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Sleeping Beauties

Written by: Stephen King,Owen King
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
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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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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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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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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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Mr King Stands alone

As a Stephen King fan I had high expectations for this book. unfortunately this book just does not come close to the style I've come to love from Mr King's books. The story was abrupt and unpolished it felt contrived and unpolished. As for the narrating it was terrible. the accents were over the top and made for an all around unpleasant experience. I never thought I'd give a Stephen King book one star but here we are. Me King is much better when he writes alone.

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Great story

Working my way through the last few SK novels I haven’t already read. It’s nice to listen to them while I work. Story was fantastic, narration was alright.

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usually love Steven King

usually love king, just felt too political and who was the protagonist?? poor plot line

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What a fantastic book.

I was enthralled. I hardly could bear to stop listening it was so addictive. And the emotions and thought processes that where brought up through the book where very real and strong.

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Powerful and important

it was a fascinating story, with really important themes that are painfully present in society today. True dynamics between men and women comes out, which is upsetting but I think extremely important to point out and remember. We really do need awakening in regards to human rights, and how women are and have always been very worthy of respect and cooperation, not just worked over by men feeling superior and that they need to control or "protect" us from the world. We all have intrinsic value, and there should be more understanding of that and truly getting it that NOT only certain people should have privileges and rights.

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  • Randall
  • 2017-11-18

No more King for me

This book wasn't even an original concept for a story. The disease that is specific to women is a RIP OFF from Frank Herbert's ...White Plague. The White Plague was published back in 1982. Stephen King names Herbert and several other writers as influences in his writing, and now he needs to use their idea for a story.
Not only is this book an unoriginal idea but it is stuffed full of King's wacko left wing PC political ideals. That it ruined the book for me.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • C. Booth
  • 2019-02-08

Horrific Narration. I regret this purchase.

This narrator is absolutely terrible. Why would you EVER hire someone who is not Southern, with a natural Southern accent, to narrate a book full of Southern characters. She sounds like exactly like someone poorly attempting to mimic a Southern accent. Think Keanu Reeves in Devil's Advocate. That's how bad it is. Because she's so bad it, nearly every single character of the same gender sounds the same. So when you listen to her tell the story, it sounds like someone talking to themselves a lot of the time. So, so SO bad.

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  • John Chamberlin
  • 2018-12-11

The kings worst yet.

Slow. They should have spent more time in prison. For writing this drivel. I’m a king fan. 11/22/63 is my favorite book of all time.

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  • candy
  • 2018-11-01

long and unbearable

I hated...and I mean HATED this book. it was long, boring, and too drawn out. the story dragged on and on and on. and the narrator made it way worse. the terrible country accents and twangs were unbearable. my kids laughed everytime they heard parts of it in the car. Stephen King just isnt as good as he used to be. it read like a book an old man would write. you can definately tell he is losing his touch. and it made me too weary to even TRY Owen King. It has too many chapters and too many pages so everytime i forced myself to listen to it (i hate not finishing) i felt like i was being punished. sorry....i love Stephen King. but not this one.

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  • Wade Lancaster
  • 2018-02-05

Wow, What A Dud

Not very good. The basic premise was ok but it never really went anywhere. The narration seemed dull too. Just flat out not that imaginative or compelling. Skip this one.

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