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Sleeping Beauties

A Novel
Written by: Stephen King, Owen King
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
4 out of 5 stars (212 ratings)

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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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Sleeping

loved this book. a completely engrossing story
The coalition of father and son is incredible...love love love

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Meh

The story is interesting enough to want to finish I suppose and the voice actor was amazing at giving the many (too many) characters their own voices and personalities. The writing however is a little lacklustre. The characters are cliche and predictable and none of them are particularly likeable. The plot takes on so many different political and social stances that it almost feels condescending and also you’re left wondering what the point was at all. If you’ve got a spare 25 hours then sure give it a listen but you aren’t missing anything spectacular if you don’t.

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lackluster was wanting more.

struggled to finish. if I had to take my headphones out there was no rush to get them back in, there was no oh shot I missed stuff rewind. I felt like I didnt miss much no mater how long it had been not listening to the audio book.

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throughly enjoyed

I found the story to really force myself in to thinking about the human condition, about the perceived, stereotypical differences between the sees and how I myself viewed these stigmas. it's very easy to say women are gentle and men are aggressive but there are always exceptions to the rule. With how society has evolved, how fine the line has become between male and female that I was continously finding myself falling into the stereotype belief of the difference between the sees only to then find the authors calling out those same stereotypes. This novel is an excellent read/listen, thoroughly entertaining as well as thought provoking. I highly recommend listening to this and once you emerge from the tale take time to to evaluate your own belief system and how much you buy into the stereotypes or on the other hand how much has your belief system changed? I just found the whole experience very interesting.

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Can't Go Wrong With Stephen King #Audible1

I love Stephen King and this book doesn't disappoint! Really interesting story and well narrated! Would definitely recommend! #Audible1

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Boring

Struggled to finish it. Not enough show don't tell. Corny jokes. Redundant
I am a big Stephen King fan. The person reading the book only had a number of voices that she used for multiple characters so it was confusing.

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What did I just read?

Probable the worst Stephen King book ever. lots of nonsense and the story failed to entertain.

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  • William J. Gibbons
  • 2017-11-27

Disappointing

Second book by a son.... this one co-authored. Not up to par. I listened to the entire book but it was painful. I should have heeded the reviews :(

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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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  • 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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  • Scribbles
  • 2019-01-18

Terrible

Profane, shallow...a complete insult on the reader’s intelligence. I couldn’t even finish the last hour.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-12-31

Terrible

This book was terrible as nd very boring. I could not get too involved as I usually do with King novels. I should have read the reviews before wasting my money.

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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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-06-15

Disappointing

I've very rarely just stopped reading a book before. But in this case I did. I really wanted to stick this book out and read the whole thing but I just couldn't. The performance from the narrator was good, but that's about the only positive thing I have. The overall story is "okay" if you want to say that, and that's putting it nicely. It's sad for me to say that because I'm a big Stephen King fan. But this book just doesn't deliver like his usual writings do. I don't know if it's because of the basic premise of the story or because he split the writing of this book with his son. But it just didn't do it for me.

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  • Matthew
  • 2017-11-17

Big disappointment

I have been a big fan of Stevie K. for many years, less so for the horror genre, more for his characters and their complexity. Stevie K hits homeruns when he writes about characters who are haunted by their own demons while they struggle in a weird and unsettled world. I get that the zeitgeist for 2017 is all things masculine are bad, very, very bad, and all things feminine are good, very, very good. But this book takes the theme too far. According to Messieurs King, with very few exceptions men are just varying compositions of rape, kill and rage. Women, on the other hand, are only loving, compassionate, thoughtful, in harmony with nature, and eminently capable of doing everything better all the time than their counterparts. The only minor exceptions to the women folk, as Mssrs King explain, is when women are damaged by those evil men.

The problem here is that we are left with what are essentially comic book characters operating in a comic book world. The idea for the book is great. It could have been a really interesting and fun read. Instead, the book is a simple-minded morality tale played out by cliches. In one part, the Kings have the men start eating pie that is bearded with mold because, with all the women gone, there is no one capable of making fresh pie anymore. And, man just-gots-to-have-his-pie! That scene could have been funny, but it's not.

I'm going to tell myself that Mssrs King wanted to make the story fun, interesting and ironic by turning the men's world and women's world into the opposite of what we would have predicted. They could have done this by getting past the cliches about masculine and feminine qualities and looking a tiny bit deeper. But, a squad of evil (read "male") editors held guns to Mssrs Kings' and forced them to write this instead. Yes, that must be what happened. Damn those male editors.

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  • Whitney P
  • 2017-12-01

Booooring

I liked the narrator's voice but hated the story. The concept is interesting but what could be a really gripping premise droned on and on and on and on winding up as lame as the characters in it. I never felt suspense. I waited so long for a climax that never came. I was left wondering what the point of the book was anyway.

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  • john reed
  • 2018-05-02

Worst book ever.

I'm not sure if this is the influence of his son or not, but I could not even finish this book. It was a constant man bash from start to finish. There was almost no character development, and the story itself completely lacked content. Save your money, do not get this book.

43 of 45 people found this review helpful