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Featuring a conversation with the authors!

In a spectacular father/son collaboration like no other, Stephen King and Owen King tell the highest of high-stakes stories: what might happen if women disappeared from the world of men?

In a future so real and near it might be now, something happens when women go to sleep: they become shrouded in a cocoon-like gauze. If they are awakened, if the gauze wrapping their bodies is disturbed or violated, the women become feral and spectacularly violent, and while they sleep they go to another place....

The men of our world are abandoned, left to their increasingly primal devices. One woman, however, the mysterious Evie, is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Evie a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain?

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women's prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously absorbing father/son collaboration between Stephen King and Owen King.

©2017 Owen King and Stephen King (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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  • olskoolfife
  • 09-30-17

Marin Ireland does a wonderful reading

I own the book and like to listen to the audio in between, sometimes with.
Marin's reading on this is excellent.
Completely engrossing experience.
The story is a masterpiece. Would you expect any less?
Hopefully this opens up more doors to the talent that is Owen King.
Do yourself a favour and go buy this epic tale.

16 of 18 people found this review helpful

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  • robert long
  • 10-06-17

the master

the master storyteller and one of his apprentices produces the magic yet again
another King triumph!!

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 10-01-17

When a Pair of Kings is a Winning Hand!

Ever since I read The Stand I've wanted Stephen King to deliver those kind of epic scale, huge cast adventures. He's done it a few times since, most recently with Under the Dome and now he and his son Owen have delivered another one with Sleeping Beauties.

It's not quite the same of course. It does deliver all the pillars of King's writing such as the creepy side, the very relatively ordinary people and how their twisted depths suffuse the story. It does also include scenes that will make you wince as well as considerable violence and gore.

However, it has a slightly more literary feel and some tender and touching moments. The scene where one of the women finally loses her battle against sleep is particularly touching. That basic premise of that mysterious illness that causes women to fall asleep and go "somewhere else" signals an exploration of what femininity and masculinity really mean. Could either work without the other? The Kings deliver their verdict.

The narration for a book this length is always going to be extremely important. You could, if you want to pick faults with Marin Ireland's performance. Sometimes her adult characters sounded a bit too like children to me especially when under stress. There were also occasions when male voices seemed to almost change gender. However, the Kings set her an immense test with everything from male Judges and doctors to rough, hard-bitten prison in-mates plus children and of all things rats and a fox! I'd challenge any narrator to do a much better job of that lot. The conversation between the two Kings was interesting including a fascinating insight into King the elder's love of Audiobooks and the surprising lengths he went to with his sons to listen to them! I would have liked a bit more than we got but what there was I enjoyed.

So, Sleeping Beauties may not quite be The Stand but it certainly does stand comparison to it. I wasn't quite convinced about some of the gender politics it contains but as a story it's a genuine beauty.

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  • Leonide McGuinness
  • 11-14-17

Average

Characters not well developed and there were some big plot holes. I wouldn't reread. Doubt Stephen King wrote any of this. It doesn't 'sound' like him.

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  • suzanne stephens
  • 10-16-17

Worst ever Stephen King book

Ridiculous story ridiculous narrative voices very disappointed with this audio book been a Stephen King fan for 30 years nothing like the good stuff from the early days

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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  • RUDDIFUL
  • 10-11-17

brillient just brillient

story amazing, shocking and thrilling a little sad was hoping the ending a little happier but i feel the same after every King book, Marim Ireland was a fantastic reader so easy to listen to what a choice this is now a favourite really enjoyed this one

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Malwina Tritt
  • 11-14-17

Naive, predictable and boring...

I love Stephen King, I really do, but this? This is some kind of mistake I think... Never read anything written by King jr, so I assume that's the main influence here. Anyway, the whole thing is just a combination of "it" and "the stand" with a touch of "orange is the new black ". I'd say it was written on the awesome wave that mr King is on currently with netflix and cinema and the fact that feminism is kinda trendy now.
The only good about this audiobook is the narration as it is truly a master performance. Other than that it is disappointing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-13-17

The king is back!

This book is so absobing. I could not stop listening. Even when I wasn't listening, I was thinking about when I could find some time to hear more. Highly recommend this. Not just to King fans, but to all. This is a modern classic. I truly hope they make a tv show of it.

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  • Honkey_Kong
  • 11-11-17

This will send you to sleep!

I have read every book Stephen King has ever written (and re-read a lot of them too), so it's fair to say I am a big fan and very familiar with his material and over the dozens of his novels I've read, there's only ever been 3 I haven't liked at all - Gerald's Game (painfully dull), Black House (way too weird) and this, Sleeping Beauties.

Why didn't I enjoy it? Well for a start it is ridiculously dragged out. This could have been cut down by about 400 pages and I think it would have made a half decent story. There's just too many characters too, so many in fact that at times I found it hard to remember who they're actually talking about! And for each one it went into great depth about some uninteresting stages of their lives for what seemed like forever. And worst of all, this book doesn't really go anywhere. The ending is one of the most anti-climatic ones I can remember leaves a lot unexplained.

One good point is for this audiobook, the performance from Marin Ireland is great - she gives each character their own voice (literally) and personality, so this brightened up an otherwise slog of a book.

Unfortunately this is one that I'm going to forget about and hope this is just a lazy partnership between Stephen and his son Owen as I've found his books to be some of his best since his first ones over the past few years.

Even to fans of King, I would recommend avoiding this one and saving 25 hours of your time!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-17

Very good

Enjoyed Sleeping Beauties & I would recommend it.

it has a really good start with great characters, I lost it a bit in the middle & towards the end though for some reason as I felt like it didn’t capture me enough to keep me interested, however I liked the story idea & the narrater was excellent!

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  • Samira
  • 12-08-17

pretty good

The story was interesting and well written. Lagged a few times and there was times it got a little boring.

The Southern accent was really annoying - maybe because I'm not use to it.

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  • Jane Syd
  • 12-05-17

Impostor book

I'm a huge fan of King's work - everything from his early works to Mr Mercedes series I've read or listened to over the years. I've pre-ordered this book almost a year earlier counting days to its release in anticipation....5 hours into it o just had to stop. The book lacks King's magic - purpose, wittiness, character development, atmosphere. I couldn't continue with it because it's really not his work. I'm sure he has given his name to help his kid get audience. That's pretty much all you'd get from it - his name on the title. Oh well, there is always the next one I suppose

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  • Brenda
  • 11-26-17

Never thought I’d say this about a Stephen King...

I’m a fan but quite frankly I was bored...I really didn’t care about any of the characters or what happened to them and I found it patronizing and slow. I didn’t actually get close to finishing the book. I don’t usually criticize anything publically, but I’m surprised this one got published.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-27-17

flawless performance

Flawless audio performance by Marin brings this awesome, brutal and beautiful story to life. Absolutely enjoyed every minute.

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  • Richard
  • 10-21-17

It lacks a little something

I found it hard going. The characters were very two dimensional and I didn’t care what happened to them. The story was preaching from a tired hymn book. It’s message was a cliche.

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  • Claudine
  • 10-21-17

Classic King

The story reminded me a lot of The Stand however character description, atmosphere, it is all there. Could not stop listening to it. Performance was outstanding!! When is the next book out??

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  • David Collopy
  • 10-15-17

It's okay.

I was very excited about this book. In the end I just wasn't a fan. It seemed very forced and didn't have any characters or moments that will stick with you.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-07-17

god I hope this gets some sort of sequel.

Fantastic job by Marin!
It almost always seems that even Stephen King doesn't want to finish his books because of his gift and love to show us into new worlds, another great story with a fall flat ending.
I hope that this perhaps gets a sequel because this is now up there with my favorites.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Dwayne
  • 10-10-17

As a Stephen King fan this was disappointing.

Terrible. I listened intently for an hour and didn't have a clue. Thank goodness for refunds. I wouldn't have guessed it was a Stephen King novel if his name wasn't on the cover.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Troy
  • 10-06-17

Beautiful collaboration

This is an amazing story and a true testament to a master author and his son who's showing much promise.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful