Sleeping Beauties: A Novel

By Stephen King  and  Owen King
Read by Marin Ireland

25.24 Hours 09/26/2017 unabridged
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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, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare. One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world. Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

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Summary

Summary

#1 New York Times bestseller

AudioFile Earphones Award winner

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, a better place, where harmony prevails and conflict is rare.

One woman, the mysterious “Eve Black,” is immune to the blessing or curse of the sleeping disease. Is Eve a medical anomaly to be studied? Or is she a demon who must be slain? Abandoned, left to their increasingly primal urges, the men divide into warring factions, some wanting to kill Eve, some to save her. Others exploit the chaos to wreak their own vengeance on new enemies. All turn to violence in a suddenly all-male world.

Set in a small Appalachian town whose primary employer is a women’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The unabridged audio of Sleeping Beauties, read by Marin Ireland, is—as Eugene of TWD would say—totally hunky-dunky.” Stephen King (audio review)
“Ireland’s audio performance is tremendous throughout. She draws from a bottomless well of accents and tonal variations to make every character in this sprawling story sound unique. With each subplot treated with care and nuance, listeners will be hooked as this world without women descends into chaos. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“It’s a violent, dystopian thrill ride that will leave you horrified—and hooked.” People
“A beauty of a horror tale…melds the elder King’s talent for exploring the darker sides of human nature when people are thrust into terrifying situations with his youngest son’s gift for juggling multiple genres and complex characters. The final chapters bring all their skills together in a fast-paced, explosive finale and emotional aftermath.” USA Today
“A fast-paced thriller… [that is] both a love letter to women everywhere and an incisive look at what drives men to violence, neatly wrapped in enough fantasy elements to soften the more caustic edges of the commentary.” Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
“Another horror blockbuster…In a kind of untold Greek tragedy meets Deliverance meets—well, bits of Mr. Mercedes and The Shawshank Redemption…A blood-splattered pleasure.” Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Reviews

Reviews

by Michael 11/6/2017
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Disappointing

The first 3/4 of this book bored me to tears. I could not get vested in the characters; that was probably my biggest issue. Other than that, I found that I didn't care what was going on with the characters in spite of the big thing of this book - women going to sleep. I don't know what I expected this book to be, but I cared less and less about the story with each page. Many days, I couldn't stomach more than about twenty minutes of reading, and I wound up turning on the radio or something. So I give the first 3/4 of the book one out of fives stars. The last fourth of the book picked up for me, but it was way too late. If it wasn't that Stephen King and his son wrote this, I would have abandoned it with a quickness. The last fourth, to me, brought the entire book up to two out of five stars, and not a star more. This is one King book I will never read again. Disappointed.

Author

Author Bio: Stephen King

Stephen King lives in Maine and Florida with his wife, novelist Tabitha King. He has written more than forty books and two hundred short stories. He has won the World Fantasy Award, several Bram Stoker Awards, and the O. Henry Award for his story “The Man in the Black Suit.” He is the 2003 recipient of the National Book Foundation Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters.

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Author Bio: Owen King

Owen King graduated from Vassar College and holds an MFA from Columbia University. His stories have appeared in Book Magazine and the Bellingham Review, among others. He currently resides in Brooklyn.

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Details

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Fiction/Thrillers/Suspense
Runtime: 25.24
Audience: Adult
Language: English