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The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty: Sleeping Beauty Trilogy, Book 1 | [Anne Rice]

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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    Leesa 02-06-13
    Leesa 02-06-13 Member Since 2014

    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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    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!!

    21 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy K 03-28-15
    Tracy K 03-28-15 Member Since 2015
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    "not really your classical bdsm"

    I really can't say this book was erotica as much as it was just cruel. it was not two consenting adults in a mutual agreement but punish punish punish

    0 of 0 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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    yahri 08-15-14
    yahri 08-15-14
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    "DIFFERENT"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    YES, THIS BOOK IS NOT IN MY TOO 10 BUT IT IS DEF WEIRD ENOUGH TO ENJOY


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Donna POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 11-10-13
    Donna POMPANO BEACH, FL, United States 11-10-13
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    "ENOUGH ALREADY!"
    Any additional comments?

    Let me start by saying, I LOVE SEX!!!!!!! but this was just so repetitive and constant that I had no time to look forward to the next encounter, It was just about every few lines, someone doing something to someone or something else. Got old quick! No anticipation at all going on.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Sheryl Surprise, AZ, United States 02-09-13
    Sheryl Surprise, AZ, United States 02-09-13 Member Since 2014
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    "This is NOT 50 Shades"

    I could not get into this. I read all the 50 Shades Books but this gets into Humiliation and Degridation real fast.

    7 of 18 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Brattleboro, VT, United States 03-11-13
    Amazon Customer Brattleboro, VT, United States 03-11-13 Member Since 2013
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    "disappointed"
    What did you like best about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty? What did you like least?

    I was a little disappointed in this book, maybe I have gotten old but wow was this book degrading, and down right gross at times.... I will not ready the rest of this series...


    What could Anne Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    not been totally gross..


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

    they did a great job.


    Do you think The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    oh I think this is good enough...


    Any additional comments?

    not worth reading...

    4 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Janet West Haven, CT, United States 05-24-13
    Janet West Haven, CT, United States 05-24-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Too brutal for those seeking sexy/romantic erotica"
    Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or Samantha Prescott and Corbin Steele ?

    I would have to review more carefully to ensure it doesn't contain the same level of sexual humiliation and brutality.


    Has The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not really, must makes me more careful in my selection.


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Samantha Prescott and Corbin Steele ?

    Didn't matter.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not to me.


    2 of 6 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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jessica Greeley, CO, United States 01-11-14
    Jessica Greeley, CO, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Ummm...not what I expected."
    What would have made The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty better?

    Well, a story other than sex may have helped a bit.


    Has The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, I got this because I love the Kushiel novels, but this was over the top raunchy. Carey writes a great story and adds erotica. No real story here.


    What three words best describe Samantha Prescott and Corbin Steele ’s voice?

    The narration was fine. It is hard to rate because I couldn't finish the story.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment.


    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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