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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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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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    Leesa 02-06-13
    Leesa 02-06-13 Member Since 2015

    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!!

    26 of 35 people found this review helpful
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    parker 08-04-15
    parker 08-04-15 Member Since 2015
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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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-31-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Not a fan of humiliation"
    What would have made The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty better?

    I am just not a fan of this type of erotic book


    What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

    The humiliation


    How could the performance have been better?

    The performance was not bad


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie 05-11-15
    Jamie 05-11-15 Member Since 2015

    Using books to teleport.

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    "Repetitive"
    Any additional comments?

    I saw other reviews that have said the same thing - that this book gets repetitive. I chose to ignore those reviews only to find that they were spot on. This book starts off exciting, but eventually loses momentum. This book is good for people who want to hear about other people being "spanked", humiliated and lightly tortured every five seconds with little to no progression in any area (basically it doesn't lead to anything).

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kallisheia 05-02-15
    kallisheia 05-02-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great start to the series"

    Great story....every page is steamy. The degradation was a bit over the top for my taste.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 05-02-15
    Kindle Customer Fair Lawn, NJ, United States 05-02-15 Member Since 2011

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    "I wish she would stay asleep"
    What disappointed you about The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty?

    Boring, repetitive and not erotic at all


    What was most disappointing about Anne Rice’s story?

    Everything, unfortunately


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

    Don't care


    Any additional comments?

    It is a fantasy, this author's fantasy. I think she has every right to write a book as she wants to.
    However, I could stand this doormat Beauty and full of himself Prince. No more Anna Rice for me.

    0 of 0 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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    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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    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


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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