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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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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.

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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

12 of 12 people found this review helpful

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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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25 hours of crap!
Im sooooo disappointed .
it's so left I thought I was listening to the view.

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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.

21 of 22 people found this review helpful

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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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I pity King...

I have been a lifelong fan of Stephen King and read absolutely everything he has ever written. However this novel was hard to swallow. The cynicism and bleak outlook that the author exhibits for humanity, the unrealistic characters, and the abject disregard for individual personal responsibility frankly made me want to puke. So many times in this novel one could draw parallels between the actions of the female characters and the male characters however in the end absolution was only granted to one and blame placed upon the other. As a husband and father to two girls and living in Kentucky I found the story and the authors opinions to be profoundly insulting unintelligent and misguided. I did finish it to give it a full chance because the story was well written and the performance of the orator amazing but in the end I think this has ended my fanship of Mr. King.

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Absolutely horrid. Terribly and completely ghastly

The worst from Stephen King I've ever read, and I've read all of them. Completely lousy. Boring, too long, tons of filler, characterization was terrible. Ughhh.

The worst book I ever got from Audible.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful