In this spectacular New York Times bestselling father/son collaboration that “barrels along like a freight train” (Publishers Weekly), 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 wanted 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 woman’s prison, Sleeping Beauties is a wildly provocative, gloriously dramatic father-son collaboration that feels particularly urgent and relevant today.
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Sleeping Beauty by Steven & Owen King
I enjoyed listening to this audio book. You can tell that Owen had a major roll in the writing of this novel. Still, it was a good story .
This narrator. My god.
I love Stephen King. I think his books make excellent audiobooks.
I was driving an older car where my iPhone was plugged in an aux on the other side of my car. I started down the interstate. After 15 minutes, I pulled over onto a narrow shoulder because turning this off was definitely an emergency. In only 15 minutes, the narrator kept slipping in and out of the most horrendous and shrill southern accent ever. It was physically painful. She also slipped in and out of this hideous affected voice (maybe trying to be sexy?) while narrating.
I have never discontinued a book purely because of a narrator’s voice. I certainly have never pulled an illegal and dangerous maneuver to disconnect an audiobook. I don’t know how this woman got this job, but it certainly wasn’t talent.
I bought this audiobook assuming it was a collaboration, and at least in some semblance of the style of King. It is not. This in an amateur novel, and I could not finish it. Just not worth my time, even after spending the money......and for me, that is saying a lot.