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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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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.

40 of 44 people found this review helpful

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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.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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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.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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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.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • JBS
  • Kansas
  • 10-03-14

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.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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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!

18 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Lacked luster

Any additional comments?

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.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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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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This story has absolutely no redeeming qualities.

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

No

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

I would never read another book from this series or this author.

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

There are no specific scenes I would cut. The entire novel is irredeemable. It has polluted my psyche, and I feel physically ill.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Tiffany
  • 08-07-18

OMG

No real plot! WTF did i listen to. Brain bleach please !!!! should be named the raping of sleeping beauty, couldnt finish it.

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  • Sjpsam
  • 01-14-18

brilliant can't wait for the next book

can't wait for the next book. beautys character changes are awesome her friends are just a must too