A Sleeping Beauty Novel

4 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 1,920 ratings

The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty Publisher's Summary

In the traditional folktale of Sleeping Beauty, the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.

Here the Prince reawakens Beauty, not with a kiss, but with sexual initiation. His reward for ending the hundred years of enchantment is Beauty's complete and total enslavement to him...as Anne Rice explores the world of erotic yearning and fantasy in a classic that becomes, with her skillful pen, a compelling experience.

©1999 A.N. Roquelaure (P)2004 HarperCollins Publishers, Inc.
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  • Book 1

    • The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty

    • The First of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty
    • By: Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Genvieve Bevier, Winthrop Eliot
    • Length: 4 hrs and 31 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3 out of 5 stars 862
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 407
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 416

    In the traditional folktale of Sleeping Beauty, the spell cast upon the lovely young princess and everyone in her castle can only be broken by the kiss of a Prince. It is an ancient story, one that originally emerged from and still deeply disturbs the mind's unconscious. Now Anne Rice's retelling of the Beauty story probes the unspoken implications of this lush, suggestive tale by exploring its undeniable connection to sexual desire.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Dark Erotica

    • By Denise on 01-09-08

    Regular price: $13.68

  • Book 2

    • Beauty's Punishment

    • The Second of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty
    • By: Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure
    • Narrated by: Genvieve Bevier, Winthrop Eliot
    • Length: 4 hrs and 37 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 472
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 220
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 225

    This sequel to The Claiming of Sleeping Beauty, the first of Anne Rice's elegantly written volumes of erotica, continues her explicit, teasing exploration of the psychology of human desire. Now Beauty, having indulged in a secret and forbidden infatuation with the rebellious slave Prince Tristan, is sent away from the Satyricon-like world of the Castle. Sold at auction, she will soon experience the tantalizing punishments of "the village".

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Bad and Good

    • By Susan on 08-22-04

    Regular price: $13.68

  • Book 3

    • Beauty's Release

    • The Third of the Classic Erotic Trilogy of Sleeping Beauty
    • By: Anne Rice writing as A. N. Roquelaure
    • Narrated by: Genvieve Bevier, Winthrop Eliot
    • Length: 3 hrs and 53 mins
    • Abridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 377
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 174
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 175

    In the final volume of Anne Rice's deliciously tantalizing erotic trilogy, Beauty's adventures on the dark side of sexuality make her the bound captive of an Eastern Sultan and a prisoner in the exotic confines of his harem.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not the best.

    • By Susan on 09-04-04

    Regular price: $15.96

  • Book 4

    • Beauty's Kingdom

    • A Novel
    • By: A. N. Roquelaure, Anne Rice
    • Narrated by: Paul Boehmer, Cassandra Campbell, Danny Campbell, and others
    • Length: 15 hrs and 30 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 209
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 187
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 188

    Mega-best-selling author Annie Rice returns to where she left off in Beauty's Release with the disappearance of Queen Eleanor in Bellavalten. Now, 20 years after they were forced to leave the kingdom to return to their homeland, Beauty and her husband, Laurent, agree to travel back as its king and queen, to uphold the ways of complete sensual surrender with a twist: They now insist on voluntary servitude in Bellavalten.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Not as good as the original

    • By halo on 05-07-15

    Regular price: $35.00