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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty Audiobook

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, Book 1

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.
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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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    Mike 08-25-15
    Mike 08-25-15 Member Since 2015
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    "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.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    KPowell 12-14-15
    KPowell 12-14-15
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Tanya 09-03-15
    Tanya 09-03-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Damn!"

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

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leesa 02-06-13
    Leesa 02-06-13

    I've always been a avid reader so now I'm a avid listener. I prefer the paranormal genre but I do like to switch things up. It's boring if you don't have variety. Of course I do love the romance and the hotter the better. Also, you can't beat a good thriller filled with suspense and a ending you can't even guess at until the very end.

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    "Surprising"

    I don't think it's badly written. In fact if you enjoy this sort of book I'd say it's the best I've heard. Unfortunately for me, I was anxious all through the book wanting Beauty to clobber everyone over the head and leave the castle. I enjoy BDSM books. I just don't enjoy one that is constant degradation. Beauty is awakened by her Prince, taken to his castle, and basically misused by everyone. I guess I'm too set in my ways but I would prefer a story of Beauty and her Prince with true love, some BDSM, with just the two of them. If you enjoy a book full of constant spankings, games, degradation, and lots of other princes and princesses that are slaves just like Beauty, then you'll like this one. I just didn't enjoy this one. I always listen to the entire book to give a fair review and this one gave me a headache. But it did provoke me, LOL, I wanted to clobber everyone!!

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    avid rita 08-07-15
    avid rita 08-07-15 Member Since 2009
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    "A good start, fell flat"
    What did you love best about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty?

    Anne Rice is intriguing in her genre of titillating lit -- this started out strong, but when Prince got home to Mommy he suddenly lost his mojo? The rest of the tale lacked juice.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Anne Rice? Why or why not?

    Possibly -- I've tried others, they have some appeal, but are unnecessarily lengthy and bogged down.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. Too long.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    parker 08-04-15
    parker 08-04-15 Member Since 2016
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jerry Consiel 02-15-15 Member Since 2011
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    "New Look"

    Definitely a perspective book. I do recommend. I suggest reading it with your partner. It will make the book more fun.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    JBS Kansas 10-03-14
    JBS Kansas 10-03-14 Member Since 2013
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    "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.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Wilhelmena 04-09-16
    Wilhelmena 04-09-16
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    "Interesting"

    This was a bit hard to take in as I've read it before. When listening, you can only think of how twisted the author is and can be glad but only wonder to be in the same position. Do I want to keep going, or do I stop and thank the Lord I'm not in their shoes? Either way this is not for the soft hearted.

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    Donna 03-31-16
    Donna 03-31-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Love Anne Rice! You never know what to expect next"

    I could not put it down! For many reasons! love the characters and story line, can't wait to read the next book

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    3/7/15
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    "Uncompromising"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty to be better than the print version?

    The narrative is incredibly important to the atmosphere of the story


    What did you like best about this story?

    It was totally uncompromising and at times uncomfortable


    What about Samantha Prescott and Corbin Steele ’s performance did you like?

    The depth of her voice expressing emotions


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Shockingly unforgettable


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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