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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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The story was drawn out and very uneventful.

The story dragged on and seemed to have little content that contributed to the story. This novel felt like 75% filler 25% actual story.

19 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Couldn't even finish it

A rare miss in a Stephen King novel. I tried to force myself to finish it, but finally gave up.

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weird, and I don't mean a good weird.

listened to the whole thing in case it turned into a book worth listening to yeah, but it just didn't. I'm not even sure what the hell it was about but I'm not sure the writers did either. narrator needs better material but that's not her fault, otherwise narration was very good.

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Just pathetic!!

I love almost all Stephen king novels, but I want my money back on this one. No plot, no purpose, the worst character development and an ending nothing short of lazy. The narrator was ok, but could have done a better job distinguishing the characters

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never really bonded with characters or the story

I never felt like I was pulled into the story. didn't relate to the characters.

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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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Sleeping reader

I have read or listened to just about every Stephen King book and unfortunately this one has to go at the bottom of the favorites list.

I found it dragged on way too long in most places and while the premise of the story had promise if felt it got lost down side roads and distractions along the way.

Rather than my usual “don’t want to turn it off” I found myself thinking “I have to get through this and hope it gets better”. It didn’t.

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Road Noise

I usually purchase every audio book with Stephen King's name associated with it. Sadly, I did that with Sleeping Beauties. I drive a lot, and I usually have an audio book playing most of the time. I have started Sleeping Beauties twice, and after a half-hour or so, the narration became just road noise. I will try starting the book again, and I hope I can listen long enough that it becomes more interesting than tire noise. I readily admit that I prefer male narrators, but I have truly tried to give Marin Ireland a fair chance. I further admit that I have been unconscious after thirty or forty minutes, so maybe the story gets better later on. I may exercise the Audible option to return the book for a credit, which I have done only once in the ten plus years that I have been an Audible subscriber.

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bad

it reads like someone took all the far left memes off of a UC Berkeley professor's Facebook and stitched them together, then tried to push a story over the top. the characters are without depth.. their behavior is unrealistic. if you want to keep your respect for king skip this.
Mr. King, we read books to get away from this stuff..

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Worst book I've read in a long time

Any additional comments?

It's nice that Uncle Steve wants to help Cousin Owen but guys, just because the father can doesn't mean the son should. Even King's (IMO) weaker works aren't this bad. It went nowhere and nothing happened.

Politics though? Chock full of 'em. I'm betting this was the younger King's idea for the project as this "message in your face - all the time" style seems new, preachy and undesirable.

It also followed what must now be dubbed "The King Plot-wheel" as every step of the book was sadly predictable. Predict the most boring useless plot twist and it would happen.

I was excited to see a new Stephen King book but disappointed it was a collaboration (with anyone). Unfortunately the authors felt they had to teach us a lesson as if we were stupid sheep that needed to be herded in the right direction that only they know. After all, who to best give you a women's true feelings but a couple of men?

Uncle Steve, please pick up the cymbals and bang them together for us like you have for years. Keep us awake at night from fear and not frustration.

CLANG CLANG CLANG {lights out} clang clang clang....

25 of 27 people found this review helpful