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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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long and unbearable

I hated...and I mean HATED this book. it was long, boring, and too drawn out. the story dragged on and on and on. and the narrator made it way worse. the terrible country accents and twangs were unbearable. my kids laughed everytime they heard parts of it in the car. Stephen King just isnt as good as he used to be. it read like a book an old man would write. you can definately tell he is losing his touch. and it made me too weary to even TRY Owen King. It has too many chapters and too many pages so everytime i forced myself to listen to it (i hate not finishing) i felt like i was being punished. sorry....i love Stephen King. but not this one.

34 of 34 people found this review helpful

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Not a typical King novel.

Hardly a suspenseful moment i. the entire story. I kept waiting for something to jump in but nothing. Too many characters to rezlly develop most of them. I enjoy the company of Stephen King's writtings as I take very long walks everyday. This one failed to keep my total attention.

31 of 31 people found this review helpful

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All Men are not bad. I'm very disappointed

It seems more like Stephen King's feminist daughter wrote this than his son. I'm a female and I cringe at how this book makes men look like they are all horrible monsters. Even the good ones are thrown in a bad light. Human beings - both sexes - can be violent and do terrible things. I feel like this could have been a really good story, but it is so stuck in trying to make men look like war mongers that it misses the mark.

27 of 27 people found this review helpful

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Boring

My wife and I are Stephen King fans but this one fell flat. It was overtly political and pandering in a very clumsy way. Jabs were taken at social issues and political figures with all the subtlety of rock in your shoe. This book was hard to get excited about and the lack of a discernable climax didn't help matters. The narrator had such a bad fake southern accent that it was distracting.

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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a long time to go nowhere

This book was slow from the beginning and never really took off. I kept waiting for it to get interesting and good but ended up being very dull and predictable

26 of 26 people found this review helpful

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disappointing

Overall, the story is pointless, and has no real resolution. There are some weak and misguided attempts to impart some lessons on "improving society".
I have thoroughly enjoyed many of Stephen King's books, but this was a huge disappointment.

23 of 23 people found this review helpful

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I like Stephen King, but not this book.

This book had loads and loads of build off with a very expected and boring ending. It felt like it dragged on forever, the characters (except Evie and Clint) were bland, and while the narration wasn’t bad, the accents left me feeling mildly uncomfortable with half the characters.

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Starts strong and really fades

I wanted desperately to love this and while it started strong and held me, it really got convoluted and lost my interest totally. I'm not sure what happened but it just totally lost me. Sorry Owen, move on to the next one

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meh

it was a struggle but I finished it. the reader was mostly good--slightly yelly--but the story kind of sucked relative to the elder king's normal standard. there were a lot of parallels to under the dome, but there was an overall lack of tension and buildup. as a reader, I just didn't care that much.

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Is it over yet?

Yikes! I have never read a Stephen King I didn't like, until now.It was just not for me with the dichotomy of women and men and who does a better job one without the other. If felt like he was making a social statement that didn't need to be made. I see it has high overall ratings, but I did not enjoy it but of course had to finish to find out how it ended. The narrator was about the only thing that made it tolerable. She was very good.

21 of 21 people found this review helpful