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Publisher's Summary

Featuring a conversation with the authors!

In this spectacular father/son collaboration, 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 Stephen King (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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disappointed

I love, love, love Stephen King - and have read & listened to many many books. I was impressed initially with the writing.

Story was ok at first - then very confusing...too many characters - only listened to 5 chapters. Narrator was awful - voice not only grated on me, but the up and down (whisper to loud) prompted me to remove the book from my device - I listen while I drive so I was continually adjusting the volume. I will note never to purchase a book narrated by Marin Ireland (and Stephen King himself)

10 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Really bad.

I'm sad to have to post this review because for the past 25 years I have devoured everything Stephen King and loved every word. this story however was just bad. very very long. bad narration. very disappointed. no more collaborations please.

31 of 33 people found this review helpful

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meh

Nothing much happened. I'm used to having a very profound response to a King book, but this was quite mundane.

15 of 16 people found this review helpful

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This story is a snooze

I am a big reader of King novels and usually find very satisfying reads. However. I found this story to be uninspired and flat. I struggled to finish it and thought the narrator did well with the material, but it just didn't grab me the way most of his work does. Not sure if it was the collaboration that did it or just a boring story but I will still look forward to the next book.

31 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Disappointing and insulting to women.

This is a book that's been unnecessarily hyperinflated for no good reason. The story could have been successfully told in half the number of pages/hours.

***Spoiler Alert***

I enjoyed the story until it came to the attack on the prison. From that point forward, it became boring and unbelievable. I'm not sure what the Kings had in mind for this story, but you can't get 100 people all to agree on anything. Someone is always the stubborn lone holdout. Juries encounter this all the time with fewer people. So to think that 500+ would all suddenly agree to return is just UNBELIEVABLE. I guess the Kings wanted all the women to return, so believable story be damned.

The reason I find it insulting to women is because most of the reasons given by women as to why they wanted to return were just totally lame, and the kind of reasons men are likely think women would have, and it's really insulting that the ONLY reason is because of men. No one wanted to return because they had important work to do or things they wished to accomplish, everyone wanted to return, pretty much because they didn't think a life without men is worth living. Seriously? Even after men ran around killing helpless women while they were cocoonned? I guess that's male fantasy for you.

After the women return, the ensuing hour left on the book is a waste of time and doesn't add anything to the story.

23 of 26 people found this review helpful

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  • John
  • Virginia Beach, VA, United States
  • 10-26-17

Surprisingly BAD

I have enjoyed most of SK's newer work. He is typically a masterful storyteller and develops characters that you like or sympathise with. This book was something different. It was a struggle to listen to it from the beginning. The narration was great, the premise is great- the characters were awful. I struggled to make it half way through the book before I gave up. No GOOD characters. A few good villains. Maybe he went too hard with his political statement- whatever the case it was NOT an enjoyable book.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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meh

Just used a book to rant about things he rants about on Twitter. Didn't even stomach finishing it.

10 of 11 people found this review helpful

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Sadly Stereotypes Southerners

The story itself was fine. It moved along at a good pace, the plot, for the most part, made sense (I was a little confused by certain actions during the climactic scene), and I found the ending to be satisfactory. The characterizations and performance, however, was horrible!

Marin Ireland’s voice is fine. She’s able to vary her tone, pace, and inflections enough to help give “personality” to the characters, which I usually like with narrators, but Ireland perpetuates Southern stereotypes with her narration. Not all uneducated or poorly educated Southerners talk with a twangy drawl, with what has become associated as a “dumb redneck”. With only one exception, all those involved in the drug problem are all from this uneducated or poorly educated pool, and without exception Ireland has these characters speaking in that “dumb redneck” voice. This is just not the reality in the south, including the Appalachian region.

14 of 16 people found this review helpful

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What a piece of garbage

Stephen King has been my favorite author my entire life. I find it hard to believe he wrote much of this book. I'm about eight hours in and I don't know how much more I can take. It's so boring and the author seems to attempt witty prose every paragraph. Tedious. Junk. The performance isn't very good either. I thought perhaps that was the problem, but no this book has nothing going for it.

19 of 22 people found this review helpful

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Political and disappointing

Politics show through in this book. Every male on earth is not a serial abuser, sorry. Not only that, it was tough to get through, very slow. I believe Owen probably wrote most of this book and his father put his name on it for Sales. It was disappointing at best. Narrator was terrible as well.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful