Sleeping Beauties

A Novel
Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11,237 ratings)

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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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one of my bottom 5 King novels

The performance was amazing, loved the narrator. The story starts out strong, however, is plagued with too many characters to keep up with, a confusing and boring middle and lackluster ending. It's worth listening to, but only if you can get it for free.

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dragged on longer than needed

the story could have ended so much sooner. it dragged on and just wasnt enjoyable

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Too many analogies/similes, too many segways

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

No. Too many analogies/similes, too many segways. I lost focus several times due to journeys down paths that should not have been explored.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Sleeping Beauties?

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Was Sleeping Beauties worth the listening time?

No. Easily could have been 1/3rd the size.

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I’m a huge fan of Stephen King, so – to me – this book is a letdown. The story is solid, but too drawn out. Too many analogies/similes, too many segways. I lost focus several times due to journeys down paths that should not have been explored.I’ll be hard-pressed to buy another Owen King/Stephen King combination.

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Man bashing for 25 hours...

Let me preface this review by saying that I believe in equality for all sexes, races, nationalities, and sexual orientations. But this book was ridiculously over the top when it comes to man bashing. Every plot and twist revolves around how poorly men treat women.

Let’s just say that if Stephen King’s name wasn’t on this book, I doubt it would have been so popular on its own merits. If this is a sign of Owen King’s future writing, I’ll definitely be passing.

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unbelievably bad.

Made it a little more than half way. One of the dumbest books I've ever read.

The performer made it significantly worse than it needed to be.

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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.

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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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can't stand it.

I can not stand the emotionless weird talking of the reader Marin Ireland. book might even be alright if I could get past this horrible reading. How this reading got published idk. Book goes too in depth with people of no importance, just takes up time.

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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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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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