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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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Never thought I’d say this about a Stephen King...

I’m a fan but quite frankly I was bored...I really didn’t care about any of the characters or what happened to them and I found it patronizing and slow. I didn’t actually get close to finishing the book. I don’t usually criticize anything publically, but I’m surprised this one got published.

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Disappointed

The story was good until the end. It left me feeling 'ripped off'. One point remained unanswered, I feel disappointed that it ended as it did.

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Great narration

Really got a full sense of the characters. Great narration - enjoyed the whole thing very much.

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Sleeping Beauties

...Sleeping Beauties is a wonderful Story by Stephen and Owen ..I enjoyed it a lot but carnt belive how much talent the Kings have thank you Ordable

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Very enjoyable

A really good collaboration by Stephen King and his son Owen King. The story is solid with the expected attention to character development you expect from King.

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Awesome read

Great book Well written characters and a compelling story Will read again soon Enjoy it

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A great listen

I really enjoyed the way the reader changed her voice for the different characters. Thoroughly enjoyed the whole thing.

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wonderful and engaging

Really enjoyed this came back to it every day, looking foward to what came next.

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Not his best work

Love Stephen King normally but struggled to even finish this one. Had potential to be a great story but went nowhere. A real let down.

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amazing and thrilling story

Wasn't sure about this book at first because of the not so great reviews others had left on this site but I'm so glad that I ignored them and read this book anyway I LOVED it, the characters are so detailed and amazing and the narrator does the voices so well that i was able to just get lost in the story and I didn't want it to end.

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  • M. Francis
  • 08-09-2018

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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  • W.Fenlon
  • 30-09-2017

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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  • G r
  • 15-03-2018

Two Kings make sickly things

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

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  • 13-02-2018

nah

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

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  • Simon
  • 01-10-2017

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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  • Ms Jane Feasey
  • 02-08-2018

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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  • almypal
  • 30-10-2019

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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  • A.R.C
  • 03-02-2019

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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  • Kirsti O'Rourke
  • 27-11-2018

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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  • Tora
  • 05-10-2018

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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  • suzanne stephens
  • 16-10-2017

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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