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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 first Stephen King novel I didn't finish

It does not feel like a Stephen King book. Actually, it probably is not. It's an Owen King book with a special shout-out from dad.

15 of 15 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.

14 of 14 people found this review helpful

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Meh

The narrator does a splendid job of keeping characters voices distinct and separate from each other in a large ensemble. The story was kinda meh. All the women are asleep and they're the only ones who are civilized and men are at best ineffective and at worst violent animals. As to what the inciting incident was - seems to have disappeared in a magical poof. The ending is torturous. An hour or so of a summary of each character's life after the story. The bad ones have become good, the good ones are ambivalent, some of them die, etc. This novel could have been 23 hours without losing anything in the plot.

Overall - if you're hungering for your Stephen King fix, this is good enough. It's got plenty of "ew, OMG" moments. It's nowhere near the quality of works done by SK without a co-author, but if your expectations are to have a read from an emerging author who needs a few false starts before coming into his own, you'll enjoy it well enough.

13 of 13 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

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At best it’s boring, at worst it’s insulting to the readers intelligence

There are so many forgettable characters in this book that by the end I had no idea who was who. The portrayal of men and women feels like it was taken from the 1950’s.

13 of 13 people found this review helpful

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Booooring

I liked the narrator's voice but hated the story. The concept is interesting but what could be a really gripping premise droned on and on and on and on winding up as lame as the characters in it. I never felt suspense. I waited so long for a climax that never came. I was left wondering what the point of the book was anyway.

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Big Disappointment

I listened to the entire book but it was very hard. I've never read such a bad Stephen King in my life. Excellent plot description but the book seemed endless and never picked up. I realize that the Narrator was supposed to sound like a hillbilly but...overall this was just bad.

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Returned

I have listen for about two hours and just can not get into it. It jumps around, there is no good plot. Sorry was not for me

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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Disappointed

This book jumped around to much. The reader sounds very bored in spots while reading . Story line gets good then jumps to something else before finishing up with the event.

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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

17 of 18 people found this review helpful