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Sleeping Beauties

Narrated by: Marin Ireland
Length: 25 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

Featuring a conversation with the authors!

In a spectacular father/son collaboration like no other, 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 Owen King and Stephen King (P)2017 Simon & Schuster Audio

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Marin Ireland does a wonderful reading

I own the book and like to listen to the audio in between, sometimes with.
Marin's reading on this is excellent.
Completely engrossing experience.
The story is a masterpiece. Would you expect any less?
Hopefully this opens up more doors to the talent that is Owen King.
Do yourself a favour and go buy this epic tale.

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Two Kings make sickly things

Struggled to finish .sentiment is so over the top and especially last few chapters omg

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nah

so much journey for no reason no power no ending I didn't like it at all

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When a Pair of Kings is a Winning Hand!

Ever since I read The Stand I've wanted Stephen King to deliver those kind of epic scale, huge cast adventures. He's done it a few times since, most recently with Under the Dome and now he and his son Owen have delivered another one with Sleeping Beauties.

It's not quite the same of course. It does deliver all the pillars of King's writing such as the creepy side, the very relatively ordinary people and how their twisted depths suffuse the story. It does also include scenes that will make you wince as well as considerable violence and gore.

However, it has a slightly more literary feel and some tender and touching moments. The scene where one of the women finally loses her battle against sleep is particularly touching. That basic premise of that mysterious illness that causes women to fall asleep and go "somewhere else" signals an exploration of what femininity and masculinity really mean. Could either work without the other? The Kings deliver their verdict.

The narration for a book this length is always going to be extremely important. You could, if you want to pick faults with Marin Ireland's performance. Sometimes her adult characters sounded a bit too like children to me especially when under stress. There were also occasions when male voices seemed to almost change gender. However, the Kings set her an immense test with everything from male Judges and doctors to rough, hard-bitten prison in-mates plus children and of all things rats and a fox! I'd challenge any narrator to do a much better job of that lot. The conversation between the two Kings was interesting including a fascinating insight into King the elder's love of Audiobooks and the surprising lengths he went to with his sons to listen to them! I would have liked a bit more than we got but what there was I enjoyed.

So, Sleeping Beauties may not quite be The Stand but it certainly does stand comparison to it. I wasn't quite convinced about some of the gender politics it contains but as a story it's a genuine beauty.

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I must not sleep

I really enjoyed this audiobook. I have read stephen king for a number of years, and also his son Joe hill but this is my first experience of owen king. I think they wrote together seamlessly and judging by the conversation between them at the end of the book they enjoyed the experience. The story is intriguing and definitely deals with the difference between men and women and how each would deal with a situation. Oh yes and drugs the law and relationships..It is a long story which I love but have to relax into as I always want to rush into the story. It felt vintage stephen king to me and didn't just run out of steam. The narrator is really really good i liked her a lot. I feel that I will listen again and will undoubtedly find things i missed first time as there is a large cast of characters to get to know.

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Don’t bother

I can’t believe this was the same man who wrote It and The Stand. This is absolute drivel

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been there, done that, and endless plot holes.

mehh I want to love it cause I've loved so many of his earlier works and his books, this though, is tired, and just simply not very good. sorry SK. thumbs down from a long time fan.

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Great narration, but....

Struggled to finish. Sorry, but not a fave for me. I stopped it several times, istened to something eke, then started again. The narration was superb, great actress, but it all got a bit tedious and probably predictable. Any idea can be made adventurous with the addition of the supernatural, but it takes greater imagination and thought I feel to create a story with reality. But that just my view. Sorry.

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Simply awful book

I've been a great fan of Stephen King's for many years now and have read all of his books, most of them with great pleasure. Sad to say, his collaboration with his son seems to have caused him to produce a seriously flawed novel. I wouldn't share the opinion of most of the negative reviewers in saying that it is too long or too boring (I think it is neither), and there is certainly nothing wrong with the performance of the narrator. The problem with the novel is that the plot and the decisions arrived at by the characters in the final sections are entirely implausible. Without wishing to create spoilers, I can't conceive that anyone (female or male) would act in this kind of way. The only rationale behind it seems to be some rather odd gender politics which I personally find slightly offensive. During the entire final section I kept seeing where the book was going but hoping against hope that it wouldn't. The final conclusion is deeply unsatisfying - particularly after listening to a book of this length. Go and get a copy of "The Stand" and don't bother with this one.

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Worst ever Stephen King book

Ridiculous story ridiculous narrative voices very disappointed with this audio book been a Stephen King fan for 30 years nothing like the good stuff from the early days

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  • 08-09-18

An interesting story

I thought the story was quite uninteresting, I would have liked a little more detail about Evie like why did she show up when she did? What was her real objective?

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