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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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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.

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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.

47 of 52 people found this review helpful

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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)

21 of 23 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.

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Horrible

The worst Stephen King book I have ever heard or read!! I’m a big fan and love his writing. That being said, I think this is by far worst thing He’s ever done. It doesn’t have the story line to support all the political rants. I can look over that if the stories are good enough, but this isn’t that!!!

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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.

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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.

27 of 31 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.

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Worst book ever.

I'm not sure if this is the influence of his son or not, but I could not even finish this book. It was a constant man bash from start to finish. There was almost no character development, and the story itself completely lacked content. Save your money, do not get this book.

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Slippery slope

This book is little more than a political statement couched in a poorly written attempt at an epic novel. Stephen king should have stuck with dean koontz as writing partner.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful