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Sleeping Beauties

A Novel
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10,402 ratings)

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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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Disappointing

Second book by a son.... this one co-authored. Not up to par. I listened to the entire book but it was painful. I should have heeded the reviews :(

52 of 54 people found this review helpful

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Slow and boring. Couldn’t even finish it.

The title says it all. The first Stephen King book I’ve read that I hated.

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Wow, What A Dud

Not very good. The basic premise was ok but it never really went anywhere. The narration seemed dull too. Just flat out not that imaginative or compelling. Skip this one.

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Terrible

Profane, shallow...a complete insult on the reader’s intelligence. I couldn’t even finish the last hour.

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Terrible

This book was terrible as nd very boring. I could not get too involved as I usually do with King novels. I should have read the reviews before wasting my money.

62 of 65 people found this review helpful

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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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Disappointing

I've very rarely just stopped reading a book before. But in this case I did. I really wanted to stick this book out and read the whole thing but I just couldn't. The performance from the narrator was good, but that's about the only positive thing I have. The overall story is "okay" if you want to say that, and that's putting it nicely. It's sad for me to say that because I'm a big Stephen King fan. But this book just doesn't deliver like his usual writings do. I don't know if it's because of the basic premise of the story or because he split the writing of this book with his son. But it just didn't do it for me.

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Big disappointment

I have been a big fan of Stevie K. for many years, less so for the horror genre, more for his characters and their complexity. Stevie K hits homeruns when he writes about characters who are haunted by their own demons while they struggle in a weird and unsettled world. I get that the zeitgeist for 2017 is all things masculine are bad, very, very bad, and all things feminine are good, very, very good. But this book takes the theme too far. According to Messieurs King, with very few exceptions men are just varying compositions of rape, kill and rage. Women, on the other hand, are only loving, compassionate, thoughtful, in harmony with nature, and eminently capable of doing everything better all the time than their counterparts. The only minor exceptions to the women folk, as Mssrs King explain, is when women are damaged by those evil men.

The problem here is that we are left with what are essentially comic book characters operating in a comic book world. The idea for the book is great. It could have been a really interesting and fun read. Instead, the book is a simple-minded morality tale played out by cliches. In one part, the Kings have the men start eating pie that is bearded with mold because, with all the women gone, there is no one capable of making fresh pie anymore. And, man just-gots-to-have-his-pie! That scene could have been funny, but it's not.

I'm going to tell myself that Mssrs King wanted to make the story fun, interesting and ironic by turning the men's world and women's world into the opposite of what we would have predicted. They could have done this by getting past the cliches about masculine and feminine qualities and looking a tiny bit deeper. But, a squad of evil (read "male") editors held guns to Mssrs Kings' and forced them to write this instead. Yes, that must be what happened. Damn those male editors.

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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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Worst book ever.

I'm not sure if this is the influence of his son or not, but I could not even finish this book. It was a constant man bash from start to finish. There was almost no character development, and the story itself completely lacked content. Save your money, do not get this book.

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