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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, Book 1
Written by: Anne Rice
Length: 9 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: Erotica
3 out of 5 stars (12 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

From best-selling author Anne Rice, writing as A.N. Roquleaure, in the traditional folktale of "Sleeping Beauty", the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire. Here the prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the 100 years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him…as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.

©1983 A. N. Roquelaure (P)2013 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Amy
  • 2019-03-05

if you're into BDSM...

way too slave-ish for my taste.. I couldn't finish it. There was too much punishment and slavery and it was very uncomfortable.

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  • JBS
  • 2014-10-03

She Thought Outside The Box!

What did you love best about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty?

I loved the rawness of this book and the entire trilogy!

What other book might you compare The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty to and why?

I have nothing to compare this to thus far, although I have heard it may be able to hold rank along side 120 Days of Sodom by Marquis de Sade ~

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was intrigued - albeit a bit wide eyed and saying gross here and there...

Any additional comments?

This trilogy has set the bar so high for me that I fear I may never find another book to listen to that holds the same girth. I sigh a lot at this seemingly large fact.

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  • KPowell
  • 2015-12-14

Lacked luster

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This book was absolutely amazing but I am so happy that I had previously completed the paperback of this. The narrator does not bring the book to life. If I had not previously read this book I would not want to listen to the other books in this series.

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  • Max
  • 2017-01-01

Well if you want a big helping of BDSM smut,

then you've found it. the writing is about as good as anything else in this genre. +1 for having same-sex scenes about as frequently as hetero scenes,with plenty of dominant women.

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  • Mike
  • 2015-08-25

Different...

Do not go into this book thinking it is anything like 50 Shades of Grey. It's a book that focuses more on the sadistic side of BDSM then the pleasure or sexual nature of it. Example would be describing in detail whipping and flogging, followed up with "they had rough sex".
Also, be aware there is not a whole lot of character development. The book seems to have a very specific goal of conveying events, rather then making you feel for any specific character.
Once you let go of any predetermined pretenses, it is a good story and I would recommend it. Have an open mind though or you will be disappointed.

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  • Shauna Erickson
  • 2019-02-19

This Book is crazy over the border stuff.

She really needed to explain that their is rape in this these books and that these books are NOT for everyone.
I've read some extremely sexy/kidnapped/BDSM/erotica/hardcore books but this book is on a entirely differently level.
I enjoy these books because I like to be enrtholled in the stories but I hate how these people are spread around and humiliated over and over and over horribly. The writer really should have explained this instead of sounding so defensive she is about writing these books. STOP EXPLAINING YOURSELF WITH WHAT YOU WROTE AND JUST PIT YOUR FUCKING WARNING THAT THIS IS Extremely Dark and fucked up. But also very interesting and captivating.

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  • Jessica
  • 2016-09-06

fairytale

you have to view it as an alternate reality to enjoy it. like this is totally possible if the world were different in medieval times. I didn't feel so much aroused as I felt intrigued to see how harnessing ones Sexual drive weakens one into utter submission.

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  • Will Sharbutt
  • 2016-12-04

purest fantasy erotica ever

I am a man and I love this series. Each book brings you further in. You'll either love it or completely miss the point. It's not about humiliation or pain. Its not 50 Shades of Grey which is rooted in reality. This is a fantasy. Readers must be willing and able to submit and suspend disbelief. Only upon accepting the premise of the story can one begin to relate to the characters and defeat all of the hang ups of the rational mind.

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  • Tanya
  • 2015-09-03

Damn!

I blushed through the whole book! It captured my attention in the very first chapter. Details, details, details without being boring. Very good!

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  • Brittany
  • 2015-08-04

Great Story

although my childhood has been altered, I really enjoyed this story. the plot was captivating. and beauty's story was giving a whole new erotic perspective that was both arousing and addictive.

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  • Brandie @AudiobookObsession
  • 2017-12-14

not your average fairy tale

This alternate fairy tale is anything but. It contains humiliation, beatings, rape and other submission techniques all in the name of creating more rounded prince and princesses. It is definitely a darker read which i have heard goes on to be quite kinky. I will check out the next in the series but i have not been whole heartedly pulled in.

Narration is great- Clear voices and clean production.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful