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Publisher's Summary

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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An interesting story

I thought the story was quite uninteresting, I would have liked a little more detail about Evie like why did she show up when she did? What was her real objective?

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  • W.Fenlon
  • 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.

23 of 27 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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  • Ms Jane Feasey
  • 08-02-18

I must not sleep

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I have read stephen king for a number of years, and also his son Joe hill but this is my first experience of owen king. I think they wrote together seamlessly and judging by the conversation between them at the end of the book they enjoyed the experience. The story is intriguing and definitely deals with the difference between men and women and how each would deal with a situation. Oh yes and drugs the law and relationships..It is a long story which I love but have to relax into as I always want to rush into the story. It felt vintage stephen king to me and didn't just run out of steam. The narrator is really really good i liked her a lot.
I feel that I will listen again and will undoubtedly find things i missed first time as there is a large cast of characters to get to know.

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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

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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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  • Wras
  • 10-04-17

Fantasy, horror and feminism.

It seems that nowadays American authors are breathing deeply from the problems in their and our society and this book is no exception, lamentably it is also spot on on male guilt and abuse of power that pervades all of the society. There is a large group of men and institutions that would love to place the blame on women for all the travesties men commit and that is the real horror.
The writing in this book is by two men, father and son and they write as one, I was not able to distinguish who wrote what but best of all I enjoyed the union and its product, for me the fantasy passages were the most accomplished or enjoyable but they were short and few the horror was at Mr King's usual standard and the plot kept on moving with ease and logically within its universe.
A very entertaining and thoughtful book that speaks a truth we need to pay more attention to.

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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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  • 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

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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!!

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  • L. Cox
  • 09-16-18

a must read!!

I absolutely loved this book. I was worried about the. collaboration thing but it's seamless!!

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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
  • 07-29-18

Disappointed

The story was good until the end. It left me feeling 'ripped off'. One point remained unanswered, I feel disappointed that it ended as it did.

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  • Chrissie
  • 07-10-18

story a bit slow....

to start with that is. very good story though. really can imagine where it is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-16-18

awsum

just loved the story as always from Stephen king and hes son. was read very well

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-28-18

Intriguing story!

While I didn't find this story as riveting as a lot of the King novels I've enjoyed in the past there's definitely something magical about the story Stephen and Owen have set up, a beautiful 'what if' fairytale marked with the violence that always comes when the normal breaks down. As usual we get to see both the best and worst of human nature struggling against one another and all we can do is hold our breath while we wait to see which will win.

The character of Evie captured my imagination though. It will be a long time before I stop thinking of her.

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  • Akea
  • 05-04-18

A different and refreshing King novel

What I loved about this story, other than the collaboration between Stephen and Owen, is the vision of a world without the active participation of women, contrasted with a world solely occupied by women (until Tiffany’s baby is born). At times difficult to follow due to narration (accents quite similar) or the classic King segway/ scene jumping, but overall a compelling and well written story. Some more time adjusting to life after the awakening and more about life before the Aurora would have helped balance out the action packed middle.

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  • Ayjay
  • 04-21-18

Waited for the Magic-King

The narrator did a great job at keeping the various characters coming through. The story was interesting and ok- but not awesome. I was a little disappointed. Still, worth listening and giving the story a chance.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-12-18

good book

great book but not 100% on the narration. could have been read better by a better narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-18

Sleeping Beautiies

The speaking performance for this book by Marin Ireland was fantastic, I particularly liked her "Angel" character.
Great story, although slow in some parts. The detailed descriptions of the emissaries (animals) was very good. I also enjoyed that it doesn't get tied up in a beat bow for all the characters in the end.

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  • Andrew
  • 03-01-18

Almost...

Sleeping Beauties falls short of being a very good book. The story is great and the characters generally fine, while not all that intriguing outside of the main few, but the novel settles for a field goal and is unable to get the touchdown.