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4.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 54.17 out of 5 4.17 (2 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Owen King, Stephen King Narrator: Marin Ireland Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2017 ISBN: 9781508238133
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#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER—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... 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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)

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About the Author

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.

About the Narrator

Marin Ireland, an Earphones Award–winning narrator, is an award-winning actress known for her starring role in the Broadway show Reasons to Be Pretty, for which she was nominated for a Tony Award. She has appeared in a number of off-Broadway shows and television series, including Homeland, Unforgettable, The Killing, The Following, and others.