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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 Smalltown,AL 02-06-13
    Leesa Smalltown,AL 02-06-13 Member Since 2012

    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!!

    16 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 6 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 2003
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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.

    5 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Adrian Lubbook 04-19-14
    Adrian Lubbook 04-19-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Don't waste your time..."
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Although this book isn't for me, if you're into porn with no real storyline, you might enjoy this book.


    What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

    Anne Rice is an amazing storyteller, this book falls short on that point. Don't get me wrong, she writes beautifully scripted sexual fantasies but the story in between the romps is lacking.


    What didn’t you like about Samantha Prescott and Corbin Steele ’s performance?

    I don't know if it was just the poor writing or if their performance was just bad. They're performance didn't help the story.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty?

    I would have had her write something different.


    0 of 0 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.

    1 of 2 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 2012
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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 4 people found this review helpful
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    Awin Montana 08-01-13
    Awin Montana 08-01-13 Member Since 2012

    awin

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    "Garbage"
    Would you try another book from Anne Rice and/or Samantha Prescott and Corbin Steele ?

    I love Anne Rice's books, but I was so disappointed and grossed out by this book! I couldn't even finish it.


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

    NO love in this book, just torture and humiliation.


    Any additional comments?

    Not worth your time or intelligence.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Laurel, MS, United States 08-16-13
    Tammy Laurel, MS, United States 08-16-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Ignominious!"
    What would have made The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty better?

    I don't mind BDSM but this was total degradation!
    And just how many times can you use the word "ignominious" in a conversation....apparently...no offense to Anne Rice...but she never thought to use the words humiliating or degrading....everything was IGNOMINIOUS!


    What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

    Anne Rice is so much better than this....I was expecting excellent writing as per her other books. This was a total let down!


    Have you listened to any of Samantha Prescott and Corbin Steele ’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I don't think I have listened to either before, but not bad narration.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty?

    The whole book should have been tossed and rethought.


    Any additional comments?

    Total disappointment....don't waste your credit on this unless you are into "ignominious" situations. Sorry...it could not be helped.

    1 of 3 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 2005
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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.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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