinguishing the characters

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  • badmoon722
  • 2019-05-28

Slow and boring. Couldn’t even finish it.

The title says it all. The first Stephen King book I’ve read that I hated.

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  • Ryan
  • 2018-05-09

can't stand it.

I can not stand the emotionless weird talking of the reader Marin Ireland. book might even be alright if I could get past this horrible reading. How this reading got published idk. Book goes too in depth with people of no importance, just takes up time.

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  • BIGV13
  • 2019-02-11

Nothing but man hating

This book could have been so good. Nothing a man did in this story was ever good enough, I feel bad for Clint and his crazy wife who’s main gripe in the whole book was getting a dang pool she didn’t want and deemed that a good enough reason to hate her husband.

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